New Director for Tauranga Art Gallery

Alice Hutchison

Alice Hutchison has been appointed as the new Director of the Tauranga Art Gallery. 

The Chairman of the Tauranga Art Gallery Trust Board Peter Anderson says “the Board is absolutely delighted with the new appointment. Alice will bring 20 years of art and curatorial experience and an international perspective that will take the gallery to the next level of creativity and interest.”

Hutchison, who will take up her new role on 4 February 2019, is excited to be relocating from bustling Hollywood, Los Angeles to the Bay of Plenty and to take over the vibrant legacy left by exiting Director, Karl Chitham.

Hutchison says that the Tauranga Art Gallery “presents a fresh outlook as one of the most progressive, dynamic and recent public art galleries in New Zealand and it has so much potential to enhance the burgeoning cultural and economic growth of the Bay of Plenty and the beautiful city of Tauranga.”

“I am delighted to take up the role of incoming Gallery Director at such an exciting time in the Bay of Plenty region and for the Gallery.”

Born in Melbourne to NZ parents, Hutchison grew up in Auckland, and is looking forward to getting back to her roots, especially enjoying the local kai moana, after spending the majority of her working life living abroad.

From interning at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in the mid-1990’s, Hutchison has curated exhibitions at a number of US, UK and NZ museums and galleries; including the Todd Gallery, London, the Ace Gallery Los Angeles and New York, the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach and Skirball Cultural Center, LA.  She has worked independently with Venice Biennale, Italy and most recently has been working at AMDA: the American Musical and Dramatic Academy - College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, introducing performing arts students to a broad pan-cultural history of visual art.

Hutchison is extensively published; been the recipient of numerous exhibition and research grants and was Director of Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History from 2013 to 2016.

She is taking over from current Director, Karl Chitham, who is leaving on December 21 to take up the position of Director Museums at Hutt City Council.

“While I am sad to be leaving The Gallery; it’s fantastic team, dedicated Board and incredibly committed supporters, I know they will be in good hands with Alice’s appointment. She brings an international scope that I’m sure will take The Gallery to the next level.”

For more information:

Samantha Wilkie
Communication for Tauranga Art Gallery
021 029 27278

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