Everyone is invited to our
Open Studio Day

Sunday afternoon, 15th April 2018
from  2 to 5 pm
 at NZ Pacific Studio
Art, conversation and refreshments with
Writer, Director & Performer Sian Ni Mhuiri, Ireland
ANZAC Bridge Fellow -  Visual Artist, Rebecca Holden, Wellington
Visual Artists Emma Garschagen and Emma Palmer, USA
 Singer song writer, Sarah Dill, USA/Masterton
Sian Ní Mhuirí is a writer, director and occasional performer, working between Ireland and New Zealand.  A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, she founded Super Paua in 2013 – a company that makes socially focused theatre for children and teenagers. Previous writing credits include award-winning children’s play Aunty Ben, which toured Ireland and the UK in 2014-16, and 16 & Rising, developed with support of Arts Council Ireland and the Abbey Theatre.  Sian was a committee member of Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland from 2014-16, Assistant Director of the Complex Youth Theatre 2016-2017 and is a drama teacher at the National Performing Arts School, Dublin.
Sian was the NZ Pacific Studio 2017 RAK Mason Fellow and has returned as our House Manager for the last 3 months. Sian will be leaving us next week - She has been a wonderful fun loving addition to the NZPS community and we will be sad to see her go. Come to the Open Day to hear all about the play she has written while in residence and how it will be produced later in the year in New Zealand..!!! 
NZ Pacific Studio 2018 ANZAC Bridge Fellow: Rebecca Holden is a New Zealand artist, she gained an MFA from Massey University, Wellington in 2013. Her paintings employ visual narratives to explore the multiple guises of humanity. Rebecca was artist in residence at Expressions Whirinaki in 2014 and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2017, and has taught at Massey University School of Fine Arts. Rebecca exhibits regularly in New Zealand and had her first international exhibition in 2017 with her work ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ in Israel as part of the WW1 Centenary commemorations.   
‘A Home Away From home’: Through painting and drawing Rebecca will explore the story of the Aotea Convalescent Home for New Zealand soldiers in Heliopolis, Egypt during WW1. The Home was staffed by nurses from Wairarapa, Wellington and Whanganui. It was funded by the efforts of women’s groups from Wairarapa, Whanganui and Rangitikei regions, who saw the importance of a ‘home away from home’ in the recovery of our soldiers who were wounded or who fell sick in the Sinai & Palestine campaigns.
Special thanks to Trust House Masterton for sponsoring this Fellowship.
Emma Garschagen -
This semester Emma was a student aboard an environmental education sailing vessel. It was exhilarating and exhausting. There’s something unbelievably effective about learning about the ocean as you learn to sail a ship in it. 
Your environment dictates where you sail and how fast and whether or not you return to land. So, you quickly realize the importance of the ocean around you, and the importance of protecting that body of water. While at NZPS, Emma will explore human relationships with their surrounding topography by reflecting on my experiences at sea through painting and writing. She will be working in collaboration with Emma Palmer.  Images of Emma Garschagen's work - "Since twelve"
Emma Palmer is an artist and a scientist currently studying Environmental Science and taking as many studio art classes as will fit in her schedule. As a woman with passions that traditionally appear unrelated, she is very interested in bridging the gap between the two disciplines. On an individual level, her knowledge of science informs her art and her art informs the way that she approach science.
Emma has just finished living and studying the environment on a sailboat traveling from Auckland to Christchurch. Living and studying on the open ocean is an opportunity for Emma to immerse herself in the study of global climate and local coastal communities. This residency at NZPS will give Emma the opportunity to come off the sailboat to a quiet place where she can reflect and create meaningful work about her experience.
Sarah Dill is a musician from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. 
A seasoned performer, Sarah Dill has been singing professionally for over 15 years, with styles rooted in the traditions of jazz, blues, and folk. She is also a certified music therapist.
Sarah completed a two-month residency at NZPS in 2016, and has recently found her way back to the Wairarapa settling in Masterton NZ with her fiancée. Sarah now offers a music therapy service to the Wairarapa.
Sarah will perform as a guest performer at this NZ Pacific Studio Open Studio Day.
Notice of AGM - NZ Pacific Studio Inc
AGM to be held at 7.15pm on Monday May 7th, 2018 - 31 Manuka Street, Masterton. Everyone welcome.
Heads up for NZPS film fundraiser coming up - "The Bookshop"
Regent Theatre in Masterton, Sunday May 20th - screening at 4.30pm with refreshments served before. $20 per ticket - email info@artistresidency.org.nz 
Congratulations to:
2018 Masterton Fellow - Jhan Lindsay, Petone NZ
2018 ANZAC Bridge Fellow - Rebbecca Holden, Upper Hutt NZ
2018 RAK Mason Fellow - Melanie Carter, USA/Egypt
2018 Ema Saiko Fellowship - Leanne Dunic, Canada
2018 Lavinia Fellowship - Mya Cole, Auckland
2018 NZPS Wairarapa Art Review Award - Anna Rutherford, Masterton
NZ Pacific Studio is a registered charity (CC 22090) and survives
and thrives on support from the community.
Spend some time at our Studio to create;
it can be a short weekend get-away 
 or up to a three-month (max) stay:
apply for your residency here.
New Zealand Pacific Studio is the only institution of its kind in Aotearoa:
open year-round, and welcoming creative practitioners working in any discipline,
 from NZ and abroad. NZ Pacific Studio was founded in 2001.
.Physical address: 85229 SH 2, Mt Bruce RD1, Tararua, NZ
Located on State Highway 2, two km north of Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (to which NZPS artists-in-residence gain complimentary entry).

Postal address: PO Box 931, Masterton 5840, Wairarapa, NZ
Find us on Facebook here.
Tel (06) 375 8441