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Mix professional creative artist with impressionable students eager to learn and the results can be quite transformative – the ultimate outcome of the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Artist in Residence programme. Marsden School established the Artist in Residence Programme in 1999 and continues each year to build a legacy of strong associations with professional practicing artists and designers. This year’s Marsden Artist in Residence is renowned Illustrator Margaret Tolland. She is spending 6 weeks at the school, creating her own body of conservationist works and inspiring students from Preschool to Year 13.

Margaret’s Exhibition ‘In the Round’ will feature conservationist views from the perspective of eight ‘conservation champions’ associated with Karori’s Zealandia. The large original works, along with prints, cards and student work, will be on display and for sale at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Customhouse Quay in Wellington, 28 June – 20 July,

Margaret is a full-time Artist and Illustrator with a background as a secondary school art teacher and Art Educator at Pataka Art + Museum. She has been a part of the children’s picture book world for the past six years and has gained great momentum with a series of publications, including children’s book titles ‘Fantail’s Quilt’, ‘Go, Green Gecko’ and ‘Watch out, Snail’ (Authored by Gay Hay) amongst others. She is inspired by and creates beautifully detailed and rich illustrations that feature many of the uniquely endemic species of Aotearoa. Her illustrations led to being a finalist in the 2012 LIANZA Children's Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Picture Book Awards. “My heart lies in environmental education and my books reflect that”, she says, “and with research informing the art I do the added bonus is learning a lot about our native wildlife”.


From the glossy and beautiful shell of New Zealand’s native snail, the Powelliphanta, to the Wellington Green Gecko, or the common garden bee and even a cabbage, Margaret’s illustrations delight with their rich detail. Working as an independent artist now, community involvement and people are still an important part of her passion for sharing art and she has maintained relationships with schools through art based programmes. “I feel honoured to be part of the Marsden whānau. I feel really creative in the space there. It’s much bigger than my own studio at home and I enjoy sharing my passion with both Marsden’s students on a daily basis, as well as invited students from Wellington Primary students in the upcoming workshop I will take on 20 June”, said Margaret.

“Students at all year levels are enjoying working with Margaret during her tenure at Marsden and the process and experience is very rewarding for all involved. For some students it can transform the simple understanding of making images express ideas, for others it might change their view of themselves in the world. Margaret encourages students to ask the question “What are you doing on a daily basis to support conservation”, and this aligns strongly with Marsden’s Giving and Service ethos”, said Marsden Head of Visual Design Kaz Bartsch.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School has been providing quality independent education for over 140 years. While honouring tradition it delivers a wide-ranging, modernised and future-focused curriculum. In being the first to become a Visible WellbeingTM school in New Zealand, Marsden is leading the way in wellbeing education. The Marsden School Karori campus provides education for girls from Years 1-13 and has a co-ed Preschool. Marsden School’s purpose is to lay the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness. marsden.school.nz

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