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.