Gallery De Novo
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The Background

Gallery De Novo space

Gallery De Novo opened in 2005, the product of many years in the planning for owners Richelle Byers and Liz Fraser.

Both Richelle and Liz gained degrees in Art History and went on to work extensively in galleries both locally and Internationally.

After many years overseas they returned to live in Dunedin to raise their families. They became aware of the thriving Otago art scene and recognised the need for a gallery with a fresh, passionate and honest approach to art.

Gallery De Novo has grown into one of Dunedin's leading galleries with an exciting and eclectic mix of talented New Zealand contemporary artists.  

 

Richelle Byers - Director / Owner

Richelle Byers - Director / Owner

Richelle Byers is a co-owner of Gallery De Novo. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Massey University, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Otago. While studying Richelle worked at a private gallery in Dunedin, that also specialised in conservation framing. It is here she gained her experience as a picture framer, which led her on to becoming one of New Zealand's 1st Guild Commended Framers in 1997. From 1998 – 2002 Richelle lived in London and worked for Trowbridge Gallery, on the Kings Road in Chelsea -dealing in antique art and hand-made frames. The gallery had branches in America also, where she assisted in Art Fairs and was regularly dealing with major international clients.

Liz Fraser - Director / Owner

Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser is a co-owner of Gallery De Novo. Before establishing Gallery De Novo in 2005 Liz gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Art History from Otago University. While studying she volunteered at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and on graduating took up a full time position in one of Dunedin’s leading dealer galleries, where she also gained the Guild Commended Framer’s qualification. In 1999 Liz moved to London and took up a position at the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly, where she was surrounded by some major British art collections and was a consultant framer to the Academy, students of the Academy and the surrounding Cork Street galleries. In 2001 Liz began working for the reputable London dealer gallery Manya Igel Fine Arts where she stayed until her return to Dunedin in 2004.

Helena Wills - Picture Framer / Art Sales

Helena Wills

Helena Wills has been a valuable member of the Gallery De Novo team since 2008. She has close to 20 years experience in working in galleries specialising in New Zealand art and conservation picture framing. She has clients and artists alike that call on her specifically for her framing expertise. In 1998 Helena was awarded her Guild Commended Framer qualification, and she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Canterbury.

 

Vicky Johns - Art Sales / Picture Framing

Vicky Johns - Art Sales / Picture Framing

Vicky Johns began working for Gallery De Novo in 2009 and was soon appointed Gallery Manager during Richelle and Liz’s maternity break. She has experience working in art galleries in Dunedin and is always interested in what the local artist community has to offer. Vicky has been involved in arts event management through the public, volunteer and service sectors and has been completing papers in Art History at the University of Otago.

Sharon Bratton - Art Sales / Picture Framing

Sharon Bratton - Art Sales / Picture Framing

Having spent over ten years in management positions within the education and travel sectors, and also running her own vintage clothing company, Sharon has returned to the art world where she previously had a number of years gallery experience. She is happy to be back in the creative environment of a gallery where her role covers art and framing consultation, gallery display, administration and framing.       

Venus Wyatt - Picture Framing & Gallery Assistant/Architectural Student

Venus Wyatt - Picture Framing & Gallery Assistant/Architectural Student

Venus joined the Gallery De Novo team in 2015.  She works part time helping with picture framing, photography and general gallery work.  She spends the rest of her time studying for her Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the Otago Polytechnic  Venus was awarded a scholarship for her first year of this qualification and is now into her 2nd year of full time study.

 

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