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Craft/Object Fellowship

The Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship is awarded biennially to an established or senior craft/object practitioner, curator or writer working in traditional applied arts or contemporary practice.


Closing dates:

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6 Mar 2015

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1. Check your eligibility

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Your track record

You must either have:

  • a strong national reputation in the craft/object sector
  • received critical acclaim for the work that you have produced, and/or
  • completed a body of work of acknowledged artistic excellence.

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

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.

Previous recipients

You cannot be a previous recipient of the fellowship.

2. See what's funded


The Craft/Object Fellowship funds an established or senior craft/object practitioner, curator or writer working in traditional applied arts or contemporary practice, including Ngā Toi Māori and Pacific arts.

Genres may include clay/ceramics, jewellery, glass, fibre/textiles, raranga, whakairo, Pacific Island costume and weaving, metal work, wood work and studio-based object and furniture design.

It provides the time and/or resources for the fellow to commit to a period of deep investigation, experimentation or research in their practice.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are listed on the who got funded web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Prepare a covering letter and proposal (you don't need to use the standard application form) and gather support material.
  2. Prepare three copies of any support material that we can't photocopy in black-and-white.
  3. Use bull-dog clips, but do not staple or bind your application.
  4. Submit a hard-copy of your complete application package by post, courier or hand, to arrive at our Auckland office by 5pm on the closing date or:
  5. Email your application to humphrey.tait@creativenz.govt.nz. Proposals must be in Word or PDF format and not exceed 20MBs. The proposal and all support material, including letters of support, must arrive in one email. We cannot match information that arrives in separate emails

What to include

Cover letter

Include your:

  • postal address
  • telephone number(s)
  • email address.



  • details of the work you intend to undertake during the fellowship period
  • details on how you will carry out this work, including where and when and any special requirements such as travel and research
  • a detailed budget for the project
  • a full artistic CV detailing any awards or residencies you may have received
  • an outline of what the potential outcomes from the work undertaken during the fellowship might look like, for example, how your project is likely to inform subsequent work or result in a new project
  • how your project will achieve the results that we are seeking through our goals that high quality New Zealand work is developed.
  • letters of support from up to three people.

Support material

Support material includes articles, reviews and examples of your previous work.

  • Where possible, supply links to your work online; otherwise provide electronic copies on CD or DVD.
  • Clearly number images and mark them with a name, title of work and an arrow indicating the correct way to view them.
  • Provide a list of the images you are submitting with giving the number, title, date of the work, the medium and dimensions.
  • Provide one copy of any material that can be photocopied in black and white
  • Provide three copies of other material such as books, photos, colour copies, CDs or DVDs.
  • Do not send originals as we do not return support material.

Submitting your application

Auckland office addresses

Courier or hand-delivery

Craft/Object Fellowship 
Creative New Zealand 
1st Floor Southern Cross Building 
57-61 High Street 


Craft/Object Fellowship
Creative New Zealand 
PO Box 1425 
Auckland 1140

Keep any courier receipts with track and trace information until you have received our acknowledgement.


Within  one week of the closing date you should receive an email confirming that we have received your application. If not, contact us on info@creativenz.govt.nz or (04) 473 0880.


4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Your application is assessed by a panel of external assessors.

Assessment criteria

We assess how closely your proposal matches our long-term goal (outcome) that high quality and innovative new work is developed.

5. Notification of results

Eleven weeks after the closing date, we notify all applicants of the results by email.

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Arts Adviser — Craft/Object and Visual Arts
Humphrey Tait 
(09) 365 1416