International programme

We’re reframing our support in the international space to adjust to the changed environment, and like 2020/2021, we’ll roll out new offerings at different intervals.

New ways of working internationally continue to grow as artists seek to foster strong global relationships with collaborators, presenters and curators, despite the disruptions of COVID-19. We continue to redesign our programme to adjust to the dynamic environment, and like 2020/2021, we’ll roll out new offerings at different intervals. 

With our partners here and abroad, we’ll continue to offer a suite of opportunities and funding that provide New Zealand artists and practitioners with the knowledge and networks to support their practice, adapt to the evolving arts landscape, promote their work to international markets and audiences, and collaborate in innovative ways with international peers.

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Karangarua – Two Voices | Weaving exchange and engagement with international communities

During 2021-2022 we’ll deliver targeted initiatives to ensure our artists and arts practitioners remain engaged with international peers, platforms and audiences.

Indigenous exchange

We'll continue to support our indigenous producers, curators and leaders to continue the kōrero with their international peers. 

These initiatives are co-created with Māori curators and producers and are currently being reviewed. An update will be provided in the next few months.

International market development


We’re partnering with the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) to manage international market development initiatives, including:

  • a presence, virtual and/or physical, at key international book fairs including Frankfurt
  • the publication of a rights catalogue to promote New Zealand literature for distribution to agents, publishers and festivals
  • the development of a digital rights platform to host the catalogue content online
  • the administration of the Translation Fund, which supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages
  • initiatives to support the capability of publishers to develop rights skills and find new ways of working and selling rights online.

We’ll continue to work with PANZ to explore additional ways to promote New Zealand literature internationally.

Writers and literary festivals can apply to Arts Grants as professional development to support festival appearances.

Performing arts

We’ll seek out opportunities for practitioners to increase their international profile and networks, and showcase on digital markets and platforms.

We’re partnering with the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) to support the performing arts sector to engage internationally on their digital platform.

This will include:

  • supporting the development and delivery of the new hybrid performing arts market online and in person in March 2021
  • supporting artists’ international capability to pitch, showcase and engage digitally including the creation of digital assets
  • supporting practitioners to engage with international collaborators, presenters and partners attending the market virtually.

Artists and producers wishing to attend international performing arts markets can apply for professional development support through Arts Grants

Visual arts and craft object

We’ll seek out and facilitate international opportunities for artists and curators to participate and engage across international platforms.

Support for dealer galleries to attend international art fairs is now available through Arts Grants

Strengthen capability and international engagement

Global Wayfinding Programme

This programme supports artists, practitioners and arts organisations across all art-forms to navigate the shifting tides of the global arts environment. Our aim is to support the strengthening of artists’ and practitioners’ capability, and to provide clear pathways to stay internationally connected.

The Global Wayfinding programme draws on the shared knowledge of domestic and global artists and arts communities. With our partners here and abroad, we’ll offer a suite of opportunities that provide New Zealand artists and practitioners with the knowledge and networks to support their practice and adapt to the evolving arts landscape.

This programme is designed to respond to a dynamic international arts environment. We’ll roll out new offerings at different intervals over the financial year, acknowledging that artists and organisations in the sector will want to connect with us and access resources at different stages according to their individual needs.

The programme consists of three strands with a range of offerings in each:

  1. Knowledge Kete 

Access to information, tools and resources for adaptation and innovation.

  • Webinars with international networks that offer insights to emerging global trends or fresh perspectives to new ways of working.  
  • Digital Fellowship – a new online skills exchange program for New Zealand and Australian arts practitioners to co-develop their digital practice and forge new pathways for the future of the arts. This programme is delivered in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.
  1. Artist Tautoko 

Access to tailored advice or coaching to help navigate the changing global arts landscape.  The programme supports artists to work with an expert or arts professional of their choice who can provide one-to-one advisory sessions tailored to their needs. The expert or arts professional can come from a different field to the artist and be based in New Zealand or overseas. This is for artists, practitioners, or arts organisations that have a track record of international engagement, including those with an emerging practice that have some international experience. -. For more information or to register your interest and set up a meeting with the International team, email us on

  1. Tūhongonga Connections 

Access to opportunities to engage with established international platforms and networks to maintain critical connections and sustain New Zealand’s international profile.

  • virtual participation in a variety of international arts platforms
  • Te Manu Ka Tau International Visitors Programme – we’ll continue to find new ways to strengthen relationships with international colleagues, presenters, partners and key influencers across the artforms.Presentation and promotion of New Zealand arts internationally

Presentation and promotion of New Zealand arts internationally

Funding is still available through our Arts Grants, to support New Zealand artists, arts practitioners arts groups and arts organisations to engage in a variety of international activity, including the presentation of art works – refer to our international activity guidelines

Global Networks Presentation Fund

The Global Networks Presentation Fund sits alongside the work of our International programme by supporting invitations to present work overseas that are the result of one of our initiatives. This fund aims to recognise international networks as well develop international audiences, collaborations and opportunities for New Zealand artists and companies.

The fund has been adapted to respond to new ways of working in a COVID-world and supports international presentations across a variety of artforms that may be in person, digital or a hybrid presentation of work.

59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Venice Biennale Arte was postponed, and will now take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022.

We are fully committed and excited to present Yuki Kihara as New Zealand’s artist for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. More info at

13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC)

Due to COVID-19, the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) will now take place June 6-16, 2024 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (originally 2020). Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa at the festival.

Developing partnerships  

We'll continue to develop stronger alliances with other government agencies, funding agencies and international partners to leverage opportunities for the arts sector and strengthen Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation internationally.

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