International Art Fair Fund

Supporting New Zealand-based dealer galleries and craft/object designers and companies to participate in reputable international art fairs. This fund focuses on increasing the sale of New Zealand craft/object and visual artworks in offshore markets.


Closing dates:

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80% of booth fees – up to $10,000 for Australian fairs, and $20,000 for fairs elsewhere

19 Oct 2018

1 Mar 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.

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 International Art Fair Fund

Track record

You must be a New Zealand–based dealer gallery, either:

  • with a track record of successful presentation of NZ artist(s)/designer(s) work at reputable art fairs, or
  • a first time participant who can demonstrate that their presence at a fair is based on sound research and budgeting.

You will need a credible strategy for participation at the nominated fair. This should relate to your international market development strategy and the long term international career goals of the NZ artists' or designers' representing. If presenting work by a deceased artist you will need to describe how the presentation will be used to foster dialogue and opportunities for contemporary NZ artists.

Specific requirements

There are no restrictions on the location of the fairs, but each fair must fit with the dealer's strategy and be reputable. The application must include:

  • a confirmed invitation from the international art fair
  • an international market development strategy for the gallery/designer
  • a rationale for how participation in the selected fair will assist the international market development strategy for the gallery/designer
  • information about the long-term international career development goals of the NZ artist(s)/designer(s) and a statement about how participation at the fair will help achieve those goals.

The inclusion of international artists/designers

Applicants can include international artists as part of their presentation/exhibition, but at least 50% of the works presented must be works by NZ artist(s)/ designer(s). 

Number of applications

A dealer can make two applications within a financial year (i.e. July 2018 to June 2019). Repeat presentations of individual artists at the same fair are eligible but require a clear rationale for 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, International Services and Initiatives. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission. 

2. See what's funded


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 sale of New Zealand artworks in offshore markets
  • develop international career opportunities, audiences and markets for New Zealand artists/designers, e.g. international exhibitions and residencies
  • profile New Zealand art internationally among critics, collectors and international public and private art galleries and museums.

Costs covered 

The fund can contribute up to 80% of art fair booth fees to a maximum of:

  • $10,000 per grant for Australian fairs
  • $20,000 per grant for fairs outside Australasia.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather support material, including your International Strategy and career development goals for artists/designers.
  3. Prepare a budget using our budget template.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date for the round.

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4. Assessing applications

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.

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 fair aligns to the long-term international career development goals of the New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s); OR enhances the profile of New Zealand art through presentation of deceased artist(s)’s/designer(s)’s work
  • The networking, engagement and marketing plans are well-considered for the artist(s)/designer(s)  and gallery


Is this viable? We look the following indicators:

  • The budget is thorough and accurate
  • There is evidence of the applicant having a good track record of presenting New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s) work at reputable international art fairs
  • The applicant is capable of developing international opportunities, audiences and markets for the New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s) and gallery

Strategic fit

Is there a good fit with the purpose of this fund?  We look for the following indicators:

  • There is good potential to develop the artist(s)’s/designer(s)’s  international career
  • 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.

International Strategy

We look for the following indicators:

  • 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.
  • This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided why this invitation should be accepted.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score your application:

7---Exceeds all indicators
6---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Satisfies all indicators
3---Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by email within six weeks of the funding round closing date.

At the same time we also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the Project Completion Report template (under 'Make an application' above)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: