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Environment Envoy 2020

Job details

Dunedin Dream Brokerage
21 Feb 2020
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Visual Arts, Other


Are you an artist passionate about your work making a change in our environment?
Dunedin City Council with Dunedin Dream Brokerage are pleased to announce a second commission for artists resident in New Zealand. The commission is part of Te Ao Tūroa - Dunedin’s Environment Strategy, and delivered through the Dunedin Dream Brokerage service.  Applications close 21 February 2020.

We are looking to support projects that will encourage Dunedin’s community to see the local environment and natural world through the innovative use of vacant retail space in Dunedin. One commission of $5,000 is available to support project costs. Projects may be of any duration but must be active for at least three weekends and have strong public participatory impact.

Project submissions should be made using the online submission form found below – but please read the following and prepare your application first.  For more information please contact our Broker Kate Schrader: dunedindreambrokerage@gmail.com

We will be hosting a drop-in session with the team from Te Ao Tūroa at the Ara Toi office on George Street on the 31st of January 2020, 12.30 - 2.30.

Our Criteria

Ideally, Environment Envoy projects will:

  • encourage the community to think about the environment and productive landscapes in different ways

  • strengthen collaboration between artists and the public, iwi, scientists, councils, business and community groups

  • engage the community to contribute to creative projects that provide educational opportunities for communities and support enhancing our environment

Environment Envoy projects will need to respond to one of the following ambitions within Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World - Dunedin’s Environment Strategy:

  • working with landowners to integrate biodiversity into productive environments (farming and agricultural lands)

  • boosting backyard biodiversity and urban biodiversity

  • increasing food resilience

  • enhancing urban ecosystem functions (e.g. storm water runoff regulation, providing food for pollinators)

  • ensuring Dunedinites are able to enjoy, connect to and celebrate the natural world 

Projects need to be completed before June 2019.  They can utilise vacant retail space in urban Dunedin city boundaries but may also extend beyond these vacant spaces into public space and the environment.

Artists may be resident anywhere in New Zealand but must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to resource working on the ground in Dunedin to ensure dynamic public partnerships and local engagement. 

Environment Envoy provides the link to engage with the natural environment, to focus on issues and solutions. We are not interested in providing exhibition space or replicating other existing uses of space. The focus for this fund is to support exciting new concepts and installations from any discipline that actively involve the public in innovative new ways in relationship with the natural environment. 

  • Existing Relocating Projects: Projects that involve relocating from an existing rented space in Dunedin city are not eligible. We do not want to undermine existing businesses and tenancies. We prioritise new projects and initiatives. 

    Student work that is under assessment is not eligible for the DDB unless previously arranged with the academic institution

How to apply

The Application Process

Criteria: Individuals or organisations must be satisfied they meet the criteria for application.  Any questions please do check in with Environment Envoy Broker Kate Schrader.

Submission: Applicants fill out a submission form available online, link below. Applicants can contact Kate Schrader dunedindreambrokerage@gmail.com

Assessment: The applications are assessed by the DDB advisory panel with the addition of two representatives from Te Ao Tūroa Partnership. The proposal must meet with majority approval responding to the DDB criteria and also responding to one or more of the Te Ao Tūroa ambitions.  The panel may ask for further information for clarity.  A decision is made and the applicants are informed in writing.

Decision making: DDB then meet with applicants to vet their application and discuss potential spaces.

Location: If DDB think a project is suitable for a space that is available we meet with the applicant to discuss the project in more detail. Applicants are encouraged to identify spaces they think are suitable, and DDB will proceed to locate property options and commence negotiations.

Licensing: Once a site for a project is located DDB issues the licenses and arranges for public liability insurance cover (a key part of the brokerage's services to applicants). DDB assists applicants to obtain power and other utilities (we can help with set-up but the cost of power and utilities is at the licensee's cost).

Funding: Successful projects are granted $5,000 (GST not payable) provided on confirmation of the award.

Monitoring: DDB monitors the progress, and reports back to both property owners and the funding partner Te Ao Tūroa. DDB will feature applicants' projects on our website, through our newsletter to our database and through social media. DCC will feature applicants' projects on our website, through Ara Toi and Te Ao Tūroa communications and through DCC social media.  Projects that aren't temporary should plan on operating on a rolling 30 day period of use.


Please note these dates are only a guide and may be subject to change.

  • 21 February 2019: Applications Close

  • Week of 24 February 2020: Funding Decision Announced

  • March-June 2020: Project Delivery

  • 30 June 2020: Project Complete

Written by

Dunedin Dream Brokerage

15 Jan 2019

The Dunedin Dream Brokerage brings life into empty urban and retail environments through brokering a lively programme of art project occupation.