"This is a total honour for me. It is more exciting than tearing round the race track at 270kph on my Ducati. This money gives me total freedom for a future project – maybe to work bigger or make something more radical."

Born in 1977, Alex grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland before moving to New Zealand in the late 1980s.She resides  in Auckland, Aotearoa

Alex Monteith’s works explore the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. The works traverse political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities. Projects often take place in large-­‐scale or extreme geographies. Recent surfing related actions between 2014 and 2016 connect the museum directly to local geography through participatory performance projects engaging environmental questions. In 2010, a major survey exhibition titled Accelerated Geographies : Alex Monteith was presented at the Govett­‐Brewster Art Gallery;

"In 2010 the Govett-­‐Brewster made a strong commitment to support Alex Monteith’s practice through presenting a major solo exhibition at the Gallery that I curated. This decision was in recognition of the extraordinarily achievements made to date by this younger artist …The title of the exhibition, one of the Gallery’s most popular and critically acclaimed, was Alex Monteith: Accelerated Geographies." "This was only the third time in the Govett-­‐Brewster’s 42­‐year history that the entire Gallery has been dedicated to a single artist" - Rhana Davenport, eflux (2010)

In 2012 she was accorded a solo exhibition at the MMK Frankfurt, Germany; the first New Zealander to have exhibited there.  She was a recipient of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2008), and a Walter’s Prize finalist (2010). She is represented by Gow Langsford gallery in Auckland and is currently a senior lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland, Aotearoa. She is also a member of the collective Local Time (Alex Monteith, Danny Butt, Jon Bywater, Natalie Robertson), and is a some-time political and environmental activist.

She received an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2008. 


Video artist Alex Monteith does fast, does slow, and is a finalist for this year’s [2010] Walters Prize.


This video work by Alex Monteith has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Walters Prize.
Alex Monteith discusses her life, growing up in Ireland and New Zealand, with Danny Butt
Alex Monteith, in discussion with Danny Butt, after receiving her New Generation Award
  Born Belfast, Northern Ireland
Moved to Palmerston North, New Zealand with family
BFA, Photography, Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland;Red Winged awarded Duchamp Award, International Surrealist Film Festival, USA;Federation of University Women Jubilee Scholarship
Sasakawa Young Leaders Scholarship;Worldfest Houston Experimental Film and Video Awards, Houston, US: Animation, The Definitive Quantifier (director, editor, producer), Silver;University of Auckland Masters Honours Scholarship;Joe Raynes Scholarship in Fine Arts, (Elam)
   MFA (1st Hons) Elam School of Fine Arts, Intermedia, University of Auckland;Irish National Women's Surfing Champ;        Represented Ireland in the European Surfing Championships
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
Represented Ireland inthe ISA world surfing games in Durban, South Africa
Pause the Rising Tide International Surrealist Film Festival, Stanford, USA., Breton Award winner.
  DocFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
 Arts Foundation New Generation Award recipient; Cloudland, Composition for farmer, International Symposium for the Electronic Arts, Substation, Singapore; Need for Speed, solo show, St Pauls St Gallery, Auckland; You Are Here, Looping Manoeuvre, Artspace, Auckland
   SCANZ, Composition for Farmer, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Exhibited - Unnerved: The New Zealand Project at Modern Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia;Exhibited - 4th Auckland Triennial; Finalist in Walter's Prize; Major survey exhibition Accelerated Geographies takes over the entire Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Solo exhibition at the MMK Frankfurt, Germany; the first New Zealander to have exhibited there.