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.
Melanie Roger Gallery works with and represents some of New Zealand's most exciting artists - both newcomers and more established, across all mediums. We run a changing exhibition schedule on a monthly basis and as well carry works by each of the artists within our comprehensive stockroom - browse this online or visit the gallery to view. Please note that not all works are held onsite. Please get in touch to enquire.
We are happy to host both individuals and groups - please get in touch to discuss your needs. As well we run regular public programmes including artist talks for many of our exhibitions.
2017 was a year of change for Melanie Roger Gallery with a relocation of the gallery space from Herne Bay to 444 Karangahape Rd in Newton. 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 (at the time) Reuben Paterson, Sara Hughes and John Walsh - nurturing and developing their careers. Previously she worked for 4 years at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 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 is currently on the board of the Gus Fisher Gallery for the University of Auckland and is on the external advisory board for Whitecliffe School of Fine Arts. She was on the board of ARTSPACE from 2008 – 2013 and was on the board of Arts Advocates Auckland from 2008 – 2009.
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, Henrietta Harris, 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, Dan Arps, Layla Rudneva-Mckay, Stella Corkery, Salome Tanuvasa, Saskia Leek, Fiona Jack, Cat Fooks, Peter Peryer, Patricia Piccinini, Ani O'Neill and Tame Iti on selected curatorial projects both within the space and externally at Art Fairs and pop up exhibitions.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Melanie Roger Gallery is happy to work with other galleries, art consultants, designers and architects etc to facilitate purchases of artworks from the gallery or commissions of works by gallery artists on behalf of clients. We believe it is important that this is a fair and objective service however with no conflict of interest to the client. Please contact us to discuss.
Artist Biographies (mostly) by Victoria Wynne-Jones.
Portrait of gallery director Melanie Roger with a painting by Kirstin Carlin, 2020
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