Te Uru's new Curator

Te Uru appoints new Curator – Kaitiaki Whakaaturanga

Te Uru is delighted to announce the appointment of Chloe Geoghegan to the role of Curator – Kaitiaki Whakaaturanga. Chloe is currently Curator – Art for the Pictorial Collection at Hocken Collections – Uare Taoka o Hakena in Dunedin. She and her family will relocate to Auckland over summer, and will start at Te Uru on 3rd February.

Prior to her role at the Hocken, Chloe was Director of Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space. During this time she worked on several collaborative projects including www.ayearofconsciouspractice.com and established Blue Oyster's workshops and residencies programme. Some of her recent independent curatorial projects include Lost in the Air currently on display on the Courtenay Place Park light boxes in Pōneke Wellington, Abject Failures at Hastings City Art Gallery, Cul-de-sac at RM, and Zero to Hero at TCB in Melbourne. She is also a Trustee for Contemporary HUM, a review platform for NZ artists working internationally.

“Chloe has an impressive mix of experience and skills,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford. “She has worked with a range of independent contemporary spaces that have distinctive relationships to their communities, including running programmes in post-earthquake Christchurch, and also managing the well-respected collections of a larger historic institution at the Hocken. 

“In all locations, she has worked with a wide range of stakeholders and cultural groups, and will make an important contribution to maintaining and extending important relationships for Te Uru.”

“I am excited to be chosen for this role,” says Chloe. “Te Uru is an institution I have long aspired to work in, being a leading regional gallery within an exciting locale. Being situated in Titirangi, on the periphery of Auckland, is a unique position from which to think about exhibition-making and to develop a curatorial programme.”

Chloe also has international experience including being selected for the 2016 Asia New Zealand/Creative New Zealand curator’s tour to China and Korea, attending the Independent Curators International (ICI) Fall Curatorial Intensive in New York in 2015, and undertaking part of her curatorship studies at the Ruskin School of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford in 2011. 

She has published articles on a range of arts platforms including HUM, Pantograph Punch, Hue & Cry, un Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies (York/Ontario), On Curating (Zurich), HAMSTER and for a range of other publications, institutions and artists. She holds a BFA(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Graphic Design and Art History, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship.

Chloe replaces outgoing curator, Ioana Gordon-Smith, who is now Curator Māori Pacific for Pātaka in Porirua and had been with Te Uru since the gallery opened in 2014. Ioana has made a substantial contribution to shaping Te Uru’s programme over its first five years, including important projects names held in our mouths, which reflected on the revival of indigenous practices, and From the Shore, which looked at the legacy of pioneering Māori filmmakers, Barry Barclay and Merita Mita.

“I have watched Ioana work hard to establish a significant and successful programme at Te Uru and I have some big shoes to fill,” says Chloe. “I am enthusiastic about contributing to the next stage in the development of the gallery and joining the Titirangi community with my young family and meeting Te Uru’s audience and supporters early next year.”