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Sunday 28 May - 2-3pm


At Stoddart Cottage

Free event - booking advised via Eventbrite

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Discover what Delaney Davidson's been creating as a Stoddart Cottage-Purau artist-in-residence in May. While better known for his award winning music, Delaney has a rich background in visual arts, the focus of his residency in Diamond Harbour. Delaney will be sharing and talking about some of the new works he's made.


Working in oils, printmaking and design, he has exhibited his work in solo shows in Melbourne, Switzerland and New Zealand. As an artist-in-residence at Massey University last year, Delaney presented two exhibitions and a nationwide campaign in collaboration with Tame Iti. During this time, he also reconnected with his love of the landscape painting he's exploring over the residency.


Delaney worked in Bill Young Print Studio, developed etchings, studied romantic landscape painting with Richard Clements, and hung out with the ROAR painters. Sketching day trips with Noah Grosz saw his love of landscape became a constant thread of his work. Influenced by his early exposure to Hotere and his fascination of Russian impressionist landscape and Whistler, he developed his Nocturnal Landscapes.

Rejected from Art School interview he took the paintings straight to a gallery, sold the lot at his first exhibition and never looked back. Sketching and drawing his way through South East Asia and Europe, he produced shows of his travels.


Music becoming the main focus Davidson always kept a hand in visual arts, putting his skills to work in poster design, album cover art and branding. He worked extensively and closely with Reverend Beatman from Voodoo Rhythm Records and Robert Butler from Expensive Hand Made Look in Bern Switzerland, mounting the Screen print show The End with long time collaborator Butler in 2018. He has become known for his Posters and Album cover design which are scattered through the world from his extensive touring.

The residency is run by Stoddart Cottage Gallery in partnership with

the artist-owner of Karearea Cottage in Purau where the artists are 

based. This year the residency programme is generously supported

by Christchurch City Council and is part of Toi Ōtautahi’s Year of the


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Live Poetry/Spoken Word 

Sunday 18 June, 4-5.30pm


Free entry but booking essential via Eventbrite

Established and new voices from around Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour unite in this afternoon of poetry, spoken word, and art at Diamond Harbour's historic Stoddart Cottage. These include poet, writer and Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador, Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa), poet and playwright Pohlen Newbery (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngāti Manunui), dancer and poet, Jacqueline Coia and synesthetic combinations of spoken word and visual art by Scarlett-Rose Adamson. Ben Brown (Ōhinehou Lyttelton) is a poet, performer, and author born in Motueka and of Waikato-Tainui descent. Brown began writing children’s books in 1992, which includes Ngā Raukura Rima Tekau M ā Rima (2005) that was shortlisted for a Te Kura Pounamu Award. Brown’s memoir A Fish in the Swim of the World (2006) received praise for its evocative treatment of rural New Zealand and Waikato traditions. Brown was awarded the Māori Writer’s Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2011 and in 2021 was named New Zealand's first Reading Ambassador. Pohlen Newbery (Ōhinehou Lyttelton), is a mother of two of Ngai Tūhoe descent. She grew up in Ōhinehou, “the perfect place to become an accidental poet and playwright”. She has written, directed and performed in a sell out show "Lucky For Some" at the Loons in 2021. She speaks at various poetry events and enjoys immersing herself in the awkwardness of word art. Ōhinehou Lyttelton-born,18-year-old Scarlett-Rose Adamson is an avid writer and artist. When not writing poems in the outhouse in the back of a beautiful green garden, she can be found at The Commoners bar or outside the Coffee Company with a long black. Her art and poetry is heavily influenced by sound through synesthesia. Being fresh to the world of spoken word has pulled her to several open mics throughout Christchurch and back home to The Commoners bar in Lyttleton where she first performed. Jacqueline Coia (Waipapa Diamond Harbour) has been writing poetry as a hobby for over a decade. Initially performing her work at open mic spoken word events, in recent years she has also been exploring poetry within dance performance, the other medium with which she regularly works. This free event is supported by Creative Communities.


Cottage Gallery Manager

Jo Burzynska


028 467 2334

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