Olveston's first artist in residence, Manu Berry, moves one
of his works, Morning delivery, into the historic home's
drying room for his exhibition. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
As the first artist in residence at Dunedin historic home
Olveston, Manu Berry has fallen for its ''fairy-tale'' feel and
The Dunedin artist has produced 47 woodcuts and etchings from
his four months in residence, all of which are being
exhibited in the mansion's drying room during the next 10
''It's so great to see it up in the house where it
originated. It's a bit different from a gallery space,'' Mr
During the residency, he had the opportunity to roam the
house and grounds and look through its collection.
Although he had completed works of historic buildings,
including Olveston, in the past, he had never depicted their
''It was very different for me. But this is a thoroughly
He started the process by spending time drawing in its many
rooms before developing those into his works.
Some of the characters depicted in the house are being
brought to life in the final work.
Mr Berry was also inspired by the photographic collection of
Dorothy Theomin, the woman who bequeathed the house to the
city, creating a 21-piece series of drypoint etchings in
different shapes reflecting those of a dining set on a
dresser in the kitchen.