Staff and Board



Misal Adnan Yıldız 

Yıldız became the Director of Artspace in November 2014. Between 2011 and 2014 he was the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. In 2013 he was one of curatorial collaborators with Fulya Erdemci for the 13th Istanbul Biennial, that year he also manifested A History of Inspiration as part of ‘Nouvelle Vagues’, Summer programme at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Yıldız was a participant of Curatorlab/Konstfack between 2006-2008 as well as receiving the S.i. Institute research grant, and collaborated with IASPIS, in Stockholm. He produced a significant number of solo exhibitions with Slavs and Tatars, Cevdet Erek, Annika Eriksson and Hito Steyerl, among others. Yıldız  curated several research based group shows: There is no audience at Montehermoso, in Spain (2009), Time Challenger, HISK, Belgium (2009), Correct me if I am critical a multi venue project in Berlin (2010). He was shortlisted for ICI Vision Award in 2012 and shares the Curate Award 2014 (Fondazione Prada & Qatar Museum) with two others. 

The Artspace Director position is typically a fixed-term tenure of three years. Each director is engaged to bring a focused, idiosyncratic curatorial voice that provides a burst of new energy and ideas into the local arts ecosystem while connecting the Artspace community to a host of local and international artistic networks. Previous Artspace Directors have included: Caterina RivaEmma BugdenBrian ButlerTobias BergerRobert LeonardLara BowenPriscilla Pitts and Mary-Louise Brown.

Gallery Administrator

Jaimee Stockman-Young coordinates the Artspace office and gallery administration

Audience Development Manager

Leah Mulgrew manages media and promotion

Curatorial Assistant (temp)

Bridget Riggir-Cuddy provides project support for Artspace's exhibitions and events

Education Intern

Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua
This is a 12 month long training position undertaken in collaboration with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, and funded by Creative New Zealand's Sector Development Incentive Fund



Board of Trustees


Murray Lazelle is a forensic accountant with a 25 year interest in contemporary art including the establishment of an art co-operative and, in the late 1980s, the establishment of a contemporary gallery in downtown Auckland. He has been a director of several small commercial organisations and a trustee of a community-focussed charitable organisation.


Harry Cundy is a practising solicitor.  He was previously involved in establishing and operating a commercial art gallery in Auckland.


Sue Gardiner is a director of the Chartwell Collection of Contemporary New Zealand and Australian Art and a trustee of the Chartwell Trust. She is a regular columnist and feature writer for Art News New Zealand and other publications.


Peter Robinson is an artist and teacher. He works at the Elam School of Fine Arts where he is the programme leader of several postgraduate programmes including Masters of Fine Arts and Postgraduate Diploma. In his career as a practising artist he has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally for 25 years. In 2001 he represented New Zealand with Jacqueline Fraser at the Venice Biennale and in 2008 he was the the recipient of the Walters Prize. More recently he participated in the Sydney Biennale 2012,  Auckland Triennial 2013, Istanbul Biennale 2013 and the Nouveau Festival, Pompidou Centre Paris 2015. In New Zealand recent notable solo public exhibitions include: "Snow Ball Blind Time" Govett Brewster Art Gallery 2008 , "Cuts and Junctures" Adam Art Gallery 2013, "Tribe Subtribe" The New Dowse Art Gallery 2013 and "Syntax" Artspace 2015.


Hanna Scott is the Manager Arts and Culture Programme at Auckland Council. Her writing is published in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand and the USA. Her professional experience includes the roles of Acting Curator of Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2010-2011), Director at Artspace NZ (2002) and Art Development Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (1999-2001).


Cynthia Smith is a qualified lawyer with a passion for arts, literature and education. She is the Chair of the McCahon House Trust and has participated at both board and staff levels of a number of arts organisations, including Gus Fisher Gallery at the University of Auckland, Te Tuhi and Artspace.


Desna Whaanga-Schollum Ngā iwi: Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera. Desna works in the areas of design, art and environmental research, connected through the kaupapa of Māori cultural identity articulation. Professional experience includes: Co-Chair Ngā Aho, Māori Design Professionals network (2011-2015); Editorial Committee, Landscape Foundation Journal (2015); Governance Committee Treasurer, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery (2015); Accreditation Panel, GDSNZ (2013-2015); Research Assistant, Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa: Sites of Significance, Treaty of Waitangi Claims, Crown Forestry Rental Trust (2011-2013). Designer Tāonga Māori, Ukaipō, MTG (2013); Photographer / Designer, Te Arawhiti Truth & Reconciliation: Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa Treaty of Waitangi Claims (2014).