Karekare Residency


Historic Karekare homestead to be made available to artists

This article appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Art News.

"Rounding off its 30thanniversary year in style, the Eden Arts Trust is pleased to launch a new 3-month residency commencing in 2018 at Karekare Beach on the West Coast of Auckland. 

The West Coast has long been an inspiration to artists and the intention is to provide a space that provides an opportunity for an extended period of creativity. Karekare beach itself provided the atmospheric setting for scenes from Jane Campion’s 1993 film The Piano.

The 1895 Karekare House was the much loved family home of highly regarded children's author Dorothy Butler and her eight children. The historic property remained in the Butler family for over 50 years until its sale last year. The new owners have a strong affiliation with Eden Arts and have also met with members of the already vibrant Karekare arts community regarding their plans to continue the creative tradition long associated with the house. Their generous offer of accommodation in the original homestead will be supported by a stipend offered by the Eden Arts Trust. The residency will be offered for a three-month period during which time the artist will produce a body of work culminating in an exhibition and artist talk."  


We warmly congratulate the following artists on being selected for residencies at Karekare House in 2019. Thank you to all the artists who applied. The next round of applications will take place at the end of 2019.

Lyn Bergquist - February/ March
Belinda Griffiths - March/ April
Alan Ibell - May/ June
Judy Darragh - August/ September


Congratulations to the following artists on their very successful residencies at Karekare House in 2018, which culminated in a two-month exhibition at the Pah Homestead from December 2018 to February 2019, courtesy of Sir James Wallace. The exhibition celebrated our first year of residencies in partnership with the Karekare House Trust and showcased four very different artistic responses to the beautiful setting and Karekare environment.

Neal Palmer - March/ April
Krystie Wade - April
John Horner - May 
Nicholas Pound - September to November


For more information about the Eden Arts residency please contact Cathy at edenarts1@gmail.com

Eden Arts is pleased to offer this artist residency programme in partnership with the Karekare House Trust. For information about other opportunities at Karekare House in the future, you might also like to visit www.karekarehouse.co.nz