International Indigenous Artform Exchange

Support for Māori artists to collaborate with international indigenous artists in creating new work or re-developing an existing work. It's an opportunity to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices.


Closing dates:

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$75,000 in total for a minimum of two projects

23 May 2018

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must be completed by June 2019.

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.

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).
  • you must be Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
  • organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

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.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, Quick Response and Arts Grants and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

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 a total fund of $75,000 plus GST for a minimum of 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

  • activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand
  • 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
  • international promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.


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

Your application will be assessed by external peer assessors. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

Assessment criteria

Your application will be assessed on three criteria of idea, viability and strategic fit and each criterion is given a score out of 7.



  • The creative process is based on an exchange of cultural knowledge.
  • The creative process is based on an exchange of artistic practice.
  • This project will develop the applicant’s own artistic practice.
  • High-quality work will be created or redeveloped.



  • The timeframe is realistic.
  • The budget is realistic.
  • The location is feasible.
  • The applicant has a track record of working collaboratively.
  • The applicant has a track record of delivering high-quality projects internationally.

Strategic fit:


  • There is a good relationship demonstrated with the overseas collaborating partner.
  • The project will build international connections for indigenous artists.
  • The project will build the applicant’s current international network.

5. Notification of results

We notify all applicants of the decision on 15 June 2018. 

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

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

For more information or advice: