I take a collaborative approach with the gallery. I am interested in supporting the creation of new and exciting work and developing artists careers both within New Zealand and internationally.
2017 is a year of change for Melanie Roger Gallery with a relocation of the gallery space from Herne Bay to 444 Karangahape Rd in Newton. Director Melanie Roger says “After seven years in Herne Bay in was time for a change. We’re excited to be joining other galleries on the art strip and connecting with existing as well as new audiences."
In 2010, Gallery director Melanie Roger took over the long running Anna Bibby Gallery, renaming the space Melanie Roger Gallery at the beginning of 2011. She continued to work with artists such as Gavin Hurley, Sam Mitchell, Kristy Gorman, Martin Poppelwell and Stanley Palmer who had long term relationships with the Gallery. As well, it was at this time that a number of artists that Melanie had worked with previously joined the Gallery including Richard Orjis, Liyen Chong and Ruth Cleland as well as new rising talents Kirstin Carlin, Matt Ellwood, Tessa Laird, Erica van Zon, Peter Gouge, Claudia Jowitt, Emma Fitts and Tiffany Singh. As well, the Gallery works regularly with guest artists both emerging and established including Billy Apple, Peter Peryer, Patricia Piccinini, Henrietta Harris and Tame Iti on selected curatorial projects both within the space and externally at Art Fairs and pop up exhibitions.
Melanie Roger brings over twenty five years of experience within the art world to the Gallery. She has held senior management positions at Gow Langsford Gallery (Auckland / Sydney), John Leech Gallery where she worked closely with senior established artists such as Michael Parekowhai, Max Gimblett, Dick Frizzell, John Pule, Shane Cotton and Judy Millar along with more emerging talents Reuben Paterson, Sara Hughes and John Walsh nurturing and developing their careers. Previously she worked for 4 years at the Auckland Art Gallery in a diverse range of roles within public programmes, marketing, education and curatorial. She was Director of Roger Williams Contemporary from 2006 - 2008 working with both emerging and established artists including Judy Darragh, Fiona Amundson, Simon Morris, Jeena Shin and internationally Patricia Piccinini and Polixeni Papapetrou to name a few. She followed this with a position as Development Director for Auckland Festival 2009 and has worked throughout as a freelance curator, consultant and writer. She was on the board of ARTSPACE from 2008 – 2013 and was on the board of Arts Advocates Auckland from 2008 – 2009.
Today Melanie Roger Gallery continues to work with and represent both established and emerging artists presenting some of the best contemporary art in New Zealand to both local and international audiences and collectors.
Artist Biographies by Victoria Wynne-Jones.
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