International programme

We're connecting high-quality New Zealand artists and arts organisations with global markets and audiences. We're also developing international networks and capability, and offering opportunities for cultural and artistic exchange.

What we do

Our strategy values long-term engagement with the international arts community by leveraging strategic partnerships locally and internationally. We have an ambitious programme that’s developing international markets, audiences networks and exchange opportunities. We’re doing this by:

  • bringing in key overseas presenters, agents, curators and collaborators to experience New Zealand art in its local context
  • supporting artists to present their work at markets and fairs, introducing them to potential presenters, buyers, collectors, curators and collaborators 
  • supporting international cultural and artistic exchange by offering a range of funding programmes and initiatives
  • building the capability of artists to help them engage with international markets and audiences
  • giving New Zealand presence at strategic international events such as the Venice Biennale and Festival of Pacific Arts.

Developing international markets

We support artists and arts organisations to develop international audiences for their work. Here's what we're currently doing:

Cultural and artform exchanges

We support artists to engage in cultural and artform exchanges to help them develop their practice and networks.

International projects

Biennale Art in Venice

Creative New Zealand supports New Zealand's presentation at the international contemporary art exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Dane Mitchell is New Zealand’s artist for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.  Lisa Reihana presented Lisa Reihana: Emissaries in the New Zealand pavilion in 2017. More at

Focus on Asia 2014-2020

We are building stronger artistic and cultural connections with 6 target territories in Asia – China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. New Zealand artists from all artforms have more opportunity to:

  • present new work in Asia
  • exchange artistic and cultural practices
  • develop audiences, markets and networks.

Focus on Asia generates a vibrant cultural exchange (news)

Festival of Pacific Arts 2020

Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hawai'i in 2020. The Festival of Pacific Arts takes place every four years. More about the festival

Who to contact

Phone: +64 (0)4 473 0880