Bruce Spencer Joseph Hill (New Zealand)
13 Teal Place
Tel: 027 2120396
I am a six generation New Zealander, born in Auckland, New Zealand. As a passionate artist and art teacher, I am committed to working with people and assisting them to meet their creative potential.
Over the last 21 years, I have lived mostly in United Arab Emirates, and more recently in a small city in the Arabian desert. It has given me time to reflect deeply on the value of art, imagination and creativity in human society.
I returned recently to my home country ready to share my extensive experiences of working successfully with people from the many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the UAE.
With this background and my New Zealand art experience of 30 years, I look forward to assisting my fellow New Zealanders achieve their visual art goals.
- Patience and Trustworthiness
- Being very creative & intuitive
- Group orientated
2019 - Currently working as an independent artist at Digital Base Camp, Rotorua
2011 – 2018: Art group leader and exhibiting artist in the UAE, Germany and Bahrain
2009 – 2014: Senior Art Teacher at the German International School, Abu Dhabi
2005 – 2009: Teacher and artist, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Art group leader
2003 – 2005: Art teacher part-time at Nelson and Waimea Colleges, casual work
1997 – 2002: Art Teacher and artist – private classes Abu Dhabi, UAE
1996 – 1997: Art teacher part time at Hamilton Girls High School
1995 – 1997: Art Programme Co-ordinator at Waikato hospital, WSA Art teacher, Hamilton
1991 – 1994: Exhibiting artist, part time art teacher at Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne
1989 – 1991: Qualified organic citrus farmer, Ormond, Gisborne
1984 – 1989: Art Group leader, inventor, exhibiting artist, tapestry designer
1984 - 1984: Special Liaison Officer, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
1981 – 1982: Secondary School Art teacher, Edmund Rice College, Rotorua
1980 – 1981: Independent artist and designer and art group leader, Rotorua
1979 – 1980: Secondary School art teacher, Rotorua Lakes High School
1976 - 1978: A top graduate at Otago Polytechnic Art School.
1975 - 1976: Records Clerk and Soil tester, Ruakura Animal Research Station
1974 – 1975: Immigration Officer, Department of Labour
1973 – 1974: IBM Computer Operator, NZ Forest products, Kinleith
1971 – 1973: ICL Computer Operator, Olympic Tyres, Melbourne (Australia)
1968 – 1971: IBM Computer Operator, Data Control Manager, Databank, Hamilton (NZ)
2014 - 2018: Self-employed, developing my own art and philosophy, art frames and exhibiting my works in the UAE and Bahrain. An active member of the Saudi Arabia based art group “Heartists”, a group which is focused on art and intercultural harmony as a way forward for peace in the region.
2016 – 2018: Elected as a member of the exclusive Abu Dhabi government Abu Dhabi Fine Art Group.
2014: Successfully completed 5 years as the senior art teacher at the German International School.
2007 – 2018: Led Abu Dhabi Art Squad to many exhibitions in the UAE and one in Germany in 2012.
2007: Exhibited a very large art work 15 metres by 12 metres for the 18th Arabian Gulf Football final at Sheikh Zayed City stadium attended by the UAE President.
2005: Awarded a community arts grant for “Art on the Steps” in Nelson, NZ
2001: Opened second studio and conducted children's art classes. Produced digital art and pastel portraits.
2000: Produced and Sold digital art to Badia Arts, Abu Dhabi. Ran regular weekly ADAS group meetings. Taught art part-time at Al Ain and Dubai HCT colleges.
1999: Established the first fine artist group in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Abu Dhabi Art Squad became the largest and longest running group in Abu Dhabi until I left in 2018. Also led four art groups in NZ: Rotorua (1980) Kapiti Coast (1987) Hamilton (1996) and Nelson (2004). Ran art classes in Al Ain, Dubai and Oman.
1998: Ran drawing and oil painting classes at Abu Dhabi Womens College. Started Desert Art Ventures in the mountain oases of Oman.
1996 – 1997: Awarded two community art grants for art events in Hamilton, NZ. Served on the Waikato Society of Arts executive committee, 1995-97, Hamilton.
1996: Awarded a $2,000 environmental initiative commission by the Hamilton City Council for a wooden interactive sculpture depicting the Waikato river and region.
1995: Awarded a commission to paint a mural in the hydrotherapy pool room at Waikato Hospital. The mural is still there to this day.
1994: Exhibited and demonstrated original transfer tapestry designs (Rainbow Tapestries) at Ellerslie Flower Show, Auckland
1991: Awarded NZ Bio-Gro organic certification for my citrus orchard at Ormond, near Gisborne. Only the second orchard to achieve this in the East Coast region. Served on the Tairawhiti Community Arts Council, Gisborne.
1988: Worked part time at Lucas Print, Paraparaumu as a camera operator and plate maker. Painted full time and exhibited in Wellington and Paraparaumu.
1987: Invented Global Painting Supports, circular aluminium painting supports.
1984: Appointed Special liaison Officer on the management committee organising the first big Impressionists exhibition to Australia at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
1983: Studied Arts Administration at the South Australian Institute of Technology.
1978: Graduated with a Diploma in Fine and Applied Art from Otago Polytechnic School of Art, majoring in Art History.
2003: Certificate in Internet Development, NMIT, Nelson
1995: Art Therapy paper, University of Waikato, Hamilton
1991: Bio-Gro Organic certificate, Citrus Orchard, Ormond, Gisborne
1983: Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration, South Australian Institute of Technology, Adelaide, Australia (incomplete)
1976-78: Diploma in Fine and Applied Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
1968: University Entrance, St John’s College, Hamilton
Mr Abdullah Salim Al Amri
Director of Culture and Arts Institute
P O Box 2380, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Tel:+971 2657 6360
Mrs Khalood Al Jabri
Dept of Culture and Knowledge
P O Box 36619, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 55 155 0551
Mr Lloyd Harwood
Community Arts manager
Arts Council, Nelson,
P O Box 566, Nelson, 7040
Tel: +64 3 548 4640
1983 Member of Experimental Arts Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
1984 Member Special Committee Great Impressionists Exhibition to Australia
1987-90 Member of NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
1989-94 Member of Gisborne Artists Society, Gisborne
1992-93 Gisborne Community Arts Council member
1994-97 Trustee Member of Arts for Health Community Trust, Hamilton
1995-96 Waikato Society of Arts Executive Committee member
1996-97 Founder and member of VASH, Visual Arts Squad of Hamilton
1999 - 2016 Founder and member of the Abu Dhabi Art Squad, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2012 Member Ten Artists, Five Continents Exhibition, Germany
2013 - 2018 Founding member Heartist International group, Saudi Arabia
2016 - 2018 Founding member Abu Dhabi Fine Arts Group, Abu Dhabi Dept of Culture
We just need eyes to see that the universe is round and that the square, surface focussed reality we elect to live in, is man-made and divisive.
“Art enlivens spaces” is my slogan. Architectural boxes without art or humans dwelling in them are lifeless. I endeavour to bring creative life to spaces and help people connect to their creative centres to bring that to life.
Time now to refocus on our core values before we all get trapped inside our own binary hell boxes and only fir to be ruled by robots.
I identify very much as a Human Being and not a human resource. I believe each one of us has a value way more than the sum of its physical and mental value to society.
Returning to New Zealand only recently from the troubled Middle East, I could immediately notice the “zeal” in New Zealanders!
This was at once, encouraging and disappointing. Encouraging that there is so much positive energy here, but disappointed that is mainly surface and material focussed like the rest of humanity.
The heart needs to be found again in New Zealanders. Not pity, not with hand outs but looking at each person as a Human Being and endeavouring to find their hidden talents and working to bring these out. This will not only empower the individual marginalised at present but help the wider community in general.
Square thinking will only make sense if we think of people fitting in square boxes. If people try to fit in square boxes then they will cease to be human beings and will remain human resources to be used by square orientated people whose agenda is to exploit the status quo.
The value of the artist is seen in imagination. Imagination is the way forward and the artist quietly opens up vistas for more practical people to explore and develop into physical reality for the benefit of all of society.