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R A K Mason Fellowship with NZ Pacific Studio

RAK Mason 'Half-length portrait of R. A. K. Mason looking up, holding a cigarette, 1947' by Clifton Firth. Image sourced from the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 34-M663-2.

Job details

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


With thanks to a generous sponsor from the Wairarapa community,  the 2019 RAK Mason Fellow will live in a self-contained cottage hosted by people with an interest in supporting the arts.

The purpose of this RAK Mason Fellowship is to encourage creativity, to explore the different literary forms or genres and their potential, and to honour one of New Zealand’s foremost writers, RAK Mason (1905-1971), with his intense energy, commitment to literature, and his interest in the ways different literary forms inform each other.

NZPS welcomes applications from writers of all cultures. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to RAK Mason in terms of style or content. As part of the supported residency, the Fellow is encouraged to offer an activity for the community, such as a reading or workshop.

Selection of the 2019 Fellow will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it, although the focus remains on supporting the writer by providing the necessary time and space for sustained work. Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

The fellowship provides free accommodation and transport within Wairarapa. The successful Fellow would need to cover their travel costs to and from the Wairarapa and buy their own food while in residence. In addition, they should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them, or liaise with NZPS about purchasing them once in residence. An applicant is welcome to propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored period would have to be met by the applicant. 

The Fellowship is available to an individual. If the project is a collaborative project, other members would need to cover their accommodation costs.

NZPS may host an Open Studio Day during the residency period, at which the fellow will be asked to give a short presentation/performance to visitors.

Fellows may choose to donate a book/chapbook to NZPS or to the sponsor.

NZPS is a registered charity and offers fellowships whenever possible -- please visit our website that discusses other fellowships:

How to apply

Please e-mail NZPS with the following in ONE DOCUMENT (eg Word or PDF) – please keep the file size under 1mb:

1. Your biography.

2. A description of your proposed project, its objectives and inspirations, why it is important to you, and any specific requirements you may have.

3. When you would like to be in residence (up to 15 December 2019) but preferably not between 13 August and 24 September. Dates of residency are open to negotiation. If your project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please make this clear in your application.

4. A statement of how the RAK Mason Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time.

5. A sample of your work (no more than 1,000 words).

6. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted.


Key skills sought:

Commitment to a personal creative practice;

Desire and ability to connect with a wider audience and community;


Apply by e-mail to the Secretary, NZ Pacific Studio,

Deadline Midnight 1 August 2019 NZ time.

Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

30 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.