Artists in Residence

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.

Our inaugural artist in residence in 2007 was Phil Newbury. Phil relished the opportunity to make very large works like the ‘Gates O’Waiheke’ which were the centrepiece of his exhibition ‘Winter on Waiheke’.

In 2008 the Artist in Residence was Stephen Mulqueen from Dunedin, who develops sculptural works from his research into the histories of places and place-names. Stephen’s exhibition ‘Making History” featured reclaimed items such as axe handles, 303 cartridge cases and a burnt-out clinker dinghy (from Anzac Bay, Waiheke) which he transformed with his jeweller’s skills into powerful and poetic metaphors about our shared bi-cultural history, military conflict and local landscape.

The 2010 Artist, Sarah Guppy was captured by the Waiheke landscape and its coastal environment. Many of her jewel like paintings were inspired by local landmarks and small sculptural works featured her intervention of flotsam gathered from the beaches around the island. Gilded maps and a range of ceramics were also inspired by the island’s location and lifestyle.

For 2014 in a departure from the previous 12 week residencies, nine Australian artists travelled to Waiheke for a two week residency and exhibition. Led by well know New Zealand artist Euan Macleod, this group included Elisabeth Cummings, Idris Murphy, Steve Lopes, Amanda Penrose Hart, Joe Frost, Peter O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty, and Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa.

This group who often work ‘en plein air‘ in remote communities were challenged by the shimmering turquoises and bright light of the island’s autumn. Their exhibition of Waiheke landscapes gave viewers a new look at their environment.

Michel Tuffery was the 2016 Artist in Residence, his exhibition Tracing Lines - Reading Middens showed in the gallery in September/October. During his two blocks of time on the island he forged many friendships, contacts, delivered workshops, talks and presentations.

Next Programme

The next Artist in Residence Programme will take place in Winter 2018.

Submissions and enquiries will open in Winter 2017. Download Application form here: Artist in Residence 2018 Application Form

If you are unable to download the form please register here to receive the official application by email or for more information.

If you would like to support the 2018 Artist in Residence Programme please click here to download a Patrons form and more information. AIR 2018 Support

2016 Artist In Residence

The 2016 Artist in Residence was Wellington artist Michel Tuffery.

Michel who is of Samoan, Tahitian and Cook Island descent is one of New Zealand's best - known contemporary artists, with a practice that spans printmaking, painting, sculpture and performance work. Michel Tuffery's Waiheke residency has been a stunning success. High points were his inspirational tutoring and mentoring of our young people, his research of Waiheke's history that has opened eyes and minds, the formal visit to Piritahi Marae where he gifted an adze stone brought back from Rarotonga, a wonderful evening with Pacific Island opera singers, ans his superb exhibition of paintings, carved shells, woodcut prints and giant kites. Michel has promised to return for hSOTG 2017 and fly his Manu Aute kites during the event.Heartfelt  thanks to Michel, Jayne, Patrons and benefactors, and everyone who participated and helped in so many ways to who make this Residency programme possible.

MichelTuffery Exhibition