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:
- APAM Australia Performing Arts Market
- Craft/object artists to Munich
- Asian Performing Arts Market Fund
- New Work to Asia Fund
- Frankfurt Book Fair - support for publishers in partnership with the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ)
- International Art Fair Fund
- International Market Development Fund
- International Promotion Fund for Literature - in partnership with PANZ
- Taipei International Book Exhibition - support for publishers in partnership with PANZ
- Translation Grants for New Zealand literature - in partnership with PANZ
- Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying friends (TMKT). Bringing international agents, curators, festival directors, presenters and publishers to New Zealand. The programme offers a tailored arts experience for delegates with the aim of encouraging them to curate, present and publish New Zealand artists overseas.
Cultural and artform exchanges
We support artists to engage in cultural and artform exchanges to help them develop their practice and networks.
- Asia residencies in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation
- Curators to Asia in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation
- Indigenous Artform Exchange
- Indigenous arts residencies
- Pacific cultural and artform exchanges
- First Nations Curators Exchange
- First Nations Producers Exchange
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 NZatVenice.com
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.
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