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Artist in Residence Golden Bay

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No.15 Lounge
No.15 Hammock
No.15 Collingwood Beach
No.15 Kitchen
No.15 Painting Sink

Job details

Artist Residency @ No.15
19 Mar 2021
Nelson / Tasman
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Visual Arts


A self-funded and self-directed artist residency in a spacious live/work studio in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand. Use your time at No.15 to develop new ideas, plan new works, experiment with new techniques, or concentrate on a particular project in peaceful surroundings conducive to uninterrupted work. Perfect for professional visual artists, photographers and writers. 

The 72sqm live/work studio is fully equipped with a modern kitchen, lounge area, bathroom, separate bedroom, wood burner, washing machine. There is a spacious working area with a painting sink. Art equipment includes: easels, trestle tables, painting tools, rags, newspapers, hair dryer, wall mounted hanging system, library of art books, exhibition catalogues and magazines. Outside there is a 1100sqm section with a developing garden, outdoor seating area and hammock. Internet access. Bicycle.

Situated in the north-west corner of the South Island, and at the western end of State Highway 60 in Golden Bay, Collingwood is a quiet little town, but there are all the basic services you’ll need. An ‘On The Spot’ convenience store, a petrol station, and several places to eat including Tinky’s Tavern, The Courthouse Cafe, M.A.D Cafe, Zatori Resort restaurant and Stevo’s Burger Cart. The town is just a 10 minute walk down the hill.

The area surrounding Collingwood is renowned for its beautiful and diverse landscapes - perfect for gaining inspiration and source material, and/or for long contemplative walks. Collingwood beach is less than a 15 minute walk. Areas to explore (if you have a car) include Wharariki Beach, the Aorere Valley, numerous beaches, Ruataniwha Inlet, Milnthorpe Reserve, Farewell Spit Farm Park and the Spit itself on an eco-tour.

There is no art supplies shop in Golden Bay, so you’ll need to bring all your art materials with you, or post/courier your supplies to No.15 ahead of time. There is an art shop in Richmond (Impressions) that you can visit on your way to No.15 if you are driving.

Residencies are available only at certain times of the year. One week minimum stay. Arrive on a Saturday afternoon after 3pm and leave on the following Saturday morning before 11am, giving you six full working days. Visit for list of available dates.

Cost: NZ $450 for one artist (7 nights / 6 days) No.15 encourages you to come on your own so you can dedicate the time to your art practice, but partners are allowed. There is an extra cost of $20 per night for a partner (2 person occupancy only). 

Please note No.15 is a non-smoking property and is located in a quiet neighbourhood, so no loud music or machinery, or parties.







How to apply

Please email your application, in one document, under 5MB to

  • Name, Date, Location

  • Short description of what you intend to work on during the residency

  • Preferred dates of your residency (see - please provide a 1st and 2nd option

  • Website link OR a short biography, CV and 3-4 examples of recent work, for visual artists/photographers

  • Please indicate if you will have a vehicle

  • Please indicate if you plan to bring a partner

    Applications are on a rolling basis, and a decision will be made 1 week after receiving your application. A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance, and the remaining 50% 1 month prior to arrival. The deposit is refundable up to 1 month before arrival, and a full refund will be given if your residency has to be cancelled due to a New Zealand Government Level 3 or 4 lockdown.


Written by

Lisa Chandler

19 Jan 2021

Lisa Chandler has a MFA (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, New Zealand. She presented her thesis paper ‘Negotiating the Non-Place’ at the Affective Landscapes Conference at the University of Derby, England in 2012.