Kirsten Haydon was born in New Zealand. She was an Antarctic Arts Fellow in 2004 and has received numerous awards including the Thomas Gold Award, Creative New Zealand grant to travel to Munich in 2008 Germany and an Australia Council for the Arts, New Work grant. Kirsten has a PhD in Gold and Silversmithing from RMIT University where she is an Early Career Academic Fellow in the School of Art. Exhibiting internationally since 2000 her work is collected in international public collections including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Antarctica New Zealand, Christchurch, Te Papa Tongarewa and The Dowse, Wellington.
Kirsten continues to be intrigued by Antarctica, its remoteness and simplicity of landscape. After travelling there in 2004, she said ”this experience heightened my awareness to the impacts that people have within the environment. The sparseness of the landscape allowed me to focus on the man-made objects within it.”