Creative New Zealand in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts announce new Digital Fellowship

19 Oct 2021

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Image: Photo by Tega Brain, Aspens 2002-2014
Image: Photo by Tega Brain, Aspens 2002-2014

Creative New Zealand in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts are delighted to announce an inaugural online skills exchange program for arts practitioners from Aotearoa and Australia.

Ten arts practitioners will work together over six months to co-develop their digital practice and set directions for the future of the arts in our region with applications now open via the Australia Council’s website

“This is a wonderful strategic new opportunity under our Pacific Arts Strategy and International Programme to continue to support Aotearoa artists to build new skills in the Digital Moana space,” says Caren Rangi, Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Creative New Zealand’s governing body.

“It’s pleasing to see that our vaka continues to navigate these uncertainties with the aim of continued connection and strengthening of our kaupapa and experiences in the ever-evolving digital space.”

The program, which is administered and delivered by Australia Council in collaboration with Creative New Zealand, prioritises collaborative learning, as well as individual practice development, through a series of curated online group sessions and mentoring.

This includes:

  • Online group sessions – two curated multi-day sessions of learning, skills exchange and facilitated activities for all participants.
  • Mentoring – matched digital mentoring to develop skills and practice through a 1-1 model.
  • Investment – funding of $10,000 for each participant to collaborate, develop or present their digital practice.

“We are excited to be a partner with our friends at the Australia Council for the Arts on these fantastic digital fellowships to support our international collaboration in a time of Covid,” says Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

“It’s fantastic that we can find new ways to stay adaptive and flexible to ensure our artists can access a range of opportunities in the digital space.”

The Digital Fellowship Program runs from January - June 2022 and is open to applicants in the first five years of their digital practice.

Five positions are open to both Australian and New Zealand based arts and cultural practitioners working across any art form. There are identified positions for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pasifika applicants.

This opportunity is developed in response to the strategic priorities identified in the Australia Council Digital Culture Strategy 2021-2024 and Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018-2023.

Applications close on Tuesday 30 November 2021, 5pm NZST. (3pm AEDT)

Apply now via Australia Council’s website!

Find out more

A series of online information sessions will be hosted by the Australia Council and Creative New Zealand to support applicants and provide more detail around the program and application process. These sessions will be hosted on Zoom:

  • 29 October, 3pm NZST (1pm AEDT)
  • 5 November, 3pm NZST (1pm AEDT)
  • 19 November, 3pm NZST (1pm AEDT)
  • 26 November, 3pm NZST (1pm AEDT)

Register to attend an information session on the Australia Arts Council website.