Karekare Residency


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

Historic Karekare homestead to be made available to artists

"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."  



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



Congratulations to the following artists who have been selected for this year's Karekare House residency programme. We are delighted to welcome a variety of arts disciplines and a mix of both solo and collaborative projects in 2021.

Wanda Gillespie

Peata Larkin (rescheduled from 2020)

Richard Adams + Nairobi Trio

Heidi Brickell

Tira Walsh

Reece King

Louise Menzies

Thank you to all those who also expressed an interest in the 2021 residency programme - we had a record number of applications of a very high calibre and we hope you will keep in touch for future opportunities.



There will be a group artists' talk on Saturday 31 July at 2pm with the artists who have completed their residencies at Karekare House so far this year. Please book by contacting edenarts1@gmail.com



The Wallace Arts Trust once again kindly hosted a public exhibition of the work produced during the previous year of residencies. The show ran from 24 February to 18 April 2021 with an opening night on Tuesday 23 February and an artist talk on the last day of the show, Sunday 18 April at 2.30pm.



Sean McCarthy - March

Peata Larkin - April - rescheduled to 2021

Judy Darragh - June - rescheduled to a later date TBA

Sena Park - July to September

Adrian Jackman - September/ October

Paul Johnston - October/ November (rescheduled from May)

The 2020 residency programme was put on hold from April to June because of the Covid-19 situation and we were delighted to welcome back our artists-in-residence from the beginning of July, along with some rescheduling of artists whose proposed time at Karekare was affected by the pandemic.

Judy Darragh is scheduled to return to work in collaboration with New York based experimental sound artist Luciano Chessa once this becomes possible (part of her original residency proposal). 



Thank you to the four artists below for another exciting year of the residency partnership between the Karekare House Trust and the Eden Arts Trust. An exhibition of work from the 2019 artists-in-residence was shown in the Long Gallery at the Pah Homestead from December 2019 to March 2020, with an artist talk on Sunday 2 February at 2pm.

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 and the Wallace Arts Trust. 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