The Ultimate Creative Masterclass - Samuel Marsden Collegiate School’s Artist in Residence Programme
Mix professional creative artist with impressionable students eager to learn and the results can be quite transformative – the ultimate outcome of the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Artist in Residence programme. Marsden School established the Artist in Residence Programme in 1999 and continues each year to build a legacy of strong associations with professional practicing artists and designers.
This year’s Marsden Artist in Residence is renowned photographer Bridget Reweti. Reweti is holding her Exhibition ‘Tipu’ 23-30 June in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Customhouse Quay in Wellington. Her work explores landscape perspective and contemporary indigenous realities and are a culmination of Bridget’s time as Artist in Residence at Marsden School.
Bridget is an artist from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa. Bridget is part of Mata Aho Collective, a collaboration between four Māori women artists who produce large-scale textile works, commenting on the complexity of Māori lives. She is also an active member of Kava Club, a Wellington based collective of Māori and Pacific artists, performers, activists and supporters. Kava Club produce thematic public events that disrupt formulaic modes of representation of minorities.
Currently living in Wellington, Bridget holds a Masters in Māori Visual Arts from Toioho ki Āpiti, Massey University and a PgDip in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Bridget has held numerous residencies both nationally and internationally and her work is held in both private and public collections.
During her time at Marsden Bridget worked with art students employing analogue photography such as cyanotype, camera obscura, and photograms as a way to explore the nature of light in plants endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand. "As many of the native plants have various uses for Māori both historically and currently, it is great for students to learn about these and also recognise how common they are in Wellington", said Reweti.
“Students at all year levels have enjoyed working with Bridget during her tenure and the process and experience has been very rewarding for all involved. For some students it can transform the simple understanding of making images express ideas, for others it might change their view of themselves in the world – tackling creative issues and expressing them through visual mediums”, said Marsden Head of Visual Design Kaz Bartsch. Students’ work will be on show at the residency Exhibition 23-30 June, NZ Portrait Gallery.