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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.