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Creative residencies open to artists

Published: 3 September 2018

The call has gone out for artists to apply for the 2018/19 creative studio residency at Studio One Toi Tū.

The studio residency programme is now in its fourth year and focusses on outstanding, courageous projects that make the most of the studios and networking opportunities at Studio One Toi Tū.

Successful recipients will have the opportunity to base themselves in dedicated studio spaces for up to ten months in the leafy inner-city suburb of Ponsonby, supported by Auckland Council.

“It’s a great offer and an opportunity for artists to develop their talent no matter what their discipline,” Waitematā Local Board Arts, Culture and Events Portfolio lead Richard Northey says.  

“It’s such a vibrant part of the city to work in.”

To help residents achieve their goals, the selected artists will be supported with opportunities to test and workshop ideas with peers and professionals throughout the residency period. At the end of their tenure, artists have the option to exhibit the outcome of their project in the Studio One Toi Tū exhibition galleries. 

To give artists an idea of what can be achieved during a residency, the 2017/2018 studio residents are currently exhibiting their work at Studio One Toi Tū. The exhibition includes Jack Tilson’s Experiences of Clay; a digital mapping project and a collection of ceramics made from different naturally occurring clay materials gathered by hand from various locations throughout New Zealand.

Stjohn Milgrew, who focused his residency on vintage film photography, has transformed an original padded jail cell into an open photography studio for Cell Block Portraits & Sub(urban) Landscapes.

In Kamatayan Gang; Blood, Fire and Rage, artist Toni Gill depicts feminist ideas through a series of large-scale paintings hung by chain and barbed wire. And Cait Johnson’s Worth Every Minute considers the experience of life in a work-driven society.

The Dance Plant Collective’s work, entitled Desire Line(s), features a live performance from their most recent work Meat, as well as a permanent installation of curated video footage from their performances.

Studio One Toi Tū is an Auckland Council arts facility in the Waitematā Local Board area. The facility brings the local community together to develop creative relationships, ideas and practice in a vibrant inner-city exhibition and learning hub.

The 2017/2018 residency exhibition runs until 13 September. Follow the studio on Facebook or visit for more information on upcoming exhibitions, events and programmes.

How To Apply

Applications for 2018/2019 residency close on 16 September 2018.

  • To apply for the 2018/2019 residency, send us your proposal outlining the work or project you wish to pursue during the residency
  • The residency will run from November 2018 to August 2019
  • Apply online by completing a residency application form
  • All applicants must be residents of New Zealand and be living in the Auckland area during the residency period
  • Applications close at midnight, Sunday September 16, 2018.


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