Behind the success of the NZ Art Show is a small team who operate year-round to deliver the best art show of its kind.

WILD IDEAS EVENT MANAGEMENT is contracted to manage and operate the NZ Art Show. Meet the team:

Carla Russell

Executive Director

Carla has been with the show since its 2004 inception. With an endless pot of ideas combined with excellent operational and management skills, Carla has helped shape the course of the show in its 19-year history.

In 2016 she was a finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year, Arts Category, and in 2019 she received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award, for her work with the show.

Contact Carla if you have any queries about the show or if you are interested in becoming a friend, sponsor or corporate partner—


Phone: 04 387 4370
Postal: PO Box 14817, Wellington 6241
Office: 105 Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022

Midge Murray

Communications Manager

Midge  started working with the show in 2005 and has a creative background in radio, theatre and film, communications, design and art, and event management.

Contact Midge at

Claire Cairns

Artist Liaison

Claire joined our team in 2021 and is a qualified accountant. She was group accountant for Z Energy before starting a family. Her keen eye for detail brings a fresh new energy to the team.

If you have any queries about exhibiting in the show please contact Claire at


If you have any marketing enquiries please contact us at


The Directors of the NZ Art Show are Anne Stephenson (Chair), Neil Paviour-Smith, Frances Russell, Jane Hart and David Foot.

The NZ Art Show wishes to thank the following for their support: