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“I help to look after the art collection of the

University of Auckland, which consists of

roughly 1,400 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 to 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


Alice Tyler

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Art History and minor in Italian

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History

Master of Arts in Art History

Assistant Curator – Gus Fisher Gallery