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New York Visual Arts Residency (ISCP)

This residency supports a New Zealand artist to work on a specific project at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York for four months from 1 May to 31 August 2016.


Closing dates:

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12 Nov 2015

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

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

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.

2. See what's funded


The primary aim of the residency is for an artist to work on a specific project that will benefit from access to New York’s resources and opportunities.

Costs covered

We offer:

  • A stipend of NZD$18,000 for the four-month residency (NZD$4,500 per month for four months)
  • NZD$10,000 (NZD $2,500 per month for four months) towards accommodation
  • NZD$4,000 towards travel costs
  • ISCP studio and administration fees.

You need to locate your own accommodation. ISCP can supply a list of housing resources.

The artist must have health insurance. The cost of this and any other expenses must be met by the artist.

International Studio & Curatorial Program

The ISCP’s purpose is to establish an international community of exemplary visual artists and curators to make their work visible in the New York art community.

Artists are provided with:

  • 24-hour access to a private studio
  • at least six private 30-minute studio visits by a guest critic (a prominent curator, writer, gallery owner or art professional)
  • a minimum of two field trips outside of New York City.

Website: www.iscp-nyc.org

Previous recipients

Previous recipients of the residency are Ronnie van Hout, Lisa Crowley, Christopher Braddock, Gavin Hipkins, Sriwhana Spong, Judy Millar, Kate Newby and Brett Graham.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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What to include

In your application:

  • describe the project you wish to develop, including commentary on your working process and any specific areas of research, equipment or materials you wish to investigate
  • describe the professional development activities you wish to pursue during the residency
  • clearly articulate why being based at the ISCP and in New York will be significant for this project and for your professional development.
  • provide evidence of your experience in delivering floor talks and/or participation in seminars and panels — this is important for the ambassadorial aspects of the residency
  • include your resume/CV including exhibition and professional history
  • include up to two letters of recommendation
  • provide examples of your work. Where possible, supply links to your work online. If your support material is not available in electronic format send us hard copy images. These must be:
    • numbered
    • labelled with your name and the title of the work
    • accompanied by a list giving the dates of the works, their medium and dimensions.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

  1. Creative New Zealand staff and external peer assessors select a short list of applicants.
  2. ISCP makes the final selection.

Assessment criteria

Assessors will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

Project and/or professional development activities

  • The application proposes a specific project and/or professional development activities.
  • The project plan is well-considered and achievable within the timeframe of the residency.

Record of Achievement/Ambassadorial aspects

  • The applicant is a professional, practising artist with a record of achievement in their artform.
  • This residency contributes to, and comes at the right time for, the development of their practice/career.
  • The applicant has the skills and experience to do the ambassadorial aspects of this residency.

Environmental Awareness

  • The application demonstrates an understanding and awareness of the culture and environment of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and New York.

Strategic Value

  • The proposal contributes to Creative New Zealand's objective to develop a New Zealand artist's potential.

5. Notification of results

We will notify all applicants of the decision in mid December 2015.

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

6. On completion

Within two months of completion of the residency, the artist must provide a detailed acquittal report. The report should give an account of the project and the professional activities you engaged in while in New York. This will help us understand what is being achieved by the residency over time.

The acquittal report asks you to comment on:

  • the extent to which your project expectations, as described in your original application, were met
  • the most positive aspects of the residency
  • how well you achieved your professional development goals
  • your most useful contacts
  • any difficulties you experienced
  • any related activities you engaged in while in New York
  • any suggestions that might improve the experience for other artists
  • any other general comments you wish to make.

7. Who to contact

Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts
Kate Montgomery
(04) 498 0732

Arts Adviser - Craft/Object and Visual Arts
Humphrey Tait
(09) 365 1416