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Masterton Fellow, New Zealand Pacific Studio

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artist Residency Centre
30 Nov 2015
Manawatu / Wanganui, Wellington
Work type
Work classification
Music, Screen & Sound, Pasifika


The Masterton Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at an historic 1911 villa, with accommodation sponsored (valued at $975),  an art materials stipend ($300), complimentary transportation from airport or train/bus stations in Masterton/Palmerston North, and project assistance from a Community Coordinator. (Visit to see what is offered at the residency centre.)

NZPS is a registered charity, and this Fellowship is made possible through a grant from the Community Development Fund of Masterton District Council. As the name of the Fund indicates, the Masterton Fellow will work on a cultural/artistic programme that will creatively engage the communities. A Community Coordinator is contracted to assist in planning and running this outreach programme.

Possible Masterton-based partners in this public outreach could be Rangitane or Kahungungu maraes, Aratoi Museum, King Street Artworks, King Street Live, Wairarapa Archives, Masterton Library , Toi Wairarapa, The Wool Shed, Masterton Art Club, Dirty Fingers Pottery, Rural Education Activity Programme (REAP) and various schools at the primary, intermediate, secondary or tertiary level.

Key events in the area before June 2016 include Wairarapa Balloon Festival (Feb 25-29, 2016), Golden Shears (March 4 &5 2016) and Yarns’N Barns (May 27-June 6 2016).

Applicants can be writers, visual artists, curators, dancers, musicians, film-makers, photographers, historians, storytellers … -- there are no limits. Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers’ and are also welcome to propose a collaborative project, but the fellowship would only apply to the applicant; additional parties would need to cover the cost of their residency. Applicants may also propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the fellowship period would have to be met by the applicant.

Please propose a project that extends your practice and would actively involve the community.

Please e-mail NZPS with the following:

1. A short biography. Less than 100 words.

2. A short description of the proposed project, why it is important to you and how you consider it important for the Masterton community, how the fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time, and any specific requirements you may have. Less than 400 words.

3. The preferred 3 week period when you would like to be in residence – this must occur before 15 June 2016 to meet conditions of the grant. If the project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please state this.

4. A sample of your work. If a text-based sample, no more than 1,000 words; if a visual sample, no more than 4mb.  

5. Link to your website and/or relevant websites with your work.

6. The contact details of two referees.

Applications close midnight 30 November 2015.

Apply by e-mail to New Zealand Pacific Studio:


NZPS also offers fee-based residencies:


Key skills

Commitment to a personal creative practice and the ability to connect easily with the community.

Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s project and the degree to which all parties will benefit. The specific workspace of the seven available spaces at the facility will be decided in response to the particular requirements of the project. 


How to apply

New Zealand Pacific Studio, Ph. (06) 375 8441,,,

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New Zealand Pacific Studio

1 Nov 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.