Asia Artform Exchange Fund: Stage 2 Creation & Presentation

This fund supports the creation and presentation of collaborative projects between artists and practitioners from New Zealand and targeted territories in Asia. This opportunity is only open to applicants who have completed stage one.


Total budget of $100,000
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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
1 Nov 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

This opportunity is only open to those who have successfully completed stage one of this fund and submitted a satisfactory completion report.

Read more about Stage 1 of this fund

Eligibility for Asia Artform Exchange Fund: Stage 2 Creation & Presentation

  • Those applying to this Stage 2 round must focus on a project generated by Stage 1 of the fund and work in collaboration with artists or practitioners in Asia.
  • Projects must be with artists or practitioners from one or more of the following territories: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. These territories are a priority for Creative New Zealand’s Focus on Asia initiative. 
  • A copy of the applicant’s international strategy must be attached.

Project timing

This fund has two stages:

Stage 1: Research and scope collaborative opportunities. (Already completed)
Stage 2: Creation & Presentation.  

Your project must:

  • start after 29 November 2019
  • be completed by 29 December 2020.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

2. See what's funded


The Asia Artform Exchange Fund is part of our Focus on Asia initiative.

The purpose of this fund is to provide New Zealand artists and practitioners with the opportunity to:

  • collaborate with artists and practitioners in Asia (this could be creating new work or redeveloping existing work)
  • share artistic knowledge and techniques
  • exchange cultural knowledge
  • advance long-term creative exchanges and build knowledge, expertise and networks in Asia
  • contribute to the long-term development of international markets and audiences in Asia.

Stage 2: Creation & Presentation

Stage 2: Creation and Presentation is the next phase following on from Stage 1: Research. Stage 2 supports applicants to collaborate with a partner in Asia to create new work or redevelop an existing work for either a public viewing/open studio or full presentation. This can take place in either New Zealand or Asia. The key focus is on the collaborative process and how it contributes to the exchange of ideas and artistic practices. 

Costs and activities funded

The fund supports costs relating to the creation and presentation of the work, with priority given to the creation costs. Where a presenter is involved it is expected that they contribute to the presentation costs.

There is a budget of $100,000 available for this round.

Eligible costs include:

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists’ fees for key artists and practitioners in Asia working in collaboration with the New Zealand applicant
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials
  • rehearsals
  • studio space
  • interpreter fees – we recommend the use of interpreters, where required, to ensure a more meaningful exchange with potential collaborators in Asia.

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, e.g. feature films, music videos or content for radio or television.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • Game design, fashion design or commercial design.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand.
  • Marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.
  • Buying capital items.
  • Buying or renovating buildings.
  • An organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes.
  • International promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

  1. Log in to the portal to start your application
  2. Read the Application guidelines and requirements for specific activities (pdf 176KB)
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the Budget Guidelines
  4. Gather artistic support material. Read the Support material guidelines
  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  6. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • The proposed work shows artistic merit.
  • The work is suitable for the target audience.
  • This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided for why this opportunity is being pursued.


Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:

  • The timeframe and creative process are realistic for the development of the work.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The creative team has the experience to realise the work for an international audience.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the purpose of the fund? We look for the following indicators:

  • The opportunity will build strategic long-term creative relationships and cultural/artistic exchange between New Zealand and Asia.
  • The opportunity has the potential to develop ongoing cultural or artistic exchange.
  • There is commitment from the Asia collaborating partner/artists.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score idea, viability and strategic fit:

7 — Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6 — Very good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 — Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 — Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3 — Minor Reservations - Satisfies two indicators only
2 — Major Reservations - Satisfies one indicator only
1 — Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications from Pacific or Māori applicants. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result four weeks after the closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 29 November 2019.

We also list successful applicants on Who got funded.

If you are successful we will email you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: