Applications sought for Auckland Regional Park’s Artist in Residence
20 Jan 2011
- The residency is open to creators: visual artists, writers, film-makers, composers, choreographers…
- This residency provides a selected artist with a home in a regional park and space to work for up to eight weeks.
- Accommodation is free and a weekly artists fee is paid to support the making of new work inspired by park living.
- The 2011 resident artist will live in either Tawharanui Regional Park or Mahurangi Regional Park.
- The residency is intended for established, independent and innovative artists; those interested in working with ideas and themes that emerge from living and working in a park.
Applications close 18 February 2011: for more information and application forms go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/arts or phone Sue Hill 09 426 1200.
Work of latest resident artist Dr Maureen Lander
Auckland Council artist in residence, Dr Maureen Lander, has completed her regional park residency and left behind several new art works influenced by her stay in the Waitakere Ranges.
The installation-style pieces, which are now on display at the Arataki Visitor Centre and at Lopdell House Gallery, were inspired by the forest, local people and place-names of the Waitakere Ranges.
“My time in the ranges has been inspiring and I have met some wonderful people during my stay in Titirangi,” says Dr Lander, as she returns to her home in Devonport. “I would like to thank those who have shared their stories and joined with me in celebrating this area’s rich history, through art.”
The work displayed at Arataki is a large suspended piece made up of fourmaro (kilt-like garments) hanging one behind the other to give a suggestion of movement through the air. The idea for this work relates to the story of the maroflung through the air by Takamiro that landed at Whatipu and became the large rock known as Marotiri (Cutter Rock).
Other work generated during her residency spanning October- November 2010, is on show at Lopdell House Gallery as part of the Where are we exhibition.Among them are Patterns of Paturoa and Mantle for a small maunga. The latter is a ‘cloak’ formed from nikau fronds, designed for the statue of Henry Atkinson standing outside Lopdell House.The cloak acknowledges Atkinson who gifted land in and around Titirangi back to the people of Aotearoa for public and parks use.
Exhibition on till 13 February 2011
Lopdell House Gallery Titirangi, open daily 10-4.30am, 09 817 8087, www.lopdell.org.nz
Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
Scenic Drive, Titirangi, open daily 9am – 5pm (summer), 09 817 0077, www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz