Director, Expressions Whirinaki
Leanne Wickham is the Director of Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
Leanne has 20 years’ experience in working in the heritage, art and performing arts industry. She has worked in institutions such as Capital E Event and Exhibition Centre for Children, Petone Settlers Museum, and The Dowse Art Museum as well as managing large scale outdoor art events.
She has been Director of Expressions Whirinaki, a suburban arts centre, for five years, successfully increasing audiences from 65,000 to 150,000.
Her role as Director ranges from fundraising and partnership development to overseeing the exhibition and event programmes, as well as audience development.
She firmly believes that small/medium sized institutions can punch well above their weight.
Her passion is developing exhibitions and events with cross-generational appeal and which embed a sense of fun for children and families.
She live in the Akatarawa Ranges with her husband and three children, 4 chickens, 2 goats and a dog called Gypsy.
Leanne Wickham will be speaking at MuseumNext Sydney 2019.
Connect with Leanne:
Play… on a Budget
Australian National Maritime Museum
How can a small regional art gallery do great play on a tiny budget? Hear how Director Leanne Wickham introduced a sense of playfulness and imagination at Expressions Whirinaki (and subsequently tripled visitor numbers) with innovative thinking, great ideas… and no money.