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Prof Heather Galbraith

Professor of Fine Arts

School of Art

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. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 021423098
    Location: 1C07, Block 1
    Campus: Wellington

Prizes and Awards

  • College of Creative Arts, RATA Award for Individual Excellence in Research, awarded December 2015 for work undertaken in 2015 (including role as Commissioner for the NZ Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015). - College of Creative Arts, Massey University (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

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. 

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

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)

Keywords

Fine Art

Contemporary Art

Curating

Exhibition Histories

Public Art

Commissioning art works

Contemporary art education 

Art publishing 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Galbraith, HL. (2015). Lisa Walker: Dutiful renegade. Le Roy. 3(Soft), 126-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2014). Bas Jan Ader: Leaving But Not Leaving. Le Roy. 2(Life and Death), 48-55
[Journal article]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2013). Fluorescence and flotsam: Highlights from Heather Galbraith’s diary of the 55th Venice Biennale. Off the Wall, Nga Toi Te Papa. 1(2) Retrieved from http://arts.tepapa.govt.nz/off-the-wall/5514/fluorescence-and-flotsam
[Journal article]Authored by: Galbraith, H.

Book

Galbraith, HL., & Saluti, AJ.(2016). Trigger points. Syracuse and New York, USA: Syracuse University Art Galleries
[Authored Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.Contributed to by: Brown, A., Te Ao, S.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2016). An uncomfortable light. In L. Gutsell (Ed.) Kushana Bush: The burning hours. (pp. 47 - 59). Dunedin, New Zealand: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
[Chapter]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, H., & Paton, J. (Eds.) (2013). Bill Culbert: Front Door Out Back exhibition readings, published for exhibition vernissage. (Vol. 1) Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
[Edited Book]Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Paton, J., & Galbraith, H. (Eds.) (2013). Bill Culbert: Front Door Out Back book. Venice, Italy: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
[Edited Book]Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011). Making Arrangements. In Making Arrangements: Gretchen Albrecht, Eve Armstrong. (pp. 1 - 16). Auckland, New Zealand: Michael Lett, Auckland and Sue Crockford Gallery
[Chapter]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Savage, P., O'Brien, G., Webb, V., Hall, F., & Galbraith, HL. (Eds.) (2008). Fiona Hall: Force Field. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney & City Gallery Wellington
[Edited Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2008). Wellington, A City for Sculpture. In J. Harper, A. Lister, & B. Connew (Eds.) Wellington, A City for Sculpture. : Victoria Univ Pr
[Chapter]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2007). Speculation. In B. Butler (Ed.) Speculation. : Jrp Ringier Kunstverlag Ag
[Chapter]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2006). The Verdant is Volatile: cultivated wilderness from London to Rotorua (via New Plymouth, Auckland, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Hamilton, Shanghai and Suzhou). In G. Hipkins, & T. Barton (Eds.) The Sanctuary. (pp. 5 - 15). Auckland, New Zealand: RIM Books
[Chapter]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Hipkins, G., & Galbraith, H.(2006). The sanctuary.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Ngan, G., Brennan, S., & Galbraith, H.(2006). Guy Ngan Journey: Aluminium Panel, Tiki Hands and Anchor Stones. Wellington, New Zealand: City Gallery Wellington
[Authored Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., & Lane, T.(2006). Tony Lane: Practical Metaphysics. Wellington, New Zealand: City Gallery Wellington
[Authored Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.

Creative Work

Galbraith, H. (2018, October 6). SCAPE Public Art 2018: Our Braided Future. (No. of Pieces: 12 artists, 30 works across 14 sites) [curated exhibition]. Ōtautahi Christchurch public spaces in the CBD.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2017, October 7). SCAPE 2017: Time in Space (territories and flow). (No. of Pieces: 40 works by 10 artists over 12 sites) [Curated exhibition]. SCAPE Public Art/public spaces in Christchurch, New Zealand. 7 Oct-19 Nov 2017.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., & Saluti, AJ. (2016, May 18). Trigger Points. (No. of Pieces: 34) [Curated exhibition, lead essay in book, edited book]. Palitz Gallery, Lubin House, Syracuse University 11E61st Street, NY1006, New York, USA. 18 May - 20 June 2016.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2016, October 1). SCAPE Public Art 2016: Presence. (No. of Pieces: 30 works by 8 artists) [Curated exhibition]. SCAPE Public Art public spaces in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1 Oct-12 Nov 2016.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.Contributed to by: Rakena, R.
Galbraith, HL., Denny, S., & Leonard, R. (2015, May 4). New Zealand at the Venice Biennale 2015 - Commissioner - overseeing all artistic scope of this project. Appointed by the Arts Council of New Zealand Creative New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa. From selection of the artist (convening process and panel) to appointment of artist/curator team, overall creative vision for the national representation in 2015. Exhibition, publication, project branding and collateral.. (No. of Pieces: 12 artworks across two sites, published book.) [Curated exhibition, published book, project branding and collateral]. Marciana Library, Venice and Marco Polo International Airport on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 2015.
[Exhibition]Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., & Galloway, A. (2012, October 3). Zines aus Neuseeland. (No. of Pieces: 197) [Curated exhibition]. Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, Germany, 3-28 Oct 2012.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H., Galloway, A.
Galbraith, HL. (2012, March 16). On balance: Melissa Irving, Clinton Watkins, Olivia Webb. [Curated exhibition]. Left Bank Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011). Tender is the Night. (No. of Pieces: 90+ works) [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (07 May - 17 Jul).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., Bennewith, C., & Rowe, A. (2011). Wellington LUX. [Co-curated exhibition]. The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand (9 Jul - 21 Jul).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2010). Janet Cardiff: Forty Part Motet. (No. of Pieces: 1) [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (20 Feb - 16 May).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2010). Ready to Roll. (No. of Pieces: 34) [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (29 May - 12 Sep).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., Upritchard, F., & Manacorda, F. (2009). Francis Upritchard: Save Yourself. [Co-curated exhibition]. Included in the 'Venice Biennale 2009', Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Palazzo Mangili Valmarana, Venice, Italy (03 Jun - 27 Nov).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2009). Marie Shannon: Love Notes. (No. of Pieces: 16) [Curated exhibition]. Courtenay Place Light Boxes, Wellington, New Zealand (19 Jun - 19 Dec).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2008). Amy Howden-Chapman: The Flood, My Chanting. [Curated exhibition]. Wellington CBD - Included in 'One Day Sculpture' public space project, commisioned by City Gallery Wellington (9 Oct).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2008). Give Us a Sign: Kelvin Soh, Kate Newby, Gavin Hipkins, Jim Speers, Joseph Churchward & David Bennewith, Sarah Maxey. (No. of Pieces: 16) [Curated Exhibition]. Courtenay Place Light Boxes, Wellington, New Zealand (17 Dec 2008 - 14 Jun 2009).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2007). Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand. (No. of Pieces: 103 art works) [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (11 Feb - 29 Apr).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., Leonard, R., & Armanious, H. (2007). Hany Armanious: Morphic Resonance. [Co-curated exhibition and co-edited book]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (13 May - 29 Jul).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL., & Savage, P. (2006). Patricia Piccinini: In Another Life. (No. of Pieces: 31) [Co-curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (19 Feb - 11 Jun).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2006). Tony Lane: Practical Metaphysics. [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (08 Oct 2006 - 28 Jan 2007).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2006). Guy Ngan Journey: Aluminium Panel, Tiki Hands and Anchor Stones. (No. of Pieces: 16) [Curated exhibition]. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (18 Jun - 24 Sep).
[Exhibition]Authored by: Galbraith, H.

Conference

Galbraith, HL. (2016, May). Trigger Points: a consideration of how art works work. Presented at Memory Works. Lubin House, Syracuse University, New York, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011). From glancing caress to limpet embrace; Depictions of intimacy in contemporary New Zealand art. In Abstract published in Conference Programme(pp. 132 - 132). , Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2011 Wellington, New Zealand: Art History Programme, Victoria University Wellington
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Galbraith, H.

Other

Galbraith, H. (2018, October). SCAPE Public Art 2018: Our Braided Future, an illustrated lecture. Presented at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhtu. : Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2017, October). SCAPE 2017: Time in Space (territories and flow), a keynote curatorial introduction. In Opening weekend symposium attendees.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2016, October). Contemporary Art Night School: Cindy Sherman 101 'Cindy Sherman in Context: 1970s–90s', a lecture by Heather Galbraith. : City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2013, October). Curating the contemporary: Innovative curatorial practice involving community engagement, collaboration or contextual exhibitionary structures in Aotearoa and internationally. In Middle Earth Curator's Hui 2013.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2013, March). Chairing panel discussion "The Ungovernables" within 2012 Curatorial Symposium, St Paul ST, AUT University on emerging curatorial practice, with Ema Tavola, Caterina Riva,. Presented at Auckland, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Parton, SJ., Galbraith, H., Coogan, B., Howden-Chapman, A., O'Neill, R., Walker, L., . . . Torrington, S. (2013, April). Femme Velocity in Aoteaora. Presented at Wellington. : City Gallery, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2013). A promise, a bond', introduction to Handshake - 12 contemporary jewellers connect with their heroes. (pp. 9 - 11). JEM Books
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011, December). From glancing caress to limpet embrace; depictions of intimacy in contemporary New Zealand art. In Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2011. Presented at Wellington. : Art History Programme, Victoria University Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011). Visible and Actual, Heather Galbraith on Kim Paton's 'Free Store'. : Letting Space, Wellington
[Internet publication]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011). Reinventing the Domestic. (pp. 90 - 94). Matrix Publishing Limited
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2011, July). Under the covers: the making of Tender is the Night. An illustrated lecture. City Gallery Wellington auditorium.. Presented at City Gallery Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2010). Festival Spoils (Exhibition review): Bill Viola, The Messenger; Seung Yul Oh, Boogle, Boogle; Anthony McCall, Drawing with Light. Eyeline Publishing Limited
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2010). Ready to Roll exhibition notes. City Gallery Wellington
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2009). What a diff'rence a day make (Exhibition review): One Day Sculpture. Eyeline Publishing Limited
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2008). Space is Place: Heather Galbraith on the state of public art in New Zealand. (pp. 18 - 19). Christchurch Art Gallery
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2008). Wood a Wonder Material (Exhibition review): Primary Product. Eyeline Publishing Limited
[Other]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2007, August). Lecture on documenta 12, Venice Biennale, Muenster Sculpture Project. Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.. Presented at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Galbraith, H.
Galbraith, HL. (2006). Wonderland, essay for print publication. : Harvey Benge, Auckland, New Zealand
[Internet publication]Authored by: Galbraith, H.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 6 0
Co-supervisor 4 3

Teaching

MFA and PhD supervision 

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Bruce Phillips - Doctor of Philosophy
    Decolonising the Curatorial Turn
  • Gabrielle Amodeo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Conceptual Intimacy: Intimacy in Conceptual Art
  • Raewyn Martyn - Doctor of Philosophy
    Entropy and empathy: mediums of transformation
  • Bepen Bhana - Doctor of Philosophy
    Cultural appropriation and cultural hybridity in the age of globalisation
  • Susanna Bauer - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Quarry
  • Claire Hughes - Doctor of Philosophy
    Entanglement: An investigation into the effective union of contemporary art and science communication

Co-supervisor of:

  • Chang Xu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Critically Exploring Contexts of Children’s Art Museum Education: Comparative Contemporary Examples from China and New Zealand to Identify Potential for Artist-led Innovations in Primary School-aged Delivery
  • Georgia MacKay - Doctor of Philosophy
    Shoes and Subculture: finding female identity through footwear
  • Michael Heynes - Doctor of Philosophy
    Approaching a digital sublime
  • Jill Sorensen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Engaging the languages of visual representation, written narrative and participatory practice to facilitate a fundamental reimagining of human/ nonhuman interrelationship that eschews Cartesian and Humanist models of co-existence with ‘nature’

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Sam Trubridge - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pelagic States: beyond nomadic and oceanic practices
  • 2017 - Tim Barlow - Doctor of Philosophy
    Caring Deception: Community art in the suburbs of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • 2014 - Peter Trevelyan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Orthogonal Orthodoxy

Media and Links

Media

  • 26 Apr 2015 - Radio
    Bid for Venice
    Interview with Commissioner Heather Galbraith in an article about the 2015 New Zealand pavilion for the Venice Biennale
  • 25 Feb 2014 - Radio
    More to art than meets the eye: Simon Starling
    Interview with multiple specialists on the occasion of Turner Prize winner Simon Starling at City Gallery Wellington. Heather Galbraith was interviewed as a contemporary arts specialist with advanced
  • 21 Aug 2013 - Newspaper, Online
    Drawing still central to all art
    Exhibition review of Parkin Drawing Prize, Dominion Post and Stuff.co.nz
  • 18 Aug 2015 - Magazine
    Feel the Love in Venice
    Art News New Zealand, Spring 2015. Virginia Were talks to 'Secret Power' commissioner Heather Galbraith and 'Secret Power' curator Robert Leonard about the phenomenal success of Simon Denny's work at
  • 09 May 2014 - Online
    Interview with Heather Galbraith
    Interview with Mark Amery, part of Letting Space's Channel Art Fair, during the AKL Art Fair August 2013.
  • 09 May 2013 - Radio, Online
    Interview with Heather Galbraith
    Interview between Eva Radich and Heather Galbraith on Bill Culbert exhibition, New Zealand's 2013 Venice national pavilion
  • 02 Oct 2013 - Newspaper, Online
    Announcement of NZ@Venice 2015 artist
    Announcement of Simon Denny with Curator Robert Leonard, with quotes from Commissioner Heather Galbraith

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