Our Staff

Lisa Beauchamp

Curator of Contemporary Art

With over ten years curatorial, programming and project management experience, Lisa Beauchamp is committed to the understanding of contemporary art as a valuable and fundamental tool that anyone can access and enjoy.

Prior to taking up her role as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Gus Fisher Gallery she worked at a number of UK arts institutions, most recently as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery where she curated exhibitions with internationally renowned artists such as Jeremy Deller and John Stezaker, and significantly increased audiences for contemporary art by devising meaningful and relevant projects.

Governed by her dedication to Feminist frameworks and intersectionality, Lisa takes a fluid approach to curatorial exhibition making with an overall belief that galleries can be enjoyable, reflective and self-directed areas of experience as opposed to static white cube spaces.


Robbie Handcock

Public Programmes and Engagement Officer

Robbie Handcock is an artist born in Olongapo, Philippines and currently resides in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Since graduating with an MFA from Massey University, Robbie has exhibited and written for exhibitions across Aotearoa. He has developed his curatorial and programming interests as a facilitator with artist-run-initiative play_station, with involvement in projects such as Auckland Art Fair and HOBIENNALE in Tasmania, Australia.

In his own painting practice, Robbie is interested in representations of queer sexuality, taste and domesticity. He is also working on an upcoming curatorial project with Te Tuhi scheduled for May 2021.

Hannah Burgoyne

Gallery Coordinator

Hannah is passionate about helping visitors navigate pertinent socio-cultural issues through contemporary art. Having recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Art History, she previously worked at the Wallace Arts Trust and as a teaching assistant in Art History at the University of Auckland. In 2018 she co-curated the survey show The Third Space: Ambiguity in the Art of Graham Fletcher at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

Briana Woolliams

Gallery Invigilator

Briana Woolliams is passionate about arts’ ability to bring people together, nurture new learning and connect others deeper to the world around them. Since graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (first-class honours) at Elam School of Fine Arts, she has worked for art institutions, fostering her passion for working with people. Her various arts roles in public engagement and education have her work with a variety of children, youth and other community groups. Briana is also the Learning Experiences Outside of the Classroom facilitator at Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust.

Alex Guthrie 

Technical Coordinator

Gus Fisher Gallery

Advisory Board


Chair of the Board: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor John Morrow

Curator of Contemporary Art, Lisa Beauchamp

Dean – Faculty of Arts, Professor Robert Greenberg

Head of Elam School of Fine Art, Associate Professor Peter Shand

Head of the Discipline of Art History, Dr Ngarino Ellis

Director, Auckland University Press, Dr Sam Elworthy

University Librarian, Mrs Sue Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Dr Caroline Vercoe

Associate Professor, Peter Robinson

Mr Michael Fisher

Ms Melanie Roger

Mrs Anna Nathan




Bonnie Lee

Florence Wu

Francesca Sie

Helena Lunt

Lang Ea

Michele Roche

Nicholas Males

Paul Nathan

Shaleen Farrell

Stacy Chachki

Zoe Crook

Thanks to Vanessa Crofskey and Kimmi Rindel for our staff images, taken as part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s public programme event Proportunity