First for Artbay

New Plymouth artist Jasmine Middlebrook. Photo by James Beech.
New Plymouth artist Jasmine Middlebrook. Photo by James Beech.
Artist Jasmine Middlebrook, of New Plymouth, returns to Artbay Gallery to join Queenstown artists Rachael Errington and Amber Stephens on Friday.

Gallery owner Pauline Bianchi said it would be the first time three artists had worked in residence at the same time.

Middlebrook, who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 2010, was runner-up in the Invercargill Licensing Trust Art Awards and won the Otago Polytechnic's main art award, both in 2010.

Englishwoman Errington's bachelor of arts degree in illustration opened the door to printmaking and photography.

She won the Sylvia Dowsett Memorial Award for her series of prints depicting religious turmoil in Tibet.

Stephens studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, from 2005 to 2009 and since returning to New Zealand, gained a postgraduate diploma in creative pathways in 2010.