King Street Gallery on William

Telly Tu’u

Telly Tu’u was born in 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand. He graduated from Canterbury University (Christchurch NZ) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with 1st class honours) and then again from Sydney College of the Arts in 2012, with a Master of Fine Arts.

In 2011 Telly Tu’u was the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award from Sydney University.

Telly’s work features in the collections of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, The James Wallace Art Trust and Artbank, Sydney.
His third exhibition with King Street Gallery as an associated artist commences in February 2021. Please email the gallery for more information at or check out the exhibition page here:

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Telly Tu'u talks with Maria Stoljar February 2021

Telly Tu'u interview with Richard Morecroft 2021

Solo exhibitions [selected]

Mingle King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Telly Tu’u [with Neil Frazer] 333 Art Project the Clayton Utz Art Partnership, Clayton Utz, Sydney

You can’t lose what you ain’t never had King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Disquiet, please! Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

Syncopation King Street Gallery on William
Limbic Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

New Work: Telly Tu’u and Michelle Ah Kuoi 474 Oxford Street, Sydney

Thalamus: Telly Tu’u 150 Lichfield Street, Christchurch

The Unromantics: Yeo Won and Telly Tu’u School of Fine Arts Gallery, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Group exhibitions [selected]

The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

You are Invited Watters Gallery, Sydney

Drawing Centre of Contemporary Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand
Airline – International Drawing Show ABC Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nicht So Schlimm HSP High Street Project, 140a Lichfield Street, Christchurch, NZ
The Friends of the Gallery – Acquisition Christchurch Public Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, NZ
Cloud 9 Christchurch Public Art Gallery, Te Puna Waiwhetu, NZ
Group Show Newcall Gallery, Auckland, NZ
SELECT: The 2009 University of Canterbury Art Acquisition School of Fine Arts Gallery,
Christchurch Arts Centre, NZ

SELECT: The 2008 University of Canterbury Art Acquisition School of Fine Arts Gallery,
Christchurch Arts Centre, NZ


University of Canterbury Art Collection, Christchurch, NZ
University Aukland, Aukland, NZ
The James Wallace Art Trust, NZ

You can't lose what you ain't never had 2018

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Syncopation 2017

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