Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui | Tylee Residency
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Tylee Residency

Tylee Cottage Artist-in-Residence Programme

The artist-in-residence programme at Tylee Cottage, a renovated historic building built in 1853, was established in 1986 as a partnership between the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, the Whanganui District Council and the QE11 Arts Council of New Zealand. The programme is now soley funded by the Whanganui District Council and is managed by the Sarjeant Gallery.

The programme is one of the longest running of its kind in New Zealand and in 2016 we are celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.  Over 50 artists have been in residence and include some of the country’s leading practitioners. The residency provides a unique opportunity for an artist to develop a new body of work under less pressured circumstances and one of the aims is that the artist respond to their new environs, be that the physical landscape or the history of Whanganui.

Tylee Cottage

As a result, the residency has the dual benefit of bringing exciting new artists into the city and allows us to include innovative contemporary new work in our exhibition programme that is a unique reflection of each of the artist’s time spent in residence. The residency programme continues to attract a high calibre of applicants and also received critical support from Creative NZ via individual grants made to artists to develop new bodies of work.

An installation photograph from our recent exhibition Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016

Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016

19 November 2016 – 12 February 2017

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Sarjeant Gallery’s artist in residence programme at historic Tylee Cottage. The inaugural resident was photographer Laurence Aberhart, since then the Gallery has hosted more than fifty artists, many who have gone on to become some of New Zealand’s most accomplished visual arts practitioners.

Over the 2016-2017 summer period, the Gallery has brought together an exhibition Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016 that marks the thirtieth anniversary of the residency and this will include many of the works that have responded specifically to Whanganui. Read ArtZone Issue 66 September 2016 article here

To view a complete list of former Tylee residents, click here

How to apply

Applications for our artist-in-residence programme at Tylee Cottage are now open. We are pleased to announce that with the support of Creative New Zealand we have two five month residencies on offer between September, 2017 and June, 2018. Each of the successful applicants will receive a generous stipend, historic Tylee Cottage to call home and most importantly the time and headspace to create dynamic new work that will result in an exhibition at the Sarjeant in 2018-2019.

For more information about the residencies, what’s on offer and what we need from applicants please download a prospectus here.