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Tautai Fale-ship Residencies 2021

Job details

30 Aug 2021
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Culture & Heritage, Pasifika


Inspired by daily life, contemporary Tagata Moana art is in a constant state of flux and expansion. Making discoveries and stretching into what is possible, our artists are shaped by the people and places that give life to their creativity. Some of the best work is made around the busyness of family life: in the early morning, late at night when the kids have gone to bed, in living rooms surrounded by elders, and at home studios where Moana creatives feel grounded and connected to those that are most important.

We invite our community to share their practice as artists in residence over a two-week period, responding to global transformation through a localised lens. Experienced digitally but grounded in the physical, the 2021 Tautai Fale-ship Residencies place value on the everyday experiences of Moana artists operating in their own creative centres. In a model conceived in response to the 2020 lockdown, we now celebrate the Fale-ship residencies as a vital part of Tautai’s ongoing programme to champion Pacific creativity. 

This year we are excited to be collaborating with Fale-ship Ambassadors for the first time:

  • Basement Theatre
  • VIVA
  • The Big Idea

Our Fale-ship Ambassadors are committed to supporting the indigenous authorship of Tagata Moana artists and each organisation brings a different strength to this opportunity. By expanding into our sector community – we are shaping a more expansive, meaningful, and collaborative platform.

This initiative aims to encourage connections through the digital Moana as we continue to navigate to a new sense of normal, acknowledging not only the challenges that we encounter but also embracing the opportunities presented through positive response to change. Flipping the paradigm of indigenous practitioners operating in mainstream centres for visibility, the Fale-ships take audiences with respect and alofa, to where our artists feel most powerful in their own sacred space.

For inspiration check out TAUTAI FALE-SHIP HOME RESIDENCES 2020 here.

Successful artists will receive NZD$2,000, community connectivity, and a range of in-kind support from Tautai and participating Fale-ship Ambassador partners.  

How to apply

Read the brief and if you’re interested in the 2021 Tautai Fale-ship Residencies please submit your application by Monday, 30 August at midday. Submit your proposal as a PDF or Word doc via the application form link below. Or download the form here.

 Applications must include: 

  • A short-written biography including your ethnicity/villages/identifiers and your practice. What inspires you? Where do you create and why?
  • One-page outlining your two-week residency proposal. 
  • 1 hi-res profile image of yourself and 5 hi-res images or links of your work (please label)
  • A hi-res image of your creative workspace and the location of where the residency will take place (suburb and city) 


Please complete the Application form to the best of your abilities.

Written by

Joy - Operations, The Big Idea

20 Aug 2021