Image: (L-R) Musicians Lanzwell and Rob Holloway performing at 'Po Talanoa', Auckland Art Gallery.
Arts Management includes ensuring there is Artist-Care, Admin. Support, High-Quality Delivery and Reporting in a timely manner.
From 2013-2020, I was able to develop in my Arts Management experience through looking after artists in numerous projects in my role with Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki. These relationships required establishing and fostering key community partnerships including:
- NZ Rugby League engaging ECE (early childhood education) playgroups with art workshops from inside their rugby league clubrooms
- UNITEC and MIT Outreach Internships for interns from outer suburbs in South Auckland and West Auckland to complete professional practice experience inside the gallery.
- Spearheading and project managed the Gallery’s CNZ-funded ‘Visible Voices’ research project which sought to strengthen the Gallery’s engagement with Pacific audiences.
This entailed supervising a team of three Pasifika interns to organise a considerable number of fono to learn how Pacific peoples wanted to connect with the Gallery and be represented in its activities, including staffing, exhibitions and through the collection itself.
- Collaborating with the Pacific Sisters and Sisters United to deliver a series of workshops at the Gallery with 'Sisters United' Organisations
- Represented the gallery to work alongside Arts Access Aotearoa’s Arts in Corrections social services like Pillars, an organisation that provides support and opportunities for the children of prisoners; Iosis, supporting teen dads; and PARS, a Māori kaupapa-led programme for recent deportees.
- Project managing delivery of the impactful Pat Hanly Creativity Awards, which recognises the region’s talented high school visual arts students.
These are just some of the many projects I was privileged to lead and work alongside with amazing team members across the gallery and collaborators in our diverse community in Tamaki Makaurau.