Adam Art Gallery’s new intern announced

Louie Zalk-Neale has taken up their role as the new intern at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery.

Louie graduated last year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art, and their creative work in performance, drawing, and moving image has already gained exposure at venues in Dunedin, Auckland, and Wellington. Their latest work can be seen in Bling Ring, a group exhibition at Wellington’s Enjoy Contemporary Art Space which runs until 4 December.

Louie is interested in honing their research skills and learning about devising and delivering exhibitions and events. They have a strong interest in queer theory, performance art and fashion, and mātauranga Maori.

They have previously worked as a facilitator of the artist-run space MEANWHILE and as a gallery supervisor at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata. They have also worked as an assistant to several artists invited to take up the Te Whare Hēra Artist Residency hosted by Massey University and Wellington City Council.

Louie will be working with the Gallery part-time until May 2022. They will be contributing to the development of the Gallery’s public programmes.

Adam Art Gallery is delighted to be able to offer Louie the internship, despite uncertainties caused by the pandemic.

Adam Art Gallery director Christina Barton says, “our experience in running the internship is deepening, and we are proud of the achievements of the previous interns, Lachlan Taylor (2018), Nina Dyer (2019), and Millie Riddell (2020–21). We look forward to hosting Louie, who is the first practising artist to have been offered the opportunity.”

The Adam Art Gallery Internship is made possible thanks to the generosity of funder Barbara Blake.

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