Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top spot

Govett-Brewster director Rhana Devenport will be the first woman to take up the director’s job at the Auckland Art Gallery. She will lead the charge for the new commercial model as the Gallery works within Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), the council-owned body that oversees the art gallery, Auckland Zoo, Auckland Museum, Mt Smart Stadium etc. All three top positions in the Auckland Art Gallery are now held by women (Director, Deputy Director and Principal Curator).

Devenport has been at the Govett-Brewster for around seven years and for the last two or three has been heading the push for a new Len Lye Centre. It is now being built in New Plymouth. She follows a number of Australians who have led the Auckland Art Gallery including its last director Chris Saines who has gone on to direct the Queensland Art Gallery.

Eyes now on the Govett-Brewster to see who will take over New Plymouth’s contemporary space and the challenge to make Len Lye its centre of attention.

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