Lopdell House Gallery Appoints New Director
Press Release – for immediate release
Lopdell House Gallery, West Auckland’s regional art gallery, has appointed Andrew Clifford as its new director.
Clifford has worked as a curator at The University of Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery since 2007. He has developed exhibitions with important national and international artists, and is a renowned arts writer with contributions to leading journals throughout New Zealand and internationally, including Art New Zealand, Art & Australia and Hong Kong-based Art Asia Pacific.
He takes up the Directorship on 4 November and will lead the gallery team as it plans to move back to redeveloped premises in Titirangi next August.
“Working with the distinctive communities and environment of West Auckland offers unique opportunities”, says Clifford. “It’s an inspiring time to join Lopdell House Gallery and the redeveloped facilities will allow the organisation to really spread its wings.”
Lopdell House is currently undergoing earthquake strengthening and upgrades for its historic 1930 building.
“With the development of the new gallery in Titirangi, it is an exciting opportunity to build on the excellent work of the Lopdell House Society and its representatives who have over the years worked hard to build the reputation of the gallery as a provider of quality cultural experience and education.
“The current committee looks forward to working with Andrew, who has a wonderful opportunity to take the gallery to the next phase of its life”, says Lopdell House Society Chairperson, Marcus Williams.
Clifford replaces Lesley Smith who has been with the gallery since 2003, including 8 years as Director. “Lesley leaves the organisation in great shape and has been instrumental in lobbying and fundraising for the improved facilities and extensions”, says Williams.
During the redevelopment Lopdell House Gallery is operating an exhibition programme and gallery shop from New Lynn town centre, as well as projects in the wider community.
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Notes to editor:
Lopdell House Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery in West Auckland. Since opening in 1984 the Gallery has dedicated itself to providing contemporary visual art and design experiences that inspire, engage and challenge. As a registered charity that is governed by the Lopdell House Society the Gallery receives significant financial support from Auckland Council through the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.
Construction of the new purpose-built gallery, designed by Mitchell Stout Architects who are responsible for the award-winning transformation of a former bank into the Tauranga Art Gallery, is well underway. The new gallery will provide barrier-free access; education facilities and climate controlled exhibition and storage space.
Andrew Clifford comes from the University of Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery, where he has worked since 2007 as Curator and Acting Director. He is also a well-known arts writer with contributions to a wide range of publications locally and abroad, such as Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Art & Australia, Eyeline, Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand, The NZ Listener, New Zealand Herald, Pavement, Rip It Up, Vogue Living, and many more. He has also provided essays to books, gallery and academic publications. Recent exhibition projects include Auckland Council’s Living Room 2011: Metropolis Dreaming, the Reuben Paterson survey Bottled Lightning, Sean Kerr’s Bruce danced if Victoria Sang…, and the touring Pat Hanly show, The Seven Ages of Man. He is a trustee for the Len Lye Foundation, Audio Foundation and CIRCUIT.