Susan Nelson

“I like working on a contractual basis for arts organisations because it means I’m applying what I’ve learned to various scenarios, while keeping my own arts practice alive,” says Arts Management contractor and artist Susan Nelson.

She gained her first contract as Creative New Zealand’s 21st Century Arts Conference coordinator while still studying.

“I ended up doing it every six months for three years before the conference planning moved to Wellington. My job was keeping track of the big picture – as well as tiny details – while helping organize the team,” explains Susan.

Other contracts include a strategic planning contract with Touch Compass Dance Trust (also initiated through an assignment) and a commissioned internal review of CNZ’s Move on Up programme. Susan is currently employed as the Assistant Manager for the NZTrio Foundation.

Through arts management study Susan gained a new perspective on art and industry.

"I've enjoyed the unlearning about typical constructs in business and art, and finding out how creativity and organisation are totally interactive elements."


Susan Nelson