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Artist Residence

Tylee Cottage in Central Whanganui

Job details

Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
5 Dec 2022
Manawatu / Wanganui
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Visual Arts


The Tylee Cottage Artist-in-Residence programme is generously supported by Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme.


The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is calling for applications for its renowned artist-in-residence programme at historic Tylee Cottage in central Whanganui for the period February, 2023 – June, 2024.

The residency is generously funded through Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme. The three five-month residencies offered in 2023-2024 will take place at an exciting time as the Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment project draws to its completion in December 2023. With the Gallery reopening at Pukenamu Queen’s Park in 2024.

The residency is an opportunity for an artist with New Zealand residency currently living outside of Whanganui, to develop a body of work whilst living financially unencumbered at Tylee Cottage. The cottage is provided rent free and with maintenance, electricity, phone and internet covered by the Sarjeant Gallery in its role as a cultural facility of the Whanganui District Council. A stipend of $5000 a month is paid.

There are three separate and distinct residencies on offer:


February – June, 2023: 5 month residency for a craft/object-based practitioner


July – November, 2023: 5 month residency for a photographic/new media artist.


February – June, 2024: 5 month residency for a painter aged 35+ years – the recipient of this residency will also receive the Lilian Ida Smith Award for 2024, a one-off grant of $5000.


For a prospectus about the three residencies, what’s on offer, what we are looking for and how to apply, visit

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 5 December, 2022



Tylee Cottage

Tylee Cottage was built in 1853 and is one of Whanganui’s oldest homes. It is named after Thomas Tylee, a Whanganui pioneer who was in charge of the commissariat for the 65th Regiment. The cottage was originally situated in Wilson Street, Whanganui before being moved to its present location in the early 1980s and restored.

The residency at Tylee Cottage began in 1986 with the inaugural resident being photographer Laurence Aberhart who spent a year in Whanganui and since then over sixty artists have been Tylee residents, with many choosing to settle permanently in Whanganui afterwards.


Lilian Ida Smith Award 2024

In 2024 the $5000 Lilian Ida Smith Award will be additional to RESIDENCY 3.

Lilian Ida Smith 1920 – 1983 was a Whanganui resident who in her will instructed her estate to be divided into three equal parts to establish trusts to assist people aged 35 years and over to develop and further their interest in painting, writing and teaching music. The Sarjeant Gallery was charged with administering the painting strand of the bequest and in 1993 established the Lilian Ida Smith Award. An accomplished artist herself, sadly she never exhibited and her desire to support someone over 35 was in recognition of the constraints her father, Vivian Smith, faced in response to his experimental output as a painter. Since 1993 the award has been offered four times with the last being in 2021 with Graham Fletcher being the recipient. 


Current Tylee resident

The current Tylee Cottage artist-in-residence is Denis O’Connor.


The Sarjeant Gallery

The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui was founded through the generosity of Henry Sarjeant who in 1912 left a large sum of money – the equivalent of over $70 million in today’s terms – to establish the gallery “as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us”. The Gallery opened in 1919 and is recognised as one of the country’s most important heritage buildings. The Sarjeant Collection has become one of national significance and numbers over 8500 works of New Zealand and international art, spanning 400 years.


The Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment

In 2012, the Sarjeant Gallery at Queen’s Park, Pukenamu - a Category I listed heritage building - was assessed as meeting only 5% of the current building code and classed as an earthquake prone building. It was vacated of all staff and works in 2014. A major redevelopment project to strengthen and extend the building will see the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, reopen at Pukenamu / Queen’s Park in early 2024.


How to apply

For a prospectus about the three residencies, what’s on offer, what we are looking for and how to apply, visit

Written by

Jaki Arthur

28 Oct 2022