Virginia Woods-Jack is a British-born photographic artist, currently living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her practice explores notions of connection to place, materiality and memory to consider relationships between the human and more-than-human worlds. By doing so, she aims to understand how memory informs the way people interact with the natural environment to highlight the importance of care in navigating the climate crisis. This being integral to the preservation of the planet.


Woods-Jack is the founder and curator of Women in Photography NZ & AU. She has exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and her work is held in private collections in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Her photographs have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian, The Observer and Time Magazine, among others, and she was a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Contemporary Art Award. Her photobook None of this was done with us in mind will be published by Bad News Books in 2021.


Installation shots

Born: UK

Lives and works: Aotearoa, New Zealand



2009  Master in Fine Art (first class), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

1998  BA (Hons) Photography, University of Creative Arts, UK



2020  Women in Photography, Lay of the Land, Co-curator with Informality, Henley-on-Thames, UK

2020  Falling Shadows, Collaborative show with Christine McFetridgeand Airini, Photo Space Gallery

2019  Everywhere We Look, Photo Forum online exhibition

2019  Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia

2018  Women in Photography NZ & AU, Founder and Curator  

2017  Shed Some Light, 4 Artists, Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand

2016  Blush + Violet, Group Show, Flutter Studios, Seattle USA

2014  Time & Again, Solo Show, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2013  Two Artists, The Bridge Street Collective, Nelson

2013  The Care Factor, Group Show, Calder and Lawson Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand

2012  This Must Be The Place, Three Photographers, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2012  Take Me There, Pro’jekt LA as part of MOPLA, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

2011  Match, Pop Up Gallery, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand

2010  Enjoy Recipe, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2009  NZ Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand

2009  Now, Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand

2008  About Face, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2007  Group Show, Humble Arts Foundation

2002  Children’s Voices Bruce Castle, London & Open Space, East Dulwich, London, UK

1999  Voies Off, Arles Festival du Photographic, France



2015  K’Gari Artist Residency, Crowdfunded project with painter Tannya Harricks, K’Gari Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

2015  Luminate Music & Art Festival, Artist in Residence, Canaan Downs, Takaka

2014  Marsden Collegiate Artist in Residence



2020  Falling Shadows, Book Publication in collaboration with Bad News Books

2020  Falling Shadows, Commissioned essay by Caroline McQuarrie on Photoforum

2011  Unless You Will, Contemporary Art Journal