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Portrait of Amy Saunders, General Manager of The Depot Artspace

Amy Saunders

General Manager

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I have worked in the arts and creative sector for the last 25 years working with and supporting artists and arts organisations in New Zealand, the UK and internationally.

I came to the Depot in 2021 returning to Aotearoa after my most recent post in the UK as Head of Participant Services at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I was previously the General Manager at Festivals Edinburgh, the strategic body that supports the 12 Edinburgh Festivals and was Senior International Adviser at Creative New Zealand for five years before returning to Edinburgh to take up the Fringe role.

“My thinking and outlook in life and work has always been very international but rooted locally and I’ve been lucky enough to follow a path that has allowed me to explore and connect with ideas and colleagues from around the world for most of my professional life. I’m a strong believer in the power of collaboration and in continued exploration and learning in all that we do.”

Terehia Walker

Kaitohutohu (Cultural Advisor)

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ko Ngapuhi, Tainui me Te Atiawa ōku iwi,

Ko Terehia Walker tōku ingoa.

Ko Māori me Itāria (Italian) ahau.

I bring an extensive professional background of kaitohutohu and kaiako (tutor) roles in non-profit spaces to Depot Artspace. As a local of Te Hau Kapua (Devonport) I’m passionate about sharing my culture and do everything with community at heart.

For the past six months I’ve taught and guided Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori at the US consulate for the US Ambassador and her team; prior to this I worked in Te Reo Māori kaiako roles at Hauraki Primary and Literacy Aotearoa, with over twenty years of teaching experience. As well as volunteering for local schools through kapa haka, I volunteer at Te Taua Moana, the local Navy marae, where I support rangatahi (youth) coming into the services and whānau environment. I’ve held previous Kaitohutohu roles across Harbour Hospice, Wilson Home, NZ Institute of Education, and Sevilles via MSD.

The taonga (treasures) in my world are my husband of 35 years, our daughter and our son-in-law as they have blessed us with 6 mokopuna (grandchildren) who are also our neighbours.

Portrait of Nina Dyer

Nina Dyer

Exhibition Curator & Gallery Manager

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I am an emerging curator with a background in Art History and an interest in socially engaged practices. As an Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi 2019 Intern, I co-curated A Way Through: Colin McCahon’s Gate III and developed public programmes for On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell, Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi, and Auckland Art Fair.

My most recent curatorial project is Free of Charge, a digital exhibition facilitated by MEANWHILE gallery in 2020. I joined the Depot team early 2021 from Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, where my previous role at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space afforded me insight into the workings of a community-centric gallery with an established local history.

Portrait of Robyn Gibson, gallery curator and technician at Depot Artspace

Robyn Gibson

Gallery Technician

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I oversee all technical aspects of exhibition installations and offer advice to artists in regard to pricing and other issues that may arise to do with the overall display of their work. I am also an artist and you can view my work here.

Portrait of Vikki Edwards, ArtsLab Programme Administrator at Depot Artspace

Vikki Edwards

Depot Artspace Administrator

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I do the accounts and am also the coordinator for the ArtsLab programme which I love as it is a lot more interesting than numbers!

Auckland is my home, I was born here, grew up in East Auckland but have lived in Devonport for most of my life now with a few years in Fiji.

I don’t have a creative bone in my body but I love working with all these amazing people who do. It is a very cool place to work with something different happening every day.

Portrait of Noah Page

Noah Page

In House Audio Engineer

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022 367 6287

After joining the team at the beginning of 2021 as an intern on the New Zealand Music Commission’s Industry Internship programme, I quickly became part of the family at the Depot! 

I am deeply passionate about all things music, found a second home in the studio and I have huge ambitions for the next stage of my time at the Depot. I am currently working on taking over the second studio at Depot Sound, in order to transform the room into a collaborative space for hire, as well as a hub for my freelance audio engineering and music production work. Drop me an email to book your session now!

Alex Twidle

Audio Engineer

After completing a Bachelor of Recording Arts at SAE, I interned at Parachute Music where I assisted and engineered alongside some of the industry’s leading professionals.

I’ve worked on sessions with engineers, producers, and performers such as Stan Walker, Anika Moa, Scott Seabright, Chris Mac, Nic Manders, Rory Noble, Greg Haver, Daily J, Dead Favours, Lepani, Georgia Lines, Yoko-Zuna and many more.

I am also a freelance gun-for-hire in both the audio and photo realms. When I’m not at Depot Sound, you’ll find me in the SAE Studios as part of the team there. As well as being an all round good guy, my super power is in the mix. With a caring demeanor and a keen ear, I’m strong on upholding artist autonomy and working to bring your vision forward – making me a solid choice for any project.

Portrait of Andrew Tui

Andrew Tui

Creative Consultant and Programme Manager

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Tēna koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings.

I am of Samoan and Chinese descent and was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. I have worked as a Careers Practitioner for over 12 years, providing career guidance to clients and groups in the education and community sectors. I also have experience organizing industry events and liaising with diverse employers. My professional interests include digital technologies, personal wellbeing, and supporting the career development of Māori and Pacific peoples. Outside of work I host a podcast series called “Career Coffee Chats”, play in a ukulele band (amateur of course), spend time with my Godchildren, and play the occasional game of tennis.

I am excited to manage the Wayfind Creative programme and look forward to supporting creatives to flourish in their careers.

Sharon Jackson

Creative Employment Administrator

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Having spent many years as an Administrator in many different industries (from Investigation to TVNZ), I feel I have finally found the perfect next chapter in my career/life. I was born in Auckland of European and Ngai Tai (Torere) descent, and have lived in Australia and USA.  My biggest achievements are my awesome kids and mokopuna.

I love museums, art galleries, music (live and recorded) and food, but not necessarily in that order! What I love most though, are people and their stories and the opportunity to help people achieve their goals.

Portrait of Emily Norton, Creative Employment Consultant at Depot Artspace

Emily Norton

Senior Creative Employment Consultant

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After many years in adult education, I returned to my creative roots at Depot Artspace. I work as a creative employment consultant helping support creatives fulfil their potential and take steps towards their dreams.

Being a musician and writer myself, I am passionate about playing a small part in nurturing and growing Aotearoa’s overflowing talent pool. I have spent most of my adult life living overseas immersed in the preeminent creative scene of Montréal, as well as shorter chunks of time in New York City and Austin. I have also recently discovered a passion for psychology and career development, returning to University to develop these skills and pass on the newfound knowledge to my clients.

Portrait of Andry Smith-Garcia

Andry Smith-Garcia

Creative Employment Consultant
I became a Career Coach from the need and hope to help the latin american community, which I am part of, to find professional jobs in New Zealand, and by doing so, improving their quality of life.

Trained as an NLP Coach, I believe that everybody is able to achieve anything they want, if they have the right tools and the right mindset, and this is my purpose working as a Creative Employment Consultant at Depot Artspace.

I have my artistic side as well. I have always been interested in theatre, poetry, writing, music, and currently I am hosting together with a friend, a humorous podcast about adulthood and how hard it is growing up.

I am excited to be part of the Depot team and be able to apply all my knowledge and experience working with migrants, into a more fun industry, and help lots of creatives to find their path and success in life.
Portrait of Erwin van Asbeck, Creative Development Consultant at Depot Artspace

Erwin van Asbeck

Creative Development Consultant

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Kia Ora.

It is wonderful to be part of a new team and the exciting developments at Depot Artspace. My role is to provide creative development support and to help facilitate the networks and professional mentoring that foster and advance creatives to make connection with their creative industry.

Alongside this work I coordinate workshops, exhibition support and programme events that provide opportunities for creative participation. Earlier helped to form ‘Revolution Creative’ the interactive digital platform to enhance employment opportunities and a creative community between creatives/artists and business. The aim to support a flourishing and interconnected creative economy.

I have been working in NGO community mental health, education and arts for 30 years and thrilled to be working alongside the incredible skills and broad experience that make the Depot whanau so dynamic.

Lauren Woolf

Communications & Engagement

Kia ora! I have been working for and with creative organisations and people throughout a 25-year career in advertising, marketing and design. Most of my time has been in leadership roles at companies such as Ogilvy, but also as a serial entrepreneur, kickstarting creative services businesses in Switzerland, South Africa. and New Zealand. I consult and lead projects as ‘MRS WOOLF’, a strategic brand partner to clients, helping build value through creativity. I hold an EMBA from The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

I’m a regular public speaker, sharing insights into creativity, the arts, technology and leadership. I’m really proud to be the co-founder of The Lockdown Collection (TLC), a social impact art initiative started in 2020 supporting artists through the pandemic and I’m a marketing mentor for Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ).

Recently, I took a deep dive into Web3, interested in how the ‘new internet’ will impact – well, everything!  The adventure has led to a passion to be part of a better digital future for all.

Working with Nadine Rubin Nathan and the team at Depot as Marketing & Communications partner, I’m here to help build a formidable centre of creative excellence here in Aotearoa.

Nadine Rubin Nathan

Communications & Engagement

I have over two decades of experience in magazine, web and book publishing in South Africa where I was born and began my career as editor in chief of ELLE magazine, and in New York where I lived for 10 years, working as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Post and as a senior editor at Assouline Publishing, producing large coffee table books and editing web magazines for fashion brands like Reed Krakoff and Ralph Lauren.   

After completing a mid-career MA in arts and culture journalism from Columbia University in New York I focused on writing about the arts and visual art in particular.  

I have collaborated on photography books with my Kiwi artist husband and, when we moved back to Aotearoa in 2014, I continued to freelance as a journalist, eventually writing ‘The Frame’ visual art column for Your Weekend Magazine/Stuff.  

Wearing my book publishing hat, I also co-founded High Spot Literary Agency with business partner and fellow agent Vicki Marsdon, where we represent New Zealand authors of high-quality fiction and non-fiction.

I am excited to collaborate with Lauren Woolf as Marketing & Communications Manager to get the word out about the many creative opportunities available at Depot.   

Mack Potter

Multimedia Designer & Content Creator

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I’m honoured to be a part of the Depot team in supporting Tāmaki Makarau’s creative community.

With a background in fine art, design and music, I feel my interests perfectly align with the Depot’s breadth of programmes. I’m excited for this incredible opportunity to learn from other creatives while further developing my digital communication skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Board

Margaret Taylor

Chair

Margie has a background in journalism including roles as editor of lifestyle magazines, tourist publications and what’s on guides covering Aotearoa New Zealand’s vibrant arts scene.

Her three-decade involvement with Amnesty International has covered the spectrum from activist through to board level. Her role as Community Manager sees her supporting people who gift time and expertise to make the world a better place.  She is passionate about people power and is excited by Depot’s ethos of supporting community, activism and creativity.

She has been part of the Depot since 2018.

Portrait of David Bailey, Board Member at Depot Artspace

David Bailey

Board Member

I have been involved with Depot Artspace for over 6 years, initially as participant on the ArtsLab programme. Subsequent to that, I was able to offer my skills and experience as a freelance ‘in-house’ designer, creating numerous brochures, publication designs, exhibition posters and logos, contributing to creative design aspects of the Depot. For the last two years I have been a Depot Board Trustee and bring to the Board 35 years of experience working in the advertising industry as well as a hands-on knowledge of the Depot and the extent and diversity of work undertaken here.

Portrait of Nicole Devine, Board Member at Depot Artspace

Nicola Devine

Board Member

As the founder and creative director at Tanker Creative since 2003, my team and I focus on enabling brand, web and social for ambitious creative professionals. My main interests are in technology, creative practice and diversity, which I integrate into my business DNA by ensuring a respect for culture; ethnicity, sexuality, gender, social, economic and people with disabilities.

Portrait of Tam Alexander, Board Member at Depot Artspace

Tam Alexander

Board Member

I am a not-for-profit specialist and work on most aspects of operations and governance, with particular emphasis on finance. I started out in the commercial sector before moving almost exclusively to working with community organisations.

Although many of these have been art focused, I reckon I am always by far the least talented as an artist.

Portrait of Abby Storey, Board Member at Depot Artspace

Abby Storey

Board Member

I see creativity and the arts as a fundamental part of a community, big or small. From a background of Arts Administration, I founded web development company Birdhouse Digital with the goal of assisting artists to have a web presence which was affordable and under their control. Through Birdhouse Digital I have been privileged to work with a wide range of arts professionals and spaces, as well as a variety of other clients.

I also worked at the Depot Artspace from 2003 until 2008 and retain a profound appreciation of the Depot as a unique and significant organisation.

Portrait of Vivienne Kent, Board Member at Depot Artspace

Vivienne Kent

Board Member

I am currently teaching human rights and conflict resolution at AUT University, and have a PhD in sociology. Before my academic career I worked in fashion and the music industry in Aotearoa, Australia and the UK, and loves music and the arts.

As a Devonport resident for twenty-five years, I have a longstanding connection with the Depot; my son Finn Andrews of The Veils recorded his first demos with Rikki Morris in the old Bus studio, my daughter Lia worked at the Depot for several years, and my son Ossian was a volunteer in the gallery. I am delighted to be on the Board and to be able to support the Depot’s commitment to creativity and the community.

Portrait of Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer

Board Member

I am a Devonport local with a recreational interest in the arts, and an admiration for the way the Depot fosters and promotes them in our community and beyond. My background is in tertiary and international education, and in representing the interests of various sectors within that.

The Depot has a wide range of activities, including the education and training of creatives, and I am delighted to be part of a board that contributes to their success.

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