Lopdell House Gallery, West Auckland’s leading, regional, contemporary art gallery, has a new director. After 10 years with the gallery, eight of them as director and seeing it successfully through its relocation to temporary premises while the new gallery is built in Titirangi, Lesley Smith has stepped down and been succeeded by Andrew Clifford, previously curator at The University of Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery.
Andrew is a renowned arts writer with contributions to leading journals throughout New Zealand and internationally, including Art New Zealand, Art & Australia and Hong Kong-based Art Asia Pacific and has developed exhibitions with important national and international artists. “It’s an exciting time to join Lopdell House Gallery and the redeveloped facilities will allow the organisation to really spread its wings,” he says.
Lopdell House Society Chairperson, Marcus Williams, paid tribute to Lesley Smith who “leaves the organisation in great shape and has been instrumental in lobbying and fundraising for the improved facilities and extensions.” The historic Lopdell House was home to the gallery from its inception in 1984 until last year when it was closed for earthquake strengthening. As part of the works, a new purpose-built gallery is being constructed at the western end. The gallery is scheduled to return to Titirangi mid next year.