Artist in Residence

We are delighted to have the company of renowned Wellington painter Rebecca Holden as our 2017 Marsden Artist in Residence.

As a Masters graduate of Massey College of Creative Arts, her research entitled "Distant painterly perspectives: war, atrocities and the suffering of others" was presented at The Arts in Society conference held in Budapest in 2013. 

Her recent body of work, 'Sand in the Apricot Jam', pays tribute to the NZ Mounted Riflemen who fought in the Middle East Campaign of WWI and will be exhibited as a WW1 commemorative show in Rishon LeZion, Israel in Nov this year.

Interviewed by Jesse Mulligan of Radio New Zealand, Rebecca explains how this body of work came about, the significance of the story that she tells in her work and talks about the fundraising to get the body of work to Israel for exhibition.

Listen here to the interview: "Sand in the Apricot Jam"

During her time with the Marsden students she will be looking to bring this expertise to the classroom and share her working methods and processes and to inspire different ways of generating ideas to tell visual stories.

This residency project will explore ideas using elements of chance to determine subject, themes and ideas. We hope to dovetail learning from across the school curriculum as well as connecting with local writers to work collaboratively with the students.

During the residency at Marsden, Rebecca will work alongside art students at all levels of the School over a total of 5-weeks, a two week  block (20 – 31 March) and three week block (22 May – 13 June), developing a body of works for exhibition.

 At the conclusion of the residency a solo exhibition will be held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 from 23 June to 2 July, celebrating the works produced by Rebecca and in collaboration with students during the course of the residency. 

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.

"We are always excited by the caliber of artists who engage with the Artist in Residence Programme and the depth of conversations that they bring into the classroom," says the Head of Art & Design, Mr John Denton. "The girls gain so much from having a working artist here. It inspires and motivates them and makes them think about Art in new ways. The possibility of pursuing a career involving the Visual Arts becomes more of a reality for them."

We welcome all enquiries from practising artists and designers for the next academic year.

See Previous Artists in Residence