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Poetry Fellowship, Call-out

Saiko Room - NZ Pacific Studio

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artists' Residency Centre
17 Feb 2016
Work type
Casual employment
Work classification
Community & Access Arts


New Zealand Pacific Studio (NZPS), a non-profit multi-cultural artists’ residency centre in rural Wairarapa, invites applications for a three week residency. This opportunity is made possible with the generous sponsorship from members of the Wairarapa community.

The purpose of this Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship is to encourage the writing of poetry and, in turn, to honour the Japanese poet and painter Ema Saiko (1787-1861) after whom our garden-facing Saiko studio is named. Writing in the early 19th century, at a time when it was unusual for women to be included in the rarefied circles of male poets writing in Chinese, Ema Saiko dedicated herself to, and developed, a poetic form centred on the discovery and unfolding of a rich intellectual and artistic life connected to her physical environment.  

NZPS welcomes applications from both female and male poets of all cultures who seek a similar focus through sustained activity. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to Ema Saiko in terms of style or content. While in residence, Fellows will be invited to give readings and may help facilitate a workshop that shares a personal process of writing poetry with others. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it (although the focus remains on supporting the poet in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Previous Ema Saiko Fellows include: Yukari Nikawa (2015) and Janis Freegard (2014).

Key skills sought: 

Commitment to a personal creative practice; ability to work independently; a desire to connect with a wider audience and community; open-mindedness to be able to live and work with others at the multi-cultural residency centre. 

How to apply

Please e-mail NZPS with the following in ONE DOCUMENT (eg Word or PDF) – please keep the file size under 2mb:

1. Your biography.

2. A description of your proposed project, its objectives and inspirations, why it is important to you, and any specific requirements you may have.

3. When you would like to be in residence (up to 31 December 2016). Dates of residency are open to negotiation. If your project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please make this clear in your application.

4. A statement of how the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time.

5. A sample of your work (no more than 6 poems / 1,000 words).

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

Applications close midnight 17 February 2016. Apply by e-mail to Madeleine Slavick, Program Manager, NZ Pacific Studio, info@artistresidency.org.nz.

The Ema Saiko 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 weekly rate of $300 per week plus $25 for local transportation). The successful Fellow would 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 NZPS about purchasing them once in residence.

The Ema Saiko Fellowship is available to an individual. 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.

NZPS normally hosts an Open Day during the period, at which the fellows – and all artists in residence – are asked to give a short presentation/performance to visitors. Fellows may also choose to donate a book/chapbook to NZPS or to the sponsor.

NZPS is a registered charity.

Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

17 Jan 2016

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.