Asia Artform Exchange Fund - stage 2

Stage Two of the Asia Artform Exchange Fund offers New Zealand artists, arts organisations and practitioners the opportunity to build relationships and to increase artistic exchange with artists/practitioners in targeted territories in Asia. This opportunity is open to those who have successfully completed Stage One of the programme.


Closing dates:

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$45,000 (total) to support up to two projects

23 May 2016

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

This opportunity is open to those who have successfully completed the Asia Artform Exchange Stage One programme and sent a detailed completion report to Creative New Zealand. 

Who can't apply

Those who did not receive support under the Asia Artform Exchange Stage One Fund cannot apply for this funding.  

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Eligibility for the Asia Artform Exchange Fund

This opportunity is open to those who have successfully completed the Asia Artform Exchange Stage One programme and sent a detailed completion report to Creative New Zealand.  


  • Projects must be with artists or arts organisations from one or more of the following territories: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. These territories are prioritised in Creative New Zealand’s Focus on Asia strategy.
  • The work must be presented at least once, either in New Zealand and/or in Asia. Confirmation from the presenter(s), or evidence of negotiations, is required. 

The work

  • The work must be of high artistic merit
  • The New Zealand artists involved must have a track record of delivering high quality work. 
  • Projects can be new works or the redevelopment of existing work.
  • Projects need to demonstrate the potential to develop new and on-going strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange outcomes.

2. See what's funded


The Asia Artform Exchange is an initiative for New Zealand arts professionals across all artforms to research and develop collaborative projects with arts professionals in targeted territories in Asia.  

The purpose is for New Zealand artists, arts organisation and practitioners to:

  • create new work or to redevelop existing work
  • exchange artistic skills, techniques and cultural knowledge that contributes to the development of the participant’s art practice
  • advance long-term creative exchanges and build knowledge, expertise and networks in Asia and New Zealand
  • contribute to the long-term development of international markets and audiences in Asia through a presentation in at least one of the targeted Asian territories.

Activities funded

Stage Two of the Asia Artform Exchange Fund provides support for applicants to collaborate with a partner in Asia to develop and create a new work for presentation. The key focus is on the collaborative process and how it contributes to the exchange of ideas and artistic techniques and practices. 

Note: The first stage of support provided seed funding for applicants to research ideas, identify partners in Asia and to scope potential collaboration projects. It was also an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the arts sector in Asia.

Costs covered

Costs relating to the creation, development and presentation of the new work are eligible.

Priority will be given to the creation and development costs. These costs can include, but are not limited to:

  • Artists’ fees – including fees for your collaborating partner in Asia
  • Research and development, including travel costs
  • Materials
  • Studio hire
  • Rehearsals

Presentation costs for the work may be included in the application, however the focus of the fund is on the development/creation phase of the project.  

Expenditure relating to presentation costs should be shared and supported by other partners and funding sources of the project.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

To apply for this opportunity:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Prepare a budget
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by both internal and external assessors.

Assessment criteria

Proposals will be assessed on:

  • the artistic merit of the new work
  • the calibre and commitment of the New Zealand and Asian partners who are collaborating on/investing in/or presenting the work
  • the potential for development of new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange
  • the suitability of the work for domestic and/or international audiences
  • how well the proposal meets Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of the decision 20 June 2016.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within twelve weeks of the project end date using the report template.

7. Who to contact

Catherine George
Senior Adviser, International - Asia
DDI: 09 926 5480
Mobile: 027 807 4221