People

Staff
  • Sophie Davis
    Director

    Sophie Davis joined Enjoy in 2016. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at The Physics Room and co-founded and directed North Projects, an independent art space that delivered a programme of exhibitions, events and publishing in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 2014-16. Her writing has been published by Art & Australia, Art New Zealand, The Physics Room, Christchurch Art Gallery and Matters journal. In 2017, she was selected as a participant in the Asia New Zealand Foundation curator tour of Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and in 2018 she was an international participant in Para Site's emerging curators programme in Hong Kong.

    Sophie has a BFA in Graphic Design from the Ilam School of Art and an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Canterbury.

  • Simon Gennard
    Assistant Curator

    Simon Gennard joined Enjoy as assistant curator in September 2018. Prior to his appointment Simon was the 2017 Blumhardt Foundation/Creative New Zealand curatorial intern at The Dowse Art Museum, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt and worked as curatorial assistant at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. In 2018, he was a facilitator of artist-run initiative MEANWHILE. Simon holds an MA from Victoria University of Wellington and his writing has appeared in Overland, The Pantograph Punch and Reading Room.

  • Nina Dyer
    Administrator

    Nina Dyer joined Enjoy as the gallery's administrator in May of 2020. Nina co-curated A Way Through in 2019, exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery and the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka, where she also developed public programmes for On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell and Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi as their 2019 intern. Her writing has been published by a range of outlets and galleries and she continues to develop self-initiated curatorial projects. Her most recent project is George Turner and Xi Li, Free of Charge, MEANWHILE, 2020.

  • Past Staff

    —Hōhua Thompson
    Toi Māori Education and Audience Intern, 2019
    —Louise Rutledge
    Communications and publications manager, 2015–18
    —Emma Ng
    Gallery manager and curator, 2015–18
    —Meredith Crowe
    Communications and publications manager, 2013–15
    —Julia Lomas
    Communications and publications manager, 2012–13
    —Claudia Arozqueta
    Gallery manager and curator, 2011–13
    —Bopha Chhay
    Communications and publications manager, 2010–12
    —Erica van Zon
    Gallery manager and curator, 2010–11
    —Jeremy Booth
    Communications and publications manager, 2009–10
    —Siv B. Fjærestad
    Gallery manager and curator, 2007–10
    —Paula Booker
    Publications manager, 2006–09
    —Marnie Slater
    Gallery manager and curator, 2007
    —Melanie Oliver
    Gallery manager and curator, 2004–07
    —Melanie Hogg
    Gallery manager and curator, 2004–06
    —Jessica Reid
    Writer and publicist, 2004–06
    —Louise Menzies
    Writer and publicist, 2003–04
    —Louise Tulett
    Writer and publicist, 2003–05
    —Kate Kelly
    Gallery manager, 2002–03
    —Charlotte Huddleston,
    Trustee and gallery manager, 2000–04

Trust
  • Melanie Oliver
    Tia Tuarua | Co-chair

    Melanie Oliver is senior curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt. She was director of The Physics Room in Christchurch from 2012 to 2016, and has held curatorial roles at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and Artspace, Sydney. Melanie was gallery manager at Enjoy Public Art Gallery from 2004 to 2007. She has also undertaken curatorial projects for One Day Sculpture, the Liverpool Biennial City States programme, RAMP Gallery, Hamilton, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland and RM gallery, Auckland. A frequently published writer and regular speaker on the visual arts, Melanie also has an interest in the educational potential of cultural institutions, furthered by a period spent at the National Library of New Zealand. Melanie is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne.  

  • Bridget Reweti
    Tia Tuarua | Co-chair

    Bridget Reweti is a Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi artist and freelance curator based in Wellington. Her lens-based practice  explores indigenous realities and she has exhibited and held residencies both nationally and internationally. Bridget also enjoys working collaboratively as a member of Kava Club and Mata Aho Collective. She holds a Masters Māori Visual Arts, First Class Honors from Massey University and a PGDip in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Kate Ricketts
    Treasurer

    Kate Ricketts is a fundraiser and arts administrator. She is a former Trustee for Arcade New Zealand Live Arts Trust and has work across Boosted.org.nz, The Arts Foundation Toi Māori Aotearoa, and Māori Art Market. Through roles in Japan, London and America she has engaged with the promotion of New Zealand art and culture internationally.

    As well as owning BR Flooring she assists several not-for-profit groups with their fundraising strategies.

  • Herbe Bartley

    Herbert Bartley joined Enjoy’s board in September 2018. He is currently Senior Pasifika Advisor for the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Prior to this role, he worked in various roles at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for 7 years.

  • Miriama Grace-Smith

    Miriama Grace-Smith (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Porou) is a Māori artist based in Pōneke Wellington. She holds a Bachelor in fine arts and dabbles in a few different areas within the creative arts. As a curator, muralist, illustrator, fashion designer, film costume, and art director. 

    She is also a member of Māori women’s art collective Hine Pae Kura and designs in collaboration with New Zealand brand Moana Road.

  • Sascha Perfect

    Sascha is an Arts Producer based in Pōneke Wellington, working across visual arts, theatre, dance, film and event management. She is currently the Public Programmer for the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre. Her previous roles include Producer and Associate Director of The Performance Arcade, Event Coordinator for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Coordinator for Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, Production Coordinator for Cuba Creative, Random Films and Propeller Studios. Before this, she was the Ensemble Manager for STROMA New Music Trust.

    Internationally, Sascha directed the Balkan Irish Arts Forum and was the Artistic Director of the Have U Met Nosti? Arts Festival in Ireland.

    Sascha holds a Masters in Visual Arts from IADT Ireland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Studies from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and a Bachelor of Visual Arts form AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Past

     

    2016–20: Sonya Lacey
    2018–19: Bruce E. Phillips
    2008–18: Ann Shelton
    2015–18: Jordana Bragg
    2013–18: Jessica Hubbard
    2017–18: Shannon Te Ao
    2013–16: Gary Peters
    2013–16: Bryna O'Brien–Kiddey
    2012–16: Alice Tappenden
    2012–15: Sarah Caylor
    2011–15: Kate Adolph
    2012–14: Alice Baxter
    2011–13: Megan Dunn
    2012–13: Ben Buchanan
    2009–12: Molly Samsell
    2012: Jhana Millers
    2011–12: Frances Speer
    2011–12: Andrew Beck
    2008–11: Bronwyn Holloway–Smith 
    2010–11: Mark Bolland
    2006–11: Amit Charan
    2009–10: Kate Woods 
    2006–09: Rachel O'Neill 
    2006–08: Jenny Gillam
    2007–08: Anton Berndt 
    2006–07: Marnie Slater  
    2004–07: Jayne Joyce
    2003–07: Louise Menzies 
    2005–06: Sandy Gibbs 
    2004–06: Kim Paton 
    2003–05: Ross Kettle
    2003–05: Louise Tulett
    2003: Daniel du Bern
    2002–04: Clem Devine 
    2002–03: Bek Coogan  
    2002–03: Stuart Shepherd      
    2000–04: Tao Wells 
    2000–02: Ros Cameron
    2000–02: Ciaran Begley
    2000–02: Rachel Smithies

Interns
  • Connie Brown
    Library and Archive Intern

    Connie Brown is a third-year student at Victoria University of Wellington in Art History and Sociology. She has a strong interest in the role of art in communities, and in art as an interpersonal practice. Connie is currently working with Enjoy’s library and archive to help develop these resources for contemporary artists and art researchers based in Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara.