Scholars, Writers and Artists One Month Residencies

We invite applications for three separate Residencies of one month in February, June and October 2018.

Successful applications will benefit from a  month’s full-time study at the Centre in a supportive environment, which includes accommodation and meals.

Applications should be made in writing to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and should include:

  • a short biography,
  • an abstract and/or portfolio and the overall context of the project
  • your date preference
  • references from two referees

Applications close on 8 September 2017.

For more information including the criteria for application and the conditions of the Scholarship, please contact our Director, the Rev. Iain Gow at director@vaughanpark.org.nz.


Here are some words of commendation from Cherry Hamilton, one of our previous Scholars

Cherry Hamilton, from Manchester, UK, was Vaughan Park's writing scholar for the month of March 2012.

“My month at Vaughan Park was one of the best experiences I've ever had.  The director, John, picked me up from the airport, and from the very start he and his wonderful, friendly team of staff made me feel like a VIP.  The facilities at the centre are second to none - much more like a hotel than a retreat centre - with the scholar's studio being especially well equipped, and with a view of the sea!  The library where I worked is such a peaceful place, built into the side of a hill, with grass for a roof; like a state of the art hobbit cave.  The spectacular views and diverse selection of books helped me to feel inspired, and Joy the assistant priest was always on hand to provide wise guidance, a shoulder to cry on and a good chat with a cup of tea.

The food at Vaughan Park was second to none.  As well as the healthy meals mentioned on the website, there are also plenty of indulgent treats and no need ever to go hungry!  I met several other guests from all around the world over the course of my stay, all with interesting stories to tell.  And the setting of the centre - right next to a stunning unspoilt beach and nature reserve made the whole experience feel like a taste of paradise.

Although I came to Vaughan Park to study and write, the atmosphere was very much one of no pressure.  This gave me the freedom to really think about where my writing was going, and to make necessary changes.  In fact, this was even encouraged! 

I simply couldn't recommend Vaughan Park enough, whether to a scholar, or anyone else looking for a place of rest and inspiration.  Vaughan Park is not just about a stunning venue, but the kind and fascinating people.  It will always be a part of me and I hope to maintain close links and perhaps to return one day.”

Cherry.

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