Our People

Blair JacksonDirector
Blair Jackson
Blair Jackson, Director

Blair leads the Gallery team and is responsible for the management and overall direction of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Working with the management team, he guides the Gallery's vision, brand and strategic planning activities.

Blair’s focus is ensuring that the Gallery offers a variety of art experiences for a wide range of people, through exhibitions and public programmes that encourage curiosity and long-term connections with audiences. He wants to see the Gallery offer inspiring experiences that encourage new audiences and reflect the changing face of the city.

He believes that Christchurch is a city of amazing creativity and ideas. His vision is a city that embraces the arts and has pride in its artists, its creatives and its extraordinary history of artistic activity. 

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David SheldonAudience and Programmes Manager
David Sheldon
Audience and Programmes Manager
David Sheldon, Audience and Programmes Manager

David leads the Curatorial, Exhibition, Registration, Conservation, Publications, Public Programmes and Education teams and is a member of the Gallery's management team.  He is responsible for getting visitors to the Gallery, what they then see, and how they interact and connect with our exhibitions and artworks. David's background is in programming for cultural, heritage and charitable organisations in the UK.

Amy HarringtonVisitor Services Manager
Amy Harrington
Visitor Services Manager
Amy Harrington, Visitor Services Manager

Amy started at the Gallery just prior to re-opening in 2015. She leads our Visitor Services team and is a member of the management team. She and her team are responsible for customer service, engaging visitors with our ever-changing exhibitions and our exceptional Design Store. She has a background in customer service, retail, wholesale and education. She is interested in the effect of the visual arts on individual wellbeing and the strength of our community.

Neil SempleProjects Manager
Neil Semple
Projects Manager
Neil Semple, Projects Manager

Neil is the Gallery's projects manager, and a member of the management team. He's responsible for the smooth running of the Gallery's activities and new initiatives, and the integration of projects across different teams. He has a background in exhibition management and has worked in New Zealand museums and art galleries for more than 25 years.