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2020 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship with NZ Pacific Studio

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New Zealand Pacific Studio Artist Residency Programme
22 Jan 2020
Work type
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Culture & Heritage, Visual Arts, Other


New Zealand Pacific Studio Artist Residency Programme and the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge Kaiparoro invite applications from creative practitioners for a three-week ANZAC Fellowship in northern Wairarapa, New Zealand.

This Fellowship has been awarded annually since 2006. 

The purpose of this Fellowship is to maintain a rich cultural context for the annual commemorations held on ANZAC DAY, Saturday, 25 April 2020, at the ANZAC Memorial Bridge Kaiparoro, a unique landmark in the country.

The ANZAC Fellowship is made possible with a community grant from Trust House Community Enterprise, Masterton. It comes with the mandate that the Fellowship project engage the residents of the nearby communities on and around ANZAC Day (25 April) 2020.

Creative practitioners of any kind are invited to make a project proposal that explores issues of war, peace, loss, memory, and identity, and that involves the participation of the nearby communities of Eketahuna/Tararua and Wairarapa (including Kaiparoro Mount Bruce, Mauriceville, Rongokokako, Nireaha and Masterton).

The Fellowship is to be taken up from 5th to 26th April 2020.  (There is a little flexibility of these dates, but it must include ANZAC Day, 25 April.)

Every year since 2006, the ANZAC Fellow has enriched the ANZAC memorial service held at the historic Kaiparoro bridge – in 2020: the service will be held on Saturday, 25 April at 2pm.

Previous ANZAC Fellows may apply again.

Accommodation will be at Whakahirihiri, a modern private home in beautiful Kaiparoro Mount Bruce. Whakahirihiri is close to ANZAC Bridge and Pükaha, the national wildlife centre. The property looks out onto native bush and has bush/rural walking tracks.

NZ Pacific Studio was instrumental in forming the group Friends of ANZAC Bridge (FOAB) in 2006 which has restored the bridge and continues to maintain it.  FOAB received the Supreme Award at the Trustpower Community Awards in the Tararua District in 2015 and NZ Pacific Studio was a Regional Winner in the Awards in 2018. 

The Fellowship provides:

-Three weeks accommodation at Whakahiriri from (approx.) 5 to 26 April, 2020

-Up to $500 to support project costs

-Project management support and assistance to link with local communities

-Complimentary transportation from/to Masterton rail or bus terminus

-A car is available for limited local travel


BACKGROUND FOR 1920 / 2020

This year FOAB are focusing on the Mounted Rifles and the horses that went to warThe service will be attended “The ANZAC Mounted Troopers”




Recent ANZAC Fellows with NZ Pacific Studio and their projects:

2019 – Karen Wrigglesworth

2018 – Rebecca Holden

2017 – Christine Yardley

2016 – Philippa Werry

2015 – Connah Podmore

2014 – Anna Borrie



The successful Fellow would need to cover their travel costs to and from Masterton. The Fellowship is self-catering, so the Fellow would also need to provide for their own food while in residence. A Fellow should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them or liaise with NZ Pacific Studio about purchasing them once in residence.

How to apply

Please e-mail Lynette Dewes, Treasurer, NZ Pacific Studio with the following, in one Word / PDF file.

1. A short biography (under 200 words).

2. A description of your proposed community project, its objectives, its inspiration, proposed methods of community outreach, and any specific requirements you may have (under 200 words)

3. A statement of how the ANZAC Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time (under 200 words)

4. A sample of your work (if you are a writer, no more than 1,000 words; if you are a visual artist, no more than 3 images (please use low-resolution)

5. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted (Name, relationship to you, email addresses, tel numbers)

**PLEASE assemble your entire application in ONE DOCUMENT eg Word or PDF document under 2MB total size.**

Applications close midnight Wednesday 22nd January 2020, NZ time.

Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which all parties would benefit: the creative practitioner, NZ Pacific Studio, the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge, and the community.  Open to any genre/media as well as cross-disciplinary practices, and both emerging and established practitioners are welcomed to apply.

Key skills

Commitment to a personal creative practice; ability to work independently; leadership skills; a desire to connect with a wider audience and community; demonstrated skills/experience in conducting public outreach; open-mindedness and friendliness to be able to communicate with a range of people.

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Lynette Dewes, Treasurer, NZ Pacific Studio, 

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New Zealand Pacific Studio

16 Dec 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.