Creative New Zealand Samoa Artist in Residence

This residency is in partnership with the National University of Samoa. It offers three months in Apia, Samoa for a mid-career or established New Zealand artist of Pacific heritage to work on an arts project and develop their potential, skills and practice.


Closing dates:

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6 Apr 2018

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 or permanent resident
  • 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.

Residency eligibility

You must:

  • be an artist of Pacific Islands heritage, resident in New Zealand with a strong track record in your artform
  • have previous experience talking about or presenting your work
  • have experience in interacting with local communities (for example through facilitating workshops)
  • have a clearly defined project to work on during the residency
  • demonstrate a willingness to live and work as an artist in residence in a Pacific country
  • accept the limited availability of materials and resources in a Pacific country.

2. See what's funded


The residency takes place in Apia, Samoa over 3 months during August to October 2017. The result that we are seeking through this residency is that artists with potential develop their skills and art practice.

We consider applications from artists working in any artform or genre, including script writing, but we give priority to:

  • visual arts
  • music
  • literature
  • performing arts.

The residency aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for an established New Zealand-based Pacific artist to work on an arts project
  •  interact and share his/her skills with the Samoan arts community
  • encourage the development of contemporary arts skills among National University of Samoa students, Samoan artists and the wider community through their engagement with the selected artist
  • provide the selected artist with security of income and access to resources, supporting the artist to gain professional development and develop new work
  • foster cultural exchange between New Zealand and Samoa.

During the residency you will be required to:

  • conduct an agreed number of talks, workshops or fono with students  
    or undertake mentoring with local emerging or established artists
  • hold a public presentation towards the end of the residency as a public outcome.

Costs covered

The residency provides:

  • a stipend of NZ$10,000 for the three months
  • up to NZ$2,000 towards travel costs; including one return airfare between New Zealand and Apia, internal New Zealand flights as required, and insurance
  • up to NZ$3000 (up to NZ$1,000 per month for three months) towards the costs of accommodation in Samoa
  • an orientation/briefing on the residency including local customs and conditions.

Expenses not covered by Creative New Zealand or the National University of Samoa are your responsibility.

What National  University of Samoa provides

Support on the ground is provided to the resident by the National University of Samoa and an appointed local administrator. The National University of Samoa will:

  • provide an office space and assistance with sourcing suitable accommodation
  • provide access to a suitable space for the artist to develop their practice
  • develop a programme, in agreement with the selected artist, to support the artist’s proposed engagement with students and the wider community
  • appoint a staff member from within the University with an arts focus to provide support to the resident artist
  • offer additional support as agreed during the residency
  • ensure that there is a healthy balance between the requirements of the National University of Samoa and the needs of the artist to work on their own project.

You can contact us for information about the resources, including equipment, available at the National University of Samoa and any resource limitations.

Read more about the National University of Samoa

Previous recipients

Previous recipients include Lemi Ponifasio, Shigeyuki Kihara, Fiona Collins, Tiffany Singh, Jim Vivieaere, Nathaniel Lees, Evotia Tamua, the Vahine Collective, and Siliga Setoga. You can find more recipients under results of our work

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

Register or Log in

How to apply

1.    Start your application online (you may need to register first).
2.    Gather support material.
3.    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

Applicants will be assessed on their ability to deliver the aims of the residency as described in See what's funded (above).

The online application requires you to answer 3 questions:

1. What is your Idea?

2. What is your Process?

3. People - your track record. 

No budget is required for this proposal. The residency is valued at $15,000 which will be paid to the recipient. 

Some questions to consider when writing your application include these areas which will form part of the assessment.

  1. Your proposed project — how strong and well developed is your proposed project?
  2. Your artistic and creative track record — how skilled and experienced are you?
  3. Your development — how will this residency develop your skills and arts practice?
  4. Your understanding of the environment — how well do you understand the local cultural environment and how this may impact on your ability to complete your proposed project?
  5. Community engagement — how strong and well developed are your plans to engage with the students and wider arts community in Samoa?

5. Notification of results

10 weeks after of the closing date, we notify all applicants of the result by email.

For the April 2018 round we will notify you by 8 June 2018 (Friday).

We also list successful applicants on results of our work

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion


Within 12 weeks of completing the residency, you must provide a detailed project completion report that includes a summary of the professional activities you engaged in while in Samoa.

To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project completion report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Arts Practice Director — Pacific
Makerita Urale
(04) 498 0729