Darcell Apelu

Darcell Apelu


Faculty of Business, Design and Service Industries

I currently teach visual arts, moving image, collaborative projects and cultural theory papers in the Toi Ohomai creative courses.

I have a keen interest in exploring identity in relation to legacy and storytelling, and ideas around how the body operates in social and cultural contexts.

Apart from being a creative and teaching, I’m passionate about woodchopping and timbersports, which have significantly influenced my creative research and practice. I currently hold the title of NZ Women’s Sthil Woodchopping Champion.


  • John Fries Award Nominee (Oceania), 2015
  • Institute of Public Art Nomination (International), 2017
  • Inaugural recipient Lafiaki Artist in Residence (Niue), 2018
  • Inaugural recipient Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK), Artist in Residence 2019


Visit my website darcellapelu.com to view some of my work.