Staff & Advisory Board


Christina Barton, Manutaki | Director
+64 4 463 5254
Christina Barton has been Director of the Adam Art Gallery since 2007. Prior to taking up this role she was a senior lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington and she continues to teach and research as a member of her academic community. She is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading curators and writers, having previously worked at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (1992-1994) and Auckland Art Gallery (1987-1991), as well as co-editing Antic magazine and Reading Room, a journal of contemporary art and visual culture. Notable exhibitions since 2000 include: Bad Visual Systems: Ruth Buchanan, Judith Hopf, Marianne Wex (Adam Art Gallery, 2016); Billy Apple™: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else (Auckland Art Gallery, 2015); Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom (Adam Art Gallery, 2014); what is a life? kim pieters (Adam Art Gallery, 2014); Anthony McCall: Drawing with Light (Adam Art Gallery 2010); Joseph Kosuth: Guests and Foreigners, Rules and Meanings (Te Kore) (Adam Art Gallery 2000). Christina Barton Staff Profile at Victoria University of Wellington.

Kate Lepper, Kaitaupua Kaupapa Tūmatawhānui | Public Programmes and Communications Coordinator
+64 4 886 5455, 022 010 8248

Kate holds a Master of Fine Art (Distinction) from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and is a practising artist with a broad range of experience in art galleries and cultural institutions in Aotearoa and the UK. Kate joins Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, having previously worked for Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, and in London, for Somerset House, Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom, Gasworks, and The White Building.

Sophie Thorn, Kaiwhakarākei | Curator Collections
+64 4 463 5504
Sophie holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Theory from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Law and Collections Management through the London Institute of Art Law. She studied Heritage Materials Science through the Physical Sciences department at Te Herenga Waka-–Victoria University of Wellington and at the Chemical Institute of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic. She has held positions at the Canterbury Museum, Experience Wellington, and Te Manawa Museums Trust. She has been with Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery since 2014.

Andy Cummins, Kaitaupua Whakatū Whakaaturanga | Head Technician and Production Coordinator
+64 4 463 5011
Andy is Adam Art Gallery’s technician, installation coordinator, and is in charge of exhibition maintenance. He also assists in the ongoing management of the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.

Ann Gale, Mata Ahupae | Administrator
+64 4 463 5229
Ann holds a BFA degree from the University of Montana and has a professional background in registration and archiving with previous work experience at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis as well as assisting several artists based in New York City. She has been living in Wellington since 2012.

Louie Zalk-Neale, Kaiāwhina Nahanaha taonga | Curatorial Assistant
+64 4 463 6835

Lachlan Taylor, Kaiāwhina Nahanaha taonga | Collections Assistant
+64 4 463 6835

Charles Broughton, Kaiāwhina, Te Pātaka Toi | Gallery Attendant
+64 4 463 5489

Anna Cammock-Nicholls, Kaiāwhina, Te Pātaka Toi | Gallery Attendant

+64 4 463 5489


Heamana | Chair
Jennifer Windsor
Professor Jennifer Windsor is Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Australia and completed her masters and PhD at Purdue University in the United States. She was a professor at the University of Minnesota from 1990-2014, and was Department Chair of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from 2002-2008. She led all aspects of undergraduate education as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts from 2008 onwards. Her scholarship focuses on children’s language acquisition and disabilities, and she has written numerous research articles on factors influencing language development. Professor Windsor joined Victoria and took up her current position in January 2015.

Sandy Callister
Sandy Callister is a Director of the marketing strategy firm The Providence Report and is a trustee for the Wigram Foundation and World Vision New Zealand. She has previously worked for TVNZ, Saatchi and Saatchi in New York, Unilever in London, and was Managing Director of Colmar Brunton in Wellington. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Auckland, and has studied women and leadership at the Harvard Business School. Her book The Face of War: New Zealand’s Great War Photography was published by Auckland University Press in May 2008.

Jenny Harper, formerly director Christchurch Art Gallery, founding Associate Professor, Art History, Victoria University of Wellington (1995-2005). Jenny Harper was instrumental in the establishment of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington and led the Adam Art Gallery project to its successful opening in 1999. Now retired from her leadership role at the Christchurch Art Gallery, she is offering independent consultancy services to the art museum profession and cultural sector. She is a long-standing patron of the Adam Art Gallery and one of its keenest advocates, who brings her experience, knowledge and fundraising skills to see the Gallery through the next phase of its history.

Madeleine Setchell
Madeleine is a professional communications and marketing practitioner with 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector and is particularly focused on the link between the effective organisational strategy and brand.

Robin Skinner
Robin Skinner is Dean of Architecture and Design Faculty Office at Victoria University of Wellington.

Carey Young
Founder and director of The Young, Carey Young began her working career in an advertising  production role in Wellington New Zealand. She traveled to London in 1998 to continue working in this field whilst supporting herself through an undergraduate Fine Art degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London. On return to New Zealand in 2001 she began working closely with Hamish McKay and his stable of artists. This work continued for ten years and Carey helped manage the shift in premises from his Willis Street gallery into the current space in Ghuznee Street, along with forging meaningful and lasting relationships with, artists, patrons, institutions and clients. In 2011 she began to work as Head of Fine Art Services in Wellington for Webb’s Auction House, eventually leaving this role in October 2014 to concentrate on her own gallery, The Young, of which she founded in February 2011. Education: 2011 – 2013 Victoria University, Wellington studies toward Bachelor of Art with focus on Art History. Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK studies toward BA Fine Art. 1990 – 1992 Wellington Polytechnic, School of Design, certificates in Textile Design and Contemporary Maori Design.

Kaitūao | Volunteers
The Adam Art Gallery relies on the work of volunteers to provide support and assistance in the administration of the gallery and in the coordination of projects and events. We are extremely grateful to our volunteers for the valuable contribution they make to gallery operations.

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering for the gallery, please visit the Volunteer Programme webpage.