Tuesday May 21st – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm
Creative Arts Napier Inc. is a registered charity governed by a board of eight voting members:
Stephen Swabey, Chair
Chris Lord, Deputy Chair
Angela Willaims, Hon. Treasurer
Jerry Gull, Secretary
We have five part time members of staff, keeping the CAN open 7 days a week:
Lisa Feyen, Media Coordinator, acting as Interim Manager
Yvette O’Neill, Bookings Coordinator
Maree Goodchild, Finance Administrator
Bob Stansbury, Weekend Assistant
Carol Goodier, Weekend Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
We also have a team of willing volunteers, whose contribution is invaluable.
CAN Bookings Coordinator
Yvette was born in London and worked there in the fashion industry. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1986.
While living in Wellington for over 20 years, Yvette studied at Inverlochy Art School, and during a creative career, worked for 14 years in the photographic industry. Since coming to Hawkes Bay in 2007, Yvette had the opportunity to paint and be creative full-time, with her artwork chosen for exhibition in many shows and galleries, including ‘East’ at Hastings City Gallery.
Yvette founded Viva Art Gallery in 2011; a gallery in Napier which operated on collective lines. Yvette joined the board of Creative Napier and worked with the team to help bring about the CAN, before joining the team in her current role.
CAN Media Coordinator
Lisa is an artist/printmaker originally from London with a background in design and visual merchandising. She moved to New Zealand to live in Wellington and work at Kirkcaldie & Stains as Visual Merchandising Manager in 1998. She is an active member of the Print Council of New Zealand and is the Coordinator of the Hawke’s Bay Inkers community printmaking group.
Lisa is also a BVAD graduate of Ideaschool, EIT and tutors regularly at the CAN, EIT and occasionally at the MTG. She has lived in Napier since 2007 with her husband and two daughters.
Bob has been working at The CAN as volunteer and staff since it opened in December 2014. He says he is not particularly creative, so tells visitors he is the “Philistine in Residence”. Bob spent 20 years running a YHA backpacker hostel where he got hooked on “shooting the breeze” and having a laugh with people from all over the world. He says the CAN is a great location to continue this pastime. Bob also volunteers at Peoples Advocacy Society and Citizens Advice Bureau which keeps him anything but retired. Meet Bob when you visit at weekends or during his regular Monday volunteer slot.
Carol can’t remember a time when she hasn’t sewed. In the early years Carol’s Mum was a source of great inspiration. Carol used to sit on her lap and ‘help’ her sew her outfits. Carol attended New Zealand College of Fashion Design in Auckland, and learnt the intricate skill of dress making, tailoring and pattern drafting. After several years of working in the textile industry, travelling the world and returning with a Canadian husband, Carol made Napier her home and brought up her family here. Carol’s next achievement was a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design, completed in 2014 at EIT. She has worked at Creative Arts Napier as a valued Weekend Assistant since 2016, and regularly tutors our sewing classes.
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