Enjoy

People

Staff
  • Sophie Davis
    Curator and Manager

    Sophie Davis joined Enjoy as curator and manager in August 2016. She 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. From 2014-2016, Sophie was a co-director of North Projects, an artist-run initiative in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Her writing has been published by Art & Australia, Art New Zealand, The Physics Room, Christchurch Art Gallery and Matters journal. She is particularly interested in the relationships between media, publishing and creative practice.

  • Past

    2013–16: Emma Ng
    2011–13: Claudia Arozqueta
    2010–11: Erica van Zon
    2007–10: Siv B. Fjærestad
    2007: Marnie Slater
    2004–07: Melanie Oliver
    2004–06: Melanie Hogg 
    2002–03: Kate Kelly
    2000–04: Charlotte Huddleston

  • Simon Gennard
    Communications and Publications Manager

    Simon Gennard joined Enjoy as communications and publications manager 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, TeWhanganui-a-Tara Wellington. He is currently 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.

  • Past

    2015–18: Louise Rutledge
    2013–15: Meredith Crowe
    2012–13: Julia Lomas
    2010–12: Bopha Chhay
    2009–10: Jeremy Booth
    2006–09: Paula Booker
    2004–06: Jessica Reid
    2003–04: Louise Menzies 
    2003–05: Louise Tulett

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.

  • Bruce E. Phillips

    Bruce E. Phillips is a Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington-based writer and curator. From 2011-16 he was the senior curator at Te Tuhi, a contemporary art gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and in 2017 he continued as Te Tuhi’s curator at large. His practice is driven by enabling artists 
to create ambitious new work and to engage the public with contemporary art. He has curated many exhibitions featuring over 200 artists such as Jonathas de Andrade, Tania Bruguera, Ruth Ewan, Newell Harry, Amanda Heng, Rangituhia Hollis, Tehching Hsieh, Toril Johannessen, Maddie Leach, William Pope.L, Santiago Sierra, Shannon Te Ao, Luke Willis Thompson, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila and The Otolith Group.

    Selected group exhibitions include: Close Encounters at the Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago (2008–2010); What
 do you mean we? (2012), Between Memory and Trace (2012), Unstuck in Time (2014), THE HIVE HUMS WITH MANY MINDS (2016) and Share/Cheat/Unite (2016) at Te
 Tuhi. Together with Jamie Hanton and Charlotte Huddleston he curated These stories began before we arrived (2015) in association with the Taipei International Book Exhibition.

  • Essi Airisniemi
    Secretary

    Essi Airisniemi moved to Aotearoa from Finland in 2012. She is a photographer and is working towards a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Whiti o Rehua, Massey University. Airisniemi has previously interned at Photospace Gallery and is currently working as a graduate assistant for The International Artist Residency Te Whare Hēra and as a photography tutor at Massey University. 

  • 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.

  • Sonya Lacey

    Sonya Lacey works across various media including spoken word performance, video and sculpture. Her practice is based in the socio-technical conditions of messages across print, online and broadcast platforms.

    Lacey's work has been curated into programmes at institutions including Singapore Centre for Contemporary Art, London International Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival and many public galleries throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. She is part of the two-person collaboration lightreading who have exhibited at Artspace, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, ST PAUL St Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, and undertaken residencies at Seoul Art Space, South Korea and The Banff Centre, Canada. Sonya has an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

  • Past

     

    2008–18: Ann Shelton
    2015–18: Jordana Bragg
    2013–18: Jessica Hubbard
    2017: 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
  • Imogen Simmonds
    Archive and Library Intern

    Imogen Simmonds graduated from the University of East Anglia, UK in 2017 with a starred first class BA Hons in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History. She moved back to Aotearoa New Zealand last year having fallen in love with the country whilst studying abroad at the University of Otago where she developed her interest in contemporary New Zealand and Pacific arts. She has previously interned at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and the Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti Dunedin.

  • Melina Payne
    Partnerships and Sustainability Intern

    Before moving to Wellington, Melina Payne was living in London where she worked as an intern at several galleries and art organisations. She has been published by Loving Dalston and in Sweet 'Art's SHE journal, and has spoken as a panelist during Hundred Years Gallery's Hostile Takeover. Having recently studied with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Melina now plans to undertake a degree in Arts Management.  

  • Xander Dixon
    Photography Intern

    Xander Dixon is an artist/photographer based in Te Whanganui-a-tara Wellington. He graduated from Massey University with a BDes (Hons) in Photography and Journalism in 2017, and is currently studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

    Xander has worked as an intern for Photobook New Zealand, was a photo editor for Volunteer Services Abroad, and was awarded a photographic scholarship to the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands in 2015. He currently works at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.

  • Past

    2017

    Shaun Matthews (Photography)
    Dilohana Lakamge (Writing and Publications)
    Hugo Robinson (Writing and Publications)

    2016

    Shaun Matthews (Photography)
    Lara Lindsay-Parker
    Clémence Vole

    2015

    Shaun Matthews (Photography)
    Peyton Sweeney
    Elisabeth Pointon
    Andrew Matautia (Photography)
    Harry Culy (Photography)
    Dexter Edwards (Design)
    Bryn Fenemor (Design)

    2014 

    Jordana Bragg
    Lucy Ryan
    Mark Wilson (Photography)
    Jodi Meadows
    Oscar Perry (Photography)
    Noelia Portela