People

Staff
  • Vanessa Mei Crofskey
    Director

    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).

  • Etanah Lalau
    Curator (Exhibitions & Public Programmes)

    Etanah (b. 1995, Lower Hutt, Wellington) is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist who is of Afega and Sa'anapu heritage from Samoa.

     Etanah graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design from Massey University in 2018. Since then, she has worked as an intern at Tauranga Art Gallery through Tautai Pacific Arts Trust and has returned to her home in the Hutt Valley as an artist mentor at Taita and Naenae Clubhouse for the past three years. Her work operates at the intersections of public installations, digital art, mixed media and photography.

     

  • Claire Harris
    Communications & Publications Manager

    Claire Harris joined Enjoy in April 2021 on a temporary basis and became publications and communications manager in August 2021. She is Pākehā, and was born in Gore as part of what used to be called 'Generation Y' and is now called 'Old Millennial'. With a history in library work and in volunteer organiser in self-publishing communities, Claire aims to increase usability and access to Enjoy’s reading room and publishing programme.

    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. As a practising video and performance artist her work has a recurring focus on humour, trauma and longing particularly as expressed through celebrity and fan culture.

     

  • Past Staff

    —Hugo Robinson
    Administrator, 2021
    —Simon Gennard
    Assistant curator, 2018–2021
    —Sophie Davis
    Director, 2016–2020
    —Hōhua Thompson
    Toi Māori Education and Audience Intern, 2019
    —Louise Rutledge
    Communications and publications manager, 2015–18
    —Emma Ng
    Gallery manager and curator, 2014–16
    —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
  • 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.

  • Natalie Jones
    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
    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.

  • Herbee Bartley

    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.

  • Past

    2020–21: Miriama Grace-Smith (Mana Whenua Trustee)
    2020–21: Chevron Hassett (Youth Trustee)
    2020–21: Sascha Perfect (Secretary)
    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

Interns
  • Sophia Coghini
    Tautai Arts Intern

    Sophia Coghini is an interdisciplinary Pasifika artist, who is currently undertaking a Tautai Arts Internship with Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, supported by Creative New Zealand.

    Her maternal family is Niuean (Alofi, Hikutavake) and Tahitian. Her father is of Māori (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi), Italian and Hungarian parentage. Coghini recently studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Massey University. Her art practice explores tivaevae (tifaifai), an inherited tactile skill set, passed down from her grandmother and mother, but within the less ‘traditional’ mediums of concrete, cork, and plaster. The concrete curves and crevices challenge the expected notions of tivaevae (tifaifai), reflecting the institutional space this work struggles to belong within, by materializing a rigid form of time and place. Sophia is interested in how viewing tivaevae in a different form and context can open up conversations around growing customs while continuing to provide the narratives that tivaevae does.


    Moui fiafia ne nakai fai fakaotiaga mo e magafaoa mo e tau kapitiga- Salamo 37:11,29 

  • Tom Denize
    Massey Arts Intern

    Tom Denize is currently studying for a BFA at Massey University. He is interning at Enjoy for 2021 as part of the Massey internship elective. With an interest in installation-based video and photography, Tom has joined the team to gain an insight into gallery operations and to involve himself in the local Pōneke art scene.