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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 the MFA and guest lectures into the BFA. 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.
In 2015 Gabraith initiated and led the national gathering of tertiary art educators at Art School of the Future, at the College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi.
Galbraith was Managing Curator of SCAPE Public Art in Ōtautahi/Christchurch 2016, 2017, 2018, and is currently working with Panuku and Auckland Council on a permanent commission for the Wynyard Quarter in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.
Roles and Responsibilities
2017-present Director of Doctoral Studies, Whiti o Rehua School of Art
2017-present Doctoral Research Committee member
2017-peresent Colllege Doctoral Committee member
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 College of Creative Arts College Board member
Member of the Wellington Campus Art Collection Committee
Heather Galbraith is a contemporary art curator and writer, and Professor of Fine Arts, 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 in 2015 Commissioner for Simon Denny's Secret Power, also within the Venice Biennale. In 2015 she curated Trigger Points, at the Palitz Gallery, Syracuse University, Manhattan, NY. She was Managing Curator for SCAPE Public Art in Ōtautahi/Christchurch in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is currently working with Panuku and Auckland Council on a permanent public art commission in the Wynyard Quater in Tāmaki Makaurau.
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.
Galbraith was a member of the Creative and Performing Arts PBRF assessment panel in 2018. Currently she is appointed by Creative New Zealand as an Arts Peer Assessor, and a Peer Assessor for the ARC, Australila.
21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being
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