Due to COVID-19, international travel will be significantly impacted for some time; however, there are no limitations on the exchange of ideas, intellectual property, shipping artworks, virtual installations and translating books into other languages.
Digital distribution, virtual market attendance, and remote residencies are quickly becoming a viable replacement for face-to-face exchanges across artforms.
We encourage artists, practitioners, arts groups and organisations to continue to undertake a variety of international activity. This is a unique opportunity to proactively connect with international peers and contribute to the global discourse around alternative modes of engagement.
Given current travel restrictions, we anticipate that an artist’s or arts practitioner’s international activity and engagement will occur virtually for much of this year. However, if your project requires international travel, we strongly advise you to follow the government’s travel advice, carefully consider the additional risk, and discuss this with your international collaborators.
The majority of the international funding programmes are on hold for our current financial year (July 2020 to June 2021). Funding is available through our Arts Grants programme, 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 – please refer to our guidelines
Our International Programme Review (started in August 2019) is also on hold, but we expect that the second phase consultation will recommence towards the end of the year. The outcomes will influence the design of the 2021/2022 programme.
Karangarua – Two Voices | Weaving exchange and engagement with international communities
During 2020/2021 we will deliver targeted initiatives to ensure our artists and arts practitioners remain engaged with international peers, platforms and audiences.
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. For more information about PANZ visit their website
Writers and literary festivals can apply to Arts Grants as professional development to support festival appearances.
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.
For more information about PANNZ visit their website
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
Event: PANNZ Online Short Showcases: Zoom Info Hui (2021 PANNZ Arts Market, and international presentation)
When: Wednesday 28 Oct, 12pm
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:
- Knowledge Kete – advice, tools and resources for adaptation and innovation. For example, webinars with international networks and one-to-one digital sessions with seasoned practitioners for advice or guidance.
- Artist Tautoko – individual advice on digital strategies or international plans via an Expressions of Interest process. 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. In addition, they’ll have strong interest from either an international collaborating artist, practitioner or presenter and be committed to international engagement over the next 12 months; this includes virtual engagement. For more information or to register your interest and set up a meeting with the International team, email us on email@example.com
- Tūhongonga Connections – opportunities to engage with established international networks to stay connected and maintain New Zealand’s international profile. For example, virtual participation in a variety of international platforms.
Event: New Zealand at International Association of Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY): opportunities for NZ theatre and dance-makers to participate as delegates in IPAY virtual events throughout October 2020 – January 2021.
Info: Register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kōrero with Te Manu Ka Tau manuhiri
Event: Hybrid programming: a kōrero around festivals going digital with Jeff Khan, Artistic Director & CEO, Performance Space, Sydney
Where: Watch online
Event: IPAY: a kōrero with Boomer Stacey, Executive Director of IPAY (International Association of Performing Arts for Youth) on opportunities to showcase work or contribute to international conversations at IPAY
When: Tues 6 Oct, 2020
Event: (Reimagined) Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Collaborating, Commissioning and Licensing; how artists from Aotearoa New Zealand are overcoming the challenges of distance
When: Mon 17 Aug 2020
We'll continue to support our indigenous producers, curators and leaders to continue the kōrero with their international peers.
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.
Event: Taiwan-New Zealand Dialogue on Cultural Exchange Policies amid COVID-19
When: Sat 24 Oct, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Online live broadcast
Event: Bunka-cho Art Platform Japan Webinar Series | Contemporary Art After the Coronavirus and its Ecology. Session 1: Global Promotion and International Exchange in the Arts After the Impact of COVID-19
When: Fri 7 Aug 2020
Where: Online live broadcast
Presentation and promotion of New Zealand arts internationally
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Venice Biennale Arte has been 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 www.nzatvenice.com/news.
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.