I am an art practitioner, advocate and curator with over 15 years experience in public art.
My personal and professional focus is on the role art and artists can play in contributing towards the quality of our built environments and the communities that occupy and use them, while encouraging authentic engagement between artists and the communities which host their work.
I am a founding member of Cut Collective, an Auckland based art collective specialising in art led public projects and bespoke outcomes for commercial application. The work of Cut Collective has been based around producing accessible art encounters outside of traditional and institutional settings, and adopting a collaborative approach to inter-disciplinary projects.
I have a background in education having worked at both high school and tertiary level and continue to work with alternative education programmes.
My work increasingly involves more and more aspects of community development, perhaps reflecting the increasing awareness of the effectiveness of creative practice being applied in this space.
My previous governance and advisory experience includes sitting as Chair for APAPPA, the Advisory Panel for Art In Public Places, Auckland. Member and Chair of the Karangahape Road Business Association. Member of the MAHIA Atu advisory panel and I am currently a member of the Script to Screen | Te Tari Tuhi Kupu A Whakaahua governing board.
I am always open to collaborative opportunities working on interesting and challenging projects, even if that project is creating opportunity. I enjoy strategic thinking from a bottom/up perspective but understand the practicalities of top/down effectiveness. I believe on the whole we do a pretty average job of harnessing the potential within our creative ecology and would like to see more activity in this space. I admire all those who are compelled to pursue a life in the arts and culture space, we all know it's not an easy path to take yet we do it any way.