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The Doris Lusk Ceramics Residency 2015

This is a community initiative as part of the 70th Anniversary Celebrations for Risingholme Community Centre. Risingholme has been providing the Christchurch community with quality adult education for 70 years and along with the Doris Lusk Estate find it fitting to be able to provide a place for a ceramic practitioner to come and work with their students and tutors. This residency has been created to encourage and sustain a vibrant ceramic community and provides an opportunity for ceramic artists to participate in art educational practices.

Terms and Conditions.

  • The purpose of this residency is to facilitate closer links between the community and artists.

  • To be awarded, in consultation with Risingholme, to a graduated art student from the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic with an active practice in ceramics.

  • The value of the residency for 2015 is $2000.

  • Reimbursement for hours worked with students: In 2015, a maximum of 8 classes of 2 hours each per week will be offered, and will run depending on receiving enough paid enrolments prior to the start of the course.

  • Accommodation. Risingholme proposes that due to the current conditions in relation to accommodation in Christchurch, that one option for the recipient of  the award would be for the recipient to be billeted during the 2 weeks and that a payment of up to $500 (out of the total payment of $2000) is made towards the host family/ies. The second option is that if the recipient wishes to organise their own accommodation $500 (out of the total payment of $2000) will be forwarded four weeks prior to their arrival so that they are able to do so.

  • The recipient may also choose to use the studio facilities outside of teaching hours. Materials and firing costs to be discussed where appropriate.

  • Residency is to be taken up mid-term in term 3 or 4 of Risingholme’s teaching year, following the awarded year.

  • The duration of the residency is 2 weeks.

Recipient obligations:

Duties include the attendance and participation in  all ceramics/pottery teaching sessions alongside the standard tutor.

The recipient will initiate one practical session of a maximum of 3 hours duration as an extra class offered to the students and show their own work through a visual presentation or exhibition.

A suitable employment contract will be forwarded to the successful recipient. This contract will specify the number of classes expected to attend as well as the hours. This will include the 3 hours for the practical session and up to 2 hours for the visual presentation or exhibition.

Reimbursement will be in line with current tutor wages at Risingholme Community Centre. Risingholme follows the current collective agreement for adult and community education tutors.

Risingholme Community Education Centre celebrates its 70th Anniversary Year in 2014.

Over these years Risingholme has enjoyed a vast array of prominent Community Educators, including Doris Holland nee Lusk.

She tutored ceramics at Risingholme from the late 1940’s up until the late 60’s.

She was a dominant figure in New Zealand Art and Arts Education during her lifetime and contributed to a vibrant New Zealand Arts dialogue.

Her attributes include her appointment to the head of Ilam School of Art at Canterbury University, President of the Canterbury Potters Association, President of The CSA Gallery (CoCa) and she received the Governor General Art Award posthumously.

Lusk attended The King Edward Technical College in Dunedin to study art from 1934-39 which is now known as The Otago Polytechnic School of Art. The Doris Lusk Estate finds it fitting to establish an on-going link between the two institutions of learning by supporting a residency between Risingholme Community Centre and The Otago Polytechnic School of Art.

Click here for the guidelines document  
Click here for the application form.  

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