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Applications now open for McCahon House Artists’ Residency

McCahon House Artists’ Residency

Applications now open
Applications close Monday 13 August 2012

Applications are now open for the 2013/14 McCahon House Artists’ Residency, one of the top artists’ residencies in New Zealand. Applications close Monday 13 August 2012.

Three residencies, each of three months duration, are available between March 2013 and February 2014.

Residencies are available to outstanding mid career artists. Artists receiving the residency live and work in the purpose built French Bay house with attached studio.

The McCahon House Trust has, in building the Pete Bossley designed residency accommodation and stu¬dio adjacent to the restored McCahon cottage in French Bay, established and efficiently manages a resi¬dency programme of international standing, available to New Zealand artists, working in a variety of media. The residency has been offered for over six years and directed at mid career painters, photographers, sculptors and other suitable genre.

The Trust’s selects mid-career artists who can gain the most benefit from living and working in the award winning house with its adjoining studio surrounded by the physical and historically significant environment which was the focus of many of McCahon’s works in the 1950s has proved very successful. They are encouraged to develop their work to a different level and to take creative risks in a fully supported environment.

The McCahon House residency programme began in late 2006 with inaugural artist Judy Millar. To date, 17 artists residencies have been awarded to an outstanding selection of artists including: Andrew McLeod; James Robinson; Gavin Hipkins; Rohan Wealleans; Richard Lewer; Luise Fong; Eve Armstrong; Lisa Reihana; Ava Seymour; Martin Basher, Andy Leleisi’uao, Jim Speers, Liyen Chong, Glen Hayward, Ben Cauchi, Kathy Barry. Regan Gentry and Ruth Buchanan will add to the alumni over the remainder of 2012.

Next to the residency house and studio is the restored cottage where Colin McCahon and his family lived in the 1950s. The house is open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm and for group bookings at other times.

The McCahon French Bay House Museum and Artists’ and Residency project is the initiative of the McCahon House Trust. The Trust has received significant support from the former Waitakere City Council, who gifted McCahon’s old cottage to the Trust, Sky City Community Trust, ASB Community Trust and Portage Licensing Trust.

Applications are now open. Applications close Monday 13 August 2012. Successful artists will be notified in October 2012.

Further information, artist criteria and an application form are available to download at


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