OUR PEOPLE

The Boosted team is made up of passionate artists and art lovers just like you!

Dudley Benson - Ambassador (Dunedin)

Dudley Benson (b. 1983, Ngāti Pākeha) is one of New Zealand's most innovative and original pop-composers and performers. A boy soloist of the Christchurch Cathedral Choir, he went on to study composition and digital music production at the University of Canterbury. Relocating to Auckland, Benson began producing and releasing his own music in 2006. He's since released two critically-acclaimed albums - The Awakening and the Taite Prize nominated Forest - three EPs and toured New Zealand and internationally. In 2014 he received a New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. He is now based in Dunedin.

Adam Hayward - Ambassador (Christchurch)

Having moved to New Zealand from Wales in 2000 I have spent the last 15 years running a highly successful dance and performance festival as well as a myriad of other dance projects. I am now running my own production agency focusing on the process of creation as opposed to the product giving time and space to this without the barrier of either and taking the form initially of a series of international process based exchange residencies with the working title 'space to fail'. I am also involved in the creation of a new purpose built space for dance, performance and circus as part of the rebuild of Christchurch post earthquake. Current employment includes contracting to the YMCA Christchurch to develop and run a black box performance venue and associated studios and teaching event management at ARA institute.

Jessica Pearless - Ambassador (Auckland)

Jessica Pearless is an Auckland based painter and site responsive installation artist working with Abstraction. Jessica gained a postgraduate scholarship towards further study and holds a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2011).   She has exhibited widely in public, private and commercial art spaces throughout New Zealand and internationally. Jessica has been awarded numerous prizes for her work and has exhibited large scale sculptural works at headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Auckland and Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, Australia in 2013. In her professional career in the visual art sector, Jessica was Manager of a leading Fine Art Auction House after successfully directing a leading dealer gallery in Auckland on the completion of her undergraduate degree from University of Auckland. Jessica maintains a career as a fine art valuer and educator alongside her international artistic practice.

Governance

Leading Boosted on behalf of Arts Foundation trustees

Ainsley Walter - Chair

Ainsley has a background in strategic development and a keen interest in philanthropy. She played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Hororata Community Trust in 2010 and continues her support of this community as a Trustee. Ainsley has been involved in a number of fundraising projects and has a keen interest in the arts, particularly sculpture and more recently orchestral performances. She is a trustee of the NZSO Foundation and sits on the organising committee for Sculpture in the Gardens. Ainsley has a Bachelor of Management Studies (first class) from Waikato University and divides her time between home in Takapuna and farm life in Canterbury.

Boosted is run by the Arts Foundation

The Arts Foundation Trustees are: Garth Gallaway (Chair), Peter Biggs, Meng Foon, John Gow, Caroline Hutchison, Aimee McCammon, Warwick Freeman, Neil Plimmer, David Ross, and Ainsley Walter.

The Arts Foundation staff are: Simon Bowden (Executive Director), and Meredith Percival (Accounts Administrator).