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Credit: Glenn Jeffrey


I am Senior Curator and Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Previous roles have included Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington) and collection management roles at Puke Ariki Museum and Libraries (New Plymouth) and Auckland War Memorial Museum. In 2016 I was a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. My academic background includes MA (Classics), BA (Ancient History/English) and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Museum Studies) from the University of Auckland.

This blog documents recent projects and some occasional thoughts on museology, curating and photography.

Alongside numerous publications produced for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre and for other galleries and museums (City Gallery Wellington, Mangere Arts Centre), my academic writing has been published by the Getty Conservation Institute and Canterbury University Press. I have written for numerous journals, magazines and newspapers including Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand, Articulate (AGSA), Life and Leisure and the Taranaki Daily News.

I am the commissioning editor of the Govett-Brewster’s STATEMENTS publication series, launched in 2018 with Erika Balsom’s An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea. The second in the series, by Caleb Kelly (UNSW Sydney) will be published in 2019.

A recent interview (September 2018) with me is hosted at Pantograph Punch.

You can listen to Kim Hill interview me regarding the work of Len Lye and the launch of the Len Lye Centre via this link to the 25 July 2015 episode of National Radio’s Morning Report.



Credit: Mark Dwyer