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About the Artist in Residence opportunity

Each year we select an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park. The artist in residence creates new work influenced in some way by the park, which we share with the public.

Apply to be our 2020 Artist in Residence

All you need to know about applying for our residency:

​Key timelines

  • Applications for the 2020 residency closed on 24 February 2020.
  • We will announce the selected artist in mid-March.
  • The residency is for a maximum of eight consecutive weeks, from October to November 2020.
  • Applications for the 2021 residency will open in December 2020.

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 for 2020

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

This year artists can choose from Glenfern Sanctuary, Aotea/Great Barrier or Shakespear Regional Park.

Who can apply for Artist in Residence?

We look for mature, self-sufficient and established artists working in various art forms.

We seek artists with a proven exhibition or performance record. Artists need to commit to creating a new body of work inspired by staying in a regional park.

We will consider only New Zealand born artists or those with New Zealand residency status.

Criteria for selection for Artist in Residence

We will give priority to artists who:

  • produce high quality and innovative work
  • propose clear outcomes from the residency
  • opt for new, site-specific work related to a specific place or park feature or to the residency experience
  • produce work that encapsulates or alludes to ‘sense of place'
  • offer some interaction with others e.g. park visitors, park neighbours, park volunteers.

Priority may be given to artists who:

  • propose a development or departure from their previous work
  • can articulate a benefit from being in the open air or in nature
  • live in the Auckland region or with connections to the Auckland region.

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