Objectspace is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. It seeks to invigorate exhibition making, support and discourse in these fields, and to provide a wealth of opportunities to engage and expand knowledge of material cultures.
Objectspace opened in 2004 after a working group of prominent local makers, art writers and curators identified a significant lack of support for the fields of craft, applied art and design. The intention from the outset was to create a gallery environment that demanded excellence in these fields while allowing for experimentation within new and expanded frameworks.
After 12 years of exhibition programming on Ponsonby Road, Objectspace negotiated an extension of its core funding with principal funding body Creative New Zealand. This was the catalyst for expansion that has seen Objectspace grow in capacity to become the lead organisation in the Craft/Object sector.
Under the leadership of Director Kim Paton and the Objectspace board of trustees, this expansion led to a wider disciplinary focus, with the gallery's work now encompassing the fields of design, craft and architecture.
It was this development, in part, that impelled a relocation to the architecturally refurbished premises on Rose Road in Ponsonby, bringing a shift in scale to four exhibition spaces and the provision of a dedicated public programming space and library.
From 13 Rose Road Objectspace delivers a new series of services to the Craft/Object sector. These are effective nation-wide and extend beyond exhibition programming into the areas of research, development, relationship development, international relationship development and the enrichment of critical writing in the field.
At its heart Objectspace has always been an organisation driven by makers, and by the concerns of the disciplines that it serves. In this way, Objectspace serves its audiences and communities by providing an environment where the best practice and thinking in design, craft and architecture can be experienced and engaged with.
Objectspace is staffed by Director Kim Paton, Deputy Director Zoe Black, Director of Development Emily Gardener, Communications and Partnerships Manager Victoria McAdam, Public Programme Manager Olivia Stewart, Archivist and Researcher Bronwyn Lloyd, Bookstore Manager and Gallery Assistant Becky Richards and Gallery Assistants Scarlett Kean and Dayle Palfreyman.
It is administered by the Objectspace charitable trust. Our current trustees are Ben Corban (Chair), Bhavesh Bhuthadia, Jane Groufsky, Johnny Hui, Tyrone Ohia, Kim Smith, Jarcinda Stowers-Ama, Kimina Styche, Graham Tipene and Kathy Waghorn.