International Indigenous Artform Exchange 2019

Supporting Māori artists to collaborate with international indigenous artists in creating new work or redeveloping an existing work. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices.


$75,000 in total for a minimum of two projects
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Funding rounds

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Notification dates:
Round 1
29 Mar 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the International Indigenous Artform Exchange 2019, you must be:

  • Māori, and your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (each individual)
  • eligible for Creative New Zealand funding (see Benefits and track record below).

New Zealand‐based organisations can apply but the organisation must be owned and managed by Māori.

If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

If you are an overseas‐based New Zealand artist or organisation you can apply. Your application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts and you must have it endorsed by:

  • New Zealand artist(s) currently resident in New Zealand and/or
  • New Zealand‐based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

Project timing

Your project, or the project stage you are seeking funding for, must:

  • start after 31 May 2019
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant.

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

How often you can apply

You can make one application in this funding round.

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 cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible.

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 International Indigenous Artform Exchange is part of our international programme. Māori artists, practitioners and organisations are supported to work with international indigenous artists, practitioners and organisations to create and present new work or redevelop existing work through a collaborative process. It provides opportunities to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices.

Activities funded

A total fund of $75,000, will be awarded to a minimum of two projects. It supports selected Māori artists to:

  • collaborate with other indigenous artists in the creation of new work or to redevelop existing work
  • exchange artistic skills and techniques with other indigenous artists to develop the participant’s art practice
  • exchange cultural knowledge with other indigenous artists to develop the participant’s art practice
  • develop new indigenous networks and/or strengthens existing networks
  • build international partnerships to support indigenous art form exchange.


Creation phase

The fund focuses on the creation phase of projects.

Presentation costs

Presentation of the work may be included in the proposal but presentation costs should be shared and supported by other partners and funders of the project.

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.
  • 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

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  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first). 

  2. Gather support material.

  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.

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

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The creative process is based on an exchange of cultural knowledge.
  • The creative process is based on an exchange of artistic practice.
  • This project will develop the applicant’s own artistic practice.
  • High‐quality work will be created or redeveloped.


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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic.
  • The budget is realistic.
  • The applicant has a track record of working collaboratively.
  • The applicant has a track record of delivering high quality projects internationally.

Strategic fit

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

  • There is a good relationship demonstrated with the overseas collaborating partner.
  • The project will build international connections for indigenous artists.
  • The project will build the applicant’s current international network.

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 more than one
5‐‐‐Good ‐ satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4‐‐‐Acceptable ‐ satisfies all indicators
3‐‐‐Minor reservations ‐ satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2‐‐‐Major reservations ‐ satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1‐‐‐Unacceptable ‐ does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

An external Māori peer assessor will assess your application. The assessors make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

You can nominate external peer assessors, whose role is to evaluate a range of applications made for our 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 nine weeks after the application closing date. We will notify on 31 May 2019.

At the same time, we list successful applicants on Results of our work

If you are successful we will also 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: