Our staff

Zara Stanhope
Zara Stanhope – Director

Zara has worked in lead curatorial and program roles in art galleries in Aotearoa and Australia including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Adam Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Heide Museum and Monash Univerity Musuem of Art. She is concerned with engaging communities with contemporary art through meaningful exhibitions, publications and creative dialogues in galleries and in public space, and an enabler of collaborations that foster connections and understanding through art across the South. She was the Lead Curator for New Zealand at Venice at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia, 2019 and The 9th and 10th Asia Pacific Triennials at QAGOMA. A writer and editor, she has a PhD from the Australian National University and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland and at RMIT University, Melbourne.


Antony Rhodes
Antony Rhodes – Business Development Lead / Deputy Director

Antony is the Gallery’s Business Development Lead / Deputy Director, and has a background spanning economic development, regional tourism promotion, political communications and arts marketing. Antony’s role covers a range of functions relating to the successful and sustained operations and growth of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and the position the Gallery’s global brand and connections play in driving the ideas, innovation and aspirations of the New Plymouth district and Taranaki region.


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Paul Brobbel
Paul Brobbel – Len Lye Curator

Paul has been the Gallery's Len Lye curator since 2013, responsible for exhibitions, collection development, and scholarship around New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed artist. Previously, Paul was Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Recent publications include The Long Dream of Waking (ed., Canterbury University Press) and Keep it Moving (Getty Conservation Institute). He is the editor of the Gallery’s STATEMENTS essay series including recent texts by Erika Balsom (King’s College) and Caleb Kelly (UNSW Art & Design).


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Megan Tamati-Quennell
Megan Tamati-Quennell – Associate Indigenous Curator Contemporary Art

Megan Tamati-Quennell is a leading curator and writer of modern & contemporary Māori & Indigenous art; a field she has worked in for three decades. She currently splits her time between two curatorial positions; Associate Indigenous Curator, Contemporary Art | Kairauhī Taketake Toi Onāianei, here at the Govett Brewster, and Curator Modern & Contemporary Maori & Indigenous Art, at Te Papa Tongarewa. Her research interests include Māori modernism, Mana Wāhine Māori (Māori women artists of the 1980s and 1990s), The Māori Internationals (urban, avant-garde Māori artists of the 1990s), international Indigenous art and Indigenous art curatorial praxis.
Megan is of Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha Māori descent.


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Simon Gennard
Simon Gennard – Assistant Curator Contemporary Art and Collections

Simon contributes to the Gallery’s exhibition and public programs including research into and presentation of the Govett-Brewster collection. Previously, he was Assistant Curator at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, the 2017 Blumhardt Foundation / Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern at The Dowse Art Museum, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt and co-facilitated artist-run initiative MEANWHILE. His research interests include queer art and politics in Aotearoa and his writing has been published around Aotearoa and Australia. Simon holds a Master of Arts in Art History through Victoria University of Wellington.


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Lisa Berndt
Lisa Berndt – Curator Public Engagement

Lisa leads our public programmes and the much-loved, extraordinary Govett-Brewster education team. Lisa brings more than 18 years of experience as a cultural manager working in government organisations and has a strong belief in the arts as a powerful facilitator for innovation and social change. Most recently Lisa worked as the Gallery’s Business Development Lead. Prior to that she was the Head of Touring Exhibitions at ifa – the Institute for International Cultural Relations in Stuttgart/Germany, responsible for exhibition production and touring worldwide on behalf of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Elaine Rollins
Elaine Rollins – Assistant Curator Public Engagement

Elaine develops and delivers public programmes and nurtures gallery relationships with myriad community groups, exploring the best way to make exhibitions come alive and relevant –through artist talks, workshops, tours, and community conversations. Having worked at the Gallery since 2015, Elaine brings more than a decade’s experience of community engagement in Aotearoa and San Francisco. Prior, she mostly worked in the national USA public television network using documentary film to explore social justice issues.


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Emma Glucina
Emma Glucina – Len Lye Curatorial Assistant

Emma assists with the management of the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive. She also provides curatorial support for exhibitions, and contributes to the development and delivery of associated public programmes, including Sense Art, the Gallery's inclusive programme for visitors with accessibility needs. Emma comes from a museum and art gallery background and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from The University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts.


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Kelly McCosh
Kelly McCosh – Registrar

Kelly’s role is to carry out all procedures associated with the care, receipt and dispatch of art works from the permanent and loan collections and works on loan for exhibition, ensuring that the collection database is maintained accurately to provide correct research and registration information. Kelly oversees all loan documentation, freight and insurance arrangements of the art works. She arranges the photography of artworks for collection record; prepares condition reports of artworks; processes loan applications; and facilitates photography and copyright requests, incoming and outgoing.


+64 6 759 6716

Hannah Moselen
Hannah Moselen – Retail Manager

Hannah oversees all things shop related including the selection of giftware, jewellery and books from new and existing suppliers, shop merchandise, collaborations and gallery wholesale stock orders. Hannah is your direct contact for supplier enquiries at the Govett-Brewster Shop.


+64 6 759 6715

Alastair Ross
Alastair Ross – Cinema Programmer

Alastair’s role is to prepare and programme film content for our cinema, liasing with clients, artists, filmmakers and distributors to ensure the Gallery offers a wide ranging and entertaining film programme.
Alastair also operates the projection and sound equipment for presentations and events.


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Matt White
Matt White – Graphic Designer

Matt is our in-house graphic designer, with experience in both publication and digital he designs everything from slides in the cinema, artwork labels, to our advertising and communications collateral.


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Lucy Nacey
Lucy Nacey – Digital Engagement Assistant

Lucy works within all areas of the team to create content for social media and digital platforms. With a focus on engaging and enriching the Gallery community online, she also provides support to the communications and marketing teams. Lucy comes from a background in retail design, marketing and artistic direction in a fashion environment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design with First Class Honours from Massey University of Wellington.


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Kate Hutchings
Kate Hutchings – Business Support Officer

Kate provides financial management services and administration support to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. She worked in a similar role for over a decade overseas before returning to her hometown New Plymouth to work for the Gallery in 2017.


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Fran Mowforth
Fran Mowforth – Fundraising and Events Officer

Fran has worked at the Govett-Brewster since 2010; managing various projects and events as Business Support Officer and then Visitor Services Coordinator within the business development team. With previous experience in design and customer-focused roles across public and private sectors, Fran now manages the Gallery’s large-scale events, private venue hire and key stakeholder relations; seeking out new sponsors and supporters for a number of ongoing and future projects.


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Georgi du Toit
Georgi du Toit – Executive Officer

Georgi has a background in arts administration, digital marketing, and the secondary art market. Her role covers a range of functions relating to the Gallery’s operations. She delivers administration and organisational support to the director and deputy director; assisting them in correspondence, planning, programming, and coordinating travel. Georgi helps facilitate events held in the Gallery and her role also has a key focus on stakeholder relations, with involvement in both the Govett-Brewster Foundation and Len Lye Foundation. Previously, Georgi was Communications Coordinator & Auction Registrar at contemporary art auction house Art+Object in Auckland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from The University of Auckland. Georgi brings a passion for growing the Gallery’s engagement with local Taranaki communities as well as further afield.


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Jon Geehan
Jon Geehan – Exhibitions Coordinator

Jon oversees the general exhibition management and planning of the Govett-Brewster. His role includes liaising with contractors; artists and curators; procurement of equipment and materials; recruitment, training and coordination of the exhibition changeover team; crating design packaging and transportation of artworks and photography production for publications, publicity and records.


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Murray Hewitt
Murray Hewitt – Exhibition Technician

Murray's role involves the installation of artworks in the gallery spaces in whatever form, whether it be moving image, sculpture, painting, performance or sound. He is also responsible for the transportation of artwork, fabrication of supports and gallery furniture as well as wall building and painting. Murray also handles maintenance of the workshop and A/V equipment and liaising with contractors, artists and curators.


+64 6 759 6060

Carmela Snooks
Carmela Snooks – Exhibition Technician

Mela’s role has a particular focus on technical AV projects; overseeing the installation and de-installation of art works, and maintaining exhibitions, projects, and audio visual solutions, as well as transportation of artwork, maintenance of the workshop and liaising with contractors; artists and curators.

Mela previously studied Film in Auckland and also Graphic Design in Melbourne. Prior to this role, she was Exhibitions Technician for six years at Puke Ariki, with a specialism in digital systems design and multi-media programming.


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Chris Barry
Chris Barry – Educator

Chris oversees the day-to-day management of the Govett-Brewster’s current Ministry of Education funded Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme and has fun designing and implementing education programmes for all levels of students, the majority currently being used by primary school students and teachers. Chris also helps design and implement school holiday programmes and co-ordinates a weekly out-of-school-hours art programme for senior primary students. He advises educational groups and teachers about the resources, programmes and events available at the Govett-Brewster.


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Rebecca Fawkner
Rebecca Fawkner – Educator

Rebecca works mainly within the Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme funded by the Ministry of Education, designing and implementing Govett-Brewster education programmes for pre-school to tertiary students. Rebecca helps young people learn very useful and cool stuff from some times ‘out there’ contemporary art. Primary school students and teachers are the most frequent education visitors but students come from all types of schools and have very different reasons for immersing themselves in the world of art. As a part of the education team Rebecca also helps design and run hands-on art making workshops every school holidays.


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Ellie Field
Ellie Field – Educator

Ellie develops and delivers public programmes including Family Art, Seniors and Babes. She has worked for the Govett Brewster since 2015. She is a Young Visionaries tutor and supports the school holiday programme. Ellie’s background includes 5 years as a lecturer for Cambridge School of Visual and performing arts teaching A-level, and Art Foundation. She has worked on large scale installations in Singapore and South East Asia. She is also part of the exhibition team.


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Some of the Govett-Brewster's Front of House team
Front of House Team

Our friendly and knowledgable front of house team greet visitors and are on hand to discuss the exhibitions.


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At front desk:
Natasha, Josh, Hayley, Wendy, Shelby and Sophie

In the Gallery:
Alina, Briana, Connor, Jacqui, Jo, Lance, Marilyn, Mel, Niamh, Niki, Sally, and Oisin