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Call for applications to Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency, New York

5 Aug 2009

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Creative New Zealand is offering a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, USA in 2010. The residency is for a period of four months and is open to all New Zealand visual artists currently working or exhibiting in New Zealand.

The closing date for applications is Friday 4 September 2009. Applications must be received in the Wellington Office, in hard copy, by 5:00pm to be eligible.


The Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency in New York was established in 2000 to provide a unique opportunity for a New Zealand visual artist and was repeated again in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Applications are now being sought for the next residency, which will run for four months from February 1 to May 31, 2010.


The selected artist will have the opportunity to work on an approved project in New York. In addition, transporting the artist to a different environment is expected to have many other benefits. These include:

  • Opportunities for a new physical environment to impact upon the artist’s work
  • Cross fertilisation of ideas from mixing with residents of other cultures
  • Increased awareness in New York of New Zealand artists and New Zealand visual arts
  • Professional development opportunities, eg invitations to exhibit elsewhere
  • Contribution to the development of New Zealand visual arts

The relatively short duration of the residency means that this will be quite challenging. As such, one of the primary aims will be for the artist to take advantage of the location and establish as many useful contacts as possible.

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. Governments, corporations, foundations, galleries and individuals sponsor the participating artists for periods from one month to two years. Artists are provided with a private studio, ranging from 300 to 400 square feet. It supports activities that give the participating artists access to New York’s resources and opportunities.

During the four-month residency at ISCP, each artist will be provided with: 24-hour access to their studio, visits to the studio by at least six guest critics and a minimum of two field trips outside of New York City. The guest critic programme is proving to be very successful in introducing the artists’ work to the New York and international art communities. Approximately twice a month a prominent curator, writer, gallery owner or art professional meets privately with each artist for a 30-minute studio visit.

To date, the programme has attracted international visitors from more than 45 countries – curators, gallery owners, journalists, writers, artists and personnel from foundations, residency programmes and government cultural agencies – all of whom are made available to the artists.

ISCP relocated to new premises in May 2008 and we are pleased that we have been able to secure a timeslot that includes the selected artist taking part in the Open Studio Programme in May.

For more information about this organisation and its programmes, please refer to their website at www.iscp-nyc.org.

Creative New Zealand Support

Creative New Zealand will offer the resident:

  • A stipend total of USD$12,000 for the four-month residency (USD$3,000 per month for four months)
  • USD$8,000 (USD$2,000 per month for four months) towards accommodation
  • NZD$4,000 towards travel costs
  • Creative New Zealand will also cover the ISCP studio and administration fees.

Although Creative New Zealand provides the selected artist with a financial contribution towards accommodation costs for the period of the residency, locating accommodation rests with the artist. ISCP can supply a list of housing resources on request.

Expenses not covered by Creative New Zealand and the ISCP are the responsibility of the artist selected for the residency. For example, it is necessary for the selected artist to have health insurance that covers the period of the residency.

Selection Process

Creative New Zealand external peer assessors will undertake pre-assessment of the applications.

A shortlist of applicants is then sent to New York and the ISCP makes the final selection of the resident.

For more information, please read the full Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency overview here.


For enquiries please contact:
Felicity Birch

Programme Adviser

04 498 0735