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Summer Artist Residency in Rotorua

Job details

Rotorua Arts Village Trust
16 Oct 2019
Overseas, National, Bay of Plenty
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts



The Open Studios Project is a Summer artist residency run by The Arts Village. The residency has been delivered since 2011 and focuses on providing artists with studio space, materials, and a broad brief for projects that offer really great stuff for both the individual artist and our wider community. 


The Arts Village is a significant community art space in Rotorua with a long history of growing Rotorua through the arts. Our vision is for Rotorua to be a vibrant, creative community, where art makes life good. Over the past 8 years the Open Studios Project has been an important part of our mahi (work), supporting 38 artists in residence. At least three artists will be selected for the coming season. 


The Arts Village invites local, regional, national, and international artists (of all arts practices)  to submit a proposal to take part in the Open Studios Project 2019/2020. 


The aims of the Open Studios Project are:

  • To bring our community together through the arts.
  • To enrich our community through new arts programming.
  • To create opportunity for collaboration between artists.
  • To incubate creative talent in Rotorua through providing the time, space, and resources to make new work.
  • To encourage experimentation and innovation in the development of artist practices.


Important Dates:

  • Monday 23rd September -  10.30am & 5pm  Open Studios Project Info Sessions
  • Callout for applicants - Closes 16th October 2019
  • Panel Interviews - Week of 21st to 25th October 2019
  • Opening Talks - Wednesday 11th December
  • Residency Period - 13th December 2019 to 26th January 2020
  • Closing Showcase - Thursday 24th January


Each residency awarded will include:

  • 6 weeks of dedicated studio space within a shared studio environment including power, water, and Wi-Fi.
  • 6 weeks of studio support, promotion via the Arts Village Team, and access to equipment resources. 
  • A materials stipend of $500.
  • A living stipend of $2000 to support their living costs during this time. 

Note: Artists will be responsible for sorting out their own accommodation. The award does not include: Extra Materials or accommodation supplements outside of the stipend amounts, travel, or kai (food). 


Each artist will be expected to:

  • Work on a specific project as part of their own arts practice, over the six weeks in their residency space. 
  • Each carry out a minimum of 12 hours of free workshops/demonstrations/classes that either teach a skill or contribute to the artists’ project
  • Be present and working onsite for a weekly open studio sessions where studio spaces are open for public viewing & engagement. 
  • Give a talk about themselves and their project at the opening of the residency.
  • Contribute to an online blog during the residency. 
  • Exhibit/present work at showcase event at the close of the residency.


Anyone who is willing and able to undertake the programme can apply provided they meet the following criteria: 

  • Successful applicants will enter into a contract with the Rotorua Arts Village Trust.
  • In applying to this programme, applicants acknowledge that they have read the Guidelines Document.
  • If you are from overseas, please note that you must be eligible to work in New Zealand to accept this residency.
  • Applications will not be accepted by previous alumni of this programme. 

Artist Selection:

  • Artists must submit their full application by the end of the day on Wednesday 16th October.
  • The closing date for applications is fixed and all applicants wishing to be considered must have their full application in before the closing time. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted artists will be invited for an interview with our selection panel at The Arts Village, or via Skype/phone if this is not possible.
  • Artists will be notified of the outcome of their application by phone or email by 5pm on Friday, 25th October 2019.
  • The selected artists will also be announced on our website:
  • Where an artist declines to take up a residency offer, that place may be offered to another artist at the discretion of the selection panel.
  • The selection panel’s decision is final. No discussion will be entered into.

Applicants must submit their complete application on time to be considered.

We encourage you to ask questions and advice in developing your application.

For enquiries please contact:

Mary-Beth Acres (Director)
TEL: +64 7 348 9008            
1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010
Aotearoa / New Zealand


How to apply

Application Process:

Your residency application to the Open Studios Project must include:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Residency Concept Proposal (up to 2 pages)
  3. Artist Bio (up 2 pages - please list significant exhibitions, commissions, events, education, and creative highlights)
  4. Examples of your work (Please provide three coloured images or links (for videos or music) of recent works)
  5. Workshop/Demonstration proposal (A brief outline of how you intend to engage the public through a minimum of 12 hours worth of workshops and/or demonstrations of your arts practice.)
  6. Materials Budget (How do you intend to use the $500 materials budget?)

To submit your application please email it in to in a single .pdf file no larger than 20MB. Digital format is preferred but we also accept applications in hard copy. When you have completed your proposal, please drop it off to The Arts Village in single-sided A4 format.  All hard-copy proposals will be manually scanned to a digital format by staff, so please take this into account.

Please do not stick original photographs or works onto paper, but print them directly. Do not fold, bind, staple, or hole-punch your proposal: enclose it in a A4 folder or envelope. 

We are not able to return applications to you so please do not send anything that would need to be sent back.


Application Proposal Checklist:

Before submitting your proposal please ensure that you have read this guide thoroughly and included the following: 

  • Completed Application Form
  • Concept Proposal
  • Artist Bio
  • Examples of Work
  • Workshop/Demonstration Proposal
  • Budget (based on $500 limit for materials)

Questions and support:

In preparing your application, we do advise that you make contact early if you have questions to allow time for our team to advise you.

For enquiries please contact:

Mary-Beth Acres (Director)
TEL: +64 7 348 9008            
1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010
Aotearoa / New Zealand

Written by

The Arts Village

17 Sep 2019

The Arts Village is a non-profit arts-based community centre.  OUR VISION is for Rotorua to be a vibrant, creative community, where art makes life good. OUR MISSION is to actively work OF, BY, and FOR our community: