Sue Gardiner

Based in: Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa

Sue Gardiner has been an art writer since 1999, writing NZ Art Notes for Art Monthly Australia from 1999 – 2012, features for Art News New Zealand for 19 years and Art Collector since 2009. Sue is a Trustee of the Chartwell Trust, a New Zealand charitable philanthropic Trust started by her father in 1974, which supports the visual arts and knowledge about the creative process. She is co-Director of the Chartwell Collection, a major public collection of New Zealand and Australian contemporary art held on long-term loan at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. As an art patron and advocate for the arts, Sue was co-director of the ‘Save Our Gallery’ campaign, which aimed to restore and protect the public funding of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in 2017/18. Her focus within the visual arts extends to access and education, engagement, philanthropy, fundraising, arts governance and promoting art through national and international art tours. She was a Board member of Artspace Aotearoa for 12 years and is currently a board member of the University of Auckland’s Creative Thinking Research Project, and the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation. She is a selector for the McCahon House Residency in Auckland. Sue was recently made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the arts.


Curator’s Radar: Robin White

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Curator’s Radar: Julia Morison

These artists have recently garnered significant attention from curators of public galleries.

Cool Hunter Predictions: Tyrone Te Waa

The artists to watch in the year ahead.

Artist Profile: Judy Darragh

In forms from photography to installation, Judy Darragh takes us into spaces of both memory and physical experience, along the way combining the social, political and personal.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Helen Calder

Watch Sue Gardiner in conversation with artist Helen Calder about 'Lime Fold'.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Julie Cromwell

Watch Sue Gardiner in conversation with artist Julie Cromwell about 'Large Amphora'.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Watch Sue Gardiner in conversation with artist Jasmine Togo-Brisby about 'Centre Flower no.335 (with ship)'.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Virginia Leonard

Watch Sue Gardiner in conversation with artist Virginia Leonard about 'Ripped Legs'.

Collector Profile: Rose and John Dunn

The emotional and personal connections to the art in their Auckland home speak strongly to the way Rose and John Dunn approach life.

Debutantes: Tira Walsh

Coming from a background in competitive sports as a youngster, Tira Walsh feels at home negotiating action in the moment, with visualisation and risk taking.

Ann Shelton: Close to the Wind

A new exhibition by one of New Zealand’s most lauded lens-based practitioners Ann Shelton explores female experiences of representation, control, fertility and trauma.

Josephine Cachemaille: Family Matters

Josephine Cachemaille’s practice operates in the slippery spaces between reason and magic. Her latest installation takes her daughter as its mystical muse.
Gibbs Farm

Collector Profile: Alan Gibbs

Gibbs Farm sculpture park is home to a series of major site specific artworks commissioned from some of the world's most significant artists.

Starkwhite: Forward thinkers

Auckland Gallery Starkwhite has an ambitious, constantly evolving approach to the local and international market.

Collectors Love: Virginia Leonard

Collectors are overwhelmingly attracted to Virginia Leonard’s very visceral, oozing glazes and voluptuous sculptural forms.
Juliet Carpenter

Cool Hunter Predictions: Juliet Carpenter

Juliet Carpenter investigates emotional sentiment and detachment through the sequencing of language and image.