In Profile

The Gillie Deans Art Consultancy was established in 1998 on the strongly held belief that an experienced, independent and trustworthy source of advice on the assessment, conservation, valuation, sale and purchase of art is vital to the facilitation and development of truly enjoyable and important collections. The one-off purchaser will also receive her full awareness and attention

This belief and the express desire to encourage a greater understanding, appreciation and love for credible and relevant artworks is fostered over 25 years of study and continual involvement in the New Zealand visual arts community.

Gillie is widely respected within the New Zealand and international art world for her professional, personal and sympathetic approach as well as for her notable career. She has occupied a number of significant positions and has been instrumental to the success of several major undertakings.

In particular, her four years’ in a large public art institution were, she says, a defining experience: she was responsible for a regular turnover of exhibitions, managing artists on a daily basis and of course, for providing an exceptional service to the public.

Over the years Gillie has developed relationships with new and seasoned buyers as individuals, businesses and institutions. By guiding each smoothly through the ever evolving art landscape and eliminating the complexities Gillie helps realise what can often be their dream.

Public art projects include:

  • Commissioned by the US State Department to establish a gallery showcase for the American Antarctic Art programme. This was put in place in time for the visit of President Clinton to Christchurch.
  • Sourced artwork for Government Ministers to be hung in their ministerial suites.
  • Supervised brokering and commissioning bicultural artwork for the Canterbury Public Library.
  • Brokered a large permanent artwork for a NZ department store chain.
  • Founding Trustee and Deputy Chair, The Art and Industry Biennial Trust, and Chair of The Art and Industry Biennial Trust Curatorial Committee.
  • Was Chair of The University of Canterbury's School of Fine Arts Gallery Support Trust.