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Tylee Residency

Appplications for the 2020 – 2021 season of Tylee Cottage residencies have now closed.


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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 solely funded by Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme and managed by the Sarjeant Gallery.

The programme is one of the longest running of its kind in New Zealand and in 2016 we celebrated 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.

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 attracts a high calibre of applicants.

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

Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016

19 November 2016 – 12 February 2017

2016 marked 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 brought together an exhibition Vignettes – 30 Years at Tylee Cottage 1986-2016 that marked the thirtieth anniversary of the residency, including 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

Four New Zealand artists have been selected for the 2018/2019 Tylee residencies thanks to generous funding support from Creative New Zealand. Read more


Current Tylee Cottage resident: Jae Hoon Lee (September 2019 – February 2020)

the current Tylee Cottage artist in residence

Jae Hoon Lee


MEDIUMS: Digitally Collaged Photography and video

HOME TOWN: Auckland





BIOGRAPHY: Jae Hoon Lee is a male artist who was born in Seoul, Korean in 1973 and based in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee was educated at Kwang-Nam High School at where he decided to be an artist and studied drawing and sculpture. After finishing High School in Korea, Lee decided to go to America where he studied sculpture at San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts.

In 1998, Lee immigrated to New Zealand with his family, to further his studies. Lee completed a Master of Fine Arts degree majored in intermedia at the Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland.

Lee has been fortunate to receive assistance with  his art making. He has received grants from the national arts funding agency Creative New Zealand to assist with the development and production of new work, which has been internationally exhibited in Korea, China and Australia over the past few years.

Lee was awarded the Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellowship, allowing him to stay and work at the Scott base camp in November 2011.

While Lee has a clearly defined practice as a visual artist, he is very interested in working collaboratively with artists from other disciplines, not only for new inspiration but also for exchanging new ideas and developing collaborative, interdisciplinary works.

A Q & A with Jae Hoon Lee

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your hopes for your Tylee Cottage Residency period
A: I want to meet with local artists in order to exchange ideas and make a sense as being a member of the art community in Whanganui. I am keen on trying to touch some new art mediums, I have bought a bag of clay about two weeks ago and feeling this raw material with my bare hands is a great tangible sensation, on the other hand, photography is mostly focused on the visual sense but I believe that all senses are connected in terms of corresponding each other through possible new combination.

Q: Do you have a connection to Whanganui?
A: On the 8th Nov in 2019,I arrived to Whanganui around the early evening, I vividly remember the intense scent from flowered gardens when I was driving pass the neighbourhood near at the border of Whanganui region. On the next morning, I woke up with birds chirping sound which was yet unconsciously delightful and almost as if it cleanses my ears. Up to date, I am still pretty much impressed by the beautiful nature here and feel lucky to be rejuvenated .

Q: Tell us about your experiences making your art. For instance, how long does a piece take you generally? Do you do research? Is your creation process very physical, very cerebral? Is there a long gestation period?
A: For instance, my digitally collaged landscape photography could take a year to be completed, I normally start to work with an whole bunch of  images at the same time and build up a little by a little over a long period of time until I find a right piece to complete the whole picture like a puzzle game.

Q: Is there an audience you particularly want to reach or a message that you hope to communicate?
A: Not particularly target upon a specific community but I hope to embrace of every immigrants and refugees from all different countries in Whanganui, because I consider myself as one of them. Through my art process, I am able to experience of being in different regions in New Zealand, I potentially expect my landscape work produced in Whanganui is embedded with the reflection of diversity of different people here. I think we can not talk about landscape without it’s content which consists of the people.

Q:Are there themes that seem to pop up again and again in your work? What are they? Do you know why they are there?
A: The sense of evanescence and timelessness are often recurring in my work. Most of the subject matters in my work are based on natural element, such as cloud, water, trees, pebbles and mountains, the innate quality of these natural elements in my work reflects a strict nature of  the natural law and order.

Q: What or who influences you? Is there something you find particularly inspiring?
A: I often refresh myself by taking a walk around Virginia lake, it is becoming my daily ritual taken on once every two days, the most nice thing about it is so close from the Tylee cottage. Also the Saturday market here is  most joyful way to meet and talk to local people in a random occasion.