Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence was Debra Britten. Debra is a graduate of the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design. She has worked as a freelance designer, calligrapher, textile printer and illustrator, spent many years in hospitality and is now working full-time as an artist.
During her residency, Debra worked alongside art and design students to develop a series of works for exhibition. As part of her brief, Debra employed unconventional methods that incorporate colour and mark-making into her works, in order to encourage art students to look at different ways in which to express their creativity.
Our 2011 Artist in Residence was Wellington painter Lynne Sandri. Based in Wellington, Lynne has been a full time painter for the past 14 years and is active in supporting and nurturing the Wellington art scene. She has been involved in the establishment of the Affordable Art Show in Wellington and remains as a member of the selection team and curator. Her work is held in major private and corporate collections internationally and throughout New Zealand.
During the residency Lynne followed an investigation into how generations’ memories are expressed and the contexts in which they are generated. Her work expresses ideas about time and idealism and is told in stories. These stories examine generational difference, culture, identity and growing up in a working class New Zealand family.
Working in both heavily textured acrylics and oil paints on various relevant supports (e.g. canvas stretched on embroidery rounds, deck chairs, light boxes, wooden rounds and traditional stretched canvases), Lynne’s work is dynamic and thoughtful.
2010 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence
Our 2010 Mercedes Benz Artist in Residence was Caroline McQuarrie, a lecturer in photography at Massey University College of Creative Arts in Wellington. Born in Greymouth, Caroline studied Fine Arts at Canterbury University before working in London for five years as a photographer, including restoring and retouching photographs. She returned to Massey in 2002 to do a Masters degree and then teach.
During her residency at Marsden Caroline created a unique exhibition of cyanotype blue photographic prints on domestic textiles such as napkins, tray cloths, tea towels and tablecloths. She also enjoyed the interaction with the students before they reached university, where she normally sees them. " Most of us don't know much about the school system, particularly since NCEA. It's actually really interesting from a profesional point of view to see what they do and their expectations," she said. "It's been great".
Our students were fortunate to have Jason Hicks, our 2009 resident artist, share his ideas and techniques during Term 3 while they were preparing their NCEA and scholarship portfolio submissions.
Jason's inspiration for his work comes from his love of the New Zealand landscape and his passion for the history of our land. His bold and sometimes moody landscapes are often superimposed with traditional motifs, symbols and shapes, and more recently a concentration on friendships and relationships and how we interact with each other.
Originally from Wanganui, Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Design from Victoria University of Wellington in 1997. His passion and desire to paint has overridden a career in photography, and sees him now as one of New Zealand’s emerging painters.
We were delighted to have Wellington painter, Irene Ferguson, as our 2008 resident artist.
Irene studied at the Otago School of Fine Art and the New York Academy of Fine Art, before working as studio assistant with renowned New York artist Jeff Koons (2005), and has exhibited widely both in New Zealand and overseas. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Adam Portraiture Award for her portrait ‘the Blue Girl’.
Irene worked with students in preparation for their NCEA folio and scholarship submissions and concluded her residency with an exhibition of works generated through the residency.
Students enjoyed working with Wellington based graphic designer and painter Nicola Cathie as resident artist.
Nicola was educated in Visual Communication in Wellington, where she presented her first painting exhibition in 1994. Following completing post-graduate studies in painting and design at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, Nicola spent eight years working in the creative field of design in London and New York.
Nicola shared her working processes and techniques with senior painting students and ran workshops in semiotics and branding for the design students preparing for NCEA portfolios.
Sheyne Tuffery, Auckland based multi-media visual artist, worked with students developing works toward their NCEA visual art portfolios. Well known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, Sheyne brought to the students’ art-making practice a fresh view of printmaking and painting.
Sheyne describes himself as a paper architect who uses his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging. His work has featured in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and throughout the world.
Sheyne’s residency experience was recently shared in a presentation of the Samuel Marsden artist in residence programme by HOD Visual Arts John Denton at the 2007 ANZAAE conference held in Wellington.
We were delighted to have had Sydney-based artist, John Reid as our 2005 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence.
With his very painterly abstract works his emphasis is very much on the medium of paint – the smell, the texture and the reaction of painted marks assembled on the painted surface. Reid, formerly a biochemist, moved to Australia from New Zealand and began painting in his early thirties.
During his residency in Wellington he created a series of canvases inspired by the change of location, building on his investigation into the alchemy of paint and light. The finished works were exhibited at both Marsden School and in the Mercedes Benz Wellington Star Showroom.
We were delighted to have Canterbury artist, Caroline Morten as our 2004 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence in Term One. Caroline worked with students in our Visual Arts and Design Department as well as working on her own portfolio.
Caroline has a strong interest in working with paper, through printmaking, paper pulp, collage and drawing and introduced these mediums to our visual arts students. During her residency, Caroline created a series of images which explored the beauty and complexity of the various layers of the female form which were exhibited at Marsden later in the year.
Following her residency Caroline enrolled for teacher training at Victoria University Wellington College of Education and again worked with students at Marsden as a part of her studies in teaching practice. Caroline has, since graduation from Teachers' College, been employed at Nelson Girls' College.
Ans Westra worked with students in our Art and Design Department as our Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence for 2003. Ans Westra is one of New Zealand's most prominent photojournalists.
Her documentary work of New Zealanders and their lives has formed a special part of New Zealand history. Her unobtrusive style has gained her some wonderful images and admiration from both her subjects and those viewing her work. Ans Westra’s daughter attended Marsden and she has maintained an interest in the school.
During her residency Ms Westra undertook a photo essay of the school, including 125th Anniversary events. In August, students, parents and friends of the school were able to view this work at a special exhibition. This collection has become a valuable part of the school's historical records.
Melbourne based artist, Shelley Hannigan worked in our Art and Design Department as the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence. Shelley worked with students while also developing her own paintings in the studio located within the Department.
Shelley grew up in Wellington and she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, in the late 1980s. After travelling for several years she settled in Melbourne where she now lives with her artist husband and two small children.
She has been a practicing artist for over a decade, exhibiting primarily in New Zealand and Australia. Her paintings have always been about the exploration of colour, self -identity and place.
Shelley's paintings (shown above) are based on her memories of Wellington, interior scenes of her family home and various scenes of Wellington she recalls from her childhood. These works were exhibited at Bowen Gallery at the end of her residency.
Our 2001 Artist in Residence, Gabby O’Connor, worked in the Art Department during the first part of Term Three. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, she has worked continuously on various projects and collaborations involving dance, music and exhibition. She participated in the Studio artist programme at 200 Gertrude St Gallery in Fitzroy, Victoria and co-founded the collaborative ensemble, Slide into Sound, developing public audio visual installations and performances with sound artist/musician Elissa Goodrich.
Her artistic practice is divided in two. Her private practice involves the creation of site specific installations and objects out of paper and light, whilst her collaborative work with Slide into Sound and other groups involves the creation of projects (35mm slide and video) for installation in public and private spaces.
Gabby spent time developing a new body of work whilst in the school and worked with senior Visual Arts students. Her residency ended mid term, with a very successful public viewing of an installation work.
Our 2000 Artist in Residence was renowned painter, Simon Ogden from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts spent time at the school working on his own portfolio and assisting students.
Simon was born in England and received his art education in the Carlisle College of Art and Design, the Birmingham Polytechnic, and the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, and is represented in private and public collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Simon Ogden has extensive experience in art education in tertiary institutions in New Zealand, and has been the recipient of a number of awards and residencies. Among the commissioned work he has undertaken are projects for the Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Health, the NZ Historic Places Trust, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, the International Festival for Youth, and the Suter Gallery. Simon is a senior lecturer in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.
The Artist in Residence Programme was established to assist our students by exposing them to different artists, broadening their perspectives and helping them develop their own portfolios.
Photographer, Adrienne Martyn was the inaugural recipient of the residency, which was sponsored by the Marsden Parents’ Association, spending five weeks at the school producing images for an exhibition while working with senior students. Adrienne’s theme for the exhibition was a study water at Seatoun, titled “Tide”.
Adrienne Martyn is well known for her black-and-white portraits of prominent New Zealand artists, taken in the 1980s, and her work is in collections in the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, the Dowse Art Museum, Auckland City Gallery, the Hocken Library, the University of Canterbury and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.