Executive Committee

Contact Information

Vanja Venrooy


I’m a fused glass artist trading as Roxtar Glass Art. I joined Arts Canterbury over a year ago, and have been on the committee for the last 6 months. I’ve just been voted in as Chairperson, and I am really looking forward to continuing implement and improving upon the plans and vision that the committee has in place.
I’ve already enjoyed meeting many of our artist members, and I look forward to meeting, supporting and promoting all our artists, and growing our membership.

Nikki Parker

Administrator and Membership Coordinator

Nikki Parker, aka Absconditus Creations, experiments with a range of mediums and styles. She is currently on an illustration journey for the young, young at heart, and the slightly twisted. She works out of her studio near Rangiora.


Nikki joined Arts Canterbury in 2018 looking for an arts community to be a part of, she found her way on to the committee for the 2020 after saying “Why doesn’t AC do…” she was encouraged to join.

Nikki has been the membership coordinator since early 2020 and in charge of the administration and finance since mid 2020. 


Contact Nikki at
Admin: admin@artscanterbury.org.nz

Membership: membership@artscanterbury.org.nz

Mandy Palmer

Exhibitions Coordinator

Based in Eyrewell, Mandy Palmer enjoys creating figurative studies in a variety of mediums. Mandy believes in “Artists supporting Artists”, and has previously been involved with the organization of exhibitions for the Waikuku Artists Inc, and is one of the founders of the Pegasus Bay Art Show. Mandy has been exhibitions coordinator for AC since 2018, and has been elected to deputy chair as of November 2021. 


Contact Mandy at exhibitions@artscanterbury.org.nz


Tania Wootton

Web/ Fundraising
I am a New New Zealand Artist, Only been painting Acrylics for 2 years, however have always had a creative soul, which started in bone carving in my 20s and moved threw many different Crafts/Arts. I am currently enjoying abstracts. 

Contact Tania at:   artscanterburytania@gmail.com

Jackie Hancock

I am a Fused glass artist aka Aroha glass . I have always loved glass and have tried many different ways of working with glass and finally settled in Fusing last Feb! I have an innate ability to cut myself, and have a ready supply of plasters to hand at all times! I’m new to being on a committee.

Nigel Wilson

I am a metal and Wood sculpture artist. My day job is running a custom Woodworking business called Red Lion Workshop which specializes in old world Timber frame construction, but realistically can do anything wood related.  I also help run a 300ha deer farm where I live, at the base of Mt.Thomas near Glentui.

Jenny Baker

I  have been painting for many years. I started with water colours and now paint with oils and acrylics. Recently I discovered how to use resin and I love learning new techniques. I am new on the committee and looking forward to helping Arts Canterbury and meeting up with lots of artists.

Sam Young

I mostly paint NZ nature related scenes in spray paint and dabble in photography…and other creative things.
Always out on adventures in the outdoors when I’m not working my day job as an aluminum joiner/office staff.

Sarah Beal

I am a self taught artist, I paint in three different styles – still life and my quirky ‘girlies’, but my main focus at the moment is creating mad abstract landscape paintings – primarily in oil. Making art is the thing that makes me happiest, though I do a whole bunch of other creative things as well – have done since I was a child. Am so glad to be a member of the AC committee – I have learnt so much since becoming a member and hope to help pass that onto up and coming creative people.