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Our People


Caroline Forsyth (Chair)

I spent 40 years as a foreign service officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving in Paris, Mexico City, Port Vila and Buenos Aires, as well as in positions in Wellington. My most challenging assignment, as I see it, was running New Zealand’s campaign against French nuclear testing between 1995 and 1996, which led to the closure of the Mururoa test site and laid the foundation for better relations with France. I retired from the position of Deputy Secretary in charge of multilateral affairs in 2010 – a position that covered everything from whales to climate change. A long association with Waiheke as a part-owner of Te Whau Vineyard led me to settle on the island, where I endeavour to create a garden in the teeth of the south-westerly. My involvement with headland Sculpture on the Gulf reflects the importance I attach to Waiheke’s future as an island of wine, of art and of sculpture.

Tony Chamberlain

I have been involved as a trustee, director, consultant, CEO and senior executive within the arts and creative enterprise sector in New Zealand and Australia for over 20 years. It has been a privilege to work with museums, galleries, theatres and festivals within the performing and visual arts where people are passionate about, and committed to, the potential of their organisations to make a valuable contribution to their communities.

It is not surprising therefore that, on deciding to return to New Zealand and make Waiheke Island my home, I took the opportunity to become involved in Sculpture on the Gulf, completing a strategic review of the 2013 event and then joining the Board. I am excited to be part of a great team committed to making Sculpture on the Gulf the preeminent biennial presentation of New Zealand contemporary landscape sculpture involving the foremost artists of Aotearoa. And more than that, to embrace the potential, in the longer term, for Waiheke Island to become an internationally significant sculpture island.

Formerly a partner in KPMG and Arthur Andersen, I have held senior executive positions within the private and public sector before deciding to focus more recently on enabling people working purposefully within the creative arts and social services sector to make a positive difference for their communities.

Jonathan Rutherfurd Best

As an art lover and collector myself, I am simply thrilled to be sitting on the Sculpture on the Gulf Board. As the Innkeeper and Owner of The Oyster Inn on Waiheke, I have been humbled by the way our local community has embraced us. This appointment enables me to give something back and it’s also an opportunity to share a great deal of knowledge, experience and connections. My mandate is to ensure the 2019 SOTG event showcases the very best that Waiheke has to offer along with providing a platform to propel NZ art and sculpture into the international arena.

I’m proud to be part of a group of talented professionals who are truly focused on increasing the engagement of local, national and international visitors with what I consider to be one of NZ’s greatest public contemporary sculpture exhibitions.

Barry Fenton

I’m in love with Waiheke.
I have owned my property since 1988 and Meg and I live here for 5 months of the year. I’m passionate about art and sculpture walks having visited many overseas sculpture parks. We are great collectors of sculpture for our Waiheke property.
I am a retired businessman having owned businesses for over 40 years. My field of expertise is in sales and marketing and as director of Philantropy these skills have proved invaluable.

I’m very clear that this event is about showcasing NZ’s leading and emerging artists and with our vision to be New Zealand’s Premier Sculpture Walk. I know we must deliver in this area.

I’m excited to be responsible for Patrons support… I have a great network of friends on Waiheke and I am excited and motivated to be involved.

Pak Peacocke

In 1987 I started The Show Business as a vehicle to bring my experience to the local industry and have worked on many different types of events from concerts and shows to corporate theatre and product launches.
I have been involved as director/producer/sound technician of iconic NZ events over a period of 30 years and have worked internationally with the likes of U2, Elton John, and Jimmy Barnes.
Some local events include:
– Coca Cola Xmas in the Park – AK and CHCH for years and years (250,000 pax in Auckland)
– Everything on Queens Wharf (as far as outdoor events) – multiple events throughout the Rugby World Cup
– Auckland Arts Festival – he’s the guy that looks after the Groupe F pyro show
– Splore Music Festival
– NZ Fashion Week
I am very much looking forward to being able to bring my experience to an event like Sculpture on the Gulf.

John Goodwin

I am a landscape architect and have been a director of Boffa Miskell for 25 years. I work on a wide variety of master planning, urban design and environmental planning projects throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific region. My current professional portfolio includes a wide range of clients, including government agencies and councils; infrastructure, energy and utility companies; and trusts and private sector clients. One of my personal objectives in this work is to create places that people can engage with so that they can better appreciate and enjoy their surroundings.

I have had a small landholding on Waiheke since 2000 and live there with my wife Angela where we have designed and built a home and where we tend a small olive grove. I have walked the Headland Sculpture on the Gulf trails for many years and really enjoy the event. I have also worked with a number artists in my capacity as a landscape architect. For me, the placing of fascinating artwork in the Waiheke landscape creates a quite wonderful combination of visual experiences.

I’m delighted to join the Sculpture on the Gulf board as a Director – Community Engagement / Consents and I’m hoping to share, guide and provide technical advice and assistance with regional and district planning, and to help obtain the resource consents needed for the event.

I specialise in evaluating landscape and visual effects and advising on site and route selection for a range of infrastructure, energy and utility projects, providing integrated design solutions and mitigation strategies in both urban and rural locations.

I’m thrilled to join the Sculpture on the Gulf board as a Director – Community Engagement / Consents. And I’m hoping to share, guide and provide technical advice and assistance with regional and district planning and in obtaining resource consents needed for the event, that’s where my skills and experience will be valuable.

My current portfolio includes a wide range of clients including government agencies, regional and district councils, infrastructure, energy and utility companies, trusts and private sector clients.

Management Team

Jackie O’Brien - Art & Education Manager

I am a project manager, curator and art historian, with an MA in Museum Studies and Contemporary Public Art from the University of Auckland.

I have lived on Waiheke Island for over 30 years and have been the arts manager for four of the past eight Sculpture on the Gulf events. I have come to know the exhibition walkway very well, and the opportunities and challenges it offers artists. I am passionate about and have experience facilitating the development of the relationship between artists and their site and working out the best, safest and most sustainable approaches to installation. Sculpture on the Gulf 2019 offers me another exciting challenge and I look forward to working closely with selected artists to realise their concepts and present their work.

Nique van Selm - Event & Operations Manager

My background is a mix of both publishing and event management in New Zealand and South Africa. I have lived on Waiheke for nearly 14 years and was involved in the 2017 Sculpture on the Gulf Event managing the Volunteers. I am passionate about this event and have been a keen follower/spectator since Sculpture on the Gulf 2005. I am looking forward to delivering the 2019 event and working with a great team of people.

Curatorial Team

Reuben Friend - Curator

“Reuben Friend is currently the Director of Pataka Art & Museum, Porirua City. which is one of New Zealand’s leading galleries for its engagement with Maori and Pacific art.

Reuben has a masters in Maori visual arts from Massy University and has also worked as a curator at Wellington’s City Gallery.

Although Reuben only joined the curatorial team in mid-2018, he has brought a fresh energy and perspective to the final selection process and, in close collaboration with Jackie O’Brien, has been active in assuring the quality of the 2019 walkway sculptures.

Curatorial Panel

Other curators actively involved in the selection of artworks include:

Dr. Zara Stanhope, Curatorial Manager Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Abby Cunnane, Acting Director, ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University, Auckland
Melanie Oliver, Senior Curator, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
Jackie O’Brien, Art & Education Manager, Sculpture on the Gulf 2019″

Pavilion Project Group

Pavilion Project Group Members

Jonathan Rutherfurd Best (Chair)

Sir Noel Robinson

Shona Caughey

Rachel de Lambert, Boffa Miskell, Landscape Architects

Peter McPherson, Chair of Architecture, UNITEC

Sophie O’Brien, Exhibitions and Collections Lead, Govett Brewster

Nicholas Stevens, Architect, Stevens Lawson

Hamish Neville, Engineer, Holmes Engineering

Jeremy Hansen, Communications, Paper Boy

Chris Rubery, Project Manager