Vanessa Mei Crofskey
Vanessa Mei Crofskey joined Enjoy as director in November 2020. Vanessa is an artist, producer and writer of Chinese and Pākehā descent. Since graduating from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2017, Vanessa has worked as producer in residence at Basement Theatre, as a curator for Window Gallery, University of Auckland, and most recently as a staff writer and communications manager for arts and culture journal The Pantograph Punch.
In her work as an interdisciplinary arts practitioner Vanessa has worked extensively with festivals, public programmes and galleries to create exciting public events and installations, most recently with Satellites and Artspace Aotearoa. Vanessa is also a published poet and has a collection out with Auckland University Press (AUP New Poet’s Six).
Assistant curator cover
Claire Harris is providing cover while Enjoy recruits for two new roles. She is a practising video and performance artist, Pākehā, and was born in Gore as what used to be called 'Generation Y' and is now called 'Old Millenial'. With an employment history in libraries and a volunteer history in NZ comix and zine communities, Claire is using this opportunity to move into work in arts admin.
Claire graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2005, majoring in photography, and completed a Master of Fine Arts at Massey University in 2019.
Assistant curator, 2018–2021
Toi Māori Education and Audience Intern, 2019
Communications and publications manager, 2015–18
Gallery manager and curator, 2014–16
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
Kerry Ann Lee
Tia Tuarua | Co-Chair
Kerry Ann Lee is an artist, designer and writer from Te Whanganui-a-tara. She is a Senior Lecturer at Toi Rauwhārangi, Massey University College of Creative Arts. Through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and collaborative practice, Kerry Ann creates installations, print and image-based works that engage with communities and their histories in public spaces. She is the founder of the Red Letter Distro, co-founder of Up The Punks with John Lake and was the Creative Director for the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018. Kerry Ann regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. She has undertaken international artist residencies in China, Taiwan, US, Mexico and Australia and is well known for her work in independent publishing and fanzines over the past two decades.
Tia Tuarua | Co-Chair
Natalie Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu) is a Pōneke-based arts practitioner. She has worked in public galleries and museums, a national Māori arts organisation, membership-based gallery models, community based, social services and dealer gallery contexts. Most recently, Natalie has established The Price of Change Ltd which is an artist-centric organisation that aims to provide advocacy services for Māori craft and object practitioners.
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.
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.
Herbee 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.
Mana Whenua Trustee
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 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.
2018–20: Bridget Reweti (Tia Tuarua Co-Chair)
2018–20: Melanie Oliver (Tia Tuarua Co-chair)
2016–20: Sonya Lacey
2018–19: Bruce E. Phillips
2008–18: Ann Shelton (Chair)
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