2020 Artist Residencies

We have been delighted to be able to continue the residency programme at Karekare House, in partnership with the Eden Arts Trust. We started the 2020 programme with Sean McCarthy and then the programme had to be put on hold until we went down to level 1.Last weekend we farewelled the artist Sena Park . She has been in residence for 10 weeks and has made some amazing work during that time. The next artist is Adrian Jackman who started his residency in mid-September. Then we will have the final resident for the year; artist Paul Johnston who arrives mid-October. We will have a group artist talk at this time when all the artists for the year will tell us about their time at Karekare.

UPDATE: We will be making a call for submissions for next years residency programme a little later than usual; in late November, due to all the upheavals of this year. If you have subscribed on this website you will be automatically notified. Next year we look forward to being able to reschedule the artists who had their residencies disrupted. We would like to thank Judy Darragh who brought us all together last year for the art installation on the lawn. We look forward to the next part of Judy's project, in collaboration with Luciana Chessa, which will hopefully take place at Karekare house in 2021(international travel permitting).

Our Past Residents

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Adrian Jackman


Sena Park

Multi-media Artist

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy


Tom Tuke Pupeteer
Tom Tuke


John McDermott


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 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].