Artists in Residence

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The Waiheke Artist in Residence Programme provides an artist with an opportunity to reside on Waiheke Island for a 12 week period and create a body of work for exhibition at the conclusion of the residency.

The residency is made possible by the Gallery’s Artist in Residence Patrons, and a programme of gala fundraising events.

Download and print a historical summary as we look forward to the 2020 Artist in Residence Programme.

Next Programme

The next Artist in Residence Programme will take place in Winter 2020.

Submissions and enquiries are OPEN NOW

If you are interested in applying download a Submission Form here or  please register here to receive the official application by email or for more information. 

If you would like to support the 2020 Artist in Residence Programme and future programmes please click here to enquire -  AIR 2020 Support. A downloadable  Patrons support form is available here. You can also contribute to the programme via our Friends, Patrons and Benefactors page here.

Summary and Important Dates: 

The Artist in Residence programme provides an opportunity for an artist to live on Waiheke Island and create a body of work over a 12-week period. A barn owned by a local resident has been provided for the artist to work in to create their body of work. The residence provided is separate from the barn. No tools or equipment are provided in the barn. It is anticipated that the residency will suit a painter or sculptor. The works created through the residency should be accessible to a large and primarily New Zealand audience and possibly present a reflection of what is unique about our island environment. It will be important for the artist to interact with the community, specifically through the conducting of two workshops, engagement with Waiheke High School and its arts students and generally taking part in all media interviews, publicity, events and promotion associated with the residency. An online blog is also proposed. The culmination of the residency will see the staging of an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery Te Whare Taonga O Waiheke.


Wednesday 15 January 2020  Applications Close 

Monday 13 February 2020 Selection confirmed and artists advised Wednesday 20 May 

Artist to set up in residence Monday 25 May 

Residency commences Friday 19 June 

Welcome to artist at Gallery opening 

To be confirmed by artist Workshop 1 instructed 

To be confirmed by artist Workshop 2 instructed 

To be confirmed Patrons Event 

Friday 21 August Exhibition Opens preceded by Patrons preview Monday 24 August 

Residency complete (3 days for pack up) 

Sunday 19 September Exhibition closes.

2018 Artist In Residence

Mark Surridge was our 2018 Artist in Residence.

Mark is a highly regarded contemporary abstract painter from St. Ives, Cornwall and London and his work is held in private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. 

His event schedule included a delicious 'Kiwi with a dash of Cornwall' Residency Long Lunch at Batch Winery on Sunday 24 June. A well attended Residency Talk on Saturday 7 July, and a booked out weekend workshop in the Owhanake Barn. He welcomed visitors at Open Studios on Friday afternoons during the residency and managed to thoroughly explore the island creating works fro the upcoming exhibition 'The Shape of the Walk' opening August 10.

For a beautiful glimpse into Marks time here on Waiheke and the process behind his work watch this short film about his residency The Shape Of the Walk

Follow his thoughts and notes ongoing through his Instagram posts.