The Department of Art History has played a major role in the professionalisation of art history, art and museum curatorship and art writing in New Zealand.
A degree in Art History can lead to a wide range of interesting and often unexpected careers.
The University’s Art History graduates occupy lecturing positions at many of the country’s polytechnics and universities, or teach in New Zealand schools.
Many of our past students are working in public art galleries and museums, as well as dealer galleries, in New Zealand, Australia and other parts of the world. Some work as freelance curators and art writers, and others work in the expanding business of cultural tourism.
Many of New Zealand’s and Australia’s most highly regarded art historians, critics and writers are members or graduates of our Department.
Our Art History graduates have pursued careers in:
- curatorial work in museums and galleries
- educational programmes in galleries and museums
- art writing and criticism
- secondary school teaching
- academic teaching and research
- specialist librarianship and archival work
- journalism and publishing
- dealer galleries and auction houses
- TV and film
- freelance curating and consulting
- art and culture in the public sector
- fund raising and development in the arts
- cultural tourism.
Senior Curator, New Zealand and Pacific Art, Auckand Art Gallery - Toi o Tāmaki
Research Librarian, E. H. McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tāmaki
Head of Department, Visual Art and Art History, Tamaki College, Glen Innes, Auckland
Post-doc: Newton International Fellowship, Cambridge University, 2012-3
Curator of Applied Arts and Design at the Auckland Museum, from 2014