2018 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship at NZ Pacific Studio
New Zealand Pacific Studio Artists’ Residency Centre and the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge Kaiparoro invite applications for a three-week ANZAC Fellowship in northern Wairarapa, New Zealand. This Fellowship has been awarded annually since 2006.
The purpose of this Fellowship is to maintain a rich cultural context for the annual commemorations centred at New Zealand Pacific Studio in Mount Bruce, and the nearby ANZAC Memorial Bridge, just 2 kilometers away from the residency centre.
NZ Pacific Studio was instrumental in forming the group Friends of ANZAC Bridge (FOAB) in 2006 which has restored the bridge and continues to maintain it. In 2015, Friends of ANZAC Bridge received the Supeme Award at the Trustpower Community Awards in the Tararua District.
The Fellowship is made possible with a community grant from Trust House Community Enterprise, Masterton, which comes with the mandate that the fellowship project engage the residents of the nearby communities on and around ANZAC Day (25 April) 2018.
Creative practitioners of any kind are invited to make a project proposal that explores issues of war, peace, loss, memory, and identity, and that involves the participation of the nearby communities of Eketahuna and Northern Masterton (including Kaiparoro/Mount Bruce, Mauriceville, Rongokokako and Nireaha) to contribute to or enrich the annual ANZAC memorial service held at the bridge on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at 2pm.
BACKGROUND FOR 1918 -2018
In the year 1918, two young men from the small village of Kaiparoro were killed, their names being etched on the ANZAC Memorial Bridge. In what is present day Belgium: Sapper John Harold SNELL, Jack, on January 3rd, lost his life and in Havrincourt, France Private Arthur Lock BRADDICK on September 29th. On ANZAC Day 2018 families of JackSnell and Arthur Braddick will both be gathering to remember. Both men have stories to be read when online searching.
Whilst 1918 brought an end to the war it was tinged with the sadness with many young men and women losing their lives, both on the battlefield but also to the influenza pandemic in New Zealand which took 16,800 lives.
BACKGROUND on the ANZAC MEMORIAL BRIDGE AT KAIPARORO
Recent ANZAC Fellows at NZ Pacific Studio and their projects:
2014 - Anna Borrie, Multimedia artist, Fiordland
Harakeke Cloak Remembrance Project, 2014
2015 - Connah Podmore, Interdisciplinary artist, Wellington
Writing to History, 2015
2016 - Philippa Werry, Author, Wellington
Two Bridges, Two Countries, 2016
2017 - Christine Yardley, Performer and sculpter, Australia/Kaiparoro
For King and Country - ANZAC Concerts across the Tasman.
Another relevant creative project is the 2012 children’s book The Eels of ANZAC Bridge,
authored by Ali Foster, illustrated by Viv Walker, and published jointly by Fraser Books and Wairarapa Archive.
The ANZAC Fellow will be in residence for a maximum of three weeks at the historic 1911 Normandell House in Mount Bruce/Kaiparoro. Accommodation is free during this time (it is normally charged at a rate of $350 per week). The successful Fellow would need to cover their travel costs to and from the Wairarapa and buy their own food while in residence. Pick-up from and drop off to the nearest airport/train/bus station is complimentary and modest local travel is supported in liaison with the House Manager. A Fellow should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them, or liaise with the House Manager about purchasing them once in residence.
The project will also be supported by a Community Coordinator who will assist the ANZAC Fellow with the essential making of links with local communities and the more general support of project activities and events. There will also be a stipend of $500 to the artist towards project costs.
The space allocated to the ANZAC Fellow at Kaiparoro House will be decided by the Community Programme Manager or House Manager in support of the Fellow’s project and in response to the Fellow’s particular requirements.
The ANZAC 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 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 period would have to be met by the applicant/s.