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First Nations Curators Exchange

The First Nations Curators Exchange is a two-stage cultural exchange between Māori and Aboriginal curators. Four established Māori curators will attend Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) in November 2015 and host a delegation of Aboriginal curators in Aotearoa in 2016. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.


Closing dates:

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18 Sep 2015

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

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.

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.

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 First Nations Curators Exchange

To be eligible for the exchange you must:

  • be a Māori curator. Priority will be given curators employed by an arts institution and who have a contemporary curatorial interest/focus
  • be available to participate in the First Nations Curators programme at the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) from 19-26 November 2015 in Brisbane, Australia
  • be available for a hosting event for Aboriginal curators in 2016. This event will be confirmed by December 2015.

2. See what's funded


The purpose of the First Nations Cultural Exchange is to enable indigenous curators to:

  • exchange practice and ideas
  • develop an understanding of how to present indigenous work internationally
  • explore the value and knowledge base of each other's culture and practices
  • develop and strengthen relationships with international peers
  • develop a foundation for long-term engagement and exchange

The exchange programme is part of the Creative New Zealand's international programme

Costs covered

Each curator will receive NZ$2,750 towards travel and accommodation to participate in the First Nations Programme at the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) from 19-26 November 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.

The triennial coincides with the International Visitors Programme managed by Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply?

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOIs) including:

  • a brief biography highlighting current/recent international activity, ie exhibitions, research, presenting, collaboration and exchange
  • an outline of your key objectives for attending APT8
  • your areas of expertise/interest
  • confirmation of availability to travel to Brisbane to attend the First Nations Programme from 19-26 November 2015 in Brisbane, Australia
  • confirmation of your availability to participate in a hosting event for Aboriginal curators during 2016
  • contact details.

Format for your EOI

  1. Your EOI can be in word/pdf format.
  2. A maximum of four A4 pages will be accepted.

How to submit your EOI

  1. EOIs must reach Creative New Zealand by 5pm 18 September 2015.
  2. EOIs can be emailed to kate.adolph@creativenz.govt.nz

or posted to:
First Nations Curators Programme APT8
Creative New Zealand
PO Box 3806
Wellington 6011

4. Assessing applications

Expression of interest will be assessed by external artform assessors and Creative New Zealand staff.

5. Notification of results

On Friday 2 October you will be notified by email of the result of your application.

6. On completion

A written evaluation report will be required four weeks after returning from Brisbane. Another report will be required four weeks after the reciprocal visit in 2016.

7. Who to contact

Ana Sciascia
International Adviser, International

Jude Chambers
Manager, International Special Projects and Cultural Exchange