Applying for a Residency

The McCahon House Trust built a purpose designed, award winning, two bedroom accommodation and studio alongside the old McCahon House in French Bay, Titirangi,  for the purpose of running an artist's residency.

The Trust makes one call per year for applicants for a residency. 

  • Residencies are based on a three month term but from time to time may be awarded for a longer period.
  • Preference will be given to outstanding emerging and mid career professional artists.
  • At the present time residency opportunities are available to New Zealanders or New Zealand residents only. In the future it is anticipated that the opportunity will be opened to overseas artists working in a variety of disciplines.
  • The residency is open to practitioners in the disciplines of visual art including painting, photography (digital and traditional), mixed media, drawing, sculpture (note: the studio is not large and its geographical position makes access for large and/or bulky materials difficult), and installation (including the exhibition of moving image within a visual arts context).

During their residency, artists have the use of the two bedroom house and studio, receive administrative support from the Trust and are paid a stipend.



The McCahon House residency aims to give artists an opportunity to develop their work through a supportive programme while living in the environment that impacted so profoundly on the work of Colin McCahon.


Selection Process

The selection panel comprises five people from a selection of gallery directors, curators, critics, writers, academics, senior practitioners and collectors and will have one representative from the McCahon House Trust. The panel will operate independently of the Trust.

Selection panel:

Trustee representative - Amanda Deane

Sue Gardiner

Blair Jackson

Judy Millar

Balamohan Shingade

One call for applications may result in more than one artist being selected for future residencies. The selection panel's decision will be final.

Conditions of Award

Residencies are open to outstanding artists who, in the opinion of the panel, meet the following criteria:

  • Are New Zealanders or New Zealand residents
  • Priority will be given to artists who at an emergent or mid career stage in their careers.
  • Have a sufficent body of work which clearly demonstrates a significant level of talent.
  • Would benefit from the opportunity to undertake the residency.
  • Have a history of exhibiting which has resulted in significant critical evaluation and acclaim.
  • Are able to reside and work full time at the McCahon House site during the term of the residency.

Other specific criteria may be set prior to each call for applications and will be promoted at the time of advertising the opportunity.

Future potential of artists will be a major factor in the panel's choice. The selectors must believe that the recipients of the residency have the potential to reach national and international standing and that the opportunity afforded by this residency will contribute to that potential.

Artists need not necessarily have attended a tertiary institution or had any formal training.

The residency does not require the artist to undertake specific teaching or exhibition obligations. However, these options will be available if they support the primary intention of the residency.


The 2020 Artists in Residence Programme application is now closed. 

The next round of application will be announced around April/May 2020. 

Meet previous recipients of the McCahon Artists Residency

"The McCahon House Residency is a professionally organised world-class residency, and in just a few years, it has become a highly sought after opportunity for New Zealand-based and New Zealand affiliated artists. I am increasingly conscious of its expanding Australasian presence and reputation for contemporary artists, and I am proud to be part of its alumni."

Gavin Hipkins June 2009