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.
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.”
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.”
Tracey Kitchingman– Gallery Manager
Hello, I’m Tracey. As the Gallery Manager at the Depot Artspace, my role is a varied and wide-ranging one. I oversee our diverse exhibition programme and work alongside our exhibitors and artists to help create an accessible and engaging exhibition experience in the main gallery and on the Feature Wall for our visitors.
I look after our hugely valuable Front-of-House volunteers, who are the friendly faces that welcome you to the Depot Artspace. Their varied and diverse backgrounds add immense value to the Depot’s proud kaupapa.
The Card-iology wall is an ongoing feature in the gallery, with greeting cards from artists and creatives that are unique, bespoke and quirky. I have enjoyed getting to know our current stockists and am always on the lookout for new ones.
I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, majoring in Art History and Sociology. Having worked in various retail 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.
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.
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.
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.
Akshay Raju – Depot Sound Music Production & Operational Coordinator
Ello, I’m Akshay.
After finishing my Bachelor of Recording Arts at SAE Institute in 2018, I was lucky enough to get an internship with the NZ Music Commission who placed me at Depot Sound.
After the four-month internship ended, I was kindly asked to become a part of the Depot Artspace family.
Outside of the studio I play with my band Keith (like,comment,subscribe). I also teach piano and work one day a week at Papatoetoe High School as a music production/composition tutor.
Music is my passion. I set a goal a few years back to make my passion my work, now my life revolves around it. I can’t thank the Depot family enough for making this dream possible and for the warmth and acceptance in which they welcomed me.
I believe that we have some of the most talented artists in the world dwelling on this little island we call home. All with unique perspectives and important things to say. If I can help anyone create a piece of music that matches the vision they have in their head, then that’s a good day’s work.
“Collaboration over Competition”
– Akshay Raju
Diana Hu – Media & Promotions Coordinator
Kia ora! Im 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 my background in dance & hiphop and I love being part of various projects & events.
Get in touch with me with any Depot related media or promotional stuff (ideas, requests, feedback etc)!
Jase Smithyman – Disability Liaison
“Perhaps the building of a creative nation has to begin with the destruction of old thinking, and ways of learning and tinkering, around the edges. A fresh start is needed, with diversity and fair access a non-negotiable.” Equality begins with Creative People, Tony Heaton
With this statement in mind, as a person with a disability, I have the honour of representing those who also fall under this category, providing a perspective and greater understanding of the support we are able to offer here at Depot Artspace and to the wider community. Having a creative background in Audio Engineering and the Martial Arts, my philosophy on life has always been that success is never a given, but rather that it is earned by constantly pushing limits and boundaries. Changing phrases such as “I cant” to “I cannot yet” and “Its impossible” to “I need to work at it” were a turning point and I have never looked back.
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
– Bruce Lee
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
The Board of Trustees
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.” – 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
Lawrence is a business consultant helping clients improve internal processes. Using his background in user-centred design, his consultancy is based on collecting data, listening to customers (internal and external) and investing in staff development. His clients are typically in the creative and technology industries and frequently need help adapting to rapidly changing markets.
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.
“I am Bill Bates, I provide an accounting and payroll service to the Depot Artspace and have been doing so since 2005. I work from home in sunny Milford; as Lynn has said, ‘Bill, you are one person I know who isn’t affected by the lockdown’. As you can see from the photograph the years have added character (or taken their toll!).” – Bill
“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.” – Lynn