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International programme

Our international programme connects high-quality artists with global markets and audiences through presentation, touring, relationship building and collaborative projects, including cultural and artistic exchange.


Our international programme focuses on:

  • developing international audiences and markets 
  • cultural and artform exchange programmes
  • significant international events
  • international presentation resulting from our initiatives

What we do

Creative New Zealand’s international networks and targeted programmes mean that we can bring international buyers to New Zealand and take New Zealand work to strategically important international markets, festivals and exhibitions. We:

  • take selected artists to markets and fairs to present their work and introduce them to potential presenters, buyers, collectors, curators and collaborators 
  • bring key overseas presenters, agents, curators and collaborators to New Zealand so that they can experience New Zealand art in its local context
  • provide capability building for artists and arts organisations wanting to develop skills to engage with international markets and audiences
  • respond to applications from artists and organisations taking up invitations generated from our initiatives
  • lead on major strategic initiatives including those stemming from invitations to the New Zealand Government, such as the Venice Biennale and four-yearly Festival of Pacific Arts.

International market development

We support artists and arts organisations to develop international audiences for their work.

Cultural and artform exchange

We support artists to engage in cultural and artform exchanges which help them develop their practice and networks.

Arts development and major events

We support artists and arts organisations to present their work at major international events. 

International projects

Focus on Asia 2014-2017
Focus on Asia focuses on building stronger artistic and cultural connections with North East Asia. It provides New Zealand artists with more opportunities to:

  • present new work in Asia
  • exchange artistic and cultural practices
  • develop audiences, markets and networks for New Zealand arts.

It brings together all our programmes with a focus on Asia (see above).

Biennale Art 2017 in Venice 
Creative New Zealand supports New Zealand's presentation at the international contemporary art exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. At the Biennale Arte 2017, Lisa Reihana will present Lisa Reihana: Emissaries in the New Zealand pavilion.

Festival of Pacific Arts 2016
Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam in May/June 2016. The Festival of Pacific Arts takes place every four years, bringing together more than 2,000 artists and other cultural practitioners. Invitations are extended to the indigenous people of 27 Pacific nations, and Creative New Zealand supports and coordinates the New Zealand delegation.

Who to contact

Email: international@creativenz.govt.nz
Phone: +64 (0)4 473 0880

About Creative NZ : International programme