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2023 Tohunga Mahi Toi

2023 Artist in Residence

About the regional parks residency

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.

We established this residency to reveal often overlooked and undervalued aspects of our parks through the artist’s eye.

Selected artists live and work in a regional park for eight weeks and respond to and evoke that place in their work. Art created is returned to where it was made and shared with park visitors and the public.

Artist in Residence 2023: Dion Hitchens

From October to November, Dion will be working on a learning resource for teachers and school children visiting Tāwharanui Regional Park. He plans to focus on the underwater life there and will be making a series of related small sculptures to be shown in the park.

As a devoted and regular visitor of Tāwharanui, he is keen to explore his ‘go-to place’ more deeply, work with local stakeholders and share his perspectives and insights from on-park living.

Dion is primarily an installation artist and sculptor known for utilising a wide range of materials and for his use of motion and movement.

Read the information for applicants to learn more about eligibility, selection criteria, conditions and more.

Applications open for this residency on 15 December 2022 and close on 24 February 2023. The original close date of 17 February was extended due to the state of emergency in Auckland.

Learn about the residency experience from the artists’ perspective by watching videos from previous Artists in Residence.​​

Residency location for 2023

The residency location changes each year to highlight different aspects of our regional park network.

For 2023, the residency moves north to Tāwharanui Regional Park.

​How to apply

Return your completed application form by post or courier along with any supporting material to:

Artist in Residence Co-ordinator

  Auckland Council

  Private Bag 92300

  Auckland 1142

Applications must arrive by 5pm, Friday 24 February 2023.

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