Our Team


Linda Blincko  Depot Artspace Creative Director



“When we set up the Depot in 1996  we were part of a smaller North Shore city, conservative, yes, but accessible and more easily held to account, and the arts were at least acknowledged as essential to  community wellbeing. These days they take a back seat in this Supercity hemorrhaging dollars into the Auckland Harbour as Team NZ exemplifies the value placed on sport and the CBD as hub of this visitor attraction.


This may seem an unrelated rave but as creative coordinator, emphasising sustainability and community development, I’m involved in finding creative solutions to the twin phenomena of a shrinking creative purse and a globalised focus. It’s challenging but still possible to make a difference. Read my bit on Arts in Action, Eating Big Fish.”



Robyn Gibson  Gallery Curator & Techician


Robyn oversees all exhibitions in the galleries. She offers advice to artists in regard to pricing and other issues that may arise to do with the overall display of their work. Robyn is also an artist, you can view her work here.

Jermaine Reihana – Kaitakawaenga Māori (Māori Liaison)


“I’ve had the privilege of being brought up on an urban Marae in a total emersion Māori school where we were entrusted with the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori.


My role with the Depot whānau enables a platform for me to share and facilitate the use of Te Reo Māori which is contextualised by tikanga and deepens our understanding of an intrinsic Māori world view as New Zealanders.”

Angela Murray – Creative Employment Consultant



“My role is to assist clients to achieve their short and long term creative career goals. I use my creative coaching skills to help clients develop their job search strategy, CV writing skills and interview techniques.  


As a visual artist I know finding meaningful work in the creative sector can sometimes be a long game, so helping clients support themselves, whilst they continue to develop their creative passion is extremely rewarding.”


Lynn Lawton  Depot Artspace Manager & Careers Lab Consultant



“I joined the Depot in 2003 working initially in the PACE programme as a mentor and employment facilitator for artists. This amazing creative and supportive place has provided me with opportunity to develop professionally, take on new responsibilities and gain an ever expanding appreciation for the arts and our cultural heritage.


Today my role as manager of the Depot’s overall operation is to support our team across all the creative initiatives, programmes and services we provide and to keep the organisational wheels turning smoothly.”

Dave Rhodes  Depot Sound Studio Manager, Engineer & Producer



“I grew up in a musical family. I used to go to sleep with my parents band practicing right next to my bedroom. When I was 13 I started to learn to play the drums, at 15 I joined my parents’ rock’n’roll covers band. My first studio experience was when I was about 12 and I spent a few days in a studio while Dad was recording a bluegrass album with his friend Paul Trenwith. The whole experience intrigued me, from the tape machines to the flashing lights and sound.


After 20 plus years working in various studios, with a huge range of musicians and projects, I now manage Depot Sound. As well as looking after the day to day running of the studio, I enjoy working with artists and musicians of all skill and experience levels and helping them get the best out of their recording projects.”


Tracey Kitchingman– Gallery Manager



“Hello! My name is Tracey Kitchingman, and I am the Gallery Manager at the Depot Artspace.

I have just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, majoring in Art History and Sociology.  Having worked in various roles in art/dealership galleries and museums, I am thrilled to be working at the Depot Artspace alongside such a collaborative, unique and community minded organisation.  I look forward to meeting everyone!”

Erwin van Asbeck  –  Creative Development Consultant



Kia ora. It is wonderful to be part of a new team and the exciting developments at Depot Artspace.


My role intersects working as part of ArtsLab providing creative development support for clients, and in the development of ‘Revolution Creative’. This inspiring interactive digital platform aims to enhance employment opportunities and potential between creatives/artists and business to flourish and build a more supportive engaged and interconnected creative economy.


I have been working in NGO community mental health, education and arts for 30 years and thrilled to be now working alongside the Depot whanau to help facilitate this new endeavour. Love the added bonus of being close to the sea again, as was my life in what seems like a previous lifetime ago. For now my watery pursuits rests with the occasional jaunt rowing “Joan” our Dory, with my partner Charlotte Fisher, and previously when somewhat younger, our son Miro. We like rowing to places like Motukorea (Browns Island) or Rangitoto, to inevitably collect rubbish and haul it back …. dogged perseverance goes a long way in my career and recreational pursuits.






Morgan Allen – Depot Sound Engineer & Producer



“After many years recording and volunteering at Depot Sound as a teenager, I’ve been happy to call the recording studio home for the past three years. My job is always changing and includes a mix of recording bands, voiceovers, producing for solo artists and mixing and mastering.


I’ve had the pleasure of performing as a musician in a number of bands over the past ten years and am deeply passionate about bringing the joy of live performance into the recording studio.”


Liesha Ward Knox – Creative Employment Consultant



“As one of the Creative Employment Consultants here at the Depot, my role is about connecting people with the tools they need to create the life they want.


I love that I get to work in an environment where I come into contact with people from every area of the arts and am constantly humbled and inspired by them.”

Emma Whitlock  – Media & Promotions 



“The Depot is an incredibly vibrant community of artists, thinkers and doers,  I am delighted to be entrusted with the task of shouting some of their achievements and stories from the proverbial rooftops”

Mia – Gallery Griffin

Introducing Mia, our resident Griffin.  Linda’s (our fabulous Creative Director) permanent shadow, Mia plays many a role here at the Depot; Guardian of the Gallery, welcome host, security attendant, gallery assistant and all round good girl.

Mia has been a part of the Depot since its early beginnings, and is a regular fixture at our many openings and events where only her best pearls come out.

Mia has seen the many changes at the Depot and continues to be a constant fixture in the ever-changing art community within Devonport.

Woof, woof x