Kate Newby has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and abroad, most recently completing the Masters Programme at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2007, with the project My Poetry.
Recent exhibitions include: A Windy Fire, at Te Tuhi, Auckland; On the Benefits of Building at Gambia Castle, Auckland and Moment Making, the group exhibition curated by Laura Preston at Artspace, Auckland. In 2006 Newby exhibited in Silver Clouds, a project curated by Cuckoo in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2004 she participated in Remember New Zealand at 26th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil and facilitated a series of site-specific urban projects, Very Interesting, Very International, in public sites in Europe and the USA. Newby actively publishes and contributes to artist's books.
Newby produces site specific installations, or interventions, that are developed in response to her surroundings. She creates her works by spending a lot of time in a place, observing and considering it, and this is often how the work is then intended to be experienced by the viewer. Appropriating the materials and languages of architecture, she creates handmade, crudely constructed brick and wooden sculptural interventions that are simultaneously against and at-one with their disused urban environments. Drawing out both the physical and poetic energies of her materials Newby's work visualises an encounter and forefronts an action, collapsing and confusing the lines between process and product, doing and documentation.