Campbell Patterson receives Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award – ten-week artist residency in California

Visual artist Campbell Patterson (photo by Phoebe Mackenzie)
'toot floor' by Campbell Patterson at Pah Homestead (photo by Wallace Arts Trust)
Still from digital video work 'Tight Jeans' by Campbell Patterson
Campbell Patterson from Dunedin, plans to expand film, performance & visual art practice & investigate ideas surrounding housing & home.


Fulbright New Zealand is pleased to congratulate this year’s recipient of the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award, Campbell Patterson from Dunedin. The annual award is for an outstanding New Zealand visual artist to undertake a ten-week residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, United States.

While on the residency next year, Patterson will explore and expand his art practice with film, performance and temporary sculpture and plans to investigate ideas surrounding housing insecurity and the discomfort resulting from not having a reliable home foundation.

“I would like to focus on the issue of housing as it is redefined due to the pressures of an increasing population and the idea of ‘home’ being challenged by this reality. I am interested in exploring the effect on mental health and the underlying discomfort that springs from not having a solid or reliable foundation,” says Patterson.

Patterson received the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 2017 and was Artist in Residence at McCahon House in 2015. He graduated with a BFA from University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2006.

Patterson’s work explores issues related to time, repetition, discomfort, humour and routine – and he works in many mediums, painting, sculpture, sound/music, writing and film. He regularly exhibits at Michael Lett Gallery in Auckland and has a new short film at AURA Festival of Artists Moving Images in Wellington in October 2019. In 2018 Patterson held a solo exhibition of mixed media work titled ‘toot floor’ at Hocken Collections, Dunedin - a version of this was included in the Wallace Arts Trust Awards exhibition at Pah Homestead, Auckland, in September 2019. Other recent exhibitions include ‘call sick’, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2017), ‘Art as a Verb’, Artspace, Sydney (2015) and ‘Made Active: The Chartwell Show’, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2012).

Penelope Borland, Executive Director of Fulbright New Zealand, says the Headlands Center for the Arts in California is renowned for being a supportive and creative environment and she is excited to see how Patterson’s work will develop while on the residency.

“It’s a unique opportunity to explore artistic endeavours away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life in New Zealand, and to work alongside other artists from around the US and the world,” Borland said.

“The cross-pollination of creativity, ideas and experiences is a core philosophy of Headlands and reflects the main goal of the Fulbright exchange programme – to increase mutual understanding and empathy between people for a more peaceful world,” she added.

Wallace Arts Trust Curator and Registrar, Nicholas Butler, recently worked with Campbell for his exhibition at the Pah Homestead in September 2019.

“The timing of that exhibition coincided nicely with Campbell receiving this award. Both bodies of work were on display for a few weeks at the Pah, illustrating the breadth of his practice. I wish Campbell the very best for his residency at the Headlands Center and I look forward to seeing the fruits of this endeavour,” Butler said.

Patterson is looking forward to developing his work in an unfamiliar place, and building new relationships with other artists and professionals while on the residency.

“I want to react to and experience new and unexpected things, make new connections, get out of my comfort zone and hopefully complete and resolve some new work and ideas,” he said.

The Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award is granted to one recipient each year and is valued at US$24,000 towards a ten-week artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. Past alumni of the award are Emma Fitts, Rebecca Swan, Steve Carr, Simon Morris, Phil Dadson, Ruth Watson, Brydee Rood, Mark Braunias and Richard Maloy.

Fulbright New Zealand also welcomes applications from artists for the annual Fulbright Graduate Awards and Scholar Awards. This year Emma McIntyre is undertaking an MFA at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, on a Fulbright Graduate Award and Fiona Amundsen is undertaking a research project at CalArts in Santa Clarita, California on a Fulbright Scholar Award.

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Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts campus in Northern California dedicated to supporting artists, the creative process, and the development of new innovative ideas and artwork. The Headlands campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings located at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.



Fulbright New Zealand opens doors for tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers through life-changing educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States. Established in 1948, more than 3,400 exchange awards have been granted, sending over 1,900 New Zealand graduate students, artists, academics, teachers and professionals on exchange to the US and welcoming over 1,570 Americans on exchanges to New Zealand. The Fulbright New Zealand Graduate Awards are for New Zealanders to undertake post-graduate level study or research in the US, and Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards are for mid to senior career academics, professionals or artists to research and/or lecture at US institutions for three-five months.  The programme is jointly funded by the US and New Zealand governments with additional funding from award sponsors, private philanthropists and alumni donors.



The Wallace Arts Trust supports, promotes and exposes New Zealand contemporary artists while providing the wider public with an inimitable cultural and historical resource of contemporary New Zealand art. The Annual Wallace Art Awards were established in 1992 and are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000.

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Fulbright New Zealand

17 Oct 2019

Fulbright New Zealand, Te Tūāpapa Mātauranga o Aotearoa me Amerika, offers a range of exchange awards for New Zealanders and Americans wanting to study, research, teach or present their work in each other’s country. Fulbright NZ was established by bilateral treaty in 1948 to admi