Testimonials


"Everything was top-notch." - Mark Johnsen, USA

"A magical mix of stillness and stimulation." - Janis Freegard, NZ  

"An unforgettable experience. We would like to thank all the people from NZPS from the bottom of our hearts for making us feel at home." -  Phil Kueffer & Michele Bachmann, Switzerland"

"A wonderfully creative space – highly recommend!" - Denise Batchelor, NZ

"My residency at NZPS was extremely productive. The aspect of working in the relative isolation of the countryside and then having the opportunity to share with the other creators was invaluable." - Karen Curry, Canada

"Residencies allow an artist to think, see and feel in a very different way. My time at New Zealand Pacific Studio in 2011 was a time to explore the unique landscape, interact with the artists from the region and visit the local galleries and museums. It holds memories of crisp cool air and deep, deep green." - Lorna Crane, Australia

"I really love all if the bird life around and being able to access Pukaha Mount Bruce reserve." - Rose Kirkup, NZ

"The house is a magnificent and historical treasure that when combined with culture, local-hiking, and breathtaking scenery is an inspiring environment to pursue the arts.' - Talysha Bujold-Abu, Canada

"My residency was the first time I had been granted time to work solely on my writing, and was tremendously valuable. It was the springboard that gave me entry to the world of poetry." - Lynley Edmeades, NZ

"My NZPS residency was an opportunity to step out of the rhythm and continuity of my normal way of working. With tranquility and peaceful surrounds came focus and clarity in thinking about the future of my practice." - Max Bellamy, NZ

"I found great inspiration at NZPS. Creative energy lingers from artists' past and supports the process of art, regardless of the medium." - Sarah Dill, USA

"It was an amazing and peaceful experience, and I finally got some respite from my hectic life and it allowed me the time to just focus on writing. Highly recommended for all artists!" - Jona Byron, Australia

"I can freeze time and moments… to meditate with fruit, birds, streams, clouds, trees, grass… nothing is rushed… and then picking up a brush to draw has never been so easy." - Mary Lai Shan Chan, Hong Kong

"My time at the residency was an absolute highlight of my travels over the past year. Being in such a focused environment was transformational, and I can’t recommend it enough to other creatives who are serious about their work. The Mt. Bruce location was incredibly peaceful and very conducive to staying focused and productive. The house was a beautiful place to spend time and I loved getting to know the other incredible artists and writers who were also at the residency. I look forward to coming back!" -Hillary Bassett Ross, USA

"Thank you for a wonderful time in a beautiful environment - and for your hospitality. I hope to be back one day!" - Kathryn van Beek, NZ

"A great place run by great people. Thanks so much for having me!" - Laura Southgate, NZ

"I had a wonderful time here. I stayed in the cottage for about a month. It was very relaxing. And a great location with Pukaha Mount Bruce down the road." - Kelsey Reich, Canada

"The coming to the Wairarapa of artists from all disciplines and from differing cultures around the world mixed with our local artists is an enriching experience." - Heather Main, painter, NZ (formerly Heather Busch)

"Für mich ist das New Zealand Pacific Studio, Artists` Residency Centre, ein sehr sehr wertvoller Ort, an denen sich Künstler und Künstlerinnen sehr gut zurück ziehen und arbeiten können. Ein wundervolles Netzwerk von Menschen, die in den Austausch gehen und sich über den Ozean hinweg die Hände reichen wollen. Ein besonder Dank geht an Kay Flavell für die wundervolle Aufbauarbeit." - Marina Preufer, Germany

"To be at NZPS is to be surrounded by a non-stop soundtrack: a glorious, round-the-clock soundscape of birds... Living and working at NZPS in the hills of Kaiparoro and the neighboring Pukaha sanctuary, I come to meet the weather, and I come to meet the landscape. Safe in my Mount Bruce cocoon, I am able to access parts of myself I cannot find elsewhere. For this, and the visionary, supportive, and generous people who have made this possible, I am deeply grateful." - Kedron Parker, multi-media artist, NZ

"NZPS is unfailingly creative. In October 2015 I came here for a second residency, to translate 18th century Chinese recipes. My wife came along. Nine months later, our daughter was born." - Luo Hui, China/Canada/NZ 


TESTIMONIALS ON THE RECENT 15th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AT ARATOI MUSEUM

"I did get to see your Pacific Studio exhibition at Aratoi on the last day and I was glad I had made it. It was one of the best exhibitions I have seen in that space. The work filled it up in an enticing way, a busy throng of people offering many surprises." - Rhondda Greig, Artist

‘The special place that is NZ Pacific Studio was clearly evident at the opening of celebration of fifteen years exhibition at Aratoi last Friday night’. Artists, both nationally and internationally, who have spent time at the studio, have sent their work to the exhibition which is testament to the role and the importance that the NZ Pacific Studio has to our arts and wider community. - Lyn Patterson, Mayor, Masterton, NZ

"The uplifting operatic excerpt and moving dual language poem [at the opening night of the exhibition] gave me insight into what the residency inspires." - Heather Main, (formerly Heather Busch), painter, NZ

 

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