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Call for Creative Studio Residents 2019

Job details

Studio One Toi Tū
16 Sep 2018
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Visual Arts


Creatives from all disciplines can now spend time delivering a project in the leafy inner city suburb of Ponsonby by applying for the creative studio residency at Studio One Toi Tū. Recipients of the residencies will receive ten months of free studio space at Studio One Toi Tū from November 2018 to August 2019, including 24-hour access to facilities to help achieve their project goals. The residencies are open across all creative categories including fine art, creative writing, performing arts, design, object art, film and fashion as long there is a sound idea behind your proposal. Each successful resident will also have access to resources, networking opportunities and mentorship from professionals within their field. The Studio One Toi Tū creative studio residencies are open now for applications.



Studio One Toi Tū is the perfect place for Auckland creatives to meet and work, regardless of your method or medium. A hub for creative practices based in central Auckland’s very heart, Ponsonby, our resources and facilities cater to makers of all kinds.

Applications for these residencies are now open. Applications must be received before Sunday 24 September at which point a panel of key experts (who will be announced in coming weeks) will decide on the recipients. A diverse panel of successful creative practitioners, each a frontrunner in their respective field, will select the projects they think will be most successfully supported at Studio One Toi Tū.  

This is an opportunity for creative professionals to immerse themselves in their chosen practice, allowing each recipient access to Studio One resource for ten months. Throughout the residency recipients will have 24-hour access to our facilities and resources. This opportunity will allow them the time and space needed to do their best work. These facilities include both clean and dirty workrooms, access to painting and printmaking studio, kiln and pottery wheels and all right in the heart of the central city.

In the very heart of Auckland’s creative communities they will have the opportunity to connect, network and share skills with tutors, exhibitors and students engaged at Studio One events and activities. Artists will also be connected with Studio One’s online platforms, another channel through which to connect and publicise their work.  

The residency is open to applicants of all artistic inclinations - designers, writers, painters, illustrators, ceramicists, sculptors, photographers, object makers, performers, film-makers, entrepreneurs… So long as applicants align with a particular practice that can be expressed or worked on at the Studio One Toi Tū facility, the possibilities are limitless - if it’s creative, it could be yours.  

Successful residents will have access to resources and networking opportunities with professionals associated with their field.

Our annual call for the Creative Residency Programme opens to applicants once a year in August closing mid September. The programme is project-based with an achievable outcome to be delivered over the ten month period. The application process involves a simple form that you fill in online, where you tell us your idea, what you wish to do during the residency and outline your creative background.



Formerly a police station, this iconic brick building on Ponsonby Road has been converted into a multi-use community art space. Prison cell blocks and toilet blocks have been converted into studio spaces, while the Hopetoun villa has been re-purposed as a sculpture studio with a studio back room for ceramics-based projects.

Successful residents will be offered a space suitable to their practice and project needs. Residents will also have access to break out space in the wider precinct including printmaking and ceramics facilities, meeting rooms and a screening room by negotiation with the manager.



Recipients of the studio residencies will receive support to assist them in their art-making goals and processes, in the shape of a ten month residency on-site at Studio One Toi Tū including 24-hour access to facilities, resources and connections to assist them in their art-making goals and processes. 




Selwyn Vercoe (visual artist)

Ian Powell (filmmaker)

Ben Palmer (furniture designer)

Michael Duignan (filmmaker/director/writer)



Tuafale Tanoa’I AKA Linda T. (photographer/archivist)

Erin Forsyth (visual artist)

Alma Proenca (ceramicist/illustrator)

Vanessa York (perfumer)



Dance Plant Collective (contemporary dance group)

Jack Tilson (ceramicist)

Stjohn Milgrew (photographer/filmmaker)

Cait Johnsom (print artisit)

Toni Gill (designer, printmaker, painter)

How to apply

To apply, send a proposal using the online application form (link below) outlining the work or project you wish to pursue throughout the residency through Smarty Grants (please note that applicants must be residents of NZ and be living in the Auckland area during the residency period). Applications close at midnight, Sunday September 16, 2018.

Online application form:

For more information about Studio One Toi Tū, visit the website


Written by

Studio One Toi Tū

3 Sep 2018

Interests Studio One offers more ways for Aucklanders to to meet and share ideas, skills and practices with each other and our community. We’re always keen to receive proposals from makers and innovators with ideas for events, activities, courses, workshops and exhibitions.