Lonnie Hutchinson is of Samoan and European descent but was born in Auckland. She works with installation, drawing, performance and moving image. Spatial consideration and the formal qualities of materials are primary to her practise. Lonnie is increasingly driven by research into her Polynesian heritage. Hutchinson studied for four years at Unitec in Auckland, obtaining a Bachelor of Design in 1998. She then completed a further year of study at the Christchurch College of Education in 1999. In 2000 Hutchinson was the first woman recipient of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies residency at the University of Canterbury, and was also a recipient of the first International Indigenous Art residency at the Banff Art Centre, in Alberta, Canada in 2003. Lonnie has taken workshops, completed short term/long term residencies and given lectures, floor talks, radio, television, magazine and newspaper interviews both in New Zealand and overseas and her work has been reviewed in a variety of publications. Lonnie was also included in the first series of ‘Kete Aronui, the arts program on Maori TV, and has also been interviewed on Tagata Pasifika, TV One. Images of her work have appeared on National TV news programmes, billboards, flags and t'shirts. Lonnie's work is in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, and Canada.