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Our Curators

Introducing our Exhibition Curatorial Panel and our Huakaiwaka Indoor Gallery Curator for the 2021/22 exhibition

Linda Tyler – Curatorial Panel

Linda Tyler studied art history at the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland and completed her Ph.D. on nineteenth-century botanist and museum worker John Buchanan, and her MA on émigré architect Ernst Plischke. She is currently the convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland. As a curator, her recent projects include Tākiri: an unfurling, an exhibition of contemporary Māori art at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, and a small exhibition of early works by Anne Hamblett for Michael Lett Gallery in Auckland. She has been a co-curator of the biennial event Sculpture in the Garden since 2015 and really enjoys working with the artists, the Friends of the Gardens, and the Botanic Gardens staff.

Ioane Ioane – Curatorial Panel

Ioane is a New Zealand artist of Samoan descent. His work is informed by his Samoan heritage and includes performance rituals, film, painting, installation, and sculpture. In conversation about his work Fale Sā (church) with art historian Caroline Vercoe, Ioane states:

“Sacred places are not necessarily a church, but it’s a place where one likes to be in, a place of affirmation”.

Curator Ron Brownson writes:
“Ioane’s attitude to sculptural process is cosmological – his carvings bind present reality with a representation of the past. Ioane was part of the inaugural Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition 2007.”

In 2005 Ioane won the Creative New Zealand Pacific Innovation and Excellence Art Award. His work is held in both private and public collections, including the Auckland Art Gallery the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, England; the National University of Samoa; the Tjibaou Cultural Centre Nouméa, New Caledonia; the Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland College of Education, and the University of Auckland Art Collection.

Ioane exhibited in the inaugral Sculpture in the Gardens in 2007. 


Catherine Hamilton – Curatorial Panel

Catherine Hamilton is a Landscape Architect with over 33 years’ experience. Throughout her career she has delivered numerous award-winning projects both large and small across Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Catherine is passionate about the power of landscape architecture to positively impact our landscapes and communities. Whether returning laughter to the broken city through her design for Takaro-a-Poi/Margaret Mahy Family Playground in Christchurch, or re-imagining a tourism future underpinned by authentic values for Piopiotahi/Milford Sound, her work is motivated by her love of our people, our place.

Catherine’s relationship with Auckland Botanic Gardens spans almost 20 years. Her designs include the internationally awarded Threatened Native Plant Garden. She also worked in collaboration with a passionate team of artists, architects, council staff, and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens to help deliver the much loved and celebrated Huakaiwaka visitor centre.


Cheryl Wright – Huakaiwaka Indoor Gallery Curator

Cheryl Wright is an artist and the owner of Art Industry gallery in Clevedon Village.

She is married to sculptor James Wright, and together they have both had a long association with the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Cheryl is looking forward to taking over the role of Indoor Curator.  Handed the reins by Richard Mathieson, who has moulded the Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition, since its inception in 2007, to the great show it is today.