Artist Scholarships to Talanoa Mau

NZ Festival of the Arts

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New Zealand Festival of the Arts
10 Jan 2020
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Applications are open for Artist Scholarships to attend to Talanoa Mau, curated by Lemi Ponifasio as part of New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Talanoa Mau is a two-day gathering in which delegations of artists and culture-makers from around the world and Aotearoa gather for urgent conversation. A collision of world views will be offered, responded to, debated and collected, as part of an historic meeting that places art at the centre of urgent public decision, carving a path to our future worlds. 

Talanoa Mau takes place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington, Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 February 2020. 

New Zealand Festival of the Arts is committed to supporting a thriving, interconnected and engaged arts sector. Independent and freelance artists are a vital voice in our arts ecosystem. In recognition of this, 40 places have been set aside exclusively for artists and young people to attend and join the Talanoa Mau conversation.

Each Artist Scholarship covers full ticket entry, valued at $549.

Talanoa Mau follows a conference format, and features an unprecedented line up of visionaries with rich and diverse viewpoints. Speakers include:  

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Consultant on Indigenous Knowledge, Composer, Musician and Storyteller; Coco Solid aka Jessica Hansell, Musician, Writer, Visual Artist;  Peter Sellars, Opera and Theatre Director, MacArthur Fellowship recipient (United States); Chigozie Obioma, Writer and Shortliser for the Booker Prize (Nigeria); Kara Jackson, US Youth Poet Laureate (United States); Pania Newton, Lawyer and Activist for Māori land rights; Faustin Linyekula, Dancer and Choreographer (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Chiké Frankie Edozien, Writer and Journalist (Nigeria); Neo Muyanga, Composer and Musician (South Africa); Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala, Artist and Worldbuilder; Alistair Fraser, Kaiwhakatangitangi a Ngā Taonga Pūoro / Taonga Pūoro Practitioner; Te Kaurinui Parata, Carver and Environmentalist; Jade Kake, Architect, Papakāinga Housing Advocate; Pat Snedden, Te Tiriti negotiator, Not-for-profit leader in health and education; Leali’ifano Dr Albert L Refiti, Research leader in Pacific Spatial and Architectural Environment; Tāmati Kruger, Māori advocate, Social and Political analyst; Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) at VUW; Golriz Ghahraman MP, Politician and Member of Parliament; Dame Anne Salmond, Writer, Anthropologist, Historian. 

Applications close Friday 10 January 2020, 5pm. 

How to apply

Visit and follow the Artist Scholarships link.

Selection criteria 

  • The applicant demonstrates a clear commitment to and vision for their arts practice; and/or
  • The applicant articulates a strong rationale for wishing to attend Talanoa Mau and will benefit from attending
  • The applicant demonstrates a proven or emerging track record for their work

Terms and Conditions 

  • Applicants must be independent, freelance artists or arts practitioners, or 25yrs and under with a clear rationale for applying
  • Practitioners of all art forms are eligible to apply
  • Full-time staff of CNZ investment clients are not eligible to apply
  • Artist Scholarships can not be sold or transferred in any way
  • Applications are for individuals only; it is not possible to apply as a group or company
  • Any travel and accommodation requirements must be met by the artist; no additional support is included
  • The applicant will be sent a survey post-event, which they agree to complete as a condition of accepting their Artist Scholarship

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New Zealand Festival

15 Nov 2019

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