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Toi Sqwigwialtxw Residency 2018

Job details

Toi Māori Aoteroa
13 Aug 2018
Overseas, National
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Toi Maori, Visual Arts


The Toi Sqwigwialtxw Residency is an exchange agreement that has been funded by Creative New Zealand and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre since 2006 (the Residency). It has been offered biennially to established artists of Māori descent to attend a Residency in North America.

The aims of the residency are to:

  • Continue the relationship between Creative New Zealand/Toi Māori and the Evergreen State College that provides cultural exchange and professional development opportunities for Māori artists, Native American artists and cultural leaders associated with the Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre.
  • Enhance the knowledge and technical expertise of Native American artists within a given artform.
  • Foster inter-cultural exchange that expands knowledge of Māori and Native American arts and cultures.
  • Broaden and deepen the relationships and networks of indigenous artists of the Pacific Rim.
  • Provide opportunities for the artist-in-residence to network with Native American artists and to learn about their history, culture and arts.
  • Provide the artist-in-residence with an opportunity to undertake a practical project during the period of the residency.

The successful resident will receive the following:

  • Return airfares from New Zealand to Olympia, Washington State, USA
  • Transport as necessary
  • Accommodation in USA during tenure as the Toi Sqwigwialtxw resident
  • Office and/or studio space
  • A stipend of $1,000 NZD per week
  • Funds towards art supplies as needed up $4,000 USD
  • Freight/excess baggage costs (if needed) up to $1,000 NZD
  • Mentorship and support from both Toi Māori Aotearoa and The Longhouse, Evergreen State College
  • Networking opportunities with Native American artists to learn about the arts and culture of the First Nations people of North America

The “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center (Longhouse) opened in 1995 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. As a public service center of The Evergreen State College, the Longhouse’s mission is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development.
The Longhouse promotes indigenous arts and culture at a local, national, and international level. In 1996, the Longhouse began a partnership with six local tribes to administer a Native economic development arts initiative. Since then our services have expanded along with our geographical reach. We host native arts sales, exhibitions and performances. We provide marketing services to artists. Through residency programs with master artists, we inspire new artists to develop their abilities and established artists to expand their capacities.

Toi Māori Aotearoa: Māori Arts New Zealand is a Charitable Trust and an umbrella organisation that supports the development of contemporary Māori arts.
Based in Wellington, Toi Māori Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s leading creative Māori Arts service organisation. The organisation provides services to Māori artists to promote, advocate and develop contemporary Māori art to New Zealand and the world.

Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency developing, investing and advocating for the arts. This internship residency is one of the capability-building initiatives offered by Creative New Zealand to help artists and arts practitioners develop professionally, manage their organisations more effectively and develop audiences and markets for their work.

How to apply

The Residency is open to a contemporary Māori artist who:

  • Has demonstrated artistic excellence in visual arts, such as carving, fibre arts, printmaking, painting, ceramics, sculpture, digital arts or jewellery, etc
  • Is culturally proficient (i.e. has a good knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga) and has demonstrated ability to be a cultural ambassador for Māori
  • Is willing and able to work with other artists on existing projects
  • Is willing and able to interact and establish networks with the First Nations peoples of North America
  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Has public presentation skills and can talk about his/her artwork to a variety of audiences, including high level academics
  • Is willing to show his/her work in an exhibition at The Evergreen State College and at other agreed venues
  • Has an interest in the history, culture and arts of the First Nations peoples of North America.
  • Has a valid Driver’s Licence
  • Be available to travel and live in the USA for a minimum of 5 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks from early September to November 2018.
  • Be able to provide proof of eligibility to travel to the USA (i.e. current passport, pass the USA visa waiver) and proof of health insurance while in USA

To apply for the Residency, please send:

  1. Your Portfolio
  2. Recent CV
  3. Cover Letter describing yourself, why you would make a good fit as our Resident (based on our guidelines in the “Who Can Apply” document).

For further information, please email at
A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

* Please note that you will have to be available to travel during the timeframe indicated
below in order to be eligible:
Start Date: TBC
Duration: 5 weeks minimum, 10 weeks maximum
Location: Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington State, USA
Timeframe: September – November 2018

Written by

Toi Maori Aotearoa

23 Jul 2018

Interests Toi Māori aspires to be the organisation of first choice for all matters relating to contemporary Maori art.