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Rob Garrett

Rob Garrett Contemporary Fine Art
Independent Curator

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Auckland Central, Auckland 1010
New Zealand

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My clients come from the not-for-profit, public, education and private (corporate) sectors. They include city governments; contemporary art biennials and art fairs; universities and art academies; artist-run-spaces; public art organisations; art museums / kunsthalle; and artists. They are looking for ways to include the visual arts in their programming, to commission art projects or to develop arts policy or plans and they require the right expertise to lead their projects or help them realise their vision.

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Rob Garrett, BFA (Elam, Auckland) and MA (Otago) is an independent curator, currently based in Sopot, Poland and Auckland, New Zealand. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Unearthing Delights’ the 5th edition of Narracje public art festival (Gdańsk, Poland); a temporary public art project by Australian artist Daniel von Sturmer in Wellington (NZ); ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ by Karyn Taylor (NZ) an interactive light project at Corner window gallery, Auckland (April-June 2014); ‘No Worries. The World Is Full Of People’ by Justyna Scheuring (PL/UK), Corner window gallery, Auckland (23 December 2013-February 2014); ‘Don’t hold your breath’ the NZ-Australian programme for a public art video festival (Ängelholm, Sweden); ‘Lost in a dream’ (2012) an international group exhibition at the artist-run kunsthalle Snake Pit (Auckland, NZ); and an ongoing program at Corner window gallery, a public project space, in Auckland (NZ). He has been four times the guest curator of the outdoor art biennial, NZ Sculpture OnShore (Auckland, NZ) since 2008. In 2014 he was invited to undertake a curatorial residency at Villa Arson in Nice, France. His numerous public art advisory projects have included developing a city-wide public art policy for Auckland (NZ) in 2013; and a 10-year public art plan for Hamilton (NZ) in 2010. Former roles include Government-appointed Council Member and then senior manager with Creative New Zealand, New Zealand’s arts council; leader of New Zealand’s pavilion project for the 2005 Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art; Head of the School of Art in Dunedin, NZ; and Founding Chair of Arts Festival Dunedin (formerly the Otago Festival of the Arts), Dunedin, NZ. Rob Garrett has held guest lectureships at AUT University of Auckland (NZ), Art Academy of Gdańsk (PL), Dunedin School of Art (NZ), La Trobe University, Melbourne (AU), La Station contemporary art centre, Nice (FR) and Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland (NZ).

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