New director joins The Physics Room

Melanie Oliver
Melanie Oliver has joined The Physics Room Gallery as the new director.


The Physics Room Gallery is pleased to welcome Melanie Oliver as their new director.

Oliver brings a wealth of curating experience to The Physics Room having held recent posts as Assistant Curator at both Artspace Sydney (2011) and the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth (2007 – 2009).

In addition Oliver has worked independently as a writer and curator, developing projects such as Social Interface at Ramp Gallery (2012), Justene Williams and Sean Grattan, St Paul St Gallery (2012) and most recently has co-curated a project with Laura Preston for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial.

Oliver will be developing The Physics Room exhibition programme from its current site at Sandyford Street in Sydenham, and will head up the exciting re-launch of the Gallery’s refurbished Tuam Street exhibition space in late 2012.

"We are incredibly excited that Melanie has taken up the opportunity to lead The Physics Room at this interesting point in Christchurch's history. Her valuable experience and enthusiasm will help us in delivering a challenging and innovative programme in the coming years," Paul Sutherland, chair of The Physics Room board.

Media Release:  The Physics Room

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The Big Idea Editor

9 Oct 2012

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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