From New York to New Zealand – how a coup is changing a gallery

ArtsHub speaks with Neal Stimler, The Met’s Public Engagement guru who is changing the face of the Auckland Art Gallery, one byte at a time.
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Auckland Art Gallery.

It was a significant coup for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (AAG) when it appointed the Program Manager for Content Partnerships of New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) late last year.

Neal Stimler joined the New Zealand team as the gallery’s inaugural Head of Public Engagement, after more than a decade with the international giant, and has been tasked with providing greater emphasis on inter-disciplinary public programming, access and outreach initiatives.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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