Adam Art Gallery Internship

The Adam Art Gallery Internship enables a recent graduate, postgraduate student or early-career art professional to work with the Gallery to develop knowledge of collecting, curatorial practice, and exhibition making through their involvement in the planning and delivery of aspects of the Gallery’s work programme.

The Internship is made possible with the generous support of local philanthropist Barbara Blake. Please read our 2017 media release to learn more about the background of the internship: Adam Art Gallery receives generous donation for new curatorial internship programme.pdf

Adam Art Gallery’s 2020 intern announced

Millie Riddell has started her six-month stint as the latest Adam Art Gallery Intern at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. She has a BA Honours degree in Art History from the University and has just completed an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Millie returned to New Zealand in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wrote her thesis on New Zealand expatriate and pioneer of video art Darcy Lange in lockdown in Nelson.

Adam Art Gallery is delighted to be able to offer her the internship, after delaying the appointment process because of the pandemic.

Millie was selected from an exceptional field of candidates. She will be working with the Adam team on all aspects of the Gallery’s work, with a special focus on developing her knowledge of the New Zealand Art Archive that is now administered by the Gallery and drawing on this to improve knowledge of and access to its holdings. She hopes to publish her research in some form before the conclusion of the internship in February 2021.

Millie says, “I am excited to be working at the Adam to develop my own project with the New Zealand Art Archive, and I am especially looking forward to learning from the team about all the aspects of the Gallery’s work.”

The Adam Art Gallery Internship is now in its third year. Alumni Lachlan Taylor and Nina Dyer are both working in the arts sector since undertaking their internships with the Gallery.

Adam Art Gallery Director Christina Barton says, “I am proud of the role we are playing to introduce young people to the possibilities of working in our sector and am confident we are helping create a network of committed and talented individuals who care about the visual arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

The initiative, which provides a part-time paid position for the successful candidate, has been made possible through a donation from Wellington-based benefactor Barbara Blake. Barbara believes “learning on the job with the talented and dedicated team at Adam Art Gallery is an important opportunity at a pivotal stage in their professional life”.

For more information contact Christina Barton on 04 463 5254 or

Media release here.


Nina Dyer
Nina’s focus during her time at the Gallery was on developing public programmes to accompany our exhibition programme. A highlight for her was the series of talks she organised to accompany On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell. She also worked with gallery director Christina Barton and Collection Officer Sophie Thorn on the ‘one-work’ exhibition ‘A way through’ – Colin McCahon’s Gate III, which toured to Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in 2019. Nina was responsible for exploring McCahon’s strongly anti-nuclear views and the iconography he drew upon to convey them in his mural-scaled painting. Nina now has a full-time curatorial role at The Depot in Devonport, Auckland.

Lachlan Taylor
Lachlan was an intern for the Adam while he pursued his Masters degree in Art History at Victoria University Wellington. While working at the Gallery he undertook research towards the first exhibition dedicated to the New Zealand works of British artist Christopher Perkins, who spent four important years working here between 1929 and 1934. Lachlan will be writing an essay for the publication that accompanies the exhibition ‘Looking for a new country’ – Christopher Perkins in New Zealand on view at the Adam Art Gallery 6 November 2019 – 22 March 2020. After receiving his MA and completing the Adam Art Gallery internship, Lachlan received a one-year position as Curatorial Assistant at Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland.