Open Studios Project Summer Residency

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Stay tuned for information about the Open Studios Project 2019/2020



Open Studios Project 2018/2019: Three Residencies Awarded

The Arts Village is delighted to announce the three residencies awarded for the 2018/2019 season of the Open Studios Project. These are:

Alex Lodge
Playwright and Actor (Rotorua)

Alex Lodge is a playwright, performer and educator. She has devised and performed with Deaf actors in At the End of My Hands (2016), a play in NZSL and English. She recently played Katherine Mansfield at Wellington’s Circa Theatre in ‘Modern Girls’ in Bed’, which she co-wrote with Cherie Jacobson.

Tabitha Ramsay
Artist/Creative Facilitator (Rotorua)

Tabitha is an New Zealand artist, who has solo exhibited and taken part in a number of group exhibitions. With a Royal New Zealand Air Force background, a degree in Psychology, and current studies in Anthrosophical Artistic Therapies. Tabitha has been utilising artwork as a way to relieve stress, depression, and pain; and now with her current study and passion she is sharing her knowledge to help others enrich their lives with creative artistic techniques. Intuitive Painting, Colour Mediations, Touch Drawing, Drawing, and Watercolour Painting, are just a few of the techniques that Tabitha uses to guide participants through creative mediations.

Sound artists / Zine publishers  – Artist duo consisting of Gerrit Jos van Beek (Heretaunga) & Piupiu Maya Turei (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa)

E-kare is art duo GJ van Beek and PMT. Loving all things open source and hacked together, the pair make noisy techno music and handmade publications. Using gameboys to make beats, and school stationery to publish with, they focus on art being open for everyone.

A huge congratulations to the chosen artists – we are so excited to see these projects happening at the village over Summer. These residencies were selected from our strongest ever total pool of applicants to the Open Studios Project, and we want to recognise all of the candidates who applied this year as they put in fantastic proposals that made it very hard for our panel to make a selection. So much so that next year we hope to double the amount of residencies on offer.
A huge thanks to our confirmed funders so far for this project: Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Rotorua Arts Village Trust, and Rotorua Lakes Council.



Throughout The Open Studios Project, the artists will be offering free workshops and other events. To view and enrol in the free workshops see:

About the Project:

The Open Studios Project is a Summer artist residency programme run by The Arts Village in Rotorua. The residency has been delivered since 2011, focusing on providing artists with studio space, materials, and a broad brief for projects that engage the community and extend their arts practice.

 The aims of the project are:

  • To enliven and enhance our community through engagement with the arts
  • To connect artists to their audiences
  • To provide an environment for artists and arts practitioners to fulfil their potential by having the time, space, and means to experiment and to be innovative
  • To support and further the development of artist’s creative practices

The project will this year award residencies to three artists who will share a studio as their own working space over the six-week time period from mid-December 2018 to January 2019 . 

They will each receive a materials grant and a stipend to support their living costs during the six weeks. The amounts of the grants for the coming season (2018/2019) are yet to be confirmed. For reference, last season (2017/2018) these grants were a living stipend of $2000 and materials grant of $500.

The expectations of each artist will be:

  • To give a pecha-kucha style presentation at the start of the residency covering their arts practice and intentions for the residency.
  • To work on their own arts practice during the six weeks in an allocated work space in a shared studio (Studio Two) at The Arts Village.
  • To each carry out a minimum of 12 hours of free workshops/demonstrations/public talks for the public to participate in either to teach an artistic skill/creative approach, learn more about the artists practice,  or contribute to the creation of a community artwork.
  • To present a final showcase in the closing week of the residency open to the public which could include: a talk/presentation/works/performance. This will depend on the individual artist and how this suits their practice.