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The Opotoki-born, Auckland-educated artist Natchez Hudson is Wellesley’s fifth artist-in-residence and this week has begun his three-week residency. During his time here at Wellesley, he will create a series of new works which will be displayed at the school at the Residency and Student Art Exhibition on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm.
As part of his residency, Natchez will also return to Wellesley in September helping boys during the ‘Create for a Cause’ Student ARTWEEK, and also to run the Residency Studio Workshop on Sunday 15th September in the Wellesley Artroom and Studio. This is a great opportunity to nurture your creativity, under the guidance of two unique artists (Natchez will be supported by Glen Jorna). Limited to 15 places so early sign up recommended!
Wellesley Head of Arts Glen Jorna says the insight the boys gain from having an artist in residence is invaluable. “Like with Richard Adams in 2017, we are excited to have an artist of Natchez’s calibre working here at the school.”
Natchez graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2001, where he was the winner of a graduate painting award. Since 1999, he has been exhibiting his works both nationally and internationally, and in 2019 his Altarpiece became a permanent installation at the Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua.
All families, art appreciators, Friends of Wellesley and fans of our Artist in Residence Natchez Hudson’s work are warmly invited to register for the Studio Workshop and also attend the Residency and Student Art Exhibition. Natchez’s work, along with Glen Jorna’s, will be available for sale and partial proceeds will go to the Wellesley College Foundation in support of Promising futures for boys financial scholarship programme. Student artworks will be for sale, and all funds raised from these sales will support the Mental Health Foundation under Wellesley’s community service initiative ‘Create for a Cause.’ Entry is FREE.
For more information on the scholarship programme or to donate please go to Promising Futures for Boys.