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Kia ora whanau and friends, With the move to the Red COVID-19 Protection Framework,
please note Depot Artspace remains OPEN from 10am - 4pm daily, Tuesday - Saturday.
For more information or any questions please email info@depotartspace.co.nz or call 09 9632331

Our Staff

Portrait of Amy Saunders, General Manager of The Depot Artspace

Amy Saunders

Depot Artspace General Manager

amy.saunders@depotartspace.co.nz

I have worked in the arts and creative sector for the last 20 years working with and supporting artists and arts organisations in New Zealand, the UK and internationally.

I came to the Depot early 2021 from my most recent post as Head of Participant Services and Arts Industry and Marketplace Manager at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is the largest arts festival and marketplace in the world. I was also previously the General Manager and International Project Lead at Festivals Edinburgh, the strategic body that works with the 12 leading 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.

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

Robyn Gibson

Gallery Curator & Technician

robyn.gibson@depotartspace.co.nz

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 Nina Dyer, Exhibition curator and manager of Depot Artspace

Nina Dyer

Exhibition Curator & Manager

nina.dyer@depotartspace.co.nz

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 Vikki Edwards, ArtsLab Programme Administrator at Depot Artspace

Vikki Edwards

Depot Artspace Administrator

artslab@depotartspace.co.nz

I’m not really sure of my job title as it seems to be evolving day by day! 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 did warn Lynn in my interview that 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 Diana Hu, Media, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Depot Artspace

Diana Hu

Media, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

diana.hu@depotartspace.co.nz

Kia ora! I’m blessed to be part of the unique Depot Artspace. Great to use my skills in this multi-faceted role to serve the amazing vision of the Depot.

A creative at heart, my inspiration comes from many things including being part of the street dance community, hiphop culture and my own ethnic Chinese culture. I have loved leading or being part of many creative and community projects & events since 2005 that align with my interests and values.

Get in touch with me with any Depot related media or promotional stuff (ideas, requests, feedback etc)!

Portrait of Neil Baldock, Depot Sound Studio Manager and Music Producer at Depot Artspace

Neil Baldock

Depot Sound Studio Manager and Music Producer

neil@depotsound.co.nz

I joined Depot Sound August 2020 returning from Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance engineer for 6 years.

Over the past 30 years I have worked with artists like Kanye West, Neil Finn, Crowded House, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Head Like a Hole and had the privilege to learn off of some of the world’s best producers like Jim Scott, Joe Chicarelli, Nick Laurnay and Chris Lord Alge.

In New Zealand I was head engineer at both Revolver and Roundhead Studios and lucky enough to work at some of the best studios around the world including Olympic Studio (UK), Metropolis Studio (UK), East West Studio (LA), Sunset Sound (LA) and Paramount (LA). 

I look forward to sharing, teaching, encouraging and helping a new generation of artists, engineers and producers, both local and across the greater community, to adapt to the ever-changing process of making records in a place designed for creativity, whilst providing a studio environment that can deliver world class results.

Portrait of Noah Page

Noah Page

In House Audio Engineer

noah@depotsound.co.nz

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!

Portrait of Siemone Rawson

Siemone Rawson

Creative Careers and Employment Manager

Siemone.Rawson@depotartspace.co.nz

My affinity for all forms of creativity, fuels my belief we need Art to understand and to share our individual and shared history. Art chronicles our own lives and experiences over time.  

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work within the Arts sector, as the Creative Careers Manager for the Depot Artspace

On a personal note I thoroughly enjoy meeting different types of people and hearing their stories. This motivates me to empower people to navigate their sometimes complex and fluid working lives.

Portrait of Andrew Tui

Andrew Tui

Creative Consultant and Programme Manager

Andrew@wayfindcreative.co.nz

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.

Portrait of Emily Norton, Creative Employment Consultant at Depot Artspace

Emily Norton

Creative Employment Consultant

emily.norton@depotartspace.co.nz

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 Liudmyla Beraud, Creative Employment Consultant at Depot Artspace

Liudmyla Beraud

Creative Employment Consultant

liudmyla.beraud@depotartspace.co.nz

As an avid reader and enthusiastic consumer of arts and culture, I am excited to have a role at the Depot in which I work alongside creatives and support you on your career and life journey. Although I am not an artist, I have always tried to live my life creatively and authentically, pursuing a wide range of interests – from language teaching to powerlifting – and living up to my values. Born in Ukraine and raised in Norway, I have lived and worked in four different countries, and New Zealand has been my home for over the past five years. These truly transformative experiences have taught me that we never know where and when the next opportunity might appear, but we should be ready to embrace it.

With a strong background in adult education and curriculum design, I am a firm believer in lifelong learning and development, and I thoroughly enjoy helping people define their goals and work towards achieving them. As a student of Psychology and Career Development, I am keen to share what I have learnt with my clients and see how we can use that knowledge to their advantage.

Portrait of Erwin van Asbeck, Creative Development Consultant at Depot Artspace

Erwin van Asbeck

Creative Development Consultant

erwin.vanasbeck@depotartspace.co.nz

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.

Our Board

Portrait of Margaret Taylor, Chair of the Depot Artspace Board

Margaret Taylor

Chair

I’m a journalist by profession but work as a Community Manager for Amnesty International. I’m a human rights activist passionate about people power and I love the Depot’s ethos of supporting community, activism and creativity. I’m proud to be chair of the board of the Depot which delivers on so many fronts for so many creatives.

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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