2022 Artist Residencies

With our partners The Eden Arts Trust we would like to congratulate the artists selected for this years residency programme: Kalisolaite 'Uhila, who was artist-in-residence until the end of April 2022.Claudia Kogachi with Josephine Jelicich, Alexis Neal and Brendan Leung.

We are delighted to welcome back Judy Darragh and Tira Walsh to Karekare House to complete their residencies which have been disrupted due to the pandemic.

Our Past Residents

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Kalisolaite 'Uhila
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila

Experiential Artist

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Louise Menzies


Richard Adams
Richard Adams

Abstract Artist

Reece King


Heidi Brickell

Contemporary Artist

About the Residency

The Residency Programme runs from early March until the end of November each year.
A call for submissions is made once a year; usually in October. Applications close in November and successful applicants are notified in January.
Residencies are for up to 3 months. Single, collaborative and interdisciplinary applications are welcomed.
+ Stay at 1 Watchman's Rd, Karekare
+ Accommodation for the artist, partner, and children under 18 years old.
+ Power, water, wifi internet
+ Some weekly living expenses covered
+ There may be a small welcoming and farewell event organised at the house
+ Support in the form of visits, help setting up an exhibition, and connection with the local community via The Eden Arts Trust, Karekare House Trust, permanent on site artist, and locals from Karekare.

*For more info about what the residency provides, the expectations of the artist, important dates, and who should apply contact us.

Residency Opportunities

We are proudly partnered with The Eden Arts Trust

Karekare House Charitable Trust is very pleased to be partners with Eden Arts Trust as we have very similar goals: supporting the arts for the benefit of the public and the cultural life of New Zealanders. We are interested in encouraging the arts and providing opportunities for artists of all disciplines. We were very honoured to be able to accommodate some of the recent group of Maori Artists who came to Auckland to celebrate the opening of their group show NUku at Te Uru Gallery in November 2020. While the residency programme is our core purpose we look forward to being able to support other projects of this nature in the future if at all possible.

The Local Community

We encourage residents to actively engage with the local community, who have been very encouraging and supportive of the residency program. Open studio days, or giving a talk to share your experiences would be welcomed – we are open to suggestions, and are keen to help facilitate.
The local Karekare artist & creative community are also encouraged to apply to use the house & grounds for arts activities & events (such as poetry evenings, arthouse film nights, book club).
Local artists may also apply for short term use of the workshop garage (up to 1-2 weeks) if it is not being used. Email [email protected] to check availabilities.

Photo credits Ted Scott and Cathy Manning

Kalisolaite 'Uhila in the studio at Karekare House.

Exhibition Opportunities

At the end of their residency, artists will be offered the opportunity to exhibit their work – either at the residence itself, or at another Auckland based venue.
We are aware that not all creative disciplines involve having exhibitable ‘work’ at the end of a residency, and we are open to facilitating other ways of sharing work.
If you’re interested in partnering with Karekare House as a gallery or arts venue, please contact us at [email protected].

Future Residencies

We intend to primarily offer residencies to mid-career New Zealand artists.
As well as being a traditional single artist residency, we would also like this to be an opportunity for contemporary artists of complimentary styles and disciplines to collaborate.
We are looking at partnerships with other art / artist organisations and communities – if you are interested email [email protected].

Photo: Water Colour classes in the studio held in the summer for the local community