Wild Creations

Up to three artists to experience one of several Department of Conservation environments as inspiration for an art work or works, between November 2017 and June 2018.


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Fund total $36,000

1 Sep 2017

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Wild Creations 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
  • cannot be an employee of the Department of Conservation (DOC)
  • must have a track record of arts experience and success.  This means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • specialised training or practical experience and
    • successfully completed an arts project, outside of a course of study

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a Creative New Zealand report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current Creative New Zealand funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a Creative New Zealand funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for Wild Creations proposals

2. See what's funded

A Wild Creations artist will be expected to create an art work or works based on their DOC experience. This work may be created during, or after, the experience.

Projects that need for additional support to be completed, after the Wild Creations experience, may be eligible for support from other Creative New Zealand funding programmes e.g. Quick Response or Arts Grants.

Available Experiences

The following types of DOC experiences are available through Wild Creations:

  • Experience of a place of particular significance to Māori:  e.g. DOC has a unique relationship with Tuhoe who are introducing DOC to a new way of thinking about place in terms of Te Urewera.
  • A community group/volunteering/immersion experience:  DOC has numerous partnering relationships with a range of volunteer groups who lead conservation work in ‘their backyard’. These include hut/track/structure maintenance and construction, species or habitat restoration.
  • An Iwi engagement experience: e.g. attend DOC’s Te Pukenga Atawhai training programme, which covers the skills needed by DOC staff to build and maintain effective relationships with tangata whenua.
  • A historic icon site experience: e.g. time at one of the historic icon sites managed by DOC.
  • A threatened species experience: e.g. two weeks on Whenua Hou supporting the Kakapo Recovery team to monitor and care for Kakapo eggs.
  • An island experience: e.g. time on a predator-free island (at sea or on a lake) observing tracking, trapping, monitoring and habitat restoration.
  • A coastal experience: e.g. coastal replanting, supporting tourism monitoring, marine mammal monitoring.
  • An urban experience: e.g. accompanying school groups on conservation projects or education.
  • A remote experience: e.g. using a hut warden’s hut over the winter season.

For more information about DOC, its programmes and possible experiences visit the DOC website

Purposes of the programme

Wild Creations proposals are expected to deliver to one, or more, of the following DOC outcomes.

  • New Zealand history is brought to life and protected: The stories of 50 Historic Icon sites are told and protected.
  • New Zealanders and our visitors are enriched by outdoor experiences: International holiday visitors come to New Zealand to connect with our natural place.
  • New Zealanders connect and contribute to conservation: New Zealanders’ lives are enriched through connection to our nature.
  • The diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored: New Zealand’s natural ecosystems benefit from pest management; Threatened species across New Zealand’s ecosystems are managed to enhance their populations; Freshwater ecosystems are restored from ‘mountains to the sea’; and a nationwide network of marine protected areas is in place, representing New Zealand’s marine ecosystems.

In addition, Wild Creations proposals are expected to deliver to one, or more, of the Creative New Zealand outcomes. 

  • Greater public engagement with the arts as shown by New Zealanders participating in the arts and/or New Zealanders experiencing high-quality arts.
  • Stronger arts communities, artists and organisations as shown by the development of high-quality New Zealand art.

Costs covered/projects supported

The actual amount of an individual artist’s grant will vary according to:

  • the location of the artist
  • the location of the DOC experience
  • the duration of the experience
  • the nature of the artist’s project proposal

As a guide funds will be allocated as follows:

  • an artist’s stipend of $1,000 per week while the artist is undertaking their DOC experience
  • up to $2,000 (excluding GST) per artist towards project material costs and the artist’s travel to and from their home to the relevant DOC office
  • A maximum of $36,000 will be split between up to three artists

Resources Available

The resources needed for nominated experiences will vary depending on the location of the experience, the artist’s home address and the nature of an artist’s project proposal. At a minimum DOC will provide each artist with: 

  • transport between the relevant DOC office and the project site
  • information about the facilities and features of the experience location
  • the name and contact details for the member of local DOC staff who will be appointed to liaise with the artist
  • site-based support for the artists from regional DOC staff

In addition to the above, artists that are away from home overnight will receive:

  • accommodation of a reasonable standard taking account of the nature and locations of the experience
  • access to reasonable facilities for heating, cooking, lighting and washing
  • access to reasonable facilities to obtain or store food
  • a reasonable power source
  • a safe means of communication with DOC staff e.g. phone 

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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Your proposal will need to identify the DOC experience you wish to pursue and provide details of:

  • your preferred location and dates for undertaking the nominated experience, as well as an alternative set of dates during which you would also be available to undertake the nominated experience
  • the arts project(s) you plan to undertake either during, or as a result of, the nominated DOC experience
  • an explanation of how you expect your arts project(s) to reflect and build on your nominated DOC experience
  • the ways you plan to work with the communities you will engage with during the experience (where relevant to the type of experience you wish to undertake)
  • a statement on how your planned project(s) will deliver to the purposes of the Programme
  • details of any specific needs you may have when undertaking the Wild Creations experience (for example medicines or mobility access needs).

Note: We cannot guarantee that your stated location preference will be available. If selected, DOC will use their best endeavours to agree a location that is suitable for you, your project and for DOC.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather support material.
  3. Prepare a budget in your own format, or using the Creative New Zealand budget template. Your budget will need to outline the expenses you expect to incur while participating in Wild Creations.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Assessment will be made by a Wild Creations Panel of representatives of Creative New Zealand and DOC.

Assessment criteria

Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria

  • Conservation: how strong is the artist’s awareness of conservation values and conservation issues?
  • The Purpose: how strongly will the artist’s planned project deliver to the Creative New Zealand and DOC purposes of the programme?
  • The Experience: how strongly will the artist’s project reflect and build on their nominated DOC experience?
  • The Project: how strong and well-developed is the arts project that the artist plans to undertake either during, or as a result of, their nominated DOC experience?
  • The Engagement: how suitable are the artist’s plans to work with the communities he/she will engage with during the experience (where relevant to the experience type)?
  • The Budget: how credible, complete and accurate is the budget?

Selection Priorities

Priority will be given to proposals:

  • that involve the use of digital platforms to present or distribute the art work
  • from artists who would like to include a perspective in their work of Matauranga Māori/iwi engagement/telling the story of places of particular significance to Māori
  • where artists wish to tell the story of historic icon sites through their work
  • where artists wish to contribute to the conservation story (for example through telling a story of a location, at the location)
  • from young and/or emerging artists.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of a decision by Friday 20 October 2017.

Successful applicants will be contacted by a DOC representative to finalise the details and timetable for the selected artist to undertake their nominated experience. DOC will use it best endeavours to identify a suitable location and timeframe for the project, but in the event that this cannot be agreed the offer of funding may be withdrawn.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Creative New Zealand.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within eight weeks of the project end date using the report template (to be provided by Creative New Zealand).

7. Who to contact

Humphrey Tait
Arts Advisor (Craft/Object and Visual arts)
DDI: (09) 365 1416
Mobile: 021 796 968