Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga - Call for Submissions

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Sora Ami - produced by Yasuaki Igarashi and the Kaikōura community as part of SL:K 2019

Job details

Shared Lines Collaborative
30 Jul 2020
Work type
Freelance, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Design, Visual Arts


Shared Lines Collaborative is seeking expressions of interest from artists nationwide to be part of a large-scale artwork reflecting on new ways we are learning to work together in a Covid-19 environment.


Shared Lines Collective is calling for expressions of interest from emerging to established artists to be part of a large-scale collaborative artwork that reflects on the adaptations and new ways we learned to communicate and collaborate whilst under social distancing restrictions in 2020. In an unprecedented way, the project will bring together diverse artists from around every region of Aotearoa. Artists will be provided with a small fee. 

Visually, this collaborative artwork will resemble an ‘exquisite corpse’ drawing in the tradition of this surrealist practice. Each accepted participant will work on 50 x 65cm paper stock. Side by side, these new works on paper* will create a 36m long ribbon, or braided ‘river’, displayed in public space and galleries. It is our intention to tour it in New Zealand and overseas.

*Digital artworks will also be accepted, within the specifications provided.


Shared Lines Collaborative emerged out of the earthquake events that devastated Canterbury, New Zealand, and Fukushima, Japan in 2011. The art exchange has resulted in major collaborative festivals and events in Christchurch, Japan, Wellington and Kaikōura in the years since. These aim to foster relationships and discussions in and between communities that have experienced disasters of all kinds all around the Pacific Rim.

Artists are used to being adaptable in marginal conditions and are often the first to act after a disaster to help the healing and contribute to the resilience of a community. Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga is an opportunity for artists in Aotearoa to come together, and collectively reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic and our recovery.



  • Share and celebrate cultural innovation, resilience and connectedness

  • Use creativity to engage and educate the wider community

  • Create discussion between citizens, artists, business communities and urban planners

  • Increase the arts community’s participation in urban decision-making

  • Encourage community participation in the arts


For more information about the collective and past projects visit:


We are seeking 60 artists to contribute to this project. A full information pack and artist fee will be provided to successful applicants. Although spaces are limited in this project, we are also keen to connect with practitioners of diverse backgrounds who are interested in our kaupapa and may wish to be part of future endeavours.

Whilst this project is focused on building relationships with people from New Zealand and the Pacific, applications are open to any persons based in New Zealand during Covid-19 Lockdown and who will be based in New Zealand until the end of September 2020. 


Deadline for proposals 12am (Midnight) Thursday 30 July 2020


  • The turn around for production of your work is quick, reflecting the artist fee.

  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application 4 August 2020.

  • Work will need to be with a courier or at a local drop off point by Monday 31 August.

  • If you are unable to collect materials from a local Gordon Harris Store, you will have to allow for postal time of paper stock (and materials if required).

  • You will need to be eligible to receive a taxable artist fee.


How to apply

Fill out the google application form, a link can be found in the 'Links & contact details' section below.


You will be asked to provide: 

  • Contact details
  • Artist CV
  • Artist statement (1000 characters)
  • Examples of past works
  • Draft concept / visualisation
  • Your preferred materials/methods 


Successful proposals will receive:

  • a contract to be signed and returned digitally which will outline SLC’s procedures, permissions and requirements.
  • a supply of paper stock and potential supply of materials (on a case by case scenario).
  • courier costs if required.
  • a $250 artist fee payable upon delivery of your completed work.


Note: SLC holds the right to consider each work upon receipt before final inclusion based on suitability for public display, standard/quality and cohesion within the greater body of work.


Deadline for proposals 12am (Midnight) Thursday 30 July 2020


For any inquiries, contact us at and head to to find more information about our previous projects.


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Shared Lines Collaborative

17 Jun 2020