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Applications Open For ARC Artist In Residence Programme

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Applications Open For ARC Artist In Residence Programme

Applications are open now for the Auckland Regional Council's (ARC) 2010 Artist in Residence programme, which this year moves west to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Applications close 19 February 2010.

Cr Sandra Coney, Chair of the ARC's Parks and Heritage Committee, says the first two years of the programme have been very successful and productive, and that the ARC looks forward to hosting another enthusiastic artist.

""These residencies allow artists to have a very unique experience in a regional park. The Waitakeres are rich in stories to be told, majestic landscapes and rich fauna and flora. They will provide plenty of inspiration for the successful artist," she says.

The selected artist will live either beside the sea at Barr Cottage, Little Huia, or overlooking kauri forest in South Titirangi, while creating a new suite of work inspired by the park or by the experience.

The purpose of the residency is to encourage artistic endeavour in the park and to share an artist's perspective and process with visitors to the park.

Artist in Residence project manager Michelle Edge says that because the artists are living in a park they get deeply immersed in the place and attuned to the rhythms of nature.

"They quickly become aware of the diversity of life around them and are often surprised by the interesting visitors to the park; from languid jelly fish to excited groups of school children.

"There is a constant, yet ever-changing, source of subjects and themes right on their doorstep to play with, process and portray in some way," she says.

Some points about the residency:

The residency is for the creation of new work in response to living and working in a park environment

It is intended for mature, independent and adventurous artists

It is open to artists with an Auckland connection

Applications from writers, composers, choreographers and film-makers, as well as visual artists, are welcomed

It is for an eight week period between mid September and mid November 2010

It will be based in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

An artists fee and accommodation is provided

Applications close 19 February 2010

More information is available at or from Sandra Gardner on 09 366 2000 x8038.

Last years resident artists, poet Siobhan Harvey and painter Johanna Pegler, lived at Awhitu Regional Park. Siobhan's poems will grace the house she stayed in, the park noticeboard and some can be read on the ARC website. Johanna will exhibit Awhitu-inspired paintings next year.

Commenting on her residency at Awhitu Regional Park, Siobhan Harvey says, "This residency gave me a wonderful opportunity to engage with a vibrant landscape and local animalia. It was a privilege and I'd encourage any artist seeking to strengthen their work's engagement with environment, flora and/or fauna to apply."

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