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From Feb 2010- Feb 2015 Galbraith was Head of Whiti o Rehua School of Art. She currently supervises MFA and PhD candidates, and teaches into the first year of teh MFA and across the BFA. Associate Professor Galbraith was previously Senior Curator Art at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Senior Curator City Gallery Wellington, and inaugural Director/Curator of St. Paul ST Gallery, AUT University, Auckland.
Galbraith spent twelve years based in London where she undertook postgraduate studies in curatorial practice at Goldsmiths College London, and worked as Exhibitions Organiser for seven years at Camden Arts Centre.
Galbraith has had extensive experience with the New Zealand at the Venice Biennale project. In 2009 she was co-curator for Francis Upritchard's 'Save Yourself' and 2009 Deputy Commissioner, she was part of the selection panel for 2011 and 2013 National representations, Deputy Commissioner for Bill Culbert 'Front Door Out Back' in 2013 and Commissioner for Simon Denny 'Secret Power' in 2015.
Roles and Responsibilities
2010- Feb 2015 Head of Whiti o Rehua Schol of Art (previously School of Fine Arts and School of Visual and Material Culture)
2010- Feb 2015 College of Creative Arts Executive member
2010-Feb 2015 Chaired the School Executive
2010-Feb 2015 College of Creative Arts College Board member
Member of the University Art Committee, and Wellington Campus Art Collection Committee
Commissioner, NZ at the Venice Biennale 2015
Academic Board Member
POPCAANZ Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand subject area chair (curating)
Co-editor special issue 'Curating' Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press (published late 2015). Co-editor Dr Bronwyn Labrum.
Heather Galbraith is a contemporary art curator and writer, and an Associate Professor within Whiti o Rehua School of Art, part of the College of Creative Arts, Massey University.
Recent research projects have included curating exhibitions including Zines aus Neuseeland, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (2012, co-curated with Bryce Galloway), Tender is the Night, City Gallery Wellington (2011), Ready to Roll, City Gallery Wellington (2010), and off-site projects such as Amy Howden Chapman's The Flood, My Chanting for One Day Sculpture (2010), Courtenay Place Light Box projects Give Us a Sign and Marie Shannon: Love Notes (2008 & 2009). In 2009 Galbraith was co-curator of Francis Upritchard's Save Yourself at the Venice Biennale, and Deputy Commissioner for the NZ at Venice project in the same year. In 2013 she was Deputy Commisisoner of Bill Culbert's Front Door Out Back, and Commissioner for Simon Denny's Secret Power, also within the Venice Biennale.
Galbraith regularly writes about art and artists for exhibition catalogues, monographs, journals and magazines, and is an experienced editor. She has a strong interest in art publishing, artists books, editions and ephemera. She also serves on various advisory boards and selection panels relating to art and culture.
Currently she is appointed by reative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand as Commissioner for New Zealand's presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2015, for the project Simon Denny: Five Eyes, curated by Robert Leonard. As Commisioner she has overall leadership of the selection process and the realisation of the project.
21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture
Field of research codes
Art Criticism (190101): Art Theory and Criticism (190100):
Curatorial and Related Studies (210200):
Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502):
History And Archaeology (210000):
Lens-based Practice (190503):
Museum Studies (210204):
Performance and Installation Art (190504): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500): Visual Cultures (190104)
Commissioning art works
Contemporary art education
MFA and PhD supervision