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Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre Creative Residency Programme 2022

Job details

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre
26 Jan 2022
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification


This residency is designed to support three artists practising in a range of artforms to create new work, build connections with each other, and engage with local arts communities and audiences across a 12-week residency from mid-May to mid-August 2022 at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applications are open to artists of any artform that are Aotearoa New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and hold a My Vaccine Pass.

Residents will become part of a small onsite community accommodated within communal living quarters at Te Matatiki Toi Ora, connected to other artists and creative professionals working within the cultural precinct of Ōtautahi. We also want to encourage artists to explore possibilities for artistic collaboration during and post-residency with each other and the wider community.

Te Matatiki Toi Ora provides a unique setting for the artists – the largest collection of Category 1 heritage listed buildings in Aotearoa, a hub for creative organisations and businesses, and an entity that has established relationships with creative and educational organisations. Programmes at Te Matatiki Toi Ora are supported by a Māori Advisory Komiti of senior Toi Māori practitioners.

Public events will be delivered by each resident during the residency period, and it is expected that artists will present the new work developed during the residency in the form of an exhibition, performance, publication or recording, either at Te Matatiki Toi Ora or somewhere else in Aotearoa after the residency.

How to apply

To make your application, complete the application form at 

You will need to have ready:

  • Your full name(s)
  • Your phone number
  • Email Address 
  • Your current physical address
  • Confirmation that you are a citizen or permanent resident of Aotearoa
  • The artform category and cultural area that you would like to be assessed under
  • Your Creative Project title
  • A Creative Project outline: 350 – 450 words clearly stating your aims for the residency and how you will achieve them. Tell us why you wish to undertake the residency at Te Matatiki Toi Ora and outline the benefits to your practice and Te Matatiki Toi Ora community. Explain the nature of the new work you would like to create, considering concept, context, media, process, audience.
  • A Public Programme proposal: 250 – 350 words clearly describing your ideas for public programming during the residency, ensuring the proposed programme is relevant, engaging, and achievable. Consider formats such as workshops, talks, open development sessions, exhibitions, and performances. Outline what communities you will target with the programme. Previously residents have presented 1- 3 events (depending on the size and work involved in each event).
  • Your artist CV (up to 3 pages).
  • Examples of past work: including up to 5 images documenting past creative work (if applicable) and/or up to 5 available links to specific works, recordings, reviews, articles and/or other material published online (if applicable).
  • Links to any relevant social media accounts.

Applications are best made from a laptop or desktop computer, rather than your phone. Make sure you have all the information ready to go before you start, as applications must be completed in one session.

Please note, we have extended the closing date from Sunday 23 January to Wednesday 26 January 2022. 

Written by

Shelley Erskine

17 Dec 2021