Mark Bolland teaches Photography and Electronic Arts at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. Mark divids his time between teaching, writing and his art practice. He has written essays for exhibition catalogues and many articles for journals and magazines, and exhibited photographs in both the UK and New Zealand.


Publications, Exhibitions, Talks:


                     Cleveland National Art Awards, group exhibition,Otago Art Society, Dunedin, April-May 2017                 

                     New Monuments, solo exhibition, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, March-April 2017

                     The Photographer as Collector, Art New Zealand, #160 Summer 2016-7, pp70-73

                     National Contemporary Art Award, group exhibition, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Sept.-Dec. 2016                

                     Art & Future: Energy, Climate, Cultures, group exhibition,  DSA Gallery, Dunedin, October 2016                   

                     Nice Background, solo exhibition, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, July 2016

                     Nice Background, solo exhibition, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, February-March 2016

                     Nice Background, Photobook New Zealand bookfair, Massey University, Wellington, March 2016

Folly, essay and images, Scope, Art & Design 11, November 2015

Totara: A conversation between Thomas Lord and Mark Bolland, June 2015, Scope, Art & Design 11, November 2015

Central Otago Arts Trust Arts Gold Awards, group exhibition, Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra, October-November 2015

Art & Design. An Exhibition, group exhibition, Skinner Annex, Otago Museum, October 2015

Like a one-eyed cat, presentation, Pecha Kucha Dunedin vol.27, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, October 4th 2015

Folly, public seminar, Dunedin School of Art, July 23rd 2015

A Polar Nemesis: The Last Road by Anne Noble, Artzone No.57, November 2014-February 2015

Nice Background, solo exhibition, Brick Brothers Gallery, Dunedin, October-November 2014

Pop Up Photography, group exhibition, Vogel Street Party, Dunedin, October 2014       

Art and Book, group exhibition, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, October 2014    

Nice Background, artist’s talk, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, July 2014

Scope, Art & Design 8: Visual Archaeologies of Photography, editor, November 2013

A New Materialism, essay, Scope, Art & Design 8: Visual Archaeologies of Photography, November 2013

Hybridity, Flexibility, Connectivity: an expanding field of photography education talk, ‘Photographies in Transition’ Symposium, Massey University, Wellington, August 2013

Carousel, group exhibition, 393 Princes Street, Dunedin, November 2012

We’re Not Getting Out of here Alive OR The Land Show, group exhibition, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, November 2012

An Invented History of Yvonne Todd’s Seahorsel, exhibition talk, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, November 4th 2012

TNKOTB, group exhibition, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, September 2012

Jeff Wall: Photographs, exhibition talk, Art Gallery of Western Australia, July 4th 2012

Production Programs: Caroline McQuarrie’s Artifacts, catalogue essay, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, June 2012

Surface Tension, talk, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 9th June 2012

Second Nature: Landscape Pictures in a World of Images, public seminar, Dunedin School of Art, May 24th 2012

Cultural Cross-Pollination: Wayne Barrar’s Torbay ti kouka, Art New Zealand, May 2012

Jeff Wall: Reflections on Reportage, catalogue essay, Jeff Wall: Photographs, Art Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of Western Australia, May 2012

Critical Dictionary, group exhibition, Work Gallery, London, January-February 2012

Photographs and text in Critical Dictionary, David Evans (Ed.), Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011

Helen Mitchell: Fixing Shifting Identities, Introductory essay, “Shifting Identity” exhibition, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, 2011

Something Old, Something New: Caroline McQuarrie’s Reasons for Silence, Art New Zealand Number 138, Winter 2011

Masterton District Council Sustainability Strategy, 2010, available online at

Naoya Hatakeyama: A Bird: Blast 130, essay, Photoworks, Autumn/Winter 2009/10

Itchy Scratchy Picture Show, group exhibition, Permanent Gallery, Brighton, UK, 2009

Review of Michael Fried 'Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before', Frieze Magazine, Issue 121, 2009

Jeff Wall: The Wood and the Trees, essay, PA Magazine, Issue 1, 2008

Reviews and articles in Source: The Photographic Review, Issues 39–50, 53, 55, 2004-2008

The Decoy, catalogue essay, Richard Page: What We Already Know, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 2007

Contributor to Langford’s Basic Photography, 8th Edition, Focal Press, Oxford, 2007

Oil and Silver: Five Dialogues Between Photography and Painting, group exhibition, Hoopers Gallery, London, 2007

                     Contributor to, Afterimage, September-October 2006

                     John Goto’s New World Circus, Portfolio Magazine, Number 43, 2006

Thomas Demand: Between Image and Memory, catalogue essay, After The Fact,  Tullie House, Carlisle, 2005

Mark Bolland in Conversation with David Campany, Photoworks, Winter 2004/5

Standing on the Edge, group exhibition, Hiscox Gallery, London, including catalogue essay, 2004

Professional Experience:

Currently, Senior Lecturer, Photography and Electronic Arts, Dunedin School of Art @ Otago Polytechnic, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago

                     Lecturer in Photography, Massey University, Wellington, 2010-11

                     Sustainability Consultant, Masterton District Council, 2010     

Senior Lecturer in Photography, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham, UK, 2006-09        

Associate Lecturer, MA Photography, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, 2009

Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Photography, UCA Farnham, 2008              

Consultant on Photography Modules for Joint BA (Hons), School of Arts, Roehampton University, 2006

Lecturer in Photography, UCA, Farnham, 2004-06       

Sessional Lecturer in Photography, BA (Hons) Photography, University of Derby, 2004-06        


MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, 2004        

BA (Hons) 1st Class, Photography, Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now UCA), Farnham, 2002

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7), Otago Polytechnic, 2013

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Winchester School of Art, 1995        

          National Certificate (Level 2), Maori (Te Waharoa) “Mauri Ora,” Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 2010

Selected Scholarly Activity, Committees, etc:

Board of Trustees member, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, 2014-16

Current Programme Manager, Undergraduate Programmes, Dunedin School of Art

External Monitor, Undergraduate programs, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, 2014-16

Sustainability Steering Group, committee member, Otago Polytechnic, 2014

Programme Management team, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Dunedin School of Art, 2013              

External Examiner, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, 2012

Development of joint Film and Photography modules for ‘Year Zero’ students, UCA, Farnham, 2008-09

Environment Focus Group member, UCA, Farnham, 2007-09

Theory and Contextual Studies, Focus Group member, UCA, Farnham, 2007-08

MA Photography Course Validation Panel Member, UCA, Farnham, 2008

Arts & Media Course Validation Panel Member, UCA, Farnham, 2008

External Examiner, FdA Photography & Digital Imaging, Truro College, University of Plymouth, 2008