Kirsty Baker is a Master of Arts student in the Department of Art History at Victoria University in Wellington. She is currently researching the Wellington Women's Gallery in relation to the writing of feminist art histories for her MA thesis.
Sophie Bannan is a Christchurch-based artist currently studying toward an MFA at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. Previously based in Auckland and Melbourne, she was a founding member of artist-run spaces Personal Best (Auckland) and Strines (Melbourne). She has a background in dance and her work often explores notions around performative spaces and navigating physical memory.
Katrina Beekhuis is an artist who lives and works in Auckland. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of Auckland. Recent shows include 'Grains' (2014) at Gloria Knight Gallery; 'a brick stands for a brick' (2013), Window Onsite; and 'Getting Close to It' (2012), at Snake Pit.
Chloe Cull is an MA student in Art History at Victoria University in Wellington. Her research interests include contemporary indigenous arts Maori Modernism, Maori Women's arts and the development of Mana Wahine art histories. She is of Ngai Tahu decent.
Vanessa Gerrie is studying towards a BA (Hons) in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Otago. Her research looks at the photographic practices of Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson, focusing specifically on the oscillation between cinema and photography evident in their work, and the ways in which both artists play a part in wider developments in new art photography.
Briar Holt is a curator and writer studying towards an MA at the University of Otago. Her research focuses on the emergence of contemporary New Zealand dealer galleries in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Christiane Keys-Statham is a curator and writer. She recently completed a Masters of Arts Administration at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, with a thesis investigating artist-led remediation projects on former mine sites across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2014, she co-curated sAFARI 2014, a fringe event to the biennale of Sydney, and is also the curator of Sculpture in the Vineyards and the GreenWay Art Prize. Her research interests include culture and conflict, electronic art, contemporary sculpture, video and land art.
Keir Leslie is an artist and writer based in Christchurch. He has a BFA in sculpture from the Ilam School of Fine Arts and is currently working towards an MA in Art History at the University of Canterbury. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Slick' (2014) at Dog Park Art Project Space and 'Backchannels' (2014) at Glove of Idle Bone. Keir regularly contributes to publications such as Eyecontact and Pantograph Punch.
Melissa Macleod is a Christchurch based artist and educator currently working towards an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Canterbury. 'Just Calm' is the umbrella title for her MFA research, involving investigation into points of balance and teetering formal relationships. She is interested in domestic imagery and the reinvention of materials, together with cyclic processes around dismantling and reforming.
Samantha McKegg completed a BA (Hons) at the University of Otago in 2013. Her honors dissertation focused on how recent works by Shigeyuki Kihara engaged with Samoan history. She is interested in gender in art and contemporary indigenous art.
Dan Nash is an Auckland based artist currently working towards his Masters in Fine Arts at Auckland University.