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International Art Fair Fund

The International Art Fair Fund is aimed at increasing the sale of New Zealand craft/object and visual artworks in offshore markets. It supports New Zealand-based dealer galleries and craft/object designers and companies to participate in reputable international art fairs.


Closing dates:

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Total of $120,000 for 4 rounds per year

4 Nov 2016

3 Mar 2017

1 Jun 2017

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 
  • 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.

Eligibility for International Art Fair Fund

Track record

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

  • with a track record of successful presentation of New Zealand 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.

Applicants will need a credible strategy for their participation, which relates to their international market development strategy or plans and the long term international career goals of the New Zealand artists' or designers' they will be representing.


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. Applicants must have:

  • a confirmed invitation from the international art fair (see above)
  • an international market development strategy for the gallery/designer
  • a rationale for how participation in selected fair will assist the international market development strategy for the gallery/designer
  • information regarding the New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s) long term international career development goals
  • alignment to the long term international career development goals of the nominated New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s).


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 New Zealand artist(s)/ designer(s). 

Number of applications

A dealer can make two applications within a financial year (July 2016 to June 2017). Repeat presentations of individual artists at the same fair are eligible but require a clear rationale for both the gallery and artist. 

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, eg 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 $20,000 per grant.

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.
  3. Prepare a budget using our budget template.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date for the round.

Login or register to apply online.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by staff and external assessors, as required. Their recommendations will be subject to the approval of the Senior Manager, Arts Policy, International and Capability.

Results will be reported to the Arts Council.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed on:

  • the reputation of the nominated art fair
  • the fair’s  fit with the international market development strategy of the applicant
  • the fair’s fit with the long term international career development goals of the represented New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s)the strength of applicant’s marketing and networking/engagement plans
  • the applicant’s ability to develop international opportunities, audiences and markets for the New Zealand artist(s)/designer(s) and the gallery concerned
  • the accuracy and completeness of the budget.

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.

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

Cassandra Wilson,
Adviser, International and Special Projects
(09) 354 4863

Grace Sinclair,
Project Administrator, TAPIC
(09) 373 3077