Our new Blumhardt /CNZ Curatorial Intern is…

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

We are pleased to welcome Gina Matchitt (Te Arawa and Whakatōhea) to the team as our 2019 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand curatorial intern.

This internship is part of a proud partnership The Dowse Art Museum holds with CNZ and The Blumhardt Foundation. Together, we support an emerging craft curator to create an exhibition presented at The Dowse. Gina will begin working on her exhibition in June and it will open to the public in early 2020.

“This internship is one of the ways we support the growth and appreciation of craft in Aotearoa,” said Karl Chitham, Director of The Dowse Art Museum. “We are very excited to welcome Gina into this role and support her as she extends her understanding of exhibition making. We were very impressed with her depth of knowledge and passion for the sector and are looking forward to supporting her curatorial journey.

“This internship is made possible thanks to the support of the wonderful team at The Dowse, CNZ and the Blumhardt Foundation. It goes to the heart of each of our organisation’s commitment to the collection, care for and display of craft arts in Aotearoa and I am excited to see Gina’s contribution to this sector in 2020.”


Gina grew up in Rotorua and has whakapapa connections to Te Arawa and Whakatōhea. She is interested in the power of objects as reflections of ourselves and our histories. After spending seven years living overseas with her whānau, Gina returned to Aotearoa in 2014. More recently she has had a variety of roles at Te Papa, City Gallery and New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Gina has a Craft Design Diploma (Jewellery) from Unitec and a Masters of Māori Visual Arts from Massey University.

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