Meet our small but mighty team
General Manager and Exhibition Curator
09 426 5570 021 172 4113
Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts majoring in Art History, Painting and Ceramics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. After immigrating to New Zealand from Africa in 2000, Kim volunteered at Mairangi Arts Centre, later becoming a ceramic tutor for both adults and children, and then as education coordinator. Managing Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna for 7 years led her to explore Body art and the arena of Special Effects winning a scholarship to study a Diploma in Special effects makeup and production Design at Cut Above Academy. Since then she has been a relief tutor at the Academy. She has been the manager of Estuary Arts Centre since 2012. Her passion is community arts engagement, connecting people and groups through the power of Art.
Customer Service, Volunteer and Gift shop Coordinator
Talia works part-time four days a week:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
With a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Talia puts her knowledge of mass production into creating A1 limited-edition Fine Art Silk Screen Prints. Prior to discovering screen printing Talia experimented with ceramics, slip casting and slab building. Talia has a gallery presence in the UK and having recently returned to her native New Zealand is looking forward to creating new distinctively Kiwi prints.
Talia has been Artist in Residence at Ink workshop in the UK, and co-founded the Leeds Print Fair, which she ran for 3 years. This event operational experience and other admin experience will aid her in her role as Customer Service Administrator here at Estuary Arts.
Adult Education and outreach coordinator
Chandra works four days a week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
I have a varied background working in the retail corporate world for many years,
However for the past seven years I have been working for NGOs within
The Hibiscus Coast community. I am married to a retired math teacher and have
Three adult children and four amazing grandsons. I enjoy learning new things and aim to add value to myself, my family and community every day as best I can. I believe that being kind costs nothing but offers great returns.
Children's Education and outreach coordinator
I’m Nicoletta Benella, a freelance illustrator and creative designer based in Hatfields Beach.
My artistic journey began in a Medieval town in Northern-East Italy, where I immersed myself in art and explored the wonders of nature. After earning a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and gaining a diverse background in photography, printmaking, and graphic design, I developed my skills as a creative designer.
My career took off at United Colors of Benetton, as a Graphic Designer, where I crafted seasonal window displays for stores across the globe. In 2015, I embarked on an incredible adventure with my husband and our 2 children and moved to New Zealand.
Recently I’ve dedicated my time to illustration and furthered my studies at the Ars in Fabula Academy in Macerata, learning from some of Italy’s most talented picture book illustrators.
I’m now happily living on the Hibiscus Coast, collaborating with amazing authors and bringing picture book projects to life.
Accounts / Finance officer
Trace works part-time two to three days a week:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Tracey Currington lives and paints from her home studio on the Hibiscus Coast. She paints in several mediums including Acrylics, Mixed Media, Watercolour and Encaustics. She enjoys painting in all these mediums and has a particular love of Encaustics. Encaustics is a very ancient way of painting. It uses molten beeswax mixed with damar resin and pigments to create colour. The work involves painting layers onto a hard substrate which are then fused to previous layers with heat. Some layers can be very translucent which gives the work depth and an ethereal feel. When finished it can be polished giving a luminous high gloss appearance. Finished works can be highly textured or totally smooth.