2021 Summer Residency

November 17 2020

We’re pleased to share that Ruby 嫦潔 White is our 2021 Summer Resident. Currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Ruby will join us in Pōneke from 1 February–14 March 2021, staying at the Rita Angus Cottage in Thorndon. 


Image courtesy of Bob Dougan.

Image courtesy of Bob Dougan.

Ruby uses home-cooked and handmade modes of production to explore culture, labour and human evolution under late capitalism.

While in Pōneke, Ruby will build upon her ongoing research into ceramics and food, thinking of the two as overlapping touchstones of human history, connection and alternative living. In her recent practice, Ruby has been producing ceramic cookers and grills, improvising with form and navigating gaps in available knowledge. She will build on material research into modified clay bodies and experimental designs, and form relationships with Pōneke-based chefs, food producers and artists, developing functional objects that may be brought to life through fire, food and people.


Recent projects include Nectar (group), Ngā Tohu o Uenuku Māngere Arts Centre, 2019; Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility (group), Silo Park, Tāmaki Makaurau. 2019; Mecury Plaza: Origins and New Beginnings, Mercury Plaza, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019. Between 2014 and 2018, White presented a series of food pop-ups around Tāmaki Makaurau and from 2017–2018 ran Small Fry at Te Tuhi, Pakuranga. In 2014, she completed a BFA (Hons) at Elam School of Fine Arts, Tāmaki Makaurau and in 2020 completed a Diploma of Ceramic Arts at Otago Polytechnic.

Following her residency, Ruby will present an exhibition project at Enjoy in mid-2021.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Thorndon Trust, caretakers of the Rita Angus Cottage, on the delivery of our residency programme. This is the third year of Enjoy’s partnership with Thorndon Trust, following Daegan Wells’ residency in 2020 and Sorawit Songsataya’s residency in 2019.