Artists in Residence


About the residency

Each year we select an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park.

We choose a different park every year to become home to the artist for an eight-week period, usually from mid October to mid December.

This opportunity is open to visual artists and composers, filmmakers, choreographers, and writers.

The goal is for the artist to create a new body of work influenced in some way by the park, or by the residency experience.

The work is then shared with the public through an event, exhibition, concert, performance or publication.

We will have information and application forms for the 2018 Artist in Residence available from mid December 2017. Applications will close in mid February 2018.

2017 Artist in Residence - Chloe Loftus

Chloe Loftus performing outdoors. Photo credit: Keith Morris

For the first time we will host a choreographer/dancer as our artist in residence. Chloe Loftus will work from Long Bay Regional Park from mid October to mid December 2017.

Taking dance outside the theatre into outdoor places and public spaces is a mission for Chloe, who is known for her highly physical style.

2016 Artist in Residence - Kate Parker

Paper Worlds

Kate Parker. 2106 Artist in residence.

Theatre artist Kate Parker made a series of paper-cut story boxes on the theme of forest destruction and revival during her residency at Anawhata.

2015 Artist in Residence - Conor Clarke

Natural vs Unnatural

Conor at work at Waitawa, with her analogue camera. December 2015. Conor at work at Waitawa. Photo: Liz March

Conor spent time exploring and photographing landscapes shaped by Maori earthmovers (the pa) and pakeha industrialists.

Many of her images emphasize the contrast between nature and features that wouldn’t occur naturally.

Conor exhibited her park inspired photos at Two Rooms Gallery in June 2016, and will exhibit again at Papakura Art Gallery later in 2017.

Hear a Standing Room Only interview with Conor.

To see more of Conor's work, visit her website.

2014 Artist in Residence - Lynn Kelly

Foreshore finds

Lynn Kelly.

Fossicking around the foreshore has provided lots of raw material and inspiration for jeweller Lynn Kelly.

You'll find pumice, pebbles, 'beached glass', fishing line, seeds, bark and lichen references in her new pieces.

Maps with local place names, headland shapes and photos of Scandrett family members also feature.

Lynn's 'Scandrett flavoured' work was exhibited at galleries throughout the country during 2015-2016.

For a booklet about her residency work, email Michelle Edge.

For more information about Lynn and to see samples of her work, visit her website.

2013 Artists in Residence - Tim Prebble and Denise Batchelor

A Way of Seeing

Tim Prebble. Denise Batchelor.

Tim Prebble (sound artist) and Denise Batchelor (filmmaker) have now completed their residencies in the Waitakere Ranges, but the impact of their time out west will linger on in their current exhibitions.

To see more of Tim's work see his blog Music of Sound.

To see more of Denise's work visit her website.

2012 Artist in Residence - James Ormsby

Parks past and present on paper

James Ormsby settled into his studio or 'scriptorium' in the old Ashby Homestead at Tapapakanga Regional Park in mid October 2012. Over the next eight weeks he created contemporary illustrated manuscripts which distilled and alluded to aspects of the park. The symbols selected and depicted were carefully researched and meticulously drawn.

Two of James' artworks have been printed as posters and are available for park or art education. James also exhibited some of his residency work at Whitespace Gallery. Framed copies of his work are hung in Blundell House where James lived during his residency.

Visit James Ormsby's website.

2011 Artist in Residence - Claire Cowan

Toast and Ghosts at Mahurangi

Claire Cowan went to Mahurangi Regional Park to compose. The historic Scott Homestead became her studio and the source of many sounds found in her residency compositions.

She wrapped up her residency by performing her new work at a live concert. Packed tightly into Scott Homestead, the audience was treated to several bitter sweet pieces and enjoyed a rousing foot tapping, handclapping hoedown to finish up.

Listen to one of Claire's Mahurangi compositons.

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