Kara Burrowes

Kara’s work is tactile and experimental. Working across multiple disciplines, her work is dynamic and fluid, constantly changing.

I am an artist interested in objects and marks left behind in the environment, traces, history and overlooked intrigue. Mundane and banal, translating into fascinating and beautiful, I like to collect and transform. Reclaim and reuse are integral to my work, sustainability and leaving a small footprint. Repetition and labour intensive process are key to my work, the work and process being more important than the outcome. Much of my work is intuitive, derived from unconscious thought and a willingness and impulse to experiment. I am me.


Bachelor Fine Arts – Canterbury School of Fine Arts
Bachelor Landscape Architecture – Lincoln University
Graduate Diploma Design – Christchurch Polytechnic


2021 Zonta Female Art Awards – Finalist

2020 Parkin Drawing Prize – Finalist

2019 Warner Brothers TVNZ1 Design Junkies Contestant – Runnerup

2018 Wallace Art Awards – Finalist Kara Burrowes is an artist and designer based in Christchurch New Zealand.

2017 Wallace Art Awards – Finalist

2012 Ellerslie International Flower Show Supreme Award for Design Excellence – Created two 10m x 2m triple glazed walls with design across three layers, and a design for the roof of the exhibit glasshouse. Sandi MacRae was the Landscape designer and the exhibit was called ‘Casa de Vidro’

2009 Anthony Harper Award – Finalist

1999 Golden Key National Honour Award – For being in the top 15% of universities worldwide

1998 Bickerton Widdowson Award – For painting achievement at Canterbury School of Fine Arts

1995 Lonsdale Edgar Award – Top student across all disciplines at Canterbury School of Fine Arts

1995 Monier Award – National achievement for Landscape Architecture. Competition entry was major design in the final year of Lincoln University Landscape Architecture degree


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