Gap Filler People
Gap Filler Staff
Ryan is one of the founders of Gap Filler and has played a number of roles, as board Chair for 5 years, Strategic Director, and currently Creative Placemaking Lead, helping Gap Filler transition to a social enterprise. He is founder of Life in Vacant Spaces and a board member of Ohu Foundation, a new community-minded property development agency. He holds a PhD in Theatre & Film Studies from Canterbury University, and has had teaching and research roles at Canterbury University, Lincoln University, University of Technology Sydney and Copenhagen University in Theatre & Film Studies, Environmental Management, Design, and Landscape Architecture.
Ryan’s favourite thing about Gap Filler has been discovering the profundity in apparent absurdity, as with Eyes on the City where GF parked a portable grandstand around the city – replete with commentary box, commentator, and scoreboard – and analysed the site-specific action, with edgy commentary and the best guest interviews that could be mustered.
As a keen skater, snowboarder and surfer Damian Doyle prefers to do everything Standing Sideways, so this is how you’ll find him whether he’s building a skate ramp, making a film, drinking tea or turning a Japanese highway into a terrain park. With his lateral thinking (and position), boundless energy, ideas and ability to make things happen, Damian is a valuable recent addition to the team.
Project Delivery Manager
Simon is the man with the means, creating new ways to do anything and getting it done. Simon is the owner of The Commons favourite four-legged friend Mr Brock! Brokkie has brought joy to hundreds with an endless supply of energy for playing fetch. Simon is also a Sociometrist, creatively working with the relationships between people and groups of people.
Gap Filler Co-founder, Coralie Winn is currently involved supporting Gap Filler’s commercial placemaking work and has a focus on social procurement. Coralie was Gap Filler’s first Director for 5 years from 2011- 2015 before having her first child. Along with Ryan, she co-founded Life in Vacant Spaces and was a founding trustee of Christchurch Transitional Architecture Trust, the entity that produces FESTA (the Festival of Transitional Architecture). She is relationship-focused, creative and determined. Gap Filler’s success can, in part, be attributed to Coralie’s ability to engage and involve people from across the community in collaborative projects. She also enjoys dancing like a crazy person in public at the Dance-O-Mat, riding her bike, potting, preserving, swimming, surfing and skiing.