With thanks to a generous sponsor from the Wairarapa community, New Zealand Pacific Studio (NZPS), invites applications for a three week residency at its multi-cultural artists’ residency centre in rural Wairarapa,
The purpose of this RAK Mason Fellowship is to encourage creativity, to explore the different literary forms or genres and their potential, and to honour one of New Zealand’s foremost writers, RAK Mason (1905-1971), with his intense energy, commitment to literature, and his interest in the ways different literary forms inform each other. The 2016 Fellow would work in the garden-facing Mason Room.
NZPS welcomes applications from writers 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 RAK Mason in terms of style or content. While in residence, Fellows will be invited to give readings and may help facilitate a workshop.
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 writer in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’
Previous RAK Mason Fellows include: Madeleine Slavick (2015) and Tracy Farr (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 RAK Mason Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time.
5. A sample of your work (no more than 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 Community Program Manager, NZPS, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 RAK Mason 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 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.