New Zealand Pacific Studio 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 held at the ANZAC Memorial Bridge.
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/Tararua and Wairarapa (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 2019, at 2pm.
The fellowship is to be taken up from 5 April to 26 April 2019. Accommodation will be at Whakahirihiri, a modern private home in Mt Bruce, at the same time as the Tararua District Fellow who is tasked with representing the stories of the Tararua District. Whakahirihiri is close to ANZAC Bridge and Pukaha Mt Bruce. The property looks out onto native bush and has bush/rural walking tracks.
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. Friends of ANZAC Bridge received the Supreme Award at the Trustpower Community Awards in the Tararua District in 2015 and NZPS was a Regional Winner in the Awards in 2018.
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) 2019.
BACKGROUND FOR 1919 / 2019
This year FOAB are focusing on the families of men who returned from the war - “Praise to the families” – who were left with the burden of rehabilitating the returned service men and women into the real world at home.
After the War ended, soldiers came home slowly because of a worldwide shortage of troop ships. Many men were also being nursed back to health overseas and so it was mid 1920 before the last patients and nurses arrived back in New Zealand.
The soldiers came home as different people from those young men who had left to have "an adventure" - families had to adjust and find ways to support sons and husbands arriving home with physical and mental wounds, permanent disabilities, shell shock, amputations that needed years of adjustments and frustration, venereal disease and alcoholism.
Whilst 1918 brought an end to the war it was tinged with sadness that 18,000 young NZ men and women lost their lives on the battlefield. Following the war a further 16,800 lives were lost in the influenza pandemic in New Zealand.
BACKGROUND on the ANZAC MEMORIAL BRIDGE AT KAIPARORO
Recent ANZAC Bridge Fellows with NZ Pacific Studio and their projects:
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 Masterton railway or bus station is complimentary. A car is available for modest local travel. A Fellow should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them, or liaise with NZ Pacific Studio about purchasing them once in residence.
NZPS will assist the ANZAC Fellow to link with local communities and support project activities and events. There will also be a contribution of up to $500 to the artist towards project costs.
The ANZAC Fellowship is available to an individual. However, an applicant is welcome to propose a collaborative project alongside the Tararua Fellowship.
How to apply
Please propose a project for the 2019 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship, that extends your practice and would involve the community.
E-mail NZ Pacific Studio firstname.lastname@example.org the following in ONE PDF FILE under 2MB:
1. A short biography (under 100 words).
2. A description of your proposed community project, its objectives, its inspiration, and any specific requirements you may have (under 200 words)
3. A statement of how the ANZAC Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time (under 200 words)
4. 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 3 images (please use low-resolution)
5. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted (Name, relationship to you, email addresses, tel numbers)
Applications close midnight Saturday 19 Jan 2019, NZ time.
Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which all parties would benefit: the creative practitioner, NZ Pacific Studio, the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge, and the community. Applicants could be writers, researchers, historians and storytellers, visual artists, curators, dancers or choreographers, digital artists, producers or film-makers. Cross-disciplinary practice is also welcomed. Applicants can be at any stage in their creative 'careers'.
Commitment to a personal creative practice; ability to work independently; leadership skills; a desire to connect with a wider audience and community; demonstrated skills/experience in conducting public outreach; open-mindedness to be able to live and work with others at the multi-cultural residency centre.