About the programme
Since 1998, the Arts Centre’s Artist in Residence (AIR) programme has supported artistic excellence, cultural exchange, experimentation and vibrant arts activity on site.
The programme brings both local and international artists from a range of genres to the Arts Centre, and aims to strengthen links between the local and international arts scenes in association with partnering arts organisations and funding bodies.
Disciplines such as visual arts, dance, craft and object making, performance, filmmaking, creative writing and music are represented and we encourage artists to explore and diversify their practice, enabling them to realise ideas that would otherwise be unattainable or impractical. Each residency is for between one and three months.
The Arts Centre promotes its AIR programme to the local community attracting and engaging audiences through a variety of residency outputs - public art, exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops and open studios.
The Arts Centre is a national centre of diverse and exiting artistic activity and the residency programme is an important contributor to our site.
The programme has been generously supported in 2010 by the Guardian Trust (through the Cranleigh Harper Barton Trust), Creative Communities and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Past artists include: Michel Tuffery (1999), Mahinarangi Tocker (2001), Raewyn Hill (2001), Michael Parmenter (2002), Tim Main (2005), Duncan Sarkies (2006), Shigeyuki Kihara (2007), Bekkah Carran (2007), Geoff Dixon (2007), Sukjoon Jang (2009) and robbinschilds (Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs) (2009).