2019 Artist Residencies

Last year we hosted 7 artists in residence: Lyn Bergquist, Belinda Griffiths, Alan Ibell and Judy Darragh. We also had our first joint residency with writer Deborah Shepard and photographer John McDermott and a week long residency with Tom Tuke who was rehearsing for his upcoming puppet show. This show sadly only had short run before the lockdown occurred. We wish Tom Tuke the best of luck for future iterations and other projects.

Judy's residency culminated in a community art installation on the lawn at 1 Watchman's Road in September. We had a beautiful sunny day and Karekare locals, pupils from Lone Kauri School and Eden Arts Trust supporters all came to help Judy set out the multicoloured shapes and components, resulting in a fabulous work on the lawn. We would like to thank everyone involved; especially Judy Darragh who brought us all together with this inclusive art installation. We are looking forward to the next part of Judy's project which will take place at Karekare house in June 2020.

The joint residency for Deborah and John culminated in a very enjoyable evening featuring their reflections on their residencies and a performance from The Orlando Singers. We hope their residencies have been worthwhile and the time spent at Karekare has supported their creative practice. We wish them every success for their future careers.
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Our Past Residents

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Tom Tuke Pupeteer
Tom Tuke


John McDermott


Deborah Shepard

Author, teacher, writer

judy darragh at karekare house
Judy Darragh

Mutli-disciplinary artist

Alan Ibell


About the Residency

+ Stay at 1 Watchman's Rd, Karekare
+ Accommodation for the artist, partner, and children under 18 years old.
+ Power, water, internet wifi
+ 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. While the early residencies have been offered to visual artists we hope that the partnership continues and we have opportunities in the future to develop the residency program.

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.

Neal Palmer, Krystie Wade, John Horner and Nicholas Pound at the opening night for the Exhibition for the First Karekare House Residency at the Pah Homestead.

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 or International 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].