Asia Artform Exchange Research Fund: Stage 1 Research

To support New Zealand artists and practitioners, across all art forms, to research and scope collaborative projects with artists and practitioners in targeted territories in Asia.


A maximum of $6,000 per application
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
19 Oct 2018, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

This fund has two stages:

Stage 1: Research and scope collaborative opportunities.
Stage 2: Create and Develop. The funding round opens for applications October 2019. In order to be eligible for stage 2 applicants must successfully complete Stage 1 by 31 July 2019.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme.

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • Only NZ-based individuals or organisations can apply.

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.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project must not have already received funding from Creative New Zealand.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding and Capability Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

Eligibility for Asia Artform Exchange Fund: Stage 1 Research

Projects must be with artists or practitioners from one or more of the following territories: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. These territories are a priority of Creative New Zealand’s Focus on Asia strategy. 

2. See what's funded


The Asia Artform Exchange Fund is part of our Focus on Asia initiative. In stage one we are supporting New Zealand artists and practitioners to connect with Asian artists or practitioners. We want you to research ideas and scope out potential collaborative projects. Support for more work on these projects may be possible in Stage 2 – Creation and Development, opening in October 2019.

In stage one you could organise a research trip to Asia including:

  • artist meetings
  • collaborative workshops
  • an internship or residency hosted by a partner organisation.

The purpose of the Asia Artform Exchange 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, redeveloping existing work and may result in a presentation)
  • 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.

What we fund

Costs covered

The fund provides seed funding for applicants to research ideas, identify partners in Asia and to scope potential collaboration projects.  Eligible costs include:

  • international travel
  • accommodation
  • research costs including registration/admission fees
  • materials
  • meetings
  • interpreter fees – we recommend the use of interpreters, where required, to ensure a more  meaningful exchange with potential collaborators in Asia.

Funding limits

Maximum of $6,000 per application.

What we don’t fund

  • activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television
  • 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

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Prepare a detailed project budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Log-in or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


  • The idea is compelling.
  • The proposal will develop the skills of the artists and/or participants involved.
  • The research phase includes opportunity for genuine artistic and cultural exchange.


  • The budget is realistic, thorough and accurate.
  • The timeline and itinerary are clear.
  • The Asian artists/partners are identified.
  • The people/partners have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

  • This project is likely to lead to long-term collaboration.
  • This project has the potential to develop on-going international relationships with artists and audiences in Asia.
  • This research phase is likely to lead to the future creation and presentation of work.

Scoring your application

The following assessment scale is used:


7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6---Very good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3---Minor Reservation - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major Reservation - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date we will email all applicants of their result.

  • For the 19 October 2018 round we will notify on 23 November 2018.

At the same time 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.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: