Director - Louis Le Vaillant
Louis took up the position of Director of The Johnston Collection following fourteen years as Curator - Applied Arts at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. Prior to this appointment he was Director of the Fisher Gallery (now known as Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts) and as Registrar and Exhibitions Manager for The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Louis has also been an external advisor for the Craft / Object and Craft Fellowships for Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
In 2004 Louis was awarded the prestigious Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship to attend the three week residential Attingham Summer School in the England during which time he visited and studied the collections of more than 35 great country houses with professional colleagues from the UK, USA and Europe. In addition he also had internships at the National Trust, English Heritage, the V&A Museum and the Royal Collections.
Louis strongly believes in the role that museums and their collections play in society, the enjoyment they bring to the community.