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Stoddart Cottage offers an annual artist residency in partnership with the artist-owner of Karearea Cottage in Purau. This provides the opportunity for an artist to spend one month between early May and late September working in the Purau hills near Diamond Harbour amongst the beauty and peace that inspired the artist, Margaret Stoddart a century ago.


Karearea Cottage is on a 10-acre block cut from a large farm nestled above Purau. Well off the main road, it is in a quiet and peaceful location with no immediate neighbours. Comfortable, homely and light, the cottage has two bedrooms and a separate small studio with beautiful views out to Purau Bay. 


The residency is open to artists who live outside the Diamond Harbour/Southern Banks Peninsula area. The artist will have sole use of the cottage, for which there is no charge, just koha towards the utilities used. Some interaction with Stoddart Cottage and the local creative community is encouraged during the residency, such as presenting a talk or work in progress at the cottage. The artist is also invited to exhibit works made during the residency at Stoddart Cottage Gallery at a later time if desired. 

Artists interested in the residency should submit an email application to Stoddart Cottage Gallery Manager, Jo Burzynska: .


Please provide details of the project you would like work on over the residency and your practice (up to one page), a biography, artist CV that includes your current location, and 3-5 examples of/or links to your work, ideally compiled into a single pdf. 


Deadline for applications for the 2024 residency programme is 30 November 2023. 

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