About the Lilburn Residence



The former home of composer Douglas Lilburn (ONZ) in Thorndon, Wellington has for more than 10 years been offered as a residence for New Zealand composers. The property is administered by the Lilburn Residence Trust, who ensure that the property is used in a manner befitting the legacy of New Zealand's most important composer of the 20th century.

The Trust normally offers use of the house to the composer holding the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). If that composer does not require the house, then the Trust calls for applications from other New Zealand composers. Each composer lives in the house, paying a modest rent, for up to a year.

Upcoming events and latest news

1pm-5pm on Sunday 28 October Open Day
The Lilburn Residence Trust is teaming up with the Randell Cottage and Rita Angus Cottage to hold an open day as part of Heritage Week. All three artist residences will be open to the public. Entertainment and other surprises on offer ... all welcome.

6pm Friday 2 November 2018 Lilburn Memorial Lecture
Eve de Castro-Robinson speaks on the topic 'Wide Blows Our Banner: How far have women composers in New Zealand come since Suffrage?'
Venue: National Library Auditorium. RSVP essential to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   



Current resident

Antonia Barnett-McIntosh 2018-2019 composer in residence Antonia Barnett-McIntosh takes up residence in early August and will be at the house until the end of June 2019.

Antonia is a graduate of Victoria University and has been based in the UK since 2006, where she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. She is a composer, sound artist, performer and sometime curator with an interest in working across disciplines. She has collaborated extensively with musicians, theatre and filmmakers, dancers, visual artists and poets.

During her time in the Lilburn Residence, Antonia plans to compose a number of works, including a piece for spoken voice and ensemble, which will be performed in October by Stroma, and another using field recordings and live-transcribed interviews.

Antonia says, ‘I’m so excited to have this opportunity to compose for a year in Wellington, especially being based at Lilburn’s former home. I’m looking forward to being challenged and inspired by the environment and community of the New Zealand School of Music, and to have the time and space to consolidate some ideas and concepts in my writing and performing. I can’t wait to collaborate with local musicians and artists, and I plan to contribute to the culture of the residency by hosting events at the Lilburn House — so watch this space!’

Find out more about other composers who have lived and worked at the Lilburn Residence.