Our People

Curatorial, Collections and Programmes
Felicity MilburnLead Curator
Felicity Milburn
Lead Curator
Felicity Milburn, Lead Curator

Felicity works with artists on a wide range of projects, from temporary installations through to large-scale survey exhibitions, and writes regularly about art for the Gallery and for local and international publications. She enjoys working collaboratively with contemporary artists and finding new ways for audiences to connect with art in the process. 


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Peter VangioniCurator
Peter Vangioni
Peter Vangioni, Curator

Peter's primary interest is in historical New Zealand art and printmaking however he also enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with contemporary artists on exhibitions. His ongoing research of the permanent collection often informs the Gallery's exhibition programme which he helps shape with the curatorial team. His interest in hand-printed books has led to the development of an artist's book collection in the Gallery's library.

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Ken HallCurator
Ken Hall
Ken Hall, Curator

Ken works as a curator with historical and contemporary art, and enjoys working with the collection on research-based projects that strengthen public access and explore diverse aspects of our local and national cultural past. Ongoing research into the collection includes provenance – why and how historical works got here – and unsettling legacies of colonialism and empire. Ken’s particular interest in historical photography resulted in Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography, a 2019 exhibition and award-winning publication. Recent collection-based shows include The Activated Eye (2022); Leaving for Work (2021–22) and The Moon and the Manor House (2021–22). 

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Melanie OliverCurator
Melanie Oliver
Melanie Oliver, Curator

Melanie has a background of working in artist-run initiatives and continues to take an artist-led approach to curating in public institutions. She primarily works with contemporary artists but also has an interest in archives and, as the most recent addition to the Gallery’s curatorial team, is looking forward to bringing fresh perspectives to the collection.

Chloe CullPouarataki Curator Māori
Chloe Cull
Pouarataki Curator Māori
Chloe Cull, Pouarataki Curator Māori

Chloe has recently joined the Gallery in this newly created Pouarataki Curator Māori position. Chloe (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi te Ruahikihiki) has a background in te reo Māori and education, and in this role will be focussing on the work of Māori, Pacific, and indigenous artists globally. She enjoys working with artists on the development of new projects, and facilitating community engagement with toi Māori.