2018 Artist in Residence–Bridget Reweti

Bridget Rewiti is Marsden's 2018 Artist in Residence. She is an artist from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa. Her lens-based practice practice explores landscape perspectives and contemporary indigenous realities and she has come to us directly from a 3 month residency in Jogjakarta. Bridget says that she 'enjoys spending time outside and making Art'. 

Bridget holds a Masters in Māori Visual Arts from Toioho ki Āpiti, Massey University and a PgDip in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. She has held numerous residencies both nationally and internationally and her work is held in both private and public collections.

In the short time that she has been with us she has worked collaboratively with many of our students to explore a variety of light based camera processes from camera obscura, cyanotypes and into the dark room to create works that document the Karori flora and fauna around Marsden. 

One of the beautiful things to watch is the students delight in the photographic process as the magic happens and the images arise in the wash tank.They have indeed been outside and having fun whilst learning!
At the conclusion of the residency a solo exhibition 'Tipu' will be held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 from 26 June to 30 June, celebrating the beautiful images produced by Bridget and those created in collaboration with students during the course of the residency. 

The Marsden Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence Programme at Marsden is an invigorating initiative for the school, bringing a working artist to the school each year for a five-week or equivalent duration residency. 

The resident artist enjoys the use of a dedicated studio space in the Art and Design department, or ‘Art House’, and presents master-class style workshops and presentations for students in support of their academic studies.

"It is always fabulous to have such high calibre artists engaging with our students in the Artist in Residence Programme. The indepth conversations, skills and the excitement that they bring to the classroom is invaluable" says Head of Art and Design, Kaz Bartsch. "The girls are inspired and motivated to try new things and exhibit their work in public. They expand their thinking about Art in new directions and the possibilities of pursuing a Visual Arts based career become more of a possibility for them. It is always a very exciting time for all of us in the Art House."

We welcome all enquiries from practising artists and designers for the next academic year.
Contact HOD Visual Arts & Design: Kaz Bartsch

See Previous Artists in Residence