Artists in Residence

Each year we select an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park. We choose a different park every year and it becomes 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.

It is intended for mature, self-sufficient, professional artists who create a new body of work influenced in some way by the park, or by the residency experience.

The work the artist creates is later shared with park visitors and the public through an event, exhibition, concert, performance or publication.

2014 Artist in Residence - Lynn Kelly

Park Jewels

Lynn Kelly. Jeweller Lynn Kelly will move into Scandrett Regional Park mid-October 2014 for a two month residency by the sea.

Botanical and heritage references are encapsulated in Lynn’s small but exquisite pieces. She occasionally incorporates unusual site specific materials or elements such as maps or fossils into her work.

To see samples of her previous work visit Lynn Kelly’s 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.