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Lavinia Winter Fellow at New Zealand Pacific Studio

Lavinia Winter

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artists' Residency Centre
20 Jan 2018
Work type
Volunteer, Casual employment
Work classification
Pasifika, Performing Arts, Visual Arts


Applicants should be in the early stage of their creative ‘careers’. They can be working in any art medium and should have a particular creative project in mind for their residency.

The 2018 Lavinia Winter Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at Normandell, an historic 1911 villa that in 2001 was restored and converted into New Zealand Pacific Studio, a year-round international residency centre.

A non-profit centre, NZ Pacific Studio has welcomed hundreds of creative practitioners from around the world. The five-acre facility has several studio spaces, a cottage, a large library, an art collection, four fireplaces/woodstoves, sauna, gardens, and offers complimentary access to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

If it is of interest to a Fellow, there is the opportunity to draw on the resources of the Wairarapa Archive during the Fellowship.

The Lavinia Winter Fellowship has been generously sponsored by the Winter family of Masterton since 2009.

Accommodation costs are sponsored (valued at NZ $1,050) for the Lavinia Winter Fellow and complimentary transportation is provided from the airport/train/bus station in Masterton/Palmerston North. The residency is self-catering. The successful Fellow would need to bring necessary equipment and supplies with her.

The Lavinia Winter 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 3-week 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 three week period would have to be met by the applicant.

Fellows are encouraged to provide a community activity during their residency. An Open Studio Day may also be planned during the residency.

Fellows can consider donating a work of art to their sponsor or to the residency centre.

Visit to see what is offered at the residency centre.

Recent Fellows:

2017 – Leah Milanovic, Emerging writer/creative. Leah dedicated her time at NZPS to beginning the novel she'd always felt she had in her and the Fellowship/residency helped her build her confidence in calling herself an artist.

2016 - Sofia Perez, Dancer/choreographer. During her fellowship, Perez collaborated with a filmmaker and visual artist/dancer and explored the movements of animals at the nearby national wildlife centre, Pukaha Mount Bruce.

2015 - Emma Chalmers, Painter. During the fellowship, Chalmers exhibited at Bowen Galleries, Wellington, and developed a series in response to Simone de Beauvoir which has since been exhibited at Bellamy’s Gallery, Dunedin.

2014 - Annelyse Gelman, Writer/musician. During the fellowship, Gelman performed her songs and poetry at King Street Live, Masterton.

How to apply

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

1. Your biography (under 100 words)

2. A description of your proposed project and why it is important to you (under 300 words)

3. A list of any specific requirements you may have

4. A statement of how the Lavinia Winter Fellowship would benefit you at this time (under 300 words)

5. A sample of your work – if you are a writer, no more than 1,000 words; if you are a visual artist, no more than 5 images.

6. Please provide links to any work online.

7. Please indicate which three weeks you would be interested to undertake your residency in the 2018 calendar year. Dates of residency are open to negotiation during 2018.

8. Please provide the names and email addresses of two references whom we will contact if you are shortlisted.

Application deadline: Midnight New Zealand time, 20 January 2018.

Key skills sought: 

A commitment to, and passion for, writing and/or the arts. An interest in communicating with other creative practitioners.

Selection will be made on the nature of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which they will benefit from having the space and time to focus on a project of importance to them.






Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

9 Dec 2017

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.