Blue Oyster is pleased to announce Ed Ritchie as Blue Oyster Caselberg Trust Summer Resident for 2023. Over three weeks, from Friday 6 January, Ritchie will be based at the Caselberg Trust House and Charles Brasch Studio in Broad Bay, developing research and artwork for his upcoming exhibition with Blue Oyster, opening in late 2023.

Ritchie’s residency will focus around ideas of accumulation, traps, fences, and the properties of salt.

He looks forward to spending time in Whaka Oho Rahi Broad Bay exploring the area, collecting, swimming, and thinking about the harbour.

We’d like to warmly thank the Caselberg Trust for their partnership which makes this annual residency possible as well as their ongoing commitment to fostering high-quality art in its many forms.


Established in 2006, The Caselberg Trust invites artists, writers, composers and creative practitioners to complete their projects in a harbourside cottage and studio, situated in the heart of the Otago Peninsula, one of Aotearoa’s well-known southern havens for creativity. The Trust also promotes and hosts a variety of arts events and competitions open to schools and the wider Otago/Southland community.

Based in Ōtepoti, Ed Ritchie’s practice is installation based, often involving structural intervention and sculpture. Ritchie completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) in 2017 through the Dunedin School of Art and has since become a founder and co-facilitator of ARI Favour. Recent exhibitions include: Central heating, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Ōtepoti (2021); heat transfers, Blue Oyster Art Project Space (2021) Lay in Measures, Enjoy Contemporary, Wellington (2021) Hush Swarms, Hot lunch, Ōtautahi Christchurch (2020).


IMAGES: Courtesy of Caselberg Trust and Blue Oyster Art Project Space.