Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh – Co-Directors/Chief Curators
Aileen and Johan bring a wealth of curatorial, publishing and managerial experience to the role.
Before leading the Govett-Brewster, the couple were Co-Directors of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia and at the Centre for Contemporary Art, in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland prior. In the past decade, Aileen and Johan have curated nearly 50 exhibitions and projects across Europe, North America and Australia, with an emphasis on commissioning new art works. Their projects often respond to time and place, with colonial legacies, ideas of belonging, and new technologies running throughout. They have also edited and co-edited a number of books, including award winning titles in partnership with Sternberg Press, Berlin.
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Lisa Berndt – Business Development Lead
Lisa brings with her 10 years of experience working in government organisations. Most previously 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. Prior to that she was the Programme Coordinator at the Goethe-Institut in Wellington realising a myriad projects in cooperation with New Zealand cultural institutions.
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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).
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Sarah Wall – Acting Curator (Contemporary)
Sarah oversees the research and development of the Govett-Brewster’s contemporary exhibition and publication programme. Sarah joined the Govett-Brewster as Assistant Len Lye Curator in 2014. Previously she was based in Melbourne, where she completed her PhD research in Art History at the University of Melbourne.
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Desmond Brice – Executive Officer
Desmond provides support for activities related to managing our organisation partners, stakeholders and other key relationships. Previously Desmond has worked for various cultural sector agencies in areas including strategic planning, exhibition development, and change management/organisation development.
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Fran Mowforth – Visitor Services Co-ordinator
Fran oversees all things Front of House including the team, tours, venue hire, the shop and cinema and all the events and functions hosted in the combined art museum.
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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
Chris Barry – Education Officer
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 – Education Officer
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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Jess Marshall – Kaiako
Karanga atu ki a koutou ki raro i te maru o te maunga tītohea; he pou here tangata, he pou here waka, he pou here kaupapa.
Ko Jess Marshall tōku ingoa. He Pākehā ahau nō Taranaki e ngākau nui ana ki te ao Māori. Ko au te kaiako hou ki te Whare Toi o Ngāmotu.
Warm greetings to you all. My name is Jess Marshall and I'm the new Te Reo educator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Nau mai, haere mai, rarau mai!
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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.
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Alastair Ross – Cinema and AV
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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Kelly Loney – Communications and Marketing
Kelly supplies content, details and images to local, national and world-wide media for the myriad exhibitions and activities at the Govett-Brewster. She also manages advertising, promotions, the Govett-Brewster's website and social media. Coming to the Gallery from a journalism and public relations background, Kelly has worked with contemporary art and Len Lye's collection and archive for nearly 10 years. Kelly is also part of the New Plymouth District Council's marketing and communications team.
+64 6 759 6717
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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Kate Hutchings – Business Support/Finance
Kate provides administrative and finance services to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre. Excellent time management and organisational skills are an essential requirement of this role. It is an enjoyable and exciting job that deals with a diverse range of people and always presents new challenges. Tasks include liaising with external contractors; maintaining and updating databases and the Govett-Brewster filing system; organising travel and accommodation for staff and visitors; and coordinating financial obligations.
+ 64 6 759 6125
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.
+64 6 759 0857
Kevin Castle – Exhibition Installation Team Member
Kevin's role is to help manage and support exhibition installation; carpentry and maintenance; packing and freight; equipment use; painting; housekeeping; and health and safety procedures. Kevin manages the Govett-Brewster's workshop and materials.
+64 6 759 6060
Front of House Team
Our front of house team, who greet visitors and are on hand to discuss the exhibitions, include:
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