Our People

Curatorial, Collections and Programmes
Melanie OliverCurator
Melanie Oliver
Melanie Oliver, Curator

Melanie has a background of working in artist-run initiatives and continues to take an artist-led approach to curating in public institutions. She primarily works with contemporary artists but also has an interest in archives and, as the most recent addition to the Gallery’s curatorial team, is looking forward to bringing fresh perspectives to the collection.

Felicity MilburnLead curator
Felicity Milburn
Lead curator
Felicity Milburn, Lead curator

Felicity works with artists on a wide range of projects, from temporary installations through to large-scale survey exhibitions, and writes regularly about art for the Gallery and for local and international publications. She enjoys working collaboratively with contemporary artists and finding new ways for audiences to connect with art in the process. 


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Peter VangioniCurator
Peter Vangioni
Peter Vangioni, Curator

Peter's primary interest is in historical New Zealand art and printmaking however he also enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with contemporary artists on exhibitions. His ongoing research of the permanent collection often informs the Gallery's exhibition programme which he helps shape with the curatorial team. His interest in hand-printed books has led to the development of an artist's book collection in the Gallery's library.

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Ken HallCurator
Ken Hall
Ken Hall, Curator

Ken works as a curator with both historical and contemporary art. His skills include creating exhibitions for younger audiences, with a thematic, cross-disciplinary approach. Current research includes the provenance of historical works, including early British and colonial era portraits, in order to build appreciation of their globally linked storylines. His interest in architectural heritage, post-earthquakes, resulted in Reconstruction: conversations on a city, an award-winning outdoors exhibition and accompanying publication.


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Nathan PōhioAssistant curator
Nathan Pōhio
Assistant curator
Nathan Pōhio, Assistant curator

Iwi - Kati Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, Waitaha
Hapu - Tuahuriri, Rapaki, Arowhenua 

Nathan has worked on many exhibition projects with local, national and international artists, curators and writers and has developed a strong relationship with New Zealand's art community. A number of his projects at the Gallery have brought a distinctly Ngāi Tahu focus to our programme. Nathan is a long-term board member of The Physics Room, a contemporary project space in Christchurch and a founding member of Paemanu, a trust established for the advocacy of Ngāi Tahu contemporary arts.