Our Team

Portrait of Amy Saunders in front of Devonport photo

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.”

Robyn Gibson – Gallery Curator & Technician

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.

Portrait of Nina Dyer – Depot Artspace Exhibition Curator & Manager

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.

Vikki Edwrds - ArtsLab Programme Administrator

Vikki Edwards – Depot 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

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.


Liudmyla Beraud – Creative Employment Consultant

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.

Emily Norton – Creative Employment Consultant

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

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

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

Diana Hu – Media, Marketing & Communications 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)!

Portrait of Noah Page, In House Audio Engineer at Depot Sound

Noah Page – In House Audio Engineer

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After joining the team at the beginning of the year as an intern on the New Zealand Music Commission’s Industry Internship programme, Noah quickly became part of the family at the Depot! Deeply passionate about all things music, he found a second home in the studio, and he has huge ambitions for the next stage of his time at the Depot. He is 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 his freelance audio engineering and music production work. Drop him an email to book your session now!.

Portrait of Siemone Rawson, Creative Careers and Employment Manager at Depot Artspace

Siemone Rawson – Creative Careers and Employment Manager

Siemone has worked across the Creative, Education, GLAM and Defence Sectors for the past 20 years. Starting out as a Graphic Designer, working in the creative sector for over a decade both internationally and domestically.

Branching out into the wider realm of Public Programme design, management and delivery over a decade ago. She comes to The Depot Artspace directly from the New Zealand Defence Force where she worked as a Business Engagement Manager, working with a broad range of Industry partners and other Government entities collaborating on Industry relevant projects that leveraged mutual opportunities for positive change.

“I really 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 to enable
delivery in partnership on collaborative projects and broader outcomes”.

Siemone gets satisfaction from guiding and inspiring people to effectively achieve their goals.
Through mentoring, encouraging personal growth, teamwork and supported by good management systems, individuals form high performing teams capable of delivering strategic objectives.

Siemone has a passion for all forms of creativity and feels we need Art to understand and to share our individual and shared history. Art chronicles our own lives and experiences over time.

Siemone is thrilled to have the opportunity to work within the Arts sector, facilitating the further evolution of the ArtsLab, Wayfind Creative and Revolution Creative career programmes.

Siemone completed Bachelor of Design majoring in Photography through Victoria University. She also has a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design.

Our Board

Portrait of Margaret Taylor, Depot Board Member

Margaret Taylor

“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

Portrait of David Bailey, Depot Board Member

David Bailey

“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

Portrait of Nicola Tanker, Depot Board Member

Nicole Devine

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.

Portrait of Vivienne Kent, Depot Board Member

Vivienne Kent

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.

Portrait of Abby Storey, Depot Board Member

Abby Storey

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 Alexander

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.

Portrait of Wayne Dyer, Depot Artspace board member

Wayne Dyer

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.