2017 Artist in Residence–Rebecca Holden
2016 Artist in Residence–Michel Tuffery
Michel's interest in connecting conservationist themes in his work paralleled a biodiversity themed investigation by students which ran alongside his own investigation. This collaborative body of stitched woodcut prints, together with a body of works including bronze casts, lasercut wooden panels and woodcut prints on paper and tapa, were part of the residency exhibition, titled Lost and Found, held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 during the week of 27 June to 3 July.During the residency Michel shared insight to his working process, cultural influences and passion for storytelling. The exhibition was one of the most successful held as part of the residency programme, and the most significant in showcasing the work of the students.
Michel Tuffery talks here about his body of work, the themes and influences.
2015 Artist in Residence–Maria O'Toole
Maria was interested in how intimate spaces are experienced and explored ways this could be recorded in large-scale performative drawings. Maria shares her art practice during the residence and says, “My interest in the body in space stems from my illustration practice. A figurative drawing is always my starting point or way into a new body of work. In my drawings I navigate the in-between space that I experience when taking a walk, when the rhythm of my body and imagining consciousness slips into another space where daydreams open up and expand a vast inner landscape.”
2014 Artist in Residence–Virginia Woods-Jack
Virginia developed a series of works for exhibition while working alongside art students. She is interested in the layers of time inherent in the photographic process, exploring pulling apart the alchemy associated with instant Polaroid photographic processes and how this relates to the time and space present within a location. Marsden hosted an exhibition of Virginia's works at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 during October. Virginia talks about her experience and practice during the residency.
2013 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Michele Bryant
Michele worked alongside art and design students to develop a series of works for exhibition based on the events of the calendar month of June, using influences from within the school and community at large to build up a series of artworks and installations. Michele talks about her residency at Marsden School.
2012 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Debra Britten
As part of her brief, Debra employed unconventional methods that incorporate colour and mark-making into her works, in order to encourage art students to look at different ways in which to express their creativity. Debra shares her creative practice during the residency.
2011 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Lynne Sandri
Lynne followed an investigation into how generations’ memories are expressed and the contexts in which they are generated. Her work expresses ideas about time and idealism and is told in stories. These stories examine generational difference, culture, identity and growing up in a working class New Zealand family.
Working in both heavily textured acrylics and oil paints on various relevant supports (e.g. canvas stretched on embroidery rounds, deck chairs, light boxes, wooden rounds and traditional stretched canvases), Lynne’s work is dynamic and thoughtful.
2010 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Caroline McQuarrie
Caroline created a unique exhibition of cyanotype blue photographic prints on domestic textiles such as napkins, tray cloths, tea towels and tablecloths. She also enjoyed the interaction with the students before they reached university, where she normally sees them. " Most of us don't know much about the school system, particularly since NCEA. It's actually really interesting from a profesional point of view to see what they do and their expectations," she said. "It's been great".
2009 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Jason Hicks
Jason's inspiration for his work comes from his love of the New Zealand landscape and his passion for the history of our land. His bold and sometimes moody landscapes are often superimposed with traditional motifs, symbols and shapes, and more recently a concentration on friendships and relationships and how we interact with each other.
Originally from Wanganui, Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Design from Victoria University of Wellington in 1997. His passion and desire to paint has overridden a career in photography, and sees him now as one of New Zealand’s emerging painters.
2008 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Irene Ferguson
Irene worked with students in preparation for their NCEA folio and scholarship submissions and concluded her residency with an exhibition of works generated through the residency.
2007 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Nicola Cathie
Nicola shared her working processes and techniques with senior painting students and ran workshops in semiotics and branding for the design students preparing for NCEA portfolios.
2006 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Sheyne Tuffery
Sheyne describes himself as a paper architect who uses his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging. His work has featured in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and throughout the world.
Sheyne’s residency experience was shared in a presentation of the Samuel Marsden artist in residence programme by HOD Visual Arts John Denton at the 2007 ANZAAE conference held in Wellington.
2005 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–John Reid
During his residency in Wellington John created a series of canvases inspired by the change of location, building on his investigation into the alchemy of paint and light. The finished works were exhibited at both Marsden School and in the Mercedes Benz Wellington Star Showroom.
2004 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Caroline Morten
Caroline has a strong interest in working with paper, through printmaking, paper pulp, collage and drawing and introduced these mediums to our visual arts students. During her residency, Caroline created a series of images which explored the beauty and complexity of the various layers of the female form which were exhibited at Marsden later in the year.
Following her residency Caroline enrolled for teacher training at Victoria University Wellington College of Education and again worked with students at Marsden as a part of her studies in teaching practice. Caroline has, since graduation from Teachers' College, been employed teaching secondary school art.
2003 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Ans Westra
During her residency Ms Westra undertook a photo essay of the school, including 125th Anniversary events. In August, students, parents and friends of the school were able to view this work at a special exhibition. This collection has become a valuable part of the school's historical records.
2002 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence–Shelley Hannigan
Shelley grew up in Wellington and she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, in the late 1980s. After travelling for several years she settled in Melbourne where she now lives with her artist husband and two small children.
She has been a practicing artist for over a decade, exhibiting primarily in New Zealand and Australia. Her paintings have always been about the exploration of colour, self -identity and place.
Shelley's paintings on her memories of Wellington, interior scenes of her family home and various scenes of Wellington she recalls from her childhood. These works were exhibited at Bowen Gallery at the end of her residency.
2001 Artist in Residence–Gabby O'Connor
Her artistic practice is divided in two. Her private practice involves the creation of site specific installations and objects out of paper and light, whilst her collaborative work with Slide into Sound and other groups involves the creation of projects (35mm slide and video) for installation in public and private spaces. Gabby spent time developing a new body of work whilst in the school and worked with senior Visual Arts students. Her residency ended mid term, with a very successful public viewing of an installation work.
2000 Artist in Residence–Simon Ogden
Simon was born in England and received his art education in the Carlisle College of Art and Design, the Birmingham Polytechnic, and the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, and is represented in private and public collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Simon Ogden has extensive experience in art education in tertiary institutions in New Zealand, and has been the recipient of a number of awards and residencies. Among the commissioned work he has undertaken are projects for the Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Health, the NZ Historic Places Trust, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, the International Festival for Youth, and the Suter Gallery. Simon is a senior lecturer in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.
1999 Artist in Residence–Adrienne Martyn
Photographer, Adrienne Martyn was the inaugural recipient of the residency, which was sponsored by the Marsden Parents’ Association, spending five weeks at the school producing images for an exhibition while working with senior students.
Adrienne’s theme for the exhibition was a study water at Seatoun, titled “Tide”.
Adrienne Martyn is well known for her black-and-white portraits of prominent New Zealand artists, taken in the 1980s, and her work is in collections in the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, the Dowse Art Museum, Auckland City Gallery, the Hocken Library, the University of Canterbury and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.