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Call for Friends of Aratoi Fellow

'607' 2014 FOA Fellow

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio
15 Jun 2015
Wellington, National
Work type
Work classification
Performing Arts, Music, Design


NZ Pacific Studio and the Friends of Aratoi invite applications for a three week Friends of Aratoi Fellowship. The purpose of this Fellowship is to develop the arts and/or the exploration of local history in the Wairarapa region, enriching Aratoi Museum of Art and History’s programme and connecting with communities. Creative practitioners or researchers are invited to propose a project that extends their practice and is based on an interest in the region, including the role of Aratoi Museum of Art and History.

Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which all parties will benefit from it: the Friends of Aratoi and NZPS – in terms of community connections, Aratoi itself – in terms of its public programme, and the resident practitioner – in terms of their practice. Applicants could be writers, natural and cultural historians and storytellers, visual artists, curators, producers or film-makers. Cross-disciplinary practice is welcomed. Fellows can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Fellows will be required to ‘show’ their work and give a public talk or engage in a Q&A forum of some kind, with details to be developed in consultation with the Fellow. Friends of Aratoi will also visit NZPS, on a specific afternoon of the Fellow’s residency to talk with the Fellow about their work, in their working environment. It may also be possible to incorporate the Fellow’s project into Aratoi’s exhibition programme, but this will depend on the nature and timing of the project, and should not be taken as an outcome of the Fellowship.

Please e-mail the Secretary, Lynette Dewes, with the following:

1. Your biography.

2. A description of your proposed project and any specific requirements you may have.

3. The preferred 3 week period in 2015 when you would like to be in residence.

4. A statement of how the Friends of Aratoi Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time.

5. A sample of your work (if you are a writer, no more than 1,500 words). If necessary please send a CD or DVD by separate mail.

6. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted.

Dates of residency are open to negotiation, but would ideally occur in the 2015 calendar year. If your project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, in 2015, please make this clear in your application.

Applications close midnight 15 June 2015. Apply by e-mail to Lynette Dewes, NZ Pacific Studio, CDs or DVDs to: New Pacific Studio, 85229 SH2, Masterton 5881.

[NZPS also offers subsidised fee-based residencies. See ]

The Friends of Aratoi Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at the historic Kaiparoro/Normandell House in the Wairarapa. Accommodation is free during this time (it is normally charged at a rate of $325 per week, included shared vehicle costs). The successful Fellow would also need to cover their travel costs to and from the Centre and buy their own food while in residence. In addition, they should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them, or liaise with the Acting Director about purchasing them once in residence.

The Friends of Aratoi Fellowship is available to an individual. However, an applicant is welcome to propose a collaborative project, but the Fellowship would only apply to the applicant and additional parties would need to cover the cost of their residency themselves. Additionally, an applicant is welcome to propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored period would have to be met by the applicant.

The space allocated to the Friends of Aratoi Fellow at Kaiparoro House will be decided by The Program Manager in support of the Fellow’s project and in response to the Fellow’s particular requirements.

Information on Aratoi’s collection can be found at: (News article - 2014 FOA Fellow).

Key skills

Commitment to a personal creative practice and a desire to connect with a wider audience and community.

How to apply

Lynette Dewes, Secretary & Treasurer, NZ Pacific Studio, Ph. (06) 375 8441,,

Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

15 May 2015

NZ Pacific Studio is a programme that provides creative practitioners with space to work intensively on a project of their design.    We have hosted nearly 500 residents since 2001.  The focus is on creative production and in enabling connections with the community.