Staff and Board




Remco de Blaaij  

Remco came to Artspace from the position of Senior Curator at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, where he had worked since 2012. Prior to holding that position, Remco worked at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands from 2006 until 2011, where he co-curated Picasso in Palestine with Charles Esche, Khaled Hourani, Fatima Abdulkarim and Galit Eilat in 2011. He was also part of the team of Be(com)ing Dutch, a two-year project (2006-2008) led by Annie Fletcher at the Van Abbemuseum, that dealt with residues of globalisation, national identity and immigration. His 2012 research project, completed at Goldsmiths University, explored border practices of visual culture against the background of Suriname, South America. In 2013, he was recipient of the CPPC/ICI Travel Grant for Central America and the Caribbean. His written work has been published in a range of international publications.


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: Misal Adnan Yıldız, Caterina RivaEmma BugdenBrian ButlerTobias BergerRobert LeonardLara BowenPriscilla Pitts and Mary-Louise Brown.

Gallery Administrator

Georgina Brett

Assistant Curator

Bridget Riggir-Cuddy

Marketing, Media, and Communications Assistant

Geneva Alexander-Marsters


Board of Trustees


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).



David Newton joined the Artspace Board in 2017. Originally from Rotorua, David graduated with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Auckland. Currently working as a Programme Manager in housing but previously in Healthcare, Local Government and Art. David has a long standing interest in governance. Previous trusteeships included the Infant Feeding Association of New Zealand, WABA and the IBFAN international where he was the Oceania Regional Chair. David is a member of the Benefactor and Building committees at Artspace, and also has board level responsibilities for staff. 


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).


Fiona Warburton has a commercial background, most recently in the aviation and loyalty sectors. She also has an active interest in contemporary art.