The artist-in-residence programme at Tylee Cottage, a renovated historic building built in 1853, was established in 1986 as a partnership between the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, the Whanganui District Council and the QE11 Arts Council of New Zealand. The programme is now solely funded by Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme and managed by the Sarjeant Gallery.
The programme is one of the longest running of its kind in New Zealand and in 2016 we celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. Over 50 artists have been in residence including some of the country’s leading practitioners. The residency provides a unique opportunity for an artist to develop a new body of work under less pressured circumstances.
As a result, the residency has the dual benefit of bringing exciting new artists into the city and allows us to include innovative contemporary new work in our exhibition programme that is a unique reflection of each of the artist’s time spent in residence. The residency programme attracts a high calibre of applicants.
The Vignettes exhibition at Sarjeant on the Quay looked back at 30 years of artist residencies at Tylee Cottage
At Sarjeant on the Quay, 19 November 2016 – 12 February 2017
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Sarjeant Gallery’s artist-in-residence programme at historic Tylee Cottage. The inaugural resident was photographer Laurence Aberhart, since then the
Gallery has hosted more than fifty artists, many who have gone on to become some of New Zealand’s most accomplished visual arts practitioners.
Over the 2016-2017 summer period, the Gallery brought together an exhibition Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016 that marked the thirtieth anniversary of the residency, including many of the works that have responded specifically to Whanganui. Read ArtZone Issue 66 September 2016 article here
We hope to be calling for applications for the residency programme in late 2022 for residencies taking place from mid-2023. Please check this page for updates later this year. To view a complete list of former Tylee residents, click here.