International Indigenous Artform Exchange

The International Indigenous Artform Exchange supports Māori artists to work in collaboration with international indigenous artists to create new work or redevelop an existing work. It is an opportunity to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices.


Closing dates:

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$75,000 in total for at least two projects

2 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 (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.

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.

Eligibility for the International Indigenous Artform Exchange

You must be a Māori artist — this includes arts organisations, ropu and individual producers.

Proposed activity

The proposed activity:

  • must occur by 31 December 2018
  • must not have previously received Creative New Zealand support.

2. See what's funded


Part of our International programme, this initiative supports Māori artists, practitioners and/or companies to work with international indigenous artists, practitioners and/or companies to create and present new work or redevelop an existing work through a collaborative process. It provides opportunities to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices.

Activities funded

The exchange provides up to $75,000 plus GST to support at least two projects.

It supports selected Māori artists to:

  • collaborate with other indigenous artists in the creation of new work or to redevelop existing work
  • exchange artistic skills and techniques with other indigenous artists to develop the participant’s art practice
  • exchange cultural knowledge with other indigenous artists to develop the participant’s art practice
  • develop new indigenous networks and/or strengthens existing networks
  • increase international partnerships to support indigenous art form exchange.


Creation phase
The fund focuses on the creation phase of projects.

Presentation costs
Presentation of the work may be included in the proposal but presentation costs should be shared and supported by other partners and funders of the project. 

What we don't fund

Creative New Zealand does not fund:

  • projects and activities that are able to be funded by other government agencies or local authorities
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • arts education resources and activities that are part of a course of study
  • content for television, radio or film
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes. 

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

Register or Log in

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Prepare a detailed project budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Every application is assessed and considered by a panel of Creative New Zealand staff and an external assessor. The assessors considered each applicant in terms of collaboration, expertise and quality of the project.

5. Notification of results

Within 4 weeks of the closing date, we notify all applicants of the decision.  If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement, payment schedule and reporting requirements by 30 June 2017.

6. On completion

A project completion report is due 12 weeks after the end of the project.

Project completion report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Adviser, International
Ana Sciascia
+64 (04) 473 0194