Open Studios Project Summer Residency

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Open Studios Project: 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)

Tabitha Ramsay
Artist/Creative Facilitator (Rotorua)

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)

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.

Monday 17th December, 5.30pm, The Open Studios Project Preview – Free Entry

Come and hear a bit about The Open Studios Project artists in residence for summer 2018-2019. We will hold pecha-kucha style presentations by the artists, followed by light refreshments and a chance to mingle. Held in the Eric Bridgman Studio at The Arts Village. View more details on the project at:

Keep an eye out for more more info on our artists and their bios, workshops, and other event info


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.


Watch this space for announcement of the selected artists for the coming season.