William Docherty – 2021 Marsden Artist in Residence

Marsden's 2021 Artist in Residence is artist and educator, William Docherty.

William has been an art educator for over 40 years and is a practicing artist, painter and sculptor. His work has featured in numerous exhibitions.  A sample of William's works can be viewed here http://instagram.com/docrt.nz.

William was born in Glasgow and studied at Leicester University. Following his graduation with a BAHons, he moved to Birmingham to study Post Graduate Education at the School of Art.  He taught in Birmingham for a year then moved to New Zealand, to a teaching position with Palmerston North Boys' High School, initially as a solo arts teacher. This position led to Head of Visual Arts, responsible for all aspects of the Art curriculum at all year levels, growing the department, and overseeing a purpose built Art facility, known as the Visual Arts and Creative Industry Department.  

William has held roles including Assistant Chief Moderator of School Certificate Art, and for many years was a moderator for Level 1 and Level 2, and marker for Level 3 and University Bursary Art-Design. His long-term involvement in external marking panels is a reflection of the esteem in which he is held by the art teaching fraternity in New Zealand.  
William commenced his 6 week residency on 3 May. During his time at Marsden, he held workshops and  assisted art students to develop their portfolios whilst creating his own body of work for exhibition. 

At the end of his residency Marsden held an exhibition of William's work at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts,1 Queens Wharf Wellington, from 24 June to 11 July.

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 Visual 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