Shanghai's the Limit for Wellington Artist Kerry Ann Lee

22 January 2009

Not content with putting on one of Toi Poneke Gallery's most highly-acclaimed exhibition shows of 2008, Wellington artist Kerry Ann Lee has now been selected to go to Island6 Arts Centre in Shanghai for a three-month residency in September as part of the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) programme.

The Council's City Arts Manager, Martin Rodgers, says there were eight applications for the residency, and the standard of applications was very high overall, "which is promising for future residencies offered to Wellingtonians".

"Kerry Ann's application thoroughly considered all requirements of the residency - we were particularly impressed by her enthusiasm for collaborating with other Island6 artists. She demonstrates a strong understanding of residency being a two-way exchange of ideas, and this along with her strong body of work and exhibition history makes her the perfect choice for us," says Martin.

Kerry Ann, an artist, designer and educator, was delighted to learn that she is the successful candidate.

"I am keen to develop my practice in China - a country that has shaped a large part of my identity, but also a country that I have yet to visit," she says.

"I look forward to the challenge of applying my skill and experience in working with Chinese and other international artists in such a vibrant place as Shanghai. It will be great for both personal and professional development."

Kerry Ann has an exciting collaborative project planned for her residency where she will work alongside other international artists based at Island6 to exchange and learn of new techniques and processes. She hopes to document the culmination of these activities and present the material as a new self-published work upon her return.

The Council's Arts and Culture Portfolio Leader, Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, is delighted for Kerry Ann.

"She put on such a great solo exhibition at Toi Pōneke with Home Made last year, and it is good to know that we are sending someone of such a high calibre to represent Wellington in China. I hope she has an amazing time," he says.

Kerry Ann will receive funding for travel, accommodation, living costs, some exhibition materials, access to studios and workshop space at Island6 Arts Centre in Shanghai. For more information about Island6, visit the Island6 Arts Centre website.

The WARE programme is an artist's residency programme between Wellington and Asian arts organisations supported by Wellington City Council and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

For those who missed Kerry Ann's Home Made exhibition in Wellington last year, there is another chance to see this work at Sew Hoy Gallery, above Sew Hoy Oriental Foods, 29 Stafford Street, Dunedin from 21 February until 13 March. An artist talk is scheduled at the gallery for 24 February.