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.

Susanne Kerr was the artist in residence in 2012, her intricate detailed works on paper reflected her unique perspective of her time on the island and in her life.

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.

The 2018 Artist in Residence was Mark Surridge. 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. Follow his thoughts and notes through his Blog and Instagram posts. His exhibition The Shape of The Walk opened 10 August. 

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 will open late Winter 2019. An application form will be available soon.

If you are interested in applying please register here to receive the official application by email or for more information. A downloadable information form will be available soon.

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.

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 Blog and Instagram posts.