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Wellington artist gets Korea residency

Wellington artist gets Korea residency

An accomplished Wellington visual artist Lorene Taurerewa has been selected to be the first New Zealander to take up a six week artists’ residency in the South Korean capital Seoul.

Lorene Taurerewa, who is part Samoan, Chinese and European, will embark on the inaugural residency, beginning on November 25, where she will be based at the National Art Studio of the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art.

The arrangement also allows for a South Korean artist Lee Jeung Keun to be hosted by the Christchurch Art Gallery for six weeks from early December.

Ms Taurerewa who is originally from Wanganui and is a lecturer in drawing at Victoria University’s Schools of Architecture and Design, has been exhibiting her work since 1998, after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996.

In January and February this year, she worked in the Asian collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, making drawings of Buddha scuptures which were to feature in her installation journey of 1000 miles at the Pataka Museum of Art and Culture in September.

The Asia:NZ Korea Residency is for New Zealand visual artists and is carried out in partnership with the Korea Foundation. This is the first year it has been made available.

The residency is aimed at an emerging or mid-career artist between the ages of 24 and 49 years working in genres such as painting, drawing, photography, media, screen or installation arts – but not in industrial or ceramic arts.

Asia:NZ will cover the cost of a return airfare, insurance and a daily stipend. The Museum of Contemporary Art will cover the cost of accommodation.


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