Creative New Zealand Samoa Artist in Residence 2020

This residency is a Creative New Zealand partnership with the National University of Samoa. It offers three months in Apia for a mid-career or established Aotearoa-based artist of Pasifika heritage to work on an arts project and develop their skills and practice.

Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
3 Apr 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for this residency you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident​.

Eligibility for Samoa Artist in Residence

To apply for this residency, you must:

  • be an artist of Aotearoa-based Pasifika artist with a strong track record in your artform
  • have previous experience talking about or presenting your work
  • have experience in interacting with local communities (for example through facilitating workshops)
  • have a clearly defined project to work on during the residency
  • have experience in working cross-culturally to support the teu le va concept of adorning the space values with Pasifika communities
  • accept that you must uphold the mana of this significant Creative New Zealand international opportunity with key stakeholders and residency partners.

Project timing

This annual residency takes place in Samoa between August and October 2020.

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.

For more information about track record requirements for your artform see our Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

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

How often you can apply

Email Funding Services to check whether you are eligible to resubmit a previously declined application. For more detail visit our Funding guidelines - reapplying for the same project

Reapplying for the same project

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

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, or project phase, must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Totara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Totara Haemata investment programmes? Do you intend to partner with, or present at one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot consider an application if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


The residency takes place in Apia, Samoa over three months from August to October 2020. It supports a mid-career or established Aotearoa-based Pasifika artist to work on an arts project and develop their skills and practice.

The residency aligns with the ‘Moana’ pou of the Pacific strategyMeaningful connections between Aotearoa, Oceania and globally, ensure that Pacific arts are further enriched.

We consider applications from artists working in any artform or genre but we give priority to contemporary practice in:

The residency aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for a mid-career or established Aotearoa-based Pasifika artist to work on an arts project
  • allow the artist to interact and share their skills with the Samoan arts community
  • encourage the development of contemporary arts skills among National University of Samoa students, Samoan artists and the wider community through their engagement with the selected artist
  • provide the selected artist with time and income to develop new work
  • foster cultural exchange between New Zealand and Samoa.

Special requirements during your project

During the residency the selected artist will be required to:

  • conduct an agreed number of talks, workshops or fono/talanoa with students or undertake mentoring with local emerging or established artists
  • hold a public presentation in Samoa towards the end of the residency as a public outcome
  • accept and understand the limited availability of materials and resources in Samoa.
  • have experience in working cross-culturally to support the teu le va concept of adorning the space with local communities
  • uphold the mana of this Creative New Zealand international opportunity with key stakeholders and residency partners.
  • manage the Creative New Zealand residency investment of NZ$25,000 based on the stipulated breakdown of costs outlined, to ensure the success of your project. You must also show how the residency grant was spent in your Project Completion Report to Creative New Zealand.

What we fund

Creative New Zealand provides NZ$25,000 for the residency. This is made up of:

  • a stipend of NZ$18,000 for the three months
  • up to NZ$2,000 towards travel costs; including one return airfare between New Zealand and Apia, internal New Zealand flights, insurance and visa if required.
  • up to NZ$3,000 (up to NZ$1,000 per month for three months) towards the costs of accommodation in Samoa
  • up to NZ$1,000 towards a local artist/creative ‘buddy’ and guide
  • up to NZ$1,000 towards the end-of-residency public presentation in Samoa
  • a briefing on the residency including local customs and conditions by the Creative New Zealand Arts Practice Director (Pasifika).

What the National University of Samoa provides:

Support on the ground is provided to the resident by the National University of Samoa and an appointed local administrator. The National University of Samoa will:

  • provide office space and assistance with sourcing suitable accommodation (this is dependent on limited availability from year to year due to local resources)
  • provide access to a suitable space for the artist to work
  • develop a programme, in agreement with the selected artist, to support the artist’s proposed engagement with students and the wider community
  • appoint a staff member from within the University with an arts focus to provide support to the resident artist
  • offer additional support as agreed during the residency
  • ensure that there is a healthy balance between the requirements of the National University of Samoa and the needs of the artist to work on their own project.

Expenses not covered by Creative New Zealand or the National University of Samoa are your responsibility.

You can contact Funding Services for information about the resources, including equipment, available at the National University of Samoa and any resource limitations.

Read more about the National University of Samoa

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Activities funded by other government agencies.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings, or restoring marae.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO).
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a territorial local authority or Council Controlled Organisation.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – what we don’t fund

Additional activity guidelines and advice

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Contact funding services if you have questions.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients include Lemi Ponifasio, Yuki Kihara, Nathaniel Lees, Fiona Collins, Tiffany Singh, Jim Vivieaere, Evotia Tamua, the Vahine Collective, Ioane Ioane, Siliga Setoga and most recently, Tupe Lualua. You can find more recipients on Results of our work

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

​How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Creative New Zealand Samoa Artist in Residence 2020.

  2. Read the Funding guidelines

  3. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material

  4. Complete each question in the portal application form.

  5. Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date.

For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment


4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The artistic aims that are clearly expressed.
  • The idea is compelling.
  • Both the artistic project and the residency will develop the skills of the applicant.


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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and considers the potential limitations on resources.
  • The applicant has appropriate experience to deliver the artistic project.
  • The applicant’s experience in facilitating or engaging with local Pacific communities/students is strong.
  • The applicant demonstrates an awareness of the ambassadorial aspects of the residency to uphold the mana of this Creative New Zealand opportunity. 

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • The project delivers to the Pacific Arts Strategy pou of MOANA – Meaningful connections between Aotearoa, Oceania and globally, ensure that Pacific arts are further enriched.
  • Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice and results of the project.
  • The applicant’s future plans are aligned to the benefits gained from the residency.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose one of these Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealand arts gain international success
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

See our Funding guidelines for more information.

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. External peer assessors are selected based on their experience in an artform and represent the diversity within our applicants. In accordance with our legislation, Māori and Pasifika assessors will be used to assess applications to our Māori and Pacific funds or artforms. 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.

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 22 May 2020.

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. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: