Our People


Arts in Oxford would not be able to operate if it wasn’t for the generosity of our 20 or so volunteers. These talented individuals ensure that the gallery and retail space are open for you. Our Volunteers are available to give background information on exhibiting artists and will assist with purchases of art works and gifts by local and international artists.


Trustees and Volunteers are responsible for the day to day running of Arts in Oxford.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Arts in Oxford is governed by the Oxford Arts Trust. Our board of trustees comprises:  Dr Areta Wilkinson Chair, Charlotte Davis, Bret de Thier and Miranda Brown.



Our patron Philip Trusttum is one of New Zealand’s most recognised and celebrated contemporary painters. Philip graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury School of Art in 1964 and is represented in all major public and private collections within New Zealand. In 1967 he travelled on a Queen Elizabeth 11 Arts Council scholarship, and went on to work in Europe and North America. He was part of ANZART at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, 1984 – the same year he exhibited on New York’s 57th Street at the Jill Kornblee Gallery. He has shown in Sydney, New York, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. In 1998 he was the only New Zealand artist reviewed in the New York Times and in 2000 was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant – only the second New Zealander to gain this prestigious award.

In 2002 Trusttum built a large tin shed behind his elegant wooden two storey house at 18 Peterborough Street – near the Avon River in central Christchurch. The studio survived the major earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 but sadly the house has had to be demolished.

Following the February 22nd earthquake, Trusttum worked tirelessly with fellow artist Barry Cleavin to organise the hugely successful “Moving On” exhibition at Arts in Oxford which showed the work of many Canterbury artists affected by the earthquakes.

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