Shannon Williamson is a Christchurch based visual artist whose practice is dominated by her love of drawing. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Canterbury in 2009 and has exhibited in solo and group shows internationally since 2001. She completed several international artist residencies between 2012-2015 with a focus on groups that orchestrate collaborations between artists and scientists, including Symbiotica Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts (Australia) and Ars Bioartica (Finland). Using pencil, watercolour and gouache Williamson draws loosely on the visual languages of anatomy, astronomy and cartography. Her drawings are pseudo-maps of bodily experience implying a delicate futility in the human quest for order and purpose.

“Made with pencil and gouache, or opaque watercolour, they’re delicate, tough drawings; fraught, but also hopeful” – Felicity Milburn, 2017

Williamson’s website

Read about Shannon Williamson’s art in our City Art Reader interviews on her 2022 exhibition with Charlotte Watson Softly, Softly and her 2020 exhibition Collective Sigh.


5th Dec 2023 - 21st Dec 2023

Showcase 2023

1st Dec 2022 - 20th Dec 2022

Showcase 2022

1st Dec 2020 - 21st Dec 2020

Collective Sigh – Shannon Williamson

9th Jul 2019 - 29th Jul 2019

Showcase – Group Exhibition

30th Oct 2018 - 19th Nov 2018

Gravity – Shannon Williamson

9th May 2020 - 15th Jun 2020

Artists’ Choice

29th Jul 2016 - 26th Aug 2016

Continuous Positive – Shannon Williamson

5th Dec 2017 - 2nd Feb 2018

Showdown – Xmas showcase

27th Jun 2014 - 18th Jul 2014

Home Body – Shannon Williamson