International Art Fair Fund
Supporting New Zealand-based dealer galleries and craft/object designers and companies to participate in reputable international art fairs. The focus is on increasing the sale of New Zealand craft/object and visual artworks in offshore markets.
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80% of booth fees – up to $10,000 for Australian fairs, and $20,000 for fairs elsewhere.
5 Jul 2019
Who can apply
You must be a New Zealand–based dealer gallery that either:
- has a track record of successfully presenting the work of New Zealand artists or designers at reputable art fairs
- is a first-time art fair participant who can make a proposal based on sound research and budgeting.
Your project, or the project stage for which you are seeking funding, must:
- start after 2 August 2019 (for the 5 July 2019 closing date)
- be completed within 12 months of being offered the grant.
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
How often can you apply?
A dealer can make two applications within a financial year (i.e. July 2019 to June 2020). Repeat presentations of individual artists at the same fair are eligible but require a clear rationale from both the gallery and artist.
Reapplying for the same project
You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.
Other Creative New Zealand funding
Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including Quick Response Grants, Arts Grants, the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.
Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible.
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.
The objectives of the fund are to:
- support New Zealand-based Craft/Object and Visual arts dealer galleries and Craft/Object designer companies to participate in reputable international art fairs
- increase opportunities for the sale of New Zealand artwork in offshore markets
- develop international career opportunities, audiences and markets for New Zealand artists/designers, e.g. international exhibitions and residencies
- increase the profile of New Zealand art internationally especially with art critics, collectors, the international public, private art galleries and museums.
What we fund
You can propose to visit a fair located anywhere in the world. A fair must fit with your international market development strategy and be reputable.
The application must include:
- an invitation from an international art fair
- an international market development strategy for the dealer gallery/ designer.
- information on the long-term international career development goals of the featured artist(s) or designer(s). Include a statement on how participation in the fair will help achieve those goals.
- a credible strategy for participation at your nominated fair. This should relate to:
- your international market development strategy
- the long-term international career goals of the artists or designers represented.
- a promotional and networking/engagement activity plan
You can include international artists or designers as part of your presentation, but at least 50% of the works presented must be by New Zealand artists or designers.
Presenting work from deceased artists
You can include work from deceased artists, but the presentation must foster dialogue and create opportunities for contemporary New Zealand artists. Your application will need to describe how the presentation will do this.
The fund can contribute up to 80% of art fair booth fees to a maximum of:
$10,000 per grant for fairs in Australia
$20,000 per grant for fairs outside Australasia
Application guidelines and requirements for specific activities
Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. You can download the PDF Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an application
Contact funding services if you have questions.
Downloads (application forms and criteria)
How to apply
- Start your application online (you may need to register first).
- Gather support material.
- Prepare a budget using our online budget template.
- Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.
What we assess your application on
Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:
- The selected fair has a good reputation.
- The applicant is capable of developing international opportunities, audiences and markets for the New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s) to be exhibited.
- This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided why this invitation should be accepted.
Is this viable? We look for the following indicators:
- The promotional and networking/engagement plans are well-considered for both the artist(s)/designer(s) and gallery.
- The budget is thorough and accurate.
- The applicant has a good track record of engaging with reputable international art fairs.
Is there a good fit with the purpose of this fund? We look for the following indicators:
- The opportunity aligns to the career development goals of the NZ artist/designer.
- There is good potential for sales of New Zealand art internationally
- There is good potential to raise the profile of New Zealand art internationally among critics, collectors and international public and private art galleries and museums.
Applicant's international strategy/goals
- The strategy/goals are clear.
- The target markets/platforms are well considered.
- The strategy/goals are realistic in that timeframes are achievable and resources are available.
Scoring your application
7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6---Very Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3---Minor Reservations - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major Reservations - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators
Who assesses your application
External peer assessors will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.
Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes
External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.
We will email all applicants of their result four weeks after the closing date. We will notify applicants on 2 August 2019.
We also list successful applicants on Results of our work
If you are successful we will email you about your:
- funding agreement
- payment schedule
- reporting requirements.
A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. If your report is not submitted on time you will not be considered for additional project funding.
For more information or advice:
- phone 0800 273 284
- email firstname.lastname@example.org