Otago Polytechnic

Artists in Residence and Artists Adjunct

Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artist Residency /
in partnership with Dunedin School of Art.

This programme supports two artist residencies annually; a New Zealand based artist and an artist who lives and works overseas. It an initiative of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, funded by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and supported by Dunedin School of Art. These residencies are by invitation only.

  Kawita Vatanajyankur | 23 October - 3 December 2017

Thai-Australian video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women’s everyday labour. In her staged performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, often painfully, test her body’s limits - a challenge that is both unavoidably compelling and uncomfortable to watch. The alluring, luminous colours in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of the artist's aesthetic and tap into a globalized and digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification. Vatanajyanlur has achieved significant recognition since graduating from RMIT University (BA, Fine Art) in 2011. In 2015 she was a Finalist in the Jaguar Asia Pacific Tech Art Prize and curated into the prestigious Thailand Eye exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London. In 2017, her work has been curated into 'Islands in the Stream' exhibition in Venice, Italy alongside the 57th Venice Biennale. Vatanajyankur has exhibited widely across Australia, as well as Asia and Europe. Vatanajyankur’s work is held in private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. She is currently represented by Nova Contemporary, Bangkok / Alamak! Project / Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo

  Eve Armstrong ǀ 13 December 2016 – 25 February 2017

Eve Armstrong (b.1978) is a contemporary artist based in Wellington. She graduated with a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003, and in 2006 received a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.  Armstrong has a contemporary art practice centred on a formal and research-based enquiry into the surpluses and by-products of urban environments.  Arranging, deconstructing, reassembling and reimagining the potential of everyday objects and modern waste-products, Eve's works promote a reconsideration of the materials that are used and discarded on a daily basis.  Her on-going Trading Table project encourages social interaction and participation as a means of highlighting alternative currencies and value systems surrounding objects, materials and activities. Armstrong has exhibited and undertaken residencies nationally and internationally, with work presented at Dertien Hectare, Netherlands (2010), Tarrawarra Biennial (2008), Australia, the 3rd Auckland Triennial (2007), the Busan Biennale (2006) and the SCAPE Art & Industry Biennial (2006). She has completed artist's residencies at McCahon House, Auckland (2009), Asia New Zealand Foundation/AiR Association Limited, Hong Kong (2008), and Enjoy Gallery, Wellington (2005). Her 2011 project Taking Stock was presented as part of Letting Space, a Wellington public art programme and in 2013 she embarked on a series of artist projects at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.

  Rebecca Baumann ǀ 29 September – 14 November 2016

Rebecca Baumann is an Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, installation and performance. Baumann’s practice has largely been driven by a formal and conceptual exploration of materials, through which she has interrogated ideas around colour, light and time. She has exhibited internationally, with recent exhibitions including Set In Motion, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; New Romance, MCA Sydney; and WA Focus: Rebecca Baumann, Art Gallery of Western Australia (all 2016). Her work is included in public and private collections internationally.

  Blaine Western ǀ 6 June – 29 August 2016

Blaine Western is a MFA graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. He has worked collaboratively to create architectural interventions exhibited at split/fountain, Snake Pit, Artspace in Auckland and at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His research engages with the relationship between the built environment/architecture and social histories.

  Kate Davis ǀ 7 January – 15 March 2016

Kate Davis (born 1977 in New Zealand) studied at The Glasgow School of Art where she completed a BA in Fine Art (1997–2000) and an MPhil (2000–1). Selected solo exhibitions include those at: Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013); The Drawing Room, London (2012); CCA, Glasgow (with Faith Wilding) (2010); Tate Britain, London (2007); Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2007 and 2011); Kunsthalle Basel (2006); and Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2004 and 2008). Group exhibitions include those at: Art Stations Foundation, Poznan, Poland; Tate Britain, London; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (all 2013); and Eva International 2012, Limerick, Ireland (2012). Davis is a lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art. She lives and works in Glasgow.  

  Jae Hoon Lee | 13 March – 17 May 2015

Jae Hoon Lee studied sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute, United States, then completed his Master in Fine Art at Elam, University of Auckland. Lee's art works are comprised of digitally collaged photography, object-based and video installation. Lee explores sensibilities and concepts relating to a nomadic experience of the artist in contemporary environments. Lee references widely different geographical locations in the sources for his digital image-bank as well as making digitally collaged landscapes.


Nohoaka Toi Kai Tahu

This biennial Kai Tahu Residency supports artists who contribute to Ng¯ai Tahu arts and connect with the local area and communities. It receives funding from Ng¯ai Tahu Fund and is by invitation only.

  Rachael Rakena | 1 March - 29 May 2017

Digital video artist Rachael Rakena has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, China, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, France, Spain, Britain and the United States. Among other large group exhibits, her work has been included in Pasifika Styles at Cambridge University and in Dateline: Contemporary Art from the Pacific at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin. In 2006, Rachael and artist Brett Graham represented New Zealand at the Sydney Biennale with their collaborative work UFOB. In 2007, their work Aniwaniwa was selected for the Venice Biennale and, in 2008, her work Pacific Washup was included in the Busan Biennale.  In 2009, Rachael’s work was included in the Spanish exhibition FEEDFORWARD which explored how artists are using digital technologies to interpret the world. Of Maori and Pakeha descent, her inspiration comes from family; she uses contemporary technology, new language and digital media to create artwhttps://www.op.ac.nz/admin/pages/edit/show/2225ork that expresses traditional Maori culture and identity. Few artists need to invent a word to describe their art form, but Rachael did: Toi Rerehiko. Rachael is a lecturer at Massey University’s School of Maori Visual Arts.

  Ross Hemera | 2 August – 11 September 2015

Ross Hemera was born at Kurow in 1950. He earned a Diploma of Fine and Applied Arts from Otago Polytechnic in 1972. Recently retired from his position as Professor of M¯aori Art and Design at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University in Wellington, Hemera’s works are creative expressions of contemporary M¯aori pattern, design and imagery, and expand the tradition of Ng¯ai Tahu visual culture. Specifically, they reference the ancient imagery of Waitaha, Ng¯ati M¯amoe and Ng¯ai Tahu within the context of Taonga tuku iho, a process involving the transmission of knowledge within a spiritual framework. Known primarily for his mixed-media sculptures, he has undertaken significant public commissions; his work has been exhibited in major contemporary M¯aori art exhibitions, including the American tour of “Te Waka Toi: Contemporary M¯aori Art”, “M¯aori” at the British Museum in London (1988), “Te Puawai o Ngai Tahu” at the new Christchurch Art Gallery, “Kiwa-Pacific Connections” (2003) in Vancouver, Canada, and “Whenua-Born of the Land” (2004) in Wellington.


Tautai Artist Residency

This triennial Pacific Residency supports artists as advocates for Tautai and Contemporary Pacific Art. It receives funding from Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust who send out an Open Call for expressions of interest every three years.

  Claudia Jowitt | 11 April – 5 June 2016

Claudia Jowitt is the 2016 recipient of the Tautai Trust / Dunedin School of Art artist residency. She completed a Masters in Fine Art at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, graduating in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Art & Design (Hons) and Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT. Jowitt’s distinctive abstract paintings are inspired by questions around the potential of painting as an object – an object that suggests a history of its method of construction. She is interested in the process of painting, and how the painterly action can both quietly reveal and hide such history. In 2008, Jowitt was selected for an international exchange program and accepted into the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has featured in a number of exhibitions in Aotearoa and internationally.  Jowitt’s work is housed in both public and private collections. 


Asia New Zealand Artist Residency

Our triennial Asia NZ residency is part of an arrangement between the Asia New Zealand Foundation and South Korean institutions. The initial partnership with The National Art Studio, Goyang changed to the Seoul Museum of Art’s SeMA Nanji Residency in 2017. It receives funding from The Asia New Zealand Foundation with the Seoul Museum of Art.

  Kim Woojin ǀ 6 May – 31 July 2014

Kim Woojin’s project ‘Now and Here’ recorded images of scenes and local background sound from daily life in several international cities; Seoul, London, Nagoya, Hong Kong and Dunedin and used juxtapositions to pose questions about our ‘normal’ lives. These resulted in film and photographic installations and involved collaborations with locals and other artists.

  Kyung-joo Kim ǀ 3 July – 30 September 2013

Kyung-joo Kim’s work investigated the structures, movement and flow of time in our urban environments through an interpretation of texts, conversations and relationships interwoven in her ‘sculptural drawing’. The works she created in Dunedin added to an ongoing series called "Analogue Drawing". 



Dunedin School of Art Residency

This autonomous residency supports artists contributing to the Dunedin School of Art’s wider community and receives a funding contribution from the Fred Staub Open Art Fund. It is open to expressions of interest from national and Trans-Tasman artists.


  Jo St Baker ǀ 6 August – 29 September 2017

Jo St Baker holds a BVA from the Dunedin School of Art and is now based in Brisbane's Moreton Bay. In 2016 Jo has received an Australian Regional Arts Development Grant for a period of experimentation and a solo exhibition in 2017/18. Her project entitled “Resilience” extends woodcut carving techniques and seeks to blur the lines of drawing, carving, print, painting and sculptural modes of presentation. Jo is currently involved with Migaloo Press and their upcoming Vie du Pacique II, an International Print Exchange for the Asia Pacific Region created by Dr Jennifer Sanzaro Nishimura. She will be speaking about this event at the Dunedin School of Art.

  Rohan Nichol ǀ 22 June – 13 August 2017

Dr. Rohan Nicol is a craftsman, designer, academic and curator. His practice and research spans jewellery, silversmithing and design. He holds qualifications from the Australian National University and Charles Sturt University where he was awarded a PhD. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Bombay Sapphire Design Award as well as funding to conduct research from the Australia Council and Australian Universities. He regularly exhibits his work at peak venues in Australia and internationally. His work is held in public and private collections including the Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia. During his residency he will be producing a series of water vessels to explore the traditions and cultural norms we associate with the domestic table as a platform for altering individual behaviours and practices. He is looking to employ the philosophical and ethical drivers that underpin Studio Craft and Design to propose new ways of operating that aim to mitigate or prevent the negative impacts of consumption centred in the home. 

  Jack Tilson ǀ 30 May – 29 June 2017

Jack Tilson holds a MFA with first class honours from Elam School of Fne Arts. His practice is concerned with the production of vessels, both functional and sculptural.
Making intuitively, spontaneously and responding to local materials dictates the aesthetic; an allusion to geological and primordial manipulations. During his residency Jack works with materials from around Dunedin to be fired with ash and iron glazes. Experimentation on the wheel with found clays refers to traditional craft histories. He focuses on creating contemporary pieces that challenge pre-existing understandings and is concerned with the connection between the body and landscape. Creating links between people, places, histories and natural resources underpins his actions.

  Pravu Mazumdar ǀ 29 August – 29 September 2016

Pravu Mazumdar studied physics in New Delhi and Munich and has a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Stuttgart, West Germany. He writes in German and English, and his books, which use themes like migration and consumerism to unfold a diagnosis of modernity, are closely connected to French Postmodernism, in particular the philosophy of Michel Foucault. His essay on jewellery was published in 2015 under the title: Gold und Geist: Prolegomena zu einer Philosophie des Schmucks (“Gold and Mind: Prolegomena towards a Philosophy of Jewellery”), Berlin: Matthes & Seitz.

  Malcolm Smith ǀ 13 June – 1 July 2016

Malcolm Smith is an Australian artist and art manager based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is one of the founders of Krack!, a print studio and gallery that focuses on critically engaged, technically innovative, contemporary Indonesian printmaking. Established in 2013, Krack! has worked collaboratively with over 100 local artists to produce works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He is currently writing his Masters thesis at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta. Before moving to Indonesia Malcolm managed exhibition programs in well regarded, publicly funded contemporary art spaces around Australia, including the Australian Centre for Photography, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, and 24HR Art, the Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art (now NCCA).

  Tom Ellison ǀ 5 February – 20 March 2016

A graduate of the Dunedin School of Art’s P Lab, Tom Ellison was artist in residence in February/March 2016. His project was a collaboration with the senior students Michele Hayward, Kaela Janiten, Kirsty Lewry and Sophie McDonagh with production assistance from Neil Emmerson. Together they produced a large installation in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery that developed from the use of two discarded plastic pallets as a matrix. Used in container shipping, these pallets were an interesting blend with one pallet made in Japan and the other in Egypt. https://dunedinprintlab.wordpress.com/projects/pallete/

  Di Tocher ǀ 12 October – 20 November 2015

Di Tocker holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University in Melbourne. She is a Cast Glass artist has 12 years full-time tutoring experience, creating and facilitating courses for glass enthusiasts. Di has previously taught in Melbourne, Australia and in Hamilton and Palmerston North, New Zealand. Di Tocker exhibits her Abstract Figurative works in galleries throughout New Zealand. 
+The News Network Print Collective        ǀ       28 September – 1 November 2015
This residency will establish a network of artists with common interests in printmedia and fine art printmaking processes, politics and current events, to produce of a series of art works. The production of the works will be facilitated by a series of residencies in Auckland and Dunedin in New Zealand, and in Melbourne, Australia, fostering the development of an on-going international trans-Tasman artist collaboration and community. The News Network Print Collective artists are Neil Emmerson, Marion Wassenaar, Marian Crawford, Richard Harding, Chris McBride, Karol Wiłczyńska and Kate Zizys. The establishment of this trans-Tasman, collaborative community in response to the spectre of Global Media will result in exhibitions, artist talks, the presentation and publishing of papers, and workshops related to the group's productive dynamics over a period of time both together during residencies and when separated by the Tasman.

  David Clarke ǀ 14 -17 September 2015

David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, Clarke has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects. Alongside his own practice, Clarke has also been associate lecturer at; Konstfack Sweden, South-Carelian Polytechnic Lappeenranta Finland, Bergen National Academy of the Arts Norway, Pforzheim School of Design Germany, The Royal College of Art London, Birmingham School of Jewellery UK, Rhode Island School of Design USA. Nanjing, CAFA and Wuhan University China and Hiko Mizuno Tokyo Japan. Clarke has curated several installations and exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Sweden. His work is held in numerous international museum collections.

  Joe Joe Orangias ǀ 25 -31 May 2015

2014 SMFA Travelling Fellow Joe Joe Orangias is a visual artist who intersects fine arts, architecture, and critical theory. Working through history, collaboration, and local material, the overarching goal of his work is to sustain, but also challenge, the cultural identities of certain places as they shift over time. His projects propose equity by sculpting new contexts for social, economic, and environmental inequities. Orangias holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University and a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited at galleries and on-site throughout France, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland and USA. He received an ASA Visual Arts Fellowship from the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and residencies at Galveston Artist Residency on Galveston Island, Texas, Art342 Foundation in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Atelier OPA: Original Products & Architecture in Tokyo. He was awarded the 2014 SMFA Traveling Fellowship to realize a project in New Zealand.

  Fritsch-Hipkins | 15 September – 31 October 2014

We welcome,internationally celebrated jeweller, Karl Fritsch and Auckland-based photographer and filmmaker Gavin Hipkins to the DSA in September.
German born, Karl Fritsch, studied at the Goldsmiths' College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was the recipient of the Herbert Hoffman Prize from the International Craftsmen Trade Fair in Munich and the Most Promising Award for Applied Art from the City of Munich. Fritsch's work is included in several important European museums such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Crafts) in Hamburg. His work is also collected by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and MOMA New York. Karl currently lives and works in Island Bay, Wellington New Zealand.

Gavin Hipkins is an Auckland-based artist who works with photography and film. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Australia and his works have been included in major curated exhibitions in the USA, UK, Germany, Brazil, and Italy. He represented New Zealand at the 1998 Sydney Biennale and the 2002 Sao Paulo Biennale. In 2010 his 80-part photography work The Homely featured in the exhibition Unnerved: The New Zealand Project at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. He lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand where he is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

  Edwards + Johann | 11 August – 14 September 2014

Edwards + Johann artists and collaborators have been working together since 2007. They have been finalists in the juried competition at LACDA, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Wallace Art Awards and Parkin Drawing Prize. Dr Victoria Edwards works primarily in new media including drawing and photography. Her work explores role-play and social conventions in relation to individual and collective identity. German born artist, Ina Johann, uses a range of media from print and drawing to digital stills, photography, video and light to create multi-dimensional installations. Johann has been exploring a form of navigation and mapping in the terrain of survey, observation, and fragmentation. Her work reflects upon emptiness, memory loss, coding and de-coding. 


Artist Adjunct


  Lisa Walker

Lisa Walker is an artist/jeweller/designer working in the area of contemporary jewellery. Amongst many national and international prizes and awards, she has received the Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award and the Françoise van den Bosch Award. She exhibits and is involved in projects with museums, galleries, and other venues internationally. She is regularly invited to teach workshops and give lectures. Her work is a study into the differences between an accepted notion of beauty or stereo-type, and something else – the search for a quality that we hardly ever see, but nevertheless perhaps recognise. Walker says "I don't want to make pieces that are easily steered through our established channels, I want people to be forced to work on new syllogisms, analogies and positions." She is continually pushing towards the extreme - a method which enables an expansion in thinking and ways of working.

Walker uses a large range of materials and techniques. She makes reactionary work, consciously active with influences from all walks of culture and life. The pieces are often laced with references to contemporary jewellery of the last forty years, questioning and researching what jewellery means, what it can be. Walker largely positions her work around the history, future, and boundaries of jewellery. She makes pieces for the future. "Everything is food for art". After many years spent living in Munich, Germany, Walker is currently based in her city of birth Wellington, New Zealand.

  Simon Kaan

The Dunedin School of Art welcomes Simon Kaan to the Dunedin School of Art teaching and support team. Simon is working as the DSA M¯aori student adviser. He is assisting students in finding ways to express bicultural ideas within their art practice, along with supporting M¯aori students to access wider iwi communities relevant to their practice.  His role involves active studio engagement with students, forming a sense of whanaungatanga through regular group activities. In a practice that includes painting, printmaking and performance, Kaan is concerned with identity and the physical and metaphysical notions of space and time.  Kaan possesses a refined visual language developed over decades, tied to his sense of personal genealogy (Ng¯ai Tahu and Chinese descent).  His practice considers the implications of the intermingling of the K¯ai Tahu and Chinese elements of his heritage and his ideas are communicated through mythological sites of land, sea and sky.

  Adrian Hall

Adrian Hall was born in Cornwall in 1943 and has worked around art-schools most of his life. He has helped build houses, driven trucks, buses, trolley cars, worked on animated films in L.A, has been a motor cycle courier in London, and been a member of the professoriate at U.N.S.W. He has worked on events and film for Yoko Ono, improvised music with AMM, London, fabricated for Naum Gabo and spent most of the 70’s trying to make art in Belfast. He has worked with time-based media, and has shown artworks regularly since 1960. Adrian has been an Artist Adjunct since 2011.