ART’s creative enterprise development programmes back high-achieving creative people intent on growing Auckland’s cultural capital into rich creative, social and economic outcomes.
ART’s programmes accelerate and maximise business and career development outcomes for participants, creating a confident and prosperous creative sector and wider community benefit, now and into the future.
Through its unique and innovative programmes and approach, ART is growing entrepreneurship in the Auckland’s arts, culture and creative sectors to generate cultural, creative and economic outcomes that benefit the region.
The City Councils of Auckland and Manukau created the Arts Regional Trust: Te Taumata Toi-a–iwi (ART) in 2000 to manage and grow their combined share of funds ($6 million) provided through the disestablishment of Auckland Regional Services Trust.
Since then ART has invested $4 million in the Auckland Region’s arts, culture and creative industries sector through the groundbreaking ART programmes: ART Venture, ART Source, ART Enterprise and ART Generator. The capital fund has grown to $10.3 million (at June 2015) under ART’s stewardship.
Our Board Of Trustees
I am a Company Director, with a background and training in commerce, with a passion of the arts, particularly architecture, design and visual arts. I have over 30 years experience and involvement working with arts organisations throughout the Auckland region. Until recently, I have been a longtime resident of Manukau and a member of the board of Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. I am a foundation member of the Arts Regional Trust.
I have a personal passion for working in support of the visual and performing arts in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland in a number of roles and capacities. I am a current board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, N.Z. Contemporary Art Trust and P A Edmiston Trust Board. I have had a long association with the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and currently serve as a Foundation Board member and chair of the Patrons group. I am also Chair of Patrons at Auckland Theatre company and assist with the fundraising for the new waterfront theatre. I was part of the government's Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce and a member of the Creative Giving Reference Group.
Kia ora, I am a senior Lecturer in Māori Development in Te Ara Poutama at Auckland University of Technology, where I have taught since 2008, and where I completed a PhD in Māori entrepreneurship and screen production in 2012.
I have been a tertiary teacher since 1991, as a lecturer in Management with Auckland Institute of Technology and the University of Auckland, as Head of the School of Māori Education at Unitec, and returning to AUT Faculty of Māori Development in 2008.
Interspersed with that, I have been the Executive Director of Greenpeace NZ, a company owner-director, a television presenter, actor and activist for Māori screen production. To that end, I was part of a group who set up Ngā Aho Whakaari, the association of Māori in screen production, in 1996 to support and advocate on behalf of our burgeoning Māori film and television sector, because of the vital role it plays in the revitalisation of Māori language, culture and creative arts.
I am a Partner of the Performance Consulting team at Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited, a firm of chartered accountants, and I work with a range of organisations and businesses. In particular, for more than 10 years, the majority of my practice area has been to focus on improving the management capability of SME business people and, to a large degree, working with the creative sectors which I enjoy immensely, from both a personal and professional perspective.
I am also a Member of the Auckland Business Advisory Board, Auckland City Council, and of the Regional Partnership Advisory Group, Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development (ATEED CCO, NZTE). In addition, I am a Director, Altus Group – the umbrella name of three Auckland organisations that bring together businesses and people with disabilities, and the Chairman of Finance and Property Committee for Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate (appointed by the Ministry of Education). I am also the Business Manager, Auckland for the Poutama Trust, an independent charitable trust established in 1988 to provide business development services to Maori.
I trained as an actor at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate and for the last 33 years have worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio in Australia and New Zealand.I was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors' Program. I am currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Silo Theatre, Clarence St. Theatre, and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, I was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community. I am currently a student at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in the Te Reo Maori language programme Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Mairangi.
At ART's AGM on 19 October 2017, longtime Chair and foundation trustee of the ART, Nigel Arkell stood down from the ART board.
The ART Board of Trustees thanks Nigel for his immensely valuable contribution and long standing service to ART, and the arts and culture sector in general, in Auckland.
I am an academic at the University of Auckland where I am Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Deputy Dean of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (a Faculty encompassing Architecture, Dance Studies, Fine Arts, Music and Urban Planning). I hold a PhD in Art History from the University of Auckland and an LLM specialising in Intellectual and Cultural Property from King’s College, London. The areas of research I am most interested in reflect those two strands of inquiry and consider theories and practice of contemporary and historical art, contemporary fashion, copyright and the inter-relation of creative practices and law. I also serve on the Boards of Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Centre, Auckland, and the Creative Coalition, a sector-wide advocacy group.
I have worked for the past 30 years with public and private sector interests to develop partnerships, projects and new services to support economic, social and cultural development. I was a member of the Strategy Leaders Group responsible for developing the Auckland Regional Economic Development Strategy AREDS. I chaired and represented the Regions’ Economic Development Agencies on the ARC Economic Development Forum, and work on strategic issues impacting on economic development, skill shortages and the labour market.
I am passionate about the contribution that the creative and cultural sector can make to the growth of new economies. I support a number of new regional initiatives in the creative industries and am a member of Auckland City’s Creative Industries Advisory group. I am also a Chair of EDANZ the Economic Development Association of NZ, and a foundation Trustee of the Arts Regional Trust ART/ Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi and The Big Idea / Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust. I have also contributed to national policy development as a Ministerial appointment to the Hillary Commission and the Council and Arts Board of Creative New Zealand / Toi Aotearoa.
Dr Ella Henry
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