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McCahon House Trust Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

McCahon House Trust Announces 2018 Artists in Residence Winners

The McCahon House Trust Artist Residency programme helps build the careers of some of New Zealand’s most promising artists. The Trust offers a three month residency programme awarded annually to three New Zealand artists who, in the opinion of the selection panel, have developed a body of work that shows significant promise.

Each of the candidates submits an idea for a research proposal to be developed whilst they are in residence. It is the intention of the Trust to help contribute to art projects of national importance by offering the opportunity for artist’s to reflect and research in the Titirangi locale where McCahon produced some of New Zealand’s most valued artworks.

We are pleased to announce the McCahon House Trust Artist’s In Residence for 2018 are: Sorawit Songsataya, Emma Fitts and Nicola Farquhar.

Sorawit Songsataya completed his MFA at Elam School of Fine Art in 2014. He is primarily interested in craft, textiles, hand-made objects and their connection to computer technology. His practice forms at the intersection of digitised labour and traditional craftsmanship. Employing both analogue and digital film and animation, sculpture, new media, synthetic, and organic materials, Songsataya explores the intricacy of what it means to ‘make’ today: how political and historical dimensions are embedded and layered in the process of making, in material selection, modes of research, and methods of presentation.

Emma Fitts completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the University of Canterbury in 2002 and a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Based in the UK since 2009, Fitts returned to Christchurch as the Olivia Spencer Bower awardee for 2014. Her individual practice and collaborative work as Fitts & Holderness and Victor & Hester, has seen her participate in exhibitions and residencies both nationally and internationally.

Nicola Farquhar graduated from Elam School of Fine Art’s MFA program in 2009. Currently her art practice examines what it is to be human in a time of ecological crisis, in particularly the historical and contemporary representations of woman in art. Recent exhibitions include: Morphogens, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2016); Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show (curated by Natasha Conland), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2015); Rustles, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2015); Method and Gesture, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2013); Daylight’s Feeling Forms, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland; New Revised Editon, City Gallery, Wellington (2013); and Porous Moonlight, Papakura Art Gallery (2013).


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