About Anna Crichton

1979 – 1981 Bachelor of Design, Wellington Polytechnic

1982 – 1984 - Art Director of the Listener magazine for three years. Commissioning, liaising with, and inspiring freelance photographers and illustrators. Working closely with the editors and writers to bring together a well designed, readable publication. Conceptualizing and creating associated promotional material.

1985 - 1988 Art Director of two English publications in Hong Kong for three years, Sawasdee and Asian Advertising and Marketing. (same involvement as the Listener). Trips to Tibet and inner China.

1989 – 1991 Two years spent travelling with photographer Victoria Ginn on the - ‘The Spirited Earth’, a book project that took us journeying through India, Aboriginal Australia, Melanesia, Indonesia, Borneo, South East Asia and more. A wonderful adventure that documented myth, dance, song and ritual from these areas.

1992 - Regular contributor of illustrations to The New York Times, Wall St Journal and Time magazine whilst living in New York.

1993 -1996 In-house illustrator/cartoonist/caricaturist for The Australian for three years.

2003 Conceptual designer and artist for numerous advertising promotions. Design of carpet for The Waitakere Council Chambers, now in place. Continuous freelance illustration for New Zealand and overseas publications.

2003 -2011 Ten years part time teaching at both AUT and Unitec - media design/conceptual thought/typography/publication design/illustration/composition.

2007 – 2011 Designer and illustrator of varied public art pieces (2007 - 11) - 10.000 sq metre carpet for Waitakere city council chambers, Street banners, signs and promotional material for Parnell Mainstreet.

2011 - Six metre wide illustrated billboard for Henderson railway station.

2011 – Finalist in The Portage Ceramic Wards. Participant in numerous group shows (both ceramic and cartoon/illustration) and initiator, designer, and publicist for three of my own solo ceramic exhibitions held at the Satellite Gallery, The Lopdell House Gallery and Minnie St Studios.

2014 - Finalist in 2014 Portage Ceramic Awards. Three of my illustrated ceramic platters are held in the James Wallace Art Collection and my illustrations and cartoons are collected on a regular basis by the Turnbull Library Cartoon Archive. Member of Auckland Studio Potters and spend one/two sessions at the studios each week.

2015 - Initiator of ‘Splitting Image’ 

2015, an exhibition of seven of NZ’s top cartoonists and Illustrators including myself.

2016 - Show and tell powerpoint talks at National Art Gallery Auckland, Blikfang evenings, Various Tertiary establishments and schools.Illustrator and designer of the ‘Homefront’ exhibition poster and promotional material for The Auckland War Memorial MuseumI am curating an exhibition titled ‘The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Pot’ in November 2016 to be held at The Upstairs Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland - an exhibition of ceramic sculptures made by adults with Autism, Aspergers, Downs Syndrome and with whom I am working closely as their Art Facilitator. Also keeping up my cartoon and illustrative work with various NZ and overseas publications, and the constant making of ceramic work ready for a show early next year.

Winner of the New Zealand Qantas/Canon Media Editorial Artist Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Also a two-time finalist of this award, and the only woman so far to have won this award. See below for some of my New Zealand Herald Business page entries.

2017 - Three month residency in Varanasi, India collaborating with the local craftspeople making abstract embroideries and wood block carvings. Thank you to The Asia New Zealand Foundation, and The James Wallace Foundation. 
The machinery mural painted by the 'guys' from A Supported Life during my time as their Art Facilitator. I got the guys to draw the antiquated machinery and tools on paper, and then I upscaled their wonderful picasso-esque drawings onto the wall ready for them to paint.

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