The Physics Room are thrilled to announce that James Tapsell-Kururangi has been appointed as their next director. James will take over the role in mid-July.

James Tapsell-Kururangi is an artist from Rotorua who grew up spending his summers in Maketu. He has Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngāti Porou whakapapa. James was the inaugural Te Tuhi curatorial intern in 2020, and was involved in the development and curation of their programme Papatūnga. In this role, James has supported the growth of arts practitioners, fostering values of whakawhanaungatanga and whakapapa. He was the recipient of Delfina Foundation's 2023 curatorial internship in London, in partnership with Te Tuhi and Metroland Cultures. During 2022-23, James has been a professional teaching fellow at Elam School of Fine Arts. He is also a practising artist, currently working with moving-image.