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Auckland Council

About the Artist in Residence opportunity

​What the opportunity entails

Each year we select an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park. We give them space and time (two months) to create work, related in some way to that place or the experience.

The residency is open to artists working in any form or media.

Opportunity timeline

The application forms are available from mid December for the following year.

We announce the selected artist mid March.

The artist will live and work in a park from mid October to mid December.

Artist benefits

Artists receive:

  • free accommodation
  • a weekly fee for materials, tools and equipment
  • a chance to work with, in, and around nature for eight weeks. 

Purpose of the residency

The artist creates new work influenced in some way by the park, or those they meet there. The work is shared back with the public via an event, exhibition, concert, performance or publication.

Artists’ insights help:

  • raise awareness of our regional parks
  • visitors see parks in a new light.

Residency locations

The residency moves each year so that new work is generated at different regional parks.

Who can apply for Artist in Residence?

We look for independent, established or emerging artists working in any art form.

You need to:

  • have an active exhibition or performance record
  • be committed to creating a new body of work inspired by living in a regional park
  • be available for interviews with media
  • be independent, fit and healthy (and declare medical conditions)
  • give (or enable) reproduction of one or more artworks for interpretation purposes
  • be a New Zealand citizen or have residency status.

Criteria for selection for Artist in Residence

We will give priority to artists:

  • producing high quality and innovative work
  • who propose clear and shareable residency outcomes
  • who offer some interaction with others, e.g. park visitors or volunteers
  • creating new work related to either a specific place or park feature
  • creating new work related to the residency experience
  • artists whose work encapsulates or alludes to "sense of place".

We may give priority to:

  • artists who propose a development or departure from his or her previous work
  • artists living in the Auckland region or with connections to it
  • artists who can articulate a benefit from living and working in a park environment.

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