Working with a variety of media including installation, textile, ceramics, casting and glass, Newby is a sculptor who is committed to exploring and putting pressure on the limits and nature of sculpture. As such, she is interested in not only space, volume, texture and materials, but where and how sculpture happens. Newby received her Doctorate of Fine Art in 2015 from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. She has shown internationally at galleries and museums including Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington (2021); Feuilleton, Los Angeles (2020); The Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne (2019); Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (2018); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2018); Sculpture Center, New York (2017); Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2017); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (2015); Marianne Boesky, New York (2015); Lulu, Mexico City (2014); Arnolfini, Bristol (2014) and Fogo Island Gallery, Newfoundland (2013), among others. Newby has undertaken residencies at The Chinati Foundation, TX (2017), Artpace, TX (2017) and Fogo Island (2013). In 2019, she was a recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.