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 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 joined Enjoy as gallery 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 Toi, 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 Free of Charge (freeofcharge.space), a digital exhibition incuding artists Xi Li and George Turner, faciliated by MEANWHILE gallery in 2020.
Toi Māori Education and Audience Intern, 2019
Communications and publications manager, 2015–18
Gallery manager and curator, 2015–18
Communications and publications manager, 2013–15
Communications and publications manager, 2012–13
Gallery manager and curator, 2011–13
Communications and publications manager, 2010–12
—Erica van Zon
Gallery manager and curator, 2010–11
Communications and publications manager, 2009–10
—Siv B. Fjærestad
Gallery manager and curator, 2007–10
Publications manager, 2006–09
Gallery manager and curator, 2007
Gallery manager and curator, 2004–07
Gallery manager and curator, 2004–06
Writer and publicist, 2004–06
Writer and publicist, 2003–04
Writer and publicist, 2003–05
Gallery manager, 2002–03
Trustee and gallery manager, 2000–04
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.
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 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.
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 (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.
Chevron Hassett, born 1994, in Lower Hutt, Aotearoa is an emerging artist of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongamaiwahine and Pākehā (Irish) heritage who currently lives and practices out of Wellington.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Design with Honours from Massey University, Wellington in 2016. His practice expands into many media from lens-based projects, kowhaiwhao murals, art installation and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in public and gallery spaces in Aotearoa and Australia.
At the heart of his practice is community orientated and stems from a Māori foundation of whanaungatanga. Inspiring his creative direction to make work about the surroundings of his childhood, his ancestry, cultural and social identity, and the urban Māori experience.
Chevron is currently working on a residency at Taita College with the Ministry of Education and creating new works for solo-exhibitions at Enjoy Wellington, Papa Atea Gallery Auckland, Govett-Brewster New Plymouth and Artspace Sydney.
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.
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
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.