Staff & Advisory Board
With more than 20 years’ experience Christina Barton has a formidable reputation in New Zealand as a writer, curator and art historian. She has held positions at Auckland Art Gallery (1987-1992) and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (1992-1994) and as Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington (1995-2007). Key exhibitions she has curated include After McCahon: Some Recent Configurations in Contemporary Art (Auckland Art Gallery, 1989); Art Now: The First Biennial Review of Contemporary Art (MoNZ, 1994); Close Quarters: Contemporary Artists from Australia and New Zealand (touring Australia and NZ, 1995); Joseph Kosuth: Guests and Foreigners, Rules and Meanings (Te Kore) (Adam Art Gallery (AAG), 2000); The Expatriates: Frances Hodgkins and Barrie Bates (AAG and Gus Fisher Gallery, 2004-5); Four Times Painting (AAG, 2007); Hydraulics of Solids: João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva (AAG, 2008); The Subject Now (AAG, 2008); I, HERE, NOW Vivian Lynn (AAG, 2008-9); Billy Apple New York 1969-1973 (AAG, 2009) .
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Andy Cummins is the Adam Art Gallery’s technician, installation co-ordinator, and is in charge of exhibition maintenance. He also assists in the ongoing management of the Victoria University of Wellington’s art collection.
Sophie Thorn 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 has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. She has a background in registration and has worked for Walker Art Center as well as several leading artists in New York City.
Laura Preston, previously Curator at the Adam Art Gallery (2008-2012) has been appointed the inaugural Adam Art Gallery curator-at-large. From her base in Europe she will be working with us for one year to realise and help develop aspects of our programme and to offer on-the-spot insights into the art scenes she is encountering.
This new opportunity for the Adam to extend its reach internationally has been made possible by a grant from the Chartwell Trust. We are very grateful to the Trust for its ongoing support.
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.
Professor Geoffrey Batchen
Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a teacher, writer and curator specialising in the history of photography. He is the author of Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (1997, with subsequent translations into Spanish, Korean and Japanese), Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2001), Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance (2004), William Henry Fox Talbot (2008), What of Shoes: Van Gogh and Art History (2009, in German and English), and Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death (2010, in Japanese and English). He has also edited an anthology of essays titled Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida (2009). As a curator and editor, he has worked on exhibitions in Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and the United States and edited academic journals in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has given public lectures all over the world and taught in a number of tertiary institutions in Australia and the US, including the University of California San Diego, the University of New Mexico and the Doctoral Program in Art History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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.
The Adam Art Gallery relies on the work of volunteers to provide support and assistance in the administration of the gallery and in the co-ordination of projects and events. We are extremely grateful to our volunteers for the valuable contribution they make to gallery operations.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the gallery, please visit the Volunteer Programme webpage.