Alice Tyler

Alice completed a Master of Arts in Art History and is now Assistant Curator at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

Alice Tyler

“I help to look after the art collection of the University of Auckland, which consists of roughly 1400 pieces, and help to curate a revolving schedule of exhibitions at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

“Working as part of a small team at the gallery is one of the best parts of my job and means I have gained experience across a number of areas including collection management, curating, exhibition scheduling, and installation.

“I enjoy the varied nature of the position and the networks with which I have been connected because of it. I like working in an environment that values research and continued learning, and the libraries at the University of Auckland are the best!

“A recent highlight was volunteering as an exhibition attendant in the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

“During my postgraduate years I made a concerted effort to connect with others in my field of study. Writing a thesis can be solitary work so I attended as many seminar series, symposia and industry events as I possibly could. There was always someone I knew from class or a lecturer who had taught me around and through these events I gained volunteer work which turned into my current position.

“The skills I acquired through my Arts study to be able to research and look for answers to questions or theories have been invaluable. The ability to think critically and the framework for writing and effective communication has been very useful to me in my day-to-day work.

“The rigorous training that I received in the Faculty of Arts prepared me well for my working life.”

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