About Us

The Flagstaff Gallery is a family-run business with a team of four arts specialists who ensure we are always representing the best of New Zealand and contemporary art.

Home to an impressive array of over 90 artists, we showcase new and emerging talents as well as household names on the New Zealand and global art scenes.

Read our bios below to learn more about our team or come in and say hello, we'd love to meet you!

Meet The Team

Cary Cochrane


Purchasing the Flagstaff Gallery in 2016 was a dream come true as I have always loved art. I run the Gallery as a family business with my husband, daughter and son involved when we have exhibitions and special events.Our aim is to create a vital link between artists and their audience, and for the Gallery to be an integral part of its local community. I particularly enjoy shaping the Gallery's vision for showcasing the incredible talent that we represent, as well as creating a warm and expressive environment for our visitors and fabulous team each day.

Sofija Matich

Head of Sales and Development

My role focuses on creating new opportunities for the Gallery, our Artists and our customers. I love ensuring that our business is constantly evolving by offering creative and innovative steps forward in how we work. I have always loved art, if I've not been painting then I've been studying it! By surrounding myself with art, I find that I am challenged, enriched and inspired to foster creativity in all areas of my life.

Heather Stewart

Gallery Manager

I have worked at the Flagstaff Gallery for over seven years now and have enjoyed a varied role in that time. From helping coordinate exhibitions to helping customers with their framing needs I am always excited to see the finished product. It makes me so happy to welcome our visitors to this beautiful, colourful, and inspiring space we have here, so we can share the many varied artworks from our very talented artists.

Arnie Benjamin

Gallery Director

Arnie found the world of Art through her passion for leadership in corporate industries and she's never looked back. Having closely supported several established NZ artists and the management of a private luxury gallery in Auckland City, Arnie brings a fresh approach to Flagstaff operations while the business continues to grow.