Staff & Advisory Board
Christina Barton, Director
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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).
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Stephen Cleland, Curator
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Stephen is a curator and writer and has previously been Acting Curator, Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. His previous positions include: Director, The Physics Room, Christchurch (2010-2012), Curator, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2008-2010) and co-founder/ curator of the Window project at The University of Auckland (2002-2007). He has curated a number of group shows including A world undone (Auckland Art Gallery), Measure the city with the body (St Paul St Gallery, Auckland/ The Physics Room Christchurch) and Modern Physics, Unpacking My Library and Wall of Sound (Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland). He recently developed the 2014 Walters Prize exhibition along with a number of books published by Auckland Art Gallery.
Andy Cummins, Exhibition Manager
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Andy is the 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.
Sophie Thorn, Collection Manager
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Sophie holds a masters degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Canterbury and a post grad certificate in Heritage Materials Science from Victoria University of Wellington. She has previously worked as registrar at the Wellington Museums Trust and Te Manawa Museums Trust.
Ann Gale, Administrator
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Ann has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. She has a background in registration and archiving with previous work experience at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis as well as assisting several leading artists based in New York City.
Professor Frazer Allan
Professor Frazer Allan is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a 1988 Massey University veterinary science graduate. After graduation, he worked for two years in practice prior to returning to Massey at the end of 1990 to undertake a residency in companion animal medicine. During his residency he studied towards the degree of Master of Veterinary Science and he attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993 by examination. Immediately after his residency, he undertook a PhD in clinical nutrition. He lectured in companion animal medicine in the latter part of the 1990s before returning to private practice for three years at the end of 2000. From 2004-9, he was Director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, during which time he gained a post-graduate diploma in business and administration with distinction.
Prior to his appointment at Victoria, Professor Allan was the Head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University (2009-2015). During his headship, an innovative, new veterinary curriculum was rolled out and the programme was globally reaccredited, pitting it amongst the world’s elite. A programme of capital redevelopment of the Institute’s facilities was initiated, which included a successful fundraising campaign for a new wildlife hospital. The Institute also became engaged in multimillion dollar international development programmes in epidemiology, public health and veterinary education.
Professor Allan has been a board member of the New Zealand Veterinary Association since 2006 and is Chair of the Association’s Audit and Risk Committee.
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. She is currently a Research Scholar at the Stout Centre, Victoria University, researching a book on New Zealand’s Victorian family albums.
Phyllis Mossman is a part-time Lecturer in Art History and has had a long association with the programme. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of the gallery who has provided informal advice and support over the years. She was on TheNewDowse Friends committee for seven years (three as President) and is currently the Art Consultant for the ANZ bank and (on an as required basis) for the Wellington office of Russell McVeagh and the Reserve Bank.
Priscilla Pitts is General Manager Heritage Destinations for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga. Previously she was Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Otago Settlers Museum (1998-2007), the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (1993-1998) and Artspace, Auckland (1989-1993). She is well known as a commentator on contemporary art and has served at a national level on a wide variety of visual arts panels and committees.
Robin Skinner is Dean of Architecture and Design Faculty Office at Victoria University of Wellington.
Professor Jennifer Windsor is PVC & Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences 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.
Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa) is a doctoral student in Art History at Victoria University. Her thesis is concerned with the history of contemporary Māori art. Anna-Marie was previously the curator at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, the public art gallery for the Nelson region from 2007–2016. There she developed a series of exhibition and publication projects that examined cultural identity in contemporary New Zealand art. These included Kaihono Āhua / Vision Mixer: Māori Modernism / Pākehā Primitivism (2013), Puehu: Polynesian Video and Performance Art (2013), The Maui Dynasty (2009), and Pākehā Now! (2007), the first exhibition of contemporary Pākehā art.
Anna-Marie attended the Elam and Canterbury Schools of Fine Arts, graduating with a BFA in 2001. She has a Master of Arts (Museum Studies) with first class honours from Massey University for the thesis ‘Māori Curatorship at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 1998-2001’. She has been awarded a Te Māori Manaaki Taonga Fellowship (2001), Ngā Karahipi a Te Waka Toi Scholarship (2006) and a Victoria Scholarship (2016).
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.