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Masterton Fellow

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artists' Residency Centre
8 Dec 2017
Work type
Volunteer, Casual employment
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Culture & Heritage, Visual Arts


Artists/writers working in any media and located in New Zealand or abroad are welcomed to apply for a three-week supported residency at New Zealand Pacific Studio, in Mount Bruce, Wairarapa.

The 2018 Masterton Fellow will be in residence for three weeks (before 1 June 2018) at an historic 1911 villa that in 2001 was converted into NZ Pacific Studio, a year-round international residency centre.  Over the past 15 years, the non-profit centre has hosted hundreds of creative practitioners. The five-acre facility has several studio spaces, a large library, four fireplaces/woodstoves, sauna, and a cottage.

Accommodation costs are sponsored (valued at NZD1,050) for the Masterton Fellow and complimentary transportation is offered from the airport or train/bus station in Masterton/Palmerston North. The residency is self-catering. Visit to see what is offered at the residency centre.

The Masterton Fellowship, in its third year, is possible through a grant from the ‘Community Development Fund’ of Masterton District Council. As the name of the Fund indicates, the Masterton Fellow will offer a cultural/artistic programme that will creatively engage the nearby community.

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

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 one 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 be met by the applicant.

How to apply

SELECTION will be based on the originality, nature and strength of an applicant’s project, the degree to which all parties would benefit, the relevance to the Masterton community, and on the letters received from referees (whom we will contact for shortlisted applicants). Key skills sought are the commitment to one's personal creative practice and the ability to connect easily with the community.


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

Please e-mail NZ Pacific Studio with the following in ONE PDF FILE under 1mb:

1. Biography. Less than 100 words.

2. Description of proposed project. Tell us why it is important to you, 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 1 June 2018 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 text-based, no more than 1,000 words; if visual/audio, no more than 5 pieces.  

5. Link to your website or a relevant website with your work.

6. Two referees. Name. Email address. Relationship to applicant. Landline telephone number.


Applications close midnight Friday 8th Dec 2017, NZ time.

Apply by e-mail to New Zealand Pacific Studio:


[NZ Pacific Studio also offers fee-based residencies for as long as three months and as short as one weekend.

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Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

28 Oct 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.