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Trashed As Artist Residency

Trashed As Artist Residency

Job details

MPHS - Tipping Point
28 Feb 2019
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Culture & Heritage, Visual Arts


‘Trashed As’ is a unique artist residency program that provides two artists with access to discarded materials and a studio space at the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre, located in Henderson, West Auckland. Through this program, we want to inspire the public to think differently about waste and the potential for materials to be reused, repurposed and remade.

During their residencies, artists will have scavenging privileges to source wood, metal, glass, paper, paint and an endless assortment of waste materials that are dropped off at the site on a daily basis. Artists will receive health and safety training and proper equipment to ensure they can collect materials safely. Materials can then be brought over to the Tipping Point’s art studio where construction of artistic sculptures can be completed.

At the conclusion of the residency, we will host a two-day public exhibition and reception at Corban’s Art Estate for the artists featuring the artwork made during their residency. When the residency ends, artists will contribute up to two pieces of artwork to the program’s permanent collection and remaining pieces can be sold or donated with any proceeds going to the artist.

Full description: www.tippingpoint.org.nz/trashedas

Kaupapa of our Residency programme

Our residency programme has been created to offer local artists the opportunity to work with waste materials, while providing a platform for them to experiment and display their work. With particular focus on putting a higher value on the things we throw away, we especially want to inspire the public to reuse materials and think more about our society’s consumption habits and the harmful effects this has on our environment.

Description of Residency

Our residency offers access to a wide range of materials to artists who are interested in creating unique sculptures with materials that have been discarded at the Transfer Station. The residency requires a minimum of 8 completed artworks per artist. While the diversity of waste materials changes every day, we can guarantee the availability of large quantities of:

  • Glass Bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Tyres
  • Wood and Pallets
  • Clothing
  • Housewares
  • Children's Items
  • Furniture
  • Books
  • Electronics
  • Much more!

The following will be made available to you, should your proposal be accepted:

  • Artists are offered a studio space with access from 8am-5pm, 7 days a week. Artists must commit to being present a minimum of 20 hours per week throughout the residency.
  • Individual work tables and electrical power in the studio
  • Assortment of hand and power tools (Artists are encouraged to bring their own specialized tools if desired)
  • Kitchen, washroom and shower facilities
  • Cash proceeds from the sale of completed artworks. Up to two pieces from each artist will be kept by Tipping Point for our permanent collection (no fee).
  • Assistance from Tipping Point staff for transport onsite including forklift and truck
  • Health and Safety Equipment

Who should apply?

Our residency will commence from April 1 – May 31, 2019. Our art exhibition will take place in early June 2019. There may be some flexibility with the dates noted therefore artists are still encouraged to apply despite minor scheduling conflicts.

This two-month residency is ideal for an artist who is interested in experimenting with a wide range of materials and is open to modifying their original design ideas as they progress. As 100% of the materials used for each piece must come from what is scavenged onsite, artists must be flexible with their approach and the final product itself. Artists with a passion for the environment and/or making a cultural statement with their art are strongly encouraged to apply.

Artists are not paid for this residency however 100% of the proceeds on the sale of any pieces can be kept by the artists. Please note, up to two pieces from each artist will be retained by the Tipping Point for permanent display onsite (no fee). Artists should be living in the Auckland region or make arrangements to live in Auckland for the duration of the residency.

Artist Exhibition will take place at the Barrel Store, an 80+ capacity venue at Corban’s Art Estate.


How to apply

Please email submissions by February 28th, 2019 to the curator, Ryan Dyment, ryan@mphs.org.nz

(Include ‘Residency proposal’ in the subject heading). Final selection of two artists will be made by March 15, 2019.

Submissions must include in ONE single PDF file:

  • A short bio of the artist and one page CV
  • 3-5 images of your previous work or proposed work
  • A short 500 word (maximum) written outline that describes the projects you want to work on while in residence and what motivates you about the opportunity to work with waste.

Written by

Tipping Point

9 Jan 2019