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



Nina Dyer, inside the Adam Art Gallery (photo: Image Services, Victoria University of Wellington)

Victoria University of Wellington Art History student Nina Dyer has been selected as the new intern at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington.

Nina was selected from a strong field of candidates from throughout New Zealand for the paid internship that offers up to six months’ part-time work. She will work at the Gallery while also writing a research essay for her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History.

Nina will bring her keen interest in contemporary artistic practice to bear in developing public programmes and undertaking research for forthcoming exhibitions at the Gallery. She is already helping Adam Art Gallery Director Christina Barton to organise a University-sponsored talk series to be staged at the Auckland Art Fair in early May, which is designed to extend the Adam Art Gallery’s reach as a forum for debate on matters galvanising the visual arts presently.

Nina says “I am excited to be working at the Adam where I hope to gain insights that will help me develop as a curator. Having worked there as a volunteer, I know what the Gallery offers as a platform for creative thinking.”

The Adam Art Gallery Internship is now in its second year. Inaugural intern Lachlan Taylor has secured a one-year curatorial position at Artspace Aotearoa in Auckland, in part as a result of the experience he gained at the Adam.

The initiative has been made possible through a donation from Wellington-based benefactor Barbara Blake. It sees a recent graduate or early-career professional working with the Gallery to learn all aspects of curatorial work.

Christina Barton says this opportunity further embeds the Gallery in the university context, proving its worth as a training ground for those interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.

For more information contact Christina Barton on 04-463 5254 or

Media release: Adam Art Gallery’s new intern announced, 25 March 2019



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 will accompany the exhibition that opens at the Adam Art Gallery on 2 November 2019. After receiving his MA and completing the Adam Art Gallery internship, Lachlan received a one-year position as Curatorial Assistant at Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland.