About us

ART History

The city councils of Auckland and Manukau created the Arts Regional Trust: Te Taumata Toi-a–iwi in 2000 to manage and grow their combined share of funds ($6 million) provided through the disestablishment of Auckland Regional Services Trust.

Since then ART has invested $4 million in the Auckland Region’s arts, culture and creative industries sector through the groundbreaking ART programmes: ART Venture, ART Source, ART Enterprise and ART Generator. The capital fund has grown to $11.57 million (2019) under ART’s stewardship.

Our board of Trustees

Heta Hudson
A Partner in the Performance Consulting team at Findex Limited, a firm of chartered accountants, Heta works alongside many creative sector organisations and creative entrepreneurs to assist them to achieve their goals and aspirations. He holds governance roles with Altus Group, a social enterprise that helps create employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd, the post-settlement commercial entity of Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa.
Sandi Morrison, QSM
Deputy Chairperson
For the past 30 years Sandi has worked to develop partnerships, projects and services to support economic, social and cultural development in Auckland and across Aotearoa. She is actively involved in a range of innovative initiatives supporting entrepreneurs in the arts and cultural sector in Auckland. Her contributions to the arts sector have included governance roles on the Council and Arts Board of Creative New Zealand / Toi Aotearoa, and as a founding trustee of both Arts Regional Trust ART / Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi, and the Big Idea / Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust.
Peter Shand
Peter is an academic and currently Head of Elam at the University of Auckland. His research encompasses historic and contemporary art, contemporary fashion, creative theory and law, notably copyright and cultural heritage. He has been active in strategic and governance work in the creative sector for over 20 years.
Elise Sterback
Elise Sterback is currently the Executive Director of Basement Theatre and has a background in marketing and community development, as well as producing theatre, festivals and artistic happenings through her company, Vibracorp. As a strategist and arts advocate, Elise has sat on the board of Creative Coalition, and participated in arts policy steering groups at local and national levels.
Hans Kim
Originally from Korea, Hans is a founder and director of MASS, a design think-tank and multidisciplinary collective which aims to pioneer new modes of design thinking and creation. He brings 6 years of international experience in the creative industries working on projects across architecture, product, branding, and entertainment for clients such as Audi, Google, and Kram/Weisshaar.

Our Team

Alison Taylor
Alison joined ART from the Centre for Social Impact, a social business of Foundation North, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust. As founding CEO, Alison developed the Centre to improve social impact for both philanthropic funders and community sector agencies. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Development, and the Mental Health Foundation. She has been a trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.
Narelle Jackson
Executive Assistant
Narelle brings an extensive background in administration to her role at ART. She also brings a passion for creative arts, and her own experience as an actor, dancer and improviser. Narelle is a member of the all-women troupe C-Suite, Instant Broadway musical troupe and Bookclub troupe.