New residencies offer Māori artists First Nation cultural exchange

6 Dec 2018

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The Indigenous Storytellers Spoken Word Residency invites participants to push the parameters of traditional storytelling (photo by Donald Lee).

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is offering two new residencies for Māori artists to exchange their skills and knowledge with First Nation aritsts

Creative New Zealand will support two Māori artists to attend The Indigenous Storytellers Spoken    Word Residency  (March 4 – March 23) and Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit  (April 22 - May 17).

Part of Creative New Zealand’s Cultural & Artform Exchange programme, the residencies build on an existing relationship that has supported indigenous dance and writing residencies for Māori in Banff.

The Indigenous Storytellers Spoken Word Residency invites participants to push the parameters of traditional storytelling, and to immerse themselves in writing practices that are in-depth and involve visual, research and meditative exploration, and also to learn from local elders and faculty members. Participants will also collaborate to refine stories already told and to create new ones to share.

Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit  is an experiment in conjuring and mediumship, combined with art and collaboration with the living and with the spirit. Participants will create works based on their personal relationship with the concept of spirit. Artists will be able to take part in conversations with local elders, as well as workshops involving photo/film development, sound art, performance, and storytelling to invoke spirit as both collaborator and audience.

Apply for the Indigenous Storytellers Spoken Word Residency and Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit  (known as Ghost Days: Making Art for Spirit on the Banff Centre website) by 18 January 2019.

One place is offered per residency. Applicants must apply directly to the Banff Centre. For successful applicants Creative New Zealand will cover costs including return airfares to Calgary, airport transfers, accommodation, the programme fee, a meal plan and visas if applicable.  


About the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organisation built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organisation leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From its home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta the centre aims to inspire everyone who attends its campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential. The centre’s goal is to contribute to the development of strong and vibrant indigenous arts communities around the world, by providing opportunities for indigenous artists – writers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, visual, new media artists, and others – to research, conceive, and produce work with cultural integrity and artistic merit.