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The Make/Shift Whānau

There is a huge number of people and businesses that make Make/Shift Spaces a reality.

Make/Shift Spaces Team:

Anne Rush MNZM, General Manager
Anne is a well-respected Nelson-based visual artist, who has also worked across a wide range of arts and cultural development projects. Apart from creating her own exhibitions at commercial and regional galleries, Anne was researcher and project manager of the benchmark symposium, Destination New Zealand – Capturing the Cultural Tourist(1998). She has served on the APEC Prime Ministerial Advisory Group on Arts and Culture (1999), National Working Party on Cultural Tourism (2000), Queen Elizabeth II National Working Party on Community Arts (1993) and Queen Elizabeth II Central Regional Arts Council (1986-1989). She held governance roles at Creative New Zealand Arts Council Toi Aotearoa and Creative New Zealand Arts Board Toi Aotearoa.

Regional projects include co-founding the Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network (1993) and Nelson Regional Guidebook– Art in its Own Place (1994). As recipient of a Social Entrepreneur’s grant she developed a Cultural Mapping case study, Presenting Ourselves; Unlocking and Interpreting Cultural Landscapes, and has chaired the Nelson Heritage Advisory Group. Anne is co-founder of Light Nelson/Te Ramaroa and remains a trustee.

Julie Warren, Fundraising
Julie has more than 40 years’ experience as arts practitioner, manager, event organiser, freelance writer and editor. She has worked in senior roles in several prominent Nelson arts institutions as well as  governance roles on Creative New Zealand Arts Board (1998-2001) and Arts Marketing Network (1992-2001).

Claire Watson, Administration
Claire has recently re-emerged into the professional realm after 7+ years of child-rearing. She currently contracts to Make/Shift Spaces and Nelson Arts Festival in an administrative capacity, and recently worked with Cultural Conversations to register them as a Charitable Trust. Claire also owns a CV writing business The CV Joint, runs her side project Creative Jobs New Zealand, and works as a freelance writer.

Lee Woodman, Site Manager
Lee is contracted to Make/Shift Spaces on an ongoing basis. He is passionate about working with art installations and has experience in this field through working for Suter Art Gallery, Refinery Artspace, Nelson Provincial Museum and many private clients. Lee is a practicing artist with a trade background in joinery and building, and holds a Bachelor of Design Innovation specialising in Culture + Context and Philosophy. Lee is fully conversant and compliant with Health & Safety issues, has a current First Aid Certificate and carries his own Public Liability Insurance.

Klaasz Breukel, This Is Them, Brand Manager/Designer
Klaasz and his partner Floor van Lierop are graphic designers/art directors who moved from Amsterdam to Nelson ten years ago. Together they have run their own design studio for nearly two decades, creating colourful, clever work with strong visuals for a wide range of clients. Klaasz also works as a graphic design, animation and CGI tutor at NMIT and is involved in a number of local art initiatives.

Sarah Wilson, Communications and Media
Sarah has worked in arts communications in the UK, New Zealand and predominantly Australia, where she worked for leading production and performing arts organisations including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival and Opera Australia. Now based in Nelson, Sarah also works a range of arts organisations including Te Ramaroa, Dunedin Arts Festival and Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Make/Shift Spaces Committee:

Alison Margaret McAlpine QSO JP, Chairperson
Alison has held a wide variety of roles in the Education profession including Principal of Nelson College for Girls 1989-2008 and Chair of NZ Teachers Council 2010-2016, a Caucus appointment. Since then she has been fulfilling statutory roles primarily assisting “failing schools”. Her governance experience includes: NZQA Board; SPANZ; Hillary Commissioner; JP Association Executive; Chair Lotteries Distribution Committee for Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast (current); Chair Nelson/Tasman Cancer Society (current); Wellington Cancer Board member (current); Lotteries Kaikoura Earthquake Distribution Committee (current); and Giants Basketball Board. Alison has received numerous Awards including: QSO for service to Education and Community; Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow; Rotary, Sir Jack Newman Award; Leadership in Education Award; TradeNZ, Certificate of Appreciation.

Jan Rees, Treasurer 
Jan has more than 40 years in the banking Industry, retiring in 2015. Her wide-ranging professional experience encompasses strong people management and leadership skills, as well as coaching, performance management, sales, compliance, financial, customer service and negotiation skills. Jan currently provides some business and personal mentoring, and volunteers as a community representative for Restorative Justice.

Emma Bourke
Since 2017, Emma has been Property Business Manager for Gibbons Holdings Ltd, responsible for the overall management of their commercial investment portfolio. Prior to this, Emma held similar property roles for Eastland Group in Gisborne; Vail Williams (UK); and The Property Group Ltd. Emma’s governance experience includes: Treasurer Property Institute of New Zealand (Waikato and Gisborne); NZ Marinas Operator Association; Business Professional Women, Gisborne; and Alzheimer’s Gisborne.

Lucy Miller, Secretary
Lucy is a Solicitor working primarily in commercial and property law. Along with the team at Isherwood Le Gros Law Limited, Lucy provides pro bono legal services to Make/Shift Spaces. As an advisory committee member, Lucy brings a legal perspective to the governance of Make/Shift Spaces and also serves as the society secretary.

Nils Pokel
From a digital learning and creative direction background, Nils moved across to the museum sector to take on several roles at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Initially as the eLearning Producer, it was as the Museum’s Digital Strategist that he lead the emerging technology research programme, and contributed to the organisation’s long-term digital strategy. Nils’ work shaped the digital experiences for a number of large-scale exhibitions and gallery renewal projects, producing award-winning and internationally recognised work. On relocating to Nelson, Nils took up a leadership role at Nelson Provincial Museum, fronting a strong Public Experience team and taking responsibility for exhibitions, events and education programmes. His focus has broadened to working holistically across disciplines, always with great visitor experience and manaakitanga at heart.

Brian Riley 
Brian has more than 30 years architectural experience, beginning as a Project Architect with Retail Consulting Group Ltd in Auckland, before moving to Nelson in 1994 and forming his own company, Brian Riley Design, designing and building houses in Nelson as well as doing contract work for a number of local architects. He joined Arthouse Architecture Ltd on its formation 2001, becoming an Associate in 2005. Brian’s experience in governance includes: Chair of the Nelson/Marlborough branch of the NZIA 2000-01; the inaugural chair and project manager of Light Nelson from its inception in 2012 until 2017; and the Board of Trustees for Nelson College for Girls (2016-19).

Make/Shift Spaces would like to thank the following for their invaluable support - you're all amazing!

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As our Major Sponsor, Nelson City Council have been there from the start, commissioning the initial research, and funding us to get set up and on our way. Thanks NCC!

Rata Foundation are one of New Zealand's most generous funding bodies. We're eternally grateful.

The ever-generous Lion Foundation are enabling our little admin team to keep working on an amazing array of projects. Thanks Lion!

As one of Nelson’s largest Property Management Companies, Gibbons are always a pleasure to work with, and are a key to providing the actual spaces for us put things in.

NBS is New Zealand’s oldest Building Society, with an aim to make a difference in the communities in which they operate. We're incredibly priviledged to be working with them.

When the spaces need a makeshift wall or two for displays, we know we can rely on Golden Edge for all our building supplies – those walls don’t just come from nowhere!

We work closely with Speedy Signs for all our signage – they’re responsible for making our designs and signage a reality, and for installing them so beautifully in the spaces.

Make/Shift Spaces receives pro bono support from Isherwood Le Gros Law Ltd, who keep us on track with all the legal side of things. Our finances are managed by Jan Rees and our accountant is Alaina Baldwin at RWCA, Nelson.

Thanks everyone!

As Make/Shift Spaces grows, so too will this website. We’ll keep adding news and updates on projects as they reveal themselves in our smart little city.


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