Briar Holt has worked in curatorial, administrative and visitor service roles within New Zealand arts organisations including the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, whilst completing a Master of Arts at the University of Otago. She has written for various arts publications including Art New Zealand and Oculus Journal. Briar is particularly concerned with fostering the creative practice of emerging artists, as well as continuing to provide support to established artists.
Mary Lou Jelbart is fortyfivedownstairs' Artistic Director & one of its founders. She has a longstanding career in the arts as a radio presenter & reviewer.
fortyfivedownstairs Technical Coordinator, Andy Turner has a wide range of live arts technical experience having worked with many leading arts organisations.
Venue Manager and Administrator
Philippa Jelbart, fortyfivedownstairs' Venue Manager and Administrator, works across many areas including administration, sales and bookkeeping.