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Applications for regional parks residency close soon

Published: 31 January 2018
Auckland Council's 2017 Artist in Residence Chloe Loftus rehearsing at Long Bay Regional Park

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Applications close soon for unforgettable regional parks residency.

Applications for the 2018 Auckland Council Regional Parks Artist in Residence programme close on 16 February 2018.

The selected artist will have an unforgettable experience where they will spend eight weeks living and working in their choice of either Duder Regional Park or Waharau Regional Park from mid-October to mid-December 2018.

The purpose is for the artist to generate new, original artwork that is influenced in some way by the park or residency experience. The work is shared with the public – this may be through an exhibition, performance, publication or a permanent feature within the park – with the aim of showcasing the diversity of Auckland’s regional parks.

“The residency is a unique experience that provides the artist with time and space away from their everyday lives to create or even explore a new discipline,” says Councillor Alf Filipaina, Deputy Chair of Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee.

“Being embedded within one of our beautiful regional parks, with its vibrant sights, sounds and smells, provides plenty of creative stimulation for some really exciting and fresh work.”

How to apply

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Applications are open to professional artists working across all media. Previous residents include a choreographer, poet, installation artist, composer, photographer, filmmaker and painter. Artists must be New Zealand citizens or residents.

Proposals can focus on any aspect of the applicant’s preferred residency site. This may be something physical, such as an overlooked feature within the park, or something conceptual.  

“The selection panel is looking for ‘outdoorsy’ artists who are eager to immerse themselves in nature and are happy to interact with park visitors,” says Rachel Kelleher, Auckland Council’s Regional Parks Manager.

“We’re also looking for applicants who can show that they have the ability to produce high-quality work.”

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

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