Environment Envoy 2020
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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