I first met Jenny in the Band Stand at the Botanic Gardens where she had an art display during the Fringe Festival. We chatted for ages about art, travel, work, exhibitions……. and we’ve been friends ever since. Jenny took part in the first PitWR exhibition, When North meets South, and she designed the booklet which accompanied the second PitWR exhibition, Bellamys at Five. This year Jenny is taking part in both my PoARTry@Olveston and A Palette of Poetry exhibitions, plus she’s designing both exhibition booklets. While I’ve been in residence at Olveston we pass each other in the passage or meet in the staffroom for a cuppa whenever our days there coincide. Jenny is one of the housekeepers at Olveston, a job which involves light bulb changing ladders, delicate hands for dusting precious objects, and strength for handling the floor polisher and numerous other tasks.
Introducing Jenny Longstaff
Originally from Australia, Jenny has enjoyed living in the North East Valley community for the past 30 years, finding inspiration in its urban and rural aspects. The Botanic Garden is a particular pleasure.
Jenny relinquished a career as a book designer to go on a 2-year motorcycling and camping journey throughout Australia (2008–2010), then returned to Dunedin to embrace art and tourism, combining a commitment to painting and photography as well as working at Olveston Historic Home.
Last year Jenny was appointed President of the Otago Art Society.