Creative New Zealand Samoa Artist in Residence 2019

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


Closing dates:

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29 Mar 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for this residency, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be an artist of Pacific Islands heritage, resident in New Zealand 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
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, 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 residency takes place in Apia, Samoa over three months from August to October 2019 for an artist to develop their skills and practice.

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 New Zealand-based Pacific 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.

During the residency you will be required to:

  • conduct an agreed number of talks, workshops or fono with students or undertake mentoring with local emerging or established artists
  • hold a public presentation towards the end of the residency as a public outcome
  • accept the limited availability of materials and resources in Samoa.

Costs covered

The residency provides:

  • a stipend of NZ$10,000 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 as required, and insurance
  • up to NZ$3000 (up to NZ$1,000 per month for three months) towards the costs of accommodation in Samoa
  • an orientation/briefing on the residency including local customs and conditions by the Creative New Zealand Arts Practice Director (Pasifika).

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

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
  • 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.

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

Previous recipients

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

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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How to apply

1.    Start your application online (you may need to register first).
2.    Gather support material.
3.    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:

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


Can it be achieved? We look 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.

Strategic fit

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

  • A project that aligns to the strategic outcome of ‘High quality New Zealand art is developed’.
  • 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.

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 Pasifika 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

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 of their result nine weeks after the application closing date. We will notify on 31 May 2019.

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

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: