Amy Saunders – Depot Artspace General Manager
Amy has 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.
She comes to the Depot from her 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. She 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.”
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 & Technician
Robyn oversees all technical aspects of exhibition installations. 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.
Nina Dyer – Depot Artspace Exhibition Curator & Manager
Nina Dyer is an emerging curator with a background in Art History and an interest in socially engaged practices. As Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi 2019 Intern, Nina 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.
Her most recent curatorial project is Free of Charge (freeofcharge.space), a digital exhibition facilitated by MEANWHILE gallery in 2020. Nina joins us from Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, where her previous role at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space afforded her insight into the workings of a community-centric gallery with an established local history.
Lynn Lawton – Employment Programmes Manager
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
Vikki Edwards – ArtsLab Programme Administrator
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.
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.
Jini Roy – Creative Employment Consultant
Not too long ago, I moved to Tāmaki Makaurau to pursue a PG degree in Human Resource from Massey University.
>Back in my home country India, I spent several years in the film and entertainment industry as screenplay writer for various TV Channels and assisting in Bollywood films like “3 Idiots” and a short acting stint. I love interacting with new people and love indulging in all forms of arts.
I have spent quite some time working as a Recruitment Consultant for the Creative industry in Auckland. I’m also a Group Groove Instructor who is passionate about dance. ArtsLab is a bespoke fit for me where I aptly blend my creative industry practice & knowledge with recruitment skills and my passion to make a difference.
Emily Norton – Creative Employment Consultant
After many years working as an ESL teacher, I’m very happy to have returned to my creative roots here at Depot Artspace. A musician and writer myself, I’m passionate about supporting other creatives fulfil their potential through my work as creative employment consultant. I have spent most of my adult life living overseas immersed in the preeminent creative scene of Montreal, as well as shorter chunks of time in New York City and Austin. Aotearoa is overflowing with talent that should be embraced and nurtured, and I’m thrilled to be able to play my small part in doing just that.
Craig Turvey – Project Developer and Lead
I am passionate about the creative sector having trained as an interior environment designer here in Auckland.
After graduating and working in London as a restaurant designer and in Wellington in the commercial workplace design sector, I had the role of Senior Exhibition Designer during the build of Te papa in Wellington. I then established Wellington-based design company 3D Creative and for over 20 years developed over 350 museum and interpretive visitor experience projects throughout New Zealand. That role involved representing and interpreting New Zealand culture, natural environments, heritage and art subjects and coordinating teams of multi-discipline creative’s to provide engaging multi-sensory experiences.
I am enjoying the opportunity to work with the talented team at The Depot and to continue to work with a wide variety of creative professionals, helping them find and do amazing work.
Neil Baldock – Depot Sound Studio Manager and Music Producer
Studio Manager Neil Baldock joined Depot Sound August 2020 returning from Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance engineer for 6 years.
Over the past 30 years he has 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 he has been 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). Neil is looking 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.
Diana Hu – Media & Promotions Coordinator
Kia ora! I’m blessed to be part of this amazing team & unique art space. Great to use my skills in this multi-faceted role to serve the amazing vision of the Depot.
I have a Fine Arts undergraduate education from Whitecliffe & AUT (Bachelor of Visual Arts) specializing in lens based media.
A creative at heart, my inspiration comes from many things including being part of street dance community, hiphop culture and my own ethnic Chinese culture. I love being part of various projects & events that align with my various interests. My personal ongoing project is called Street Talk Media (nzstreettalk.com)
Get in touch with me with any Depot related media or promotional stuff (ideas, requests, feedback etc)!
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
“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.” – Margaret
“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.” – Dave
The founder and creative director at Tanker Creative since 2003, Nicola and her team focus on enabling brand, web and social for ambitious creative professionals. Her main interests are in technology, creative practice and diversity, which she integrates into her business DNA by ensuring a respect for culture; ethnicity, sexuality, gender, social, economic and people with disabilities.
Vivienne is currently teaching human rights and conflict resolution at AUT University, and has a PhD in sociology. Before her academic career she 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, Vivienne has a longstanding connection with the Depot; her son Finn Andrews of The Veils recorded his first demos with Rikki Morris in the old Bus studio, her daughter Lia worked at the Depot for several years, and her son Ossian was a volunteer in the gallery. She is delighted to be on the Board and to be able to support the Depot’s commitment to creativity and the community.
Abby sees creativity and the arts as a fundamental part of a community, big or small. From a background of Arts Administration, Abby 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 Abby is priviliged to work with a wide range of arts professionals and spaces, as well as a variety of other clients.
Abby worked at the Depot Artspace from 2003 until 2008 and retains a profound appreciation of the Depot as a unique and significant organisation.
Tam is a not for profit specialist and works on most aspects of operations and governance, with particular emphasis on finance. He started out in the commercial sector before moving almost exclusively to working with community organisations.
Although many of these have been art focused, he reckons he is always by far the least talented as an artist.