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Call for Creative Studio Residents 2019-2020

Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road
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Job details

Studio One Toi Tū
29 Sep 2019
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts


Creatives from all disciplines can now spend time delivering a project in the leafy inner-city suburb of Ponsonby by applying for the creative studio residency at Studio One Toi Tū. Recipients of the residencies will receive ten months of free studio space at Studio One Toi Tū from November 2019 to August 2020. The residencies are open across all creative categories including fine art, creative writing, performing arts, design, object art, film and fashion as long there is a sound idea behind your proposal. Each successful resident will also have access to resources, networking opportunities and mentorship.

About the Residency

Our annual call for the Creative Studio Residency Programme opens to applicants once a year. The programme is project-based with an achievable outcome to be delivered over the ten-month period. The application process involves a simple form that you fill in online, where you tell us your idea, what you wish to do during the residency and outline your creative background.

A diverse judging panel of successful creative practitioners, each a frontrunner in their respective field, will select the projects they think will be most successfully supported at Studio One Toi Tū.  

This is a rare opportunity for creative professionals to immerse themselves in their chosen practice. Throughout the residency recipients will have 24-hour access to our facilities and resources. This opportunity will allow them the time and space needed to achieve their best work. These facilities include both clean and dirty workrooms, access to painting and printmaking studio, kiln and pottery wheels and all right in the heart of the central city. Residents will have the opportunity to connect, network and share skills with tutors, exhibitors and students engaged at Studio One Toi Tū events and activities. Artists will also be connected with Studio One Toi Tū online platforms, another channel through which to connect and publicise their work.  

About the Space

Formerly a police station, this iconic heritage building on Ponsonby Road has been converted into a multi-use community art space. Prison cell blocks and toilet blocks have been converted into studio spaces, while the Hopetoun villa has been re-purposed as a sculpture studio with a studio back room for ceramics-based projects.

Successful residents will be offered a space suitable to their practice and project needs. Residents will also have access to break out space in the wider precinct including printmaking and ceramics facilities and meeting rooms.

Previous Residents

Dance Plant Collective (contemporary dance group)
Jack Tilson (ceramicist)
Stjohn Milgrew (photographer, filmmaker)
Cait Johnson (print artist)
Toni Gill (designer, printmaker, painter)

Teresa Peters (ceramicist, filmmaker)
Katie Burson (actor, theatre-maker)
Sophie Watson (illustrator, writer)
DA-KU Set (graphic designer)

How to apply

To apply, send a proposal using the online application form outlining the work or project you wish to pursue throughout the residency through the Auckland Council platform, Smarty Grants (please note that applicants must be residents of NZ and be living in the Auckland area during the residency period). Applications close at midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.

Online application form:

Written by

Studio One Toi Tū

3 Sep 2019

Interests Studio One offers more ways for Aucklanders to to meet and share ideas, skills and practices with each other and our community. We’re always keen to receive proposals from makers and innovators with ideas for events, activities, courses, workshops and exhibitions.