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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic

success?”

Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.

Caroline Robinson of CABAL - CV

 

b. 23 June 1968, Stratford, Aotearoa, New Zealand

 

EDUCATION

 

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Psychology), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 1989

Diploma of Facilitation, Zenergy College of Cooperative Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS: INTEGRATION FACILITATION

 

FLAGSHIP COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRE PROJECT (WESTERN SPRINGS) 2016-2017

Facilitating Integrative Design Process for Mana Whenua, Community and Auckland Council.

 

SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS STRATEGIC REVIEW 2016

Facilitation of 3 month duration strategic review process for Auckland Council team.

 

LIVING FUTURE COLLABORATIVE AOTEAROA NZ 2014 (ongoing)

Facilitating community development for Living Future supplier, design and construction professionals.

 

SHARDA CENTRE 2015

Facilitation of International Peace Temple design process preparations, Sharda Trust.

 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS: PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS AND ARTS/DESIGN COLLABORATIONS

 

SKYPATH CYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY – AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGE 2013 -

Co-Lead artist, northern landing design, with Reset Urban Design

 

FOUNDATION STONE 2015

Interpretation for civic park with Pita Turei, Albany Lakes Reserve, Auckland Council

 

DREAM VORTEX AND ABUNDANCE BASKET 2015

Installation at Auckland Airport Outdoor Gallery, Sculpture Park with Brick Bay Sculpture Trust

 

LUNA – UNION OF HEAVEN, EARTH, HEART 2012

Albany Busway Carpark Extension Project Artwork - 8m high stone sculptural installation as integral part of carpark extension. In collaboration with WEC, GHD, Katsura, Scottish Stone Walls and others. Auckland Transport.

 

TE HOKINGA MAI – BRIDGE OF RETURN 2006-2009

Design and build Albany Lakes Art Bridge 60mx5.5m concrete / stone / steel footbridge and weir.

Collaboration with Beca (engineers), Soul Environments Landscape Architects and NZ Strong Construction Ltd. North Shore City Council.

 

RANGITOTO ISLAND WHARF PROJECT 2004-2007

Design of 97m long functional wharf on Rangitoto Island to Resource Consent Stage. Collaboration with Duffill Watts Ltd (engineers). Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai, Auckland. (unbuilt)

 

SH18 HOBSONVILLE DEVIATION / SH16 BRIGHAM CREEK EXTENSION MOTORWAY PROJECT 2009

Lead Artist/Arts Advisor on HEB / Jasmax Landscape Architects Urban Design Team, integrated arts/design

elements for new motorway. NZTA / Waitakere City Council.

 

MCLENNAN 2008-2009

Lead Artist/Arts Advisor Integrated / site specific public artworks for a 450 residential housing development.

McConnell Property with Housing NZ, Papakura, Auckland. (unbuilt)

 

PANMURE TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT 2007

‘Earth Sun’ - Steel feature sculptural ‘screen’ 8mx2.7m Queen’s Road Re-Development, Stage Two. Auckland City Council.

 

TE HAPUA BAY RESORT DEVELOPMENT 2004-2006

Lead Artist/Arts Advisor, sense of place storytelling, contribution to masterplanning, construction of 30m land art entrance feature. Bearing South Ltd, Lake Taupo.

 

POMPALLIER ESTATE FEATURE ENTRANCE 2005-2006

Large scale earth, stone/steel installation for subdivision entrance feature. Society of Mary, Whangarei.

 

NORTHERN GATEWAY MOTORWAY PROJECT 2005-2006

Concept development for 300m long Land Art Project, Northern Gateway (motorway) Project. Boffa Miskell on behalf of NZTA, Auckland. (unbuilt).

 

ST. HELIERS BEACH FORESHORE RESERVE UPGRADE PROJECT 2006

Creation of ‘Arts and Integrated Arts Development Plan’ as part of the overall masterplanning process for the Beach Reserve Upgrade Project. (Design team led by LA4 landscape Architects). Auckland City Council.

 

VODAFONE CHILLI BANNER 2005

Design and construction of iconic interior branding feature for main entrance. 18m x 3.5m. Commissioned by

Vodafone, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

 

EMBRACE’ 2004

Sculptural installation, Mayfair Place Mall. In collaboration with members of Glen Innes Community, part of the Glen Innes Town Centre re-Development Project. Auckland City Council.

 

‘PUNATAPU LABYRINTH’ 2004        

Stone labyrinth land art, 8m diametre. Punatapu (5 star) Lodge, Queenstown.

 

‘MAUMAHARA MO WAIPARURU Remembering Ancient Pathways’ 2003

Land art installation new motorway development, 80mx30m Grafton Gully, Auckland. Freeflow Alliance (NZTA)

 

‘ROPEWORKS’ 2003

Steel sculpture, 18mx6m, Wellesley Street Bridge, Grafton Gully, Auckland. Freeflow Alliance (Transit NZ)

 

TEWHATEWHA 2004

Sculpture, 13m high. Collaboration, led by Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei. Grafton Gully. Freeflow (Transit NZ)/Auckland City Council.

 

GLEN INNES TOWN CENTRE Re-Development 2002/03

Lead Artist / Arts Advisor on urban design consulting team. Research/ document ‘sense of place’, assist development of the project design theme. Arts coordinator facilitating integration of 4 art projects. Auckland City Council.

 

GLEN INNES SENSE OF PLACE PHOTO ESSAY 2002

Photographic essay (400 images). Auckland City Council.

 

PANMURE TOWN CENTRE Re-Development / Open Spaces Network Plan 2002/03

Lead Artist on the urban design consulting team, with landscape architects (Isthmus Group), urban designers (Urban Initiatives), architects, retail analyst, transport engineer, lighting specialist and local iwi and community representatives. Research and document ‘sense of place’, assist with development of project design theme. Arts coordinator identifying art projects within the overall project. Commissioned by Auckland City Council.

 

MANGAWHAI FUTURES 2003

Member of urban design team led by Urban Inititatives, assisting with gathering ‘sense of place’ imagery and understanding to support the community visioning process and the development of a Structure Plan for Mangawhai’s future. Project commissioned by Kaipara District Council.

 

AVONDALE SENSE OF PLACE PHOTO ESSAY 2003

Photographic essay (400 images) for Avondale Urban Living Project. Commissioned by Auckland City Council.

 

‘WAYFINDER’ 2001   

New Lynn Community Centre participatory entrance sculpture. Mild steel/copper 6.5m. Waitakere City Council.

 

‘KAITIAKI’ 2001            

North Egmont Visitor’s Centre. Supplejack/copper sculpture 4.5x4.5m. Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai.

 

‘BASKET OF DREAMS’ 2000   

Interactive sculpture. Steel/stone 2.8mx1.5m. Queenstown Millennium Project, Millennium Steering Committee.

 

SITES PACIFIC ART AND URBAN DESIGN SYMPOSIUM’ 1998  

Guest artist in 6 week workshop programme engaging in theoretical urban design projects on real sites in the city. Collaboration with Pip Chesire Jasmax, Isthmus Group and others. Waitakere City Council and Creative New Zealand

 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS: TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART AND PERFORMANCE PROJECTS

 

LIVING FUTURE 2014

International Living Future Institute unConference lead opening and closing ceremonies with NAYA Native American Youth and Family Centre, Portland, USA

 

TELECOM NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA 2001

Multimedia presentation to CEO’s of Australia’s top 100 businesses, Sydney, Australia.

 

GLACIAL MEMORY 1999

Queenstown Winter Festival Installation on Earnslaw Park. Centre piece for Festival constructed from steel, stone, ice, silk. 8m high/15m dia. Queenstown.

 

ORGANISM OF CHAOS 1999

Outer Limits: Aotea Youth Arts Festival. Designs commissioned for Outdoor Installation to front the Festival. (Festival Cancelled prior to implementation of designs)

 

SUNHEART 1998

Aotea Youth Arts Festival - outdoor installation for Aotea Centre and Town Hall, including large flag sculptures, and laser light component. Auckland.

 

WIND SCRIPTURE 1997

WOMAD - outdoor installation of wood, wire and textiles, built with festival participants. Auckland.

 

LALOLO PACIFICA 1997

Concept developer and joint artistic director: Outdoor installation project highlighting the effects of global warming on the Pacific. A collaboration of 15 artists, presented at the ‘Pasifika’ Festival, Western Springs Park, Auckland.

 

BILD BAU STELLE (Image Construction Site) 1996

Installation/dance project; Product of International Stage Designer’s Residency, German ITI and ‘Theatre Der Welt’, International Arts Festival, Dresden, Germany.

 

HENS TEETH 1995

Theatre Set Design; NZ Women’s Comedy Collective, Wellington, NZ

 

SPIRIT IN ACTION, AWAKENING TO THE SACRED IN EVERYDAY LIFE 1995

International Transpersonal Association Conference; Environmental Art Installation for convention centre,

Santa Clara, California, USA

 

TOWARD EARTH COMMUNITY 1994

Ecology, Native Wisdom and Spirituality International Transpersonal Association Conference; Signage/Art Installation Design, Killarney, Ireland

 

PLUTONIUM FREE FUTURE GLOBAL CITIZEN’S TOWN MEETING 1994

Co-designer and Facilitator ‘Living Environment’ Installation, Berkeley Town Hall, California, USA

 

 

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES STRATEGIC AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

CREATIVE ECOLOGY – a new model for resilience in creative communities - Living Research 2014

Co-creator with Elise Sterbeck et al, Creative Coalition, Auckland, NZ. http://creativecoalition.tumblr.com/

 

HOWICK WARD ARTS AND CULTURE PLAN 2012

Member of research team delivering a strategic arts and culture plan overview for the Howick Local Board, with Elisabeth Vaneveld TBI on behalf of Auckland Council Community and Cultural Policy South.

 

ARTS: DESIGN COLLABORATION IN WAITAKERE CITY - THE HEART OF THIS PLACE 2010

The history of Waitakere City Council Te Taiao o Waitakere integrated arts. Research / writing second edition.

 

CULTURAL WELLBEING THINK TANK 2002

Live graphic scribing for this national strategic event held by Creative NZ for creative sector leaders to define

‘Cultural Wellbeing’ for the purposes of the Local Government Act 2002 – Community Outcomes.

 

WWW.THEBIGIDEA.CO.NZ 2000-2002

Online home of New Zealand’s Creative Community (over 20,000 members) TBI (formerly Artswork: nga mahi toi ka whai hua) - Member of the foundation creative team and strategic team.

 

THE MAP ROOM 2000-2001

Design and implementation of a research project to ‘Map the Creative Industries Work Environment in Auckland City’. Involved interviews with over 80 creative industries practitioners in Auckland and leading the development of a concept for a progressive networking tool for creative sector. TBI (formerly Artswork: nga mahi toi ka whai hua).

 

 

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR - BOOKS

 

PANMURE SENSE OF PLACE SCRAPBOOK 2003

Research, design and production of a 100 page / 600 image colour book celebrating Panmure’s heritages (past present and future) and sense of place. A community participatory project. Commissioned Auckland City Council.

 

THE ARTISTS’ WORKBOOK 2002

Commissioned by the Artist Alliance as a tool for visual artists, to nurture the culture of professional development within the visual arts sector in New Zealand. Supported by Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

The Artists’ Workbook’ has been a valuable resource for our organization. The ideas posed about how you think about things has definitely stood the test of time. Even though technologically we have stormed ahead in recent years, a lot of the content has stood its ground, and so it is still one of the key resources we offer our members. Just recently, someone told me ‘I‘m always recommending people use it.’    Maggie Gresson, Executive Director, Artist Alliance 2015

 

 

PUBLICATIONS AS CO-AUTHOR - ARTICLES

 

‘Design begins in wānanga’ workshop report commissioned by Auckland Council for publication on the Auckland Design Manual website. Report co-authored by RUF researchers Keriata Stuart and Biddy Livesey with Desna Whaanga-Schollum and Caroline Robinson.

 

Whaanga-Schollum, Robinson, Stuart and Livesey (2015). ‘Ensuring the container is strong’: Exploring urban mauri in Aotearoa New Zealand through the wānanga process’. Peer-reviewed article published in Landscape Journal (Victoria University of Wellington) www.landscape.org.nz [peer reviewed and accepted for publication in October 2015]

 

 

TEACHING, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS

 

Guest lecturer, artist talks and workshop presentations, UNITEC, Auckland University, Whitecliffe School of Arts and Design, New Space Programme, Creative Spaces, etc. 199o -    

 

 

RECOGNITION

 

New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) Urban Design Register - September 2011

A register of urban design consultants identified by the NZTA Urban Design Team to assist NZTA project managers.

 

ART Venture 2007

A competitive acceleration programme bringing together the arts, business, education and investment communities to back creative entrepreneurs and producers working in the Auckland region.

 

Northern Region Sustainable Business Network Awards 2007

Judges Commendation.

 

 

ARTIST RESIDENCY

 

THE BIG IDEA Digital Artist in Residence 2013

Back to the Source – hoki ki nga waiora (www.thebigidea.co.nz/back-to-the-source) - a collaborative water journey, encouraging a deepening of our relationship with water. (an ongoing project)

 

BRITISH COUNCIL CREATIVE CITIES - CATALYST 2008

Sponsored as one of twenty five leading figures in East Asia / Pacific invited to tour together in the United Kingdom for one week, in a practical exploration of the creative economy experience in British cities.

 

PUNATAPU Artist in Residence 2004

Punatapu Lodge 6 week artist residency, Queenstown, NZ

 

GERMAN CENTRE OF THE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE 1996

International Stage Designer’s Residency, Full Travel Grant/Study Scholarship, resulted in BILD BAU STELLE (Image Construction Site) performed installation at ‘Theatre Der Welt’, International Arts Festival, Dresden, Germany.

 

STRATFORD MURAL PROJECT 1996

18m x 8m public outdoor mural; Artist in Residence, joint project with Russel Walder. Stratford, NZ

 

 

CLOTHING AND TEXTILES

 

AUCKLAND ART GALLERY Toi O Tamaki 1996-97

Uniform design, jointly with Steven Ball, Auckland, NZ

 

CABAL COSTUME DESIGN 1991-1998

Including Bandaloop (USA), Earth Circus (USA), Auckland Ballet Company (Crater Dance), New Plymouth Operatic Society (The Wizard of Oz), Stratford Shakespeare Festival etc.

 

CABAL CLOTHING 1990-1993

Clothing label. Design, production and distribution of high quality ‘Art’ clothing for nationwide retail sale, exhibition and performance art. Based in New Plymouth, NZ

 

 

CLOTHING AND TEXTILES AWARDS

 

NEW ZEALAND WEARABLE ART AWARDS 1999

Winner Realm of the Gods Section

 

NEW ZEALAND WEARABLE ART AWARDS 1998

Winner Open Section

 

NEW ZEALAND WEARABLE ART AWARDS 1997

Winner Silk Section

 

NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHAKESPEARE DRAMA COMPETITIONS 1994

Best Costumes

 

NEW ZEALAND ARTS COUNCIL 1993

Set and Costume Design Workshop Scholarship

 

NEW ZEALAND WEARABLE ART AWARDS 1993

Highly Commended, Silk Section

 

COMPENDIUM GALLERY 1992

“Great New Zealand Cloak” Awards, Highly Commended

 

NEW ZEALAND WEARABLE ART AWARDS 1991

Highly Commended, Silk Section

 

GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY 1990

Wearable Art Awards, Most Creative Design

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

TE PAPA NATIONAL MUSEUM / NZ WEARABLE ART CO. 1998

Joint Exhibition Venture - 2 works exhibited in Te Papa, Auckland Museum and National Tour

 

NZ WEARABLE ART COMPANY EXHIBITIONS / TOURING SHOWS 1991-

Nelson/Christchurch/Auckland/Bangkok/Singapore/Europe etc

 

COMPENDIUM GALLERY ANNUAL WEARABLE ART EXHIBITION 1992

Auckland, NZ

 

NEW MOON GALLERY ‘DIET SHOW’ 1992

Wellington, NZ

 

GOVETT-BREWSTER ART AND CRAFT REVIEW 1991

New Plymouth, NZ

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Andrea Stevens, “Forgotten Memories,” InDesign - Interior, Architecture, Product, 45/2011, 170-171.

 

Andrea Stevens, “Past, Present, Future,” InDesign - Interior, Architecture, Product, 35/2003, 32.

 

Artswork2, “Connecting Art, Life and People, Community Cultural Development in Aotearoa, New Zealand - Wayfinder,” Artswork2, 2004, 6-7.

 

Charles Walker, “Lyricism in New Lynn,” Architecture New Zealand, Sept/Oct 2001, cover + 30-36.

 

Craig Potton, “Angels and Bacon, Wearable Art, a selection from the 1993 Fifeshire FM93 Wearable Art Awards, Nelson, New Zealand,” Craig Potton Publishing, 1993, 26.

 

Gena Tuffery, “The Venturers,” Idealog, May/June 2008, 59-61.

 

Helen Schamroth, “Walking with Time,” Object – Objects + Design + Ideas, 3/2001,19-21.

 

Jacquie Clarke, “Maumahara mo Waiparuru Remembering Ancient Pathways – Grafton Gully Sculptural Installation by Caroline Robinson of Cabal,” www.thebigidea.co.nz, January 2004.

 

John Walsh, “Stories in Stone,” Architecture New Zealand, 4/2009, 80-85.

Caroline’s 60m long Albany Lakes Art Bridge ‘is a grunty as well as an elegant structure, a substantial work that is a fusion of artistic vision and engineering competence… it would be a good idea for future proponents of ‘art bridges’ to visit Caroline Robinson’s bridge, and take account of the process, and the collaborations, that produced it.’

 

Helen Schamroth, “100 New Zealand Craft Artists,” Published by Random House New Zealand,1998, 73-74.

 

Marie Cleland, “Sculpting Therapy,” Urbis, Winter 2004, 194-195.

 

Naomi O’Connor and Craig Potton, “Wearable Art Design for the Body,” Craig Potton Publishing, 1996, 114.

 

“Auckland Motorways,” New Zealand Transport Authority Waka Kotahi, 15, 35.

 

Penelope Barker, “Fibres of Communication,” InDesign - Interior, Architecture, Product, 08/2002, 48-49.

 

Philip Smith, “Bridging the Gap,” Landscape Architecture New Zealand, 4/2009, 40-48.

 

Sam Eichblatt, “What you see is what you get,” Prodesign, Where Design Meets Business, Apr/May 2005, 36-46.

 

Zac Qereqeretabua, “Innovative Collaboration, Vodafone’s new HQ, Jasmax & Geyer,” Urbis, Annual 2006, 110-111.

 

 

SELECTED RADIO

 

Sonia Sly, Spiritual Outlook, Interview, Radio New Zealand, 24 August, 2014.

 

SELECTED CLIENT LIST

 

Aotea Youth Arts Festival, Auckland, NZ

Auckland Council, NZ (including formerly Auckland City, North Shore City, Waitakere City)

Auckland Transport, Auckland, NZ

Bearing South Ltd, NZ

Department of Conservation, Te Papa Atawhai, NZ

International Living Future Institute, Seattle, USA

International Transpersonal Institute, San Fransico, USA

Jasmax Ltd, Auckland, NZ

Kaipara District Council

McConnell Property Ltd, Auckland, NZ

New Zealand Transport Authority, NZ

Queenstown Millennium Steering Committee, NZ

Queenstown Winter Festival, Queenstown, NZ

Reset Urban Design, Auckland, NZ

Skypath Trust, Auckland, NZ

Society of Mary, Whangarei, NZ

The Big Idea Charitable Trust, Auckland, NZ

Vodafone, Auckland, NZ

 

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