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Masterton District Council Fellowships

Masterton, New Zealand / Whakaoriori, Aotearoa

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio
2 Aug 2019
Work type
Volunteer, Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Literature & Publishing, Visual Arts


Two creative practitioners working in any medium, and located in New Zealand or abroad, are invited to apply for a three-week supported residency with New Zealand Pacific Studio, Wairarapa.

NZ Pacific Studio offers two 3-week ‘Masterton Fellowships’ for two individuals (who can work separately or collaboratively) with thanks to the generous support of the Masterton District Council.

A community outreach component must be offered as part of the application.

The 3-week residency must be completed before 31 March 2020.

Accommodation costs are sponsored (valued at NZ$1260 each) for the Masterton Fellows and complimentary transportation is offered from the train/bus station in Masterton. The residency is self-catering.

Visit to see what NZ Pacific Studio offers.

As well as working on their own project, the Masterton Fellow will offer a cultural/artistic programme that will creatively engage the Masterton community. There is some funding to support costs of community activities.  Potential costs could be indicated in your application.

Possible Masterton-based partners in this public outreach: Aratoi (Museum of Art and History), ConArt (Gallery and Studios), King Street Artworks, Te Pätukituki, Bruce Batique Gallery, Come Sew With Me, Ngäti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa  or Rangitäne o Wairarapa, Masterton Art Club, Masterton District Library, Rural Education Activity Programme (REAP), Wairarapa Archive, The Wool Shed, various schools at the primary, intermediate, secondary or tertiary level (UCOL Masterton) and various social service/community-based centres.

Applicants can be writers, visual artists, curators, dancers, musicians, film-makers, photographers, historians, storytellers -- there are no limitations.  NZ Pacific Studio invites applications from either an individual or from two artists applying jointly to undertake a collaborative project.  Applicants may also propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the Fellowship period would be met by the applicant. 

How to apply

SELECTION will be based on the originality, nature and strength of an applicant’s project, the degree to which all parties would benefit, the relevance to the Masterton community, and on the letters received from referees (whom we will contact for shortlisted applicants). Key skills sought are the commitment to one's personal creative practice and the ability to connect easily with the community. 


Please propose a project that extends your practice and would involve the community. 

Please e-mail NZ Pacific Studio with the following in ONE PDF FILE under 1mb: 

1. Biography. Less than 100 words

2. Description of proposed project. Tell us why it is important to you, how you consider it important for Masterton and how you will involve the community, how the Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time, and any specific requirements you may have. Less than 400 words. 

3. The preferred 3-week period when you would like to be in residence. This must occur before 31 March 2020 to meet conditions of the grant. If the project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please state this. We are unable to host residents from mid August to 24 September.

4. A sample of your work. If text-based, no more than 1,000 words; if visual/audio, no more than 5 pieces.   

5. Link to your website or a relevant website with your work. 

6. Two referees. Name. Location. Email address. Relationship to applicant. Landline telephone number. 


Applications close midnight Friday2nd August  2019, NZ time.

Apply by e-mail to New Zealand Pacific Studio:


[NZ Pacific Studio also offers fee-based residencies for as long as three months and as short as two weeks. 

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Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

28 Jun 2019

NZ Pacific Studio is a programme that provides creative practitioners with space to work intensively on a project of their design.    We have hosted nearly 500 residents since 2001.  The focus is on creative production and in enabling connections with the community.