Broad Bay has played a rich and vital part in the flowering of New Zealand art. Between 1959 and 1973, the holiday cottage of the poet/writer/editor Charles Brasch, was regularly visited by to some of the best known writers and artists of the time – among them Janet Frame, CK Stead, RAK Mason, and Ruth Dallas. It was a refuge for creativity and a gathering place for passionate cultural debate.
Brasch, who died in 1973, left his cottage (at 10 Gwyn St) to his friends Anna and John Caselberg. They subsequently bought the larger cottage next door, and used the ‘Brasch’ cottage for a number of years as a studio for Anna before eventually selling it to a local purchaser.
When Anna and John died they left No. 8 Gwyn Street to their daughter, and this is the property that was then bought in 2006 by the newly-formed Caselberg Trust.
Anna Caselberg was a major artist and the daughter of one of New Zealand’s best-known painters Sir Tosswill Woollaston. “Her paintings made the art of seeing miraculous” Wayne Seyb, artist.
John Caselberg was a poet, playright, critic and short story writer. He was a longtime collaborator with artist Colin McCahon. John’s poems illuminated some of McCahon’s best known works. McCahon’s free flowing genius was in part anchored by Caselberg’s insight.
Patron – Dame Gillian Whitehead, composer of renown and recipient of many prestigious music awards.
- Janet Downs
- Peter Hayden
- Lesley Hirst
- Kirsten Lovelock
- Robert West
Gill Fisher, Barbara Wilkins, Leslie Turner, Jeannie Hayden, Barry Cleavin, Dee Copeland, Karina McLeod, Lisa McCauley, Claire Beynon and many other generous supporters from the Broad Bay community and beyond.