Kingsley Baird is a visual artist and academic whose primary research field is a longstanding and continuous investigation of memory, cross-cultural memorialisation, and public art through making artefacts and writing. The impact of a key part of his work is described by eminent New Zealand historian and author of The Sorrow and the Pride: New Zealand War Memorials, Jock Phillips: “... Kingsley Baird has made a major contribution to the memorialising of war not only in New Zealand but internationally”.
Major international and national examples of his research in this field – particularly in relation to remembrance, and loss and reconciliation – are: Stela (exhibition at Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, Dresden, Germany, 2014); Tomb (exhibition at Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, France, 2013); Serve: a new recipe for sacrifice (exhibition at National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand, 2010-11); Diary Dagboek (an artwork exhibited at In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper, Belgium, while artist in residence in 2007); Diary Dagboek (authored book, 2007); The Cloak of Peace Te Korowai Rangimarie (a sculpture commissioned for Nagasaki Peace Park, Japan, 2006); The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior Te Toma o Te Toa Matangaro (Wellington, New Zealand, 2004); The New Zealand Memorial (Canberra, Australia, 2001, with Studio of Pacific Architecture).
A significant element of his practice involves leading or participating in international and national interdisciplinary design teams. Other concerns include site-specific public artworks for which he has received commissions and awards.