Open Studios Summer Residency

The Arts Village’s Open Studios Summer Residency is back! The Residency is a six week programme, giving the lucky artists their own space and funds to create art in our studios. Over the summer, artists will create art, engage with our community and showcase their creativity to Rotorua. The residency culminates in an exhibition in January that showcases the amazing art they made during their time at the Village. 


Mapihi Kelland- Storyteller

Mapihi Kelland is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu and Syrian descent. She is a movement artist, singer and Actor based in Rotorua. She Graduated from Whitireia Performing arts majoring in Maori performing arts and Pacific dance in 2015 while studying she travelled internationally. Since then Mapihi has worked for Black Grace Dance Company, Le Moana Dance, Hawaiki Tū, Tawata productions and most recently the 2020 and 2021 Te Reo māori seasons with Taki Rua Māori Theatre Company.

Ellen Jones-Poole- Visual Artist & Storyteller

I am a visual artist, joining the Arts Village Sumer Studios with seven years experience in the New Zealand film industry. My studio focus will combine a practical skill set with creative storytelling to reimagine art from discarded materials, creating bespoke art pieces. I am most looking forward to integrating with the local nature and Arts Village community to further explore my practice!

Charles Clover – Kaupapa MC & HipHop Poet

‘Charles is an active kaupapa mc and street poet of the hiphop genre.The Hamilton native ofngaati maahanga decent uses societal aspects of his indigeneity alongside cultural elements of hiphop lyricism to create contemporary thought provoking performance pieces.A product of the long lasting H town conscious rap scene currently performing his stage show “The Pre Conditioned Hori “ on the NZ Fringe Festival circuit. CnC seeks to add to the legacy of hiphop servitude within our communities.

Tonina Ngatai – Mixed Media

I am a mixed media artist I specialise in soft sculpture and repurposed textile installations. Some pieces were created during lockdown and one in particular ‘Te Kahu Kotahi’, which was a response to Covid-19, was placed first equal in theEden Arts School Awards. I have since exhibited a variety of works in exhibitions across Auckland & Hamilton


Low cost creative workshops are live on Eventbrite now! Sign up to the amazing workshops from this year’s Summer Resident artists.