While still studying, Neil was a founding member of City Group, making a series of experimental films and photographic installations including Pier, and North-South Project, which was selected for the National Art Gallery’s 1986 survey exhibition ‘Content/Context’. Neil’s solo exhibitions at public galleries include Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, City Gallery Wellington, Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui, Artspace Auckland and Millennium Art Gallery Blenheim. Neil has participated in many group exhibitions at major institutions, including ‘Puā Wai o Ngāi Tahu’, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, ‘Public/Private Tumatanui/Tumataiti: The 2nd Auckland Triennial’, Auckland Art Gallery, ‘Telecom Prospect 2004’, City Gallery Wellington, ‘Toi Te Papa: Art of a Nation’, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington and 'Mortality', Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Melbourne. In November 1999 'The Vault: Neil Pardington' opened at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication. 'The Vault: Neil Pardington' is touring throughout New Zealand until 2012. Neil exhibits regularly at Suite Wellington, Jonathan Smart Gallery Christchurch, McNamara Gallery Photography Whanganui and Nadene Milne Gallery Arrowtown. He has recently joined GrantPirrie Gallery in Sydney.

Neil is a director of MAP Film Productions. He has produced, written and directed a number of short films, including Losing Sleep, Chinese Whispers and The Dig, selected for screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994. In 2003 Neil produced the feature film For Good with director Stuart McKenzie.

Neil is also the founding director of Eyework Design. Eyework has been the recipient of New Zealand’s top design awards including the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand’s Stringer Award, and Best Book at the Spectrum Print Book Design Awards. In 2004 Eyework merged with Base Two, where Neil now works as a creative director.

Neil studied at Elam School of Fine Arts and has a BFA from University of Auckland. He is of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Kati Waewae Māori and Pākeha descent and lives in Wellington Aoteroa New Zealand.