Wild Creations

Wild Creations offers a minimum of two artists the chance to experience Department of Conservation environments and/or programmes as inspiration for new art work.


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$36,000 towards a minimum of two projects

24 Aug 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

  • You must be available to undertake your nominated Wild Creations experience between December 2018 and June 2019.

Benefits and track record

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand (NZ) arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of arts experience and success. This means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • specialised training or practical experience
    • successfully completed an arts project, outside of a course of study, that received a degree of critical or sales success

Who can apply

  • You must be an individual artist who is a NZ citizen or permanent resident – organisations are not eligible to apply for this fund.
  • Overseas-based NZ artists can apply, but your application must show direct benefits to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • a NZ artist(s) resident in NZ and/or;
    • a well-established NZ-based arts organisation(s).

Who can’t apply

  • Creative New Zealand staff or members of the Arts Council
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) staff.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

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

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. 

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you:

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

2. See what's funded


Wild Creations is an initiative between Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation to enable artists to engage creatively with DOC environments and/or programmes. The selected artists will be expected to create new work that reflects and builds on their experience.

The art work may be created during, or after, the experience. Projects that need additional support to be completed after the experience may be eligible for support from other Creative New Zealand funding programmes, eg Quick Response or Arts Grants.

Available experiences

Please visit the DOC website for further information on experiences for your Wild Creations project. These include:

We cannot guarantee that your stated location preference will be available. If you are selected, DOC will use their best endeavours to agree a location that is suitable for you, your project and for DOC.

Costs covered

The amount of the grant will depend on the location and nature of your project. As a guide, funds will be allocated as follows:

  • an artist’s stipend while you are undertaking the DOC experience
  • project material costs
  • the cost of travel to and from your home to the relevant DOC office.

A maximum of $36,000 is available towards a minimum of two projects.

Support from DOC

At a minimum DOC will provide each artist with: 

  • transport between the relevant DOC office and the project site
  • information about the facilities and features of the experience location
  • the name and contact details for the member of local DOC staff who will be appointed to liaise with the artist
  • site-based support for the artists from regional DOC staff.

In addition to the above, artists that are away from home overnight will receive:

  • accommodation of a reasonable standard taking account of the nature and locations of the experience
  • access to reasonable facilities for heating, cooking, lighting and washing
  • access to reasonable facilities to obtain or store food
  • a reasonable power source
  • a safe means of communication with DOC staff, eg phone

3. Make an application


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How to apply

To apply for this opportunity:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather support material.
  3. Prepare a budget in your own format, or using the Creative New Zealand budget template. Your budget will need to outline the expenses you expect to incur while participating in Wild Creations.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

What to include

Your proposal must:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of conservation and a wider understanding of conservation via one, or more, of the following:
  • contributing to the conservation story
  • including a perspective in your work of Mātauranga Māori/iwi engagement/telling the story of places of particular significance to Māori
  • telling the story of historic sites through your work.
  1. Show how your project will achieve one, or both, of the following Creative New Zealand outcomes: 
  • stronger arts communities, artists and organisations as shown by the development of high-quality New Zealand art
  • greater public engagement with the arts as shown by New Zealanders participating in the arts and/or New Zealanders experiencing high-quality arts.
  1. Identify the DOC experience you wish to pursue with details of:
  • your preferred location and dates for undertaking the experience
  • the arts project you plan to undertake either during, or as a result of, the experience
  • how your arts project will reflect and build on the experience
  • any specific needs you may have when undertaking the experience, eg  medicines or mobility access needs.
  1. Include an itemised budget with all the likely costs for the project and identifying those to be covered by the Wild Creations grant.

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Your application will be assessed by an external peer assessor and a representative of DOC. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

What we assess your application on


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

  • the artistic aims are clearly expressed
  • the idea is compelling
  • the proposed project will reflect and build on the nominated Wild Creations experience.


Is this viable? We look for the following indicators:

  • the process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned
  • costs and revenue are realistic
  • the budget is thorough and accurate
  • the people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

Is there a good fit with the purpose of this fund?  We look for the following indicators:

  • the project delivers to one or more of Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes.
  • the project delivers to one or more of DOC’s Wild Creations priorities.
  • the artistic outcome and/or participant experience is likely to be high quality.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score your application:

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

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of a decision by Friday 26 October 2018.

Successful applicants will be contacted by a DOC representative to finalise the details and timetable to undertake their nominated experience.

DOC will use its best endeavours to accommodate the proposed location and timeframe for the project. In the event this cannot be accommodated, and a suitable alternative cannot be agreed, the offer of funding may be withdrawn.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Creative New Zealand.

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.

Project Completion Report template (doc 106KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: