Letting Space is managed by Helen Kirlew Smith, Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram. Curators Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram are trustees of the Wellington Independent Arts Trust, who as a trust with charitable status provide governance to Letting Space. The other trustees are producer, editor and filmmaker Jan Bieringa, leading independent filmmaker Gaylene Preston and writer, curator and artist Jo Randerson. The trust was established in 2009 to support experienced Wellington arts managers by providing an umbrella for significant independent arts projects. Go here for more information.
Helen Kirlew Smith is an experienced producer and event manager with a passion for the arts in communities and public space. She has worked as broker for Letting Space's Urban Dream Brokerage since 2012 a coproducer on Letting Space's projects since 2013. Helen worked as Company Manager for Blast Theory in the UK for eight years, an internationally renowned company for creating ground-breaking new forms of performance and interactive art.
Mark Amery was previously director of Playmarket and is well known as an arts writer, developer and commentator. He has a particular interest in expanding the public commons and community involvement, from both a professional media and contemporary art perspective. Mark was part of the curatorial team at City Gallery 2000-2002, involved as a curator and editor on numerous projects, and formerly worked at New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and Artspace. He has extensive experience as an arts manager, curator, writer and editor. He was previously a member of the Wellington City Council Public Art Panel 2006-2012 and a board member of Kapiti Coast's Mahara Gallery.
Sophie Jerram‘s work as a curator, artist and businesswoman has had a particular interest in issues surrounding sustainability and art’s examination of the relationship between business and the environment. Curatorial projects include, Gaining Interest, Gift of the Artist (all Artspace, Auckland), Bombs Away (Adam Art Gallery and Physics Room), Posted Love (National Library Gallery) and The Concrete Deal (James Smiths Carpark). As part of Now Future she has been running lecture series Dialogues with Tomorrow since 2010.