New faces at Tauranga Art Gallery

Serena Bently. Photo: Supplied.

The Tauranga Art Gallery Trust is pleased to announce a range of new appointments in early 2022.

Most recent is the appointment of its new Curator/ Exhibitions Manager, Serena Bentley. Bentley, who has been Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) since 2017, takes up a newly developed role in May 2022.

Having resided in Australia for 14 years, the New Zealand-born curator is excited to be returning home to take up the position. Serena, who will be joined by her partner Justin and three-year-old daughter Theda, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to return home and make an impact on the art and culture in Tauranga.

Observing from afar, Serena says: “It is evident that the Gallery occupies an important role central to the cultural life of the city and the wider Bay of Plenty. I'm excited to be working with the Director and the Gallery team to build on the Gallery's rich programming and reputation by curating exhibitions and programmes that resonate with local, national and international audiences”.

An experienced curator and art writer, in addition to the ACMI Serena has worked in a range of high profile organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Next Wave Festival, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. In addition she has been an Australia Council for the Arts peer assessor, the recipient of a travel grant from the Ian Potter Foundation, and a curatorial resident at Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She has also worked in leading private galleries in both Australia and Aotearoa, including Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, and Starkwhite, Auckland.

Tauranga Art Gallery Director Stephen Cleland looks forward to welcoming Serena to the team.

“Serena brings exceptional experience, talent and drive to the role," says Stephen. 

"The international connections she brings to Tauranga, especially across some of Australia’s largest and most important cultural organisations will greatly support our ambitions to deliver world class exhibitions in the Bay of Plenty. We’re excited that we have lured one of Aotearoa’s most talented curators back to our shores.”

Other new appointments to the Gallery include Megan Cleverley as Business Development manager and we also welcome Leiona Tupou as our new Front of House manager.




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2 Comments

Hang on......

Posted on 08-03-2022 21:57 | By groutby

.......to your hats ratepayers....the flood of new appointments (necessary or not)....has begun!!........ with the new property valuations...the rates revenue will more than cover this...

Hmmm

Posted on 08-03-2022 18:56 | By Let's get real

Obviously the Art gallery is making a significant profit to justify establishing a "newly developed role"... How can we possibly go wrong building a museum as well. The time for honesty passed by and never lingered in council offices. Disgraceful

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