Fellowships


FELLOWSHIPS at New Zealand Pacific Studio

NZPS offers supported residencies or ‘fellowships’ through the generosity of sponsorships from individuals and institutions of the Wairarapa/Tararua community.

These fellowship opportunities - usually two to three weeks long - may change according to funding periods and may not be offered annually.  The sponsorships allow for accommodation costs at $350/week to be waived, and also the $25/week  transportation costs. Fellowships are self-catering, and fellows arrange for their own transportation to the Wairarapa.

Most fellowships - the exception is the Lavinia Winter Fellowship - come with the commitment to extend community outreach, and NZPS assists with the logistics of arranging these activities. 

NZPS may also host an Open Studio Day during the fellowship periods, at which all residents are invited to give short presentations to members of the public.

Fellows may choose to donate a work of art to the Studio or to their sponsor.

Fellowships are available to an individual. However, an applicant is welcome to propose a collaborative project, but the fellowship would only apply to the applicant and additional parties would need to cover the cost of their residency themselves. Additionally, an applicant is welcome to propose a project that extends beyond the specified period, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored period would have to be met by the applicant.

Applications for NZPS fellowships are listed on the ‘news’ section of the NZPS website, our facebook page, and when funds allow, on The Big Idea New Zealand’s longest running creative website.

 

FRIENDS OF ANZAC BRIDGE FELLOWSHIP  (since 2006)

This artist works with issues surrounding war, peace, memory and history in conjunction with The Friends of ANZAC Bridge and the memorial service at the Kaiparoro Bridge on ANZAC Day.

The purpose of this Fellowship is to maintain a rich cultural context for the annual commemorations centred at New Zealand Pacific Studio and the nearby ANZAC Memorial Bridge in northern Wairarapa.  The Fellowship is made possible with a community grant from Trust House Community Enterprise, Masterton, which comes with the mandate that the fellowship project engage the residents of the nearby communities on and around ANZAC Day (25 April). Creative practitioners working in any medium are invited to make project proposals as to how they would involve the nearby communities of Eketahuna and Northern Masterton (including Kaiparoro/Mount Bruce, Mauriceville, Rongokokako and Nireaha) and how they could contribute to or enrich the annual ANZAC memorial service. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of proposed project, its relevance, depth and feasibility; and the degree to which all parties would benefit – creative practitioner, NZPS, the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge, and the nearby communities.

Application period: December, annually

Residency period: Two-three weeks including April 25, ANZAC Day

Sponsor: Trust House Community Enterprise

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Anna Borrie, Multimedia artist, Fiordland, Harakeke Cloak Remembrance Project http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11248107   

2015 - Connah Podmore, Interdisciplinary artist, Wellington, Writing to History. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11432235 / http://www.aratoi.org.nz/news/connah-podmore-writing-history

2016 - Philippa Werry, author, Wellington, 2016 Fellow (Two Bridges, Two Countries) http://philippawerry.blogspot.co.nz/


LAVINIA WINTER FELLOWSHIP (since 2009)

This woman artist under the age of forty works on a project that honours the memory of Lavinia Winter and reflects the nature – open, embracing, creative, and free-spirited. Applicants can be working in any art medium, should have a particular creative project in mind, and should be in the early stage of their creative ‘careers’. Selection will be made on the nature of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which they will benefit from having the space and time to focus on a project of importance to them.

Application period: November 1 – November 31, annually

Residency period: 3 weeks, dates flexible

Sponsor: The Winter Family

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Annelyse Gelman, Writer and Musician, Dunedin. During the fellowship, Gelman performed her songs and poetry at King Street Live, Masterton. http://annelysegelman.com/

2015 - Emma Chalmers, Painter, Dunedin. During the fellowship, Chalmers exhibited at Bowen Galleries, Wellington, and developed a series in response to the writing of Simone de Beauvoir which has since been exhibited at Bellamy’s Gallery, Dunedin.http://bellamysgallery.weebly.com/current.html

2016 - Sofia Perez, Dancer/choreographer, Chicago, May. During the Fellowship, Perez worked on projects with fellow residents: a filmmaker from NZ and an illustrator from Canada.


FRIENDS OF ARATOI FELLOWSHIP (since 2011)

This artist works to engage the community in cultural/art programmes, working closely with Aratoi Museum and NZPS. 

The purpose of this Fellowship is to develop the arts and/or the exploration of local history in the Wairarapa region, enriching Aratoi Museum of Art and History’s programme and connecting with communities. Creative practitioners or researchers are invited to propose a project that extends their practice and is based on an interest in the region, including the role of Aratoi Museum. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which all parties will benefit from it: the Friends of Aratoi and NZPS – in terms of community connections, Aratoi itself – in terms of its public programme, and the resident practitioner – in terms of their practice.

Application period: July 1-31, 2016 (Note: Funding is an annual decision by Friends of Aratoi.)

Residency period: 2-3 weeks

Sponsor: Friends of Aratoi

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Justine Fletcher, Artist and Jeweller, Wellington, who led Project 607, creating 607 ceramic pendants to honor the 607 suffragettes of the Wairarapa. The pendants have been displayed around the region, including at Aratoi Museum in 2014 and at the "Art is a Living thing" exhibition at Aratoi Museum in 2016. 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11290236

2015 - Marie Potter, Multi-media artist, Auckland, who worked with the community to develop words speaking of the Wairarapa. She also developed a series to speak of the European settlers' experiences. These words 'wrapped' the windows of the Aratoi Museum building complex (including i-Site, Entice Cafe and Aratoi).

http://kokomai.co.nz/programme/wall-words-workshops

2016 - Michele Hawkins Writer, NZ/ Australia, who offered a reading in Mount Bruce, and worked on the libretto of an opera, which was performed on December 2 as part of the "Art is a Living thing" exhibition at Aratoi Museum. The opera is set to premiere in the Wairarapa in 2017.


RAK MASON FELLOWSHIP (since 2014)

This artist – traditionally a writer, as was RAK Mason (1905-1971) – engages with the community through connecting with the literary activities in the region.

The purpose of this RAK Mason Fellowship is to encourage creativity, to explore the different literary forms or genres and their potential, and to honour one of New Zealand’s foremost writers, RAK Mason (1905-1971), with his intense energy, commitment to literature, and his interest in the ways different literary forms inform each other. The Fellow works in the garden-facing Mason Room.

NZPS welcomes applications from writers of all cultures who seek a similar focus through sustained activity. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to RAK Mason in terms of style or content. While in residence, Fellows are encouraged to engage with the community through a reading or a workshop or the like.

Selection is based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it (although the focus remains on supporting the writer in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Application period: January 1 – January 31

Residency period: 3 weeks, dates tbc

Sponsor: Derek Daniell and Christine Hunt-Daniell (Note: Funding an annual decision.)

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Tracy Farr, fiction writer, Wellington. Farr worked on her second novel (The Hope Vault) at NZPS and led a workshop on writing the novel. She also began the short story 'One Had Me' which went on to win the 2014 Sunday Star Times Short Story Award. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/64101991/sunday-star-times-short-story-awards-winner-once-had-me

http://tracyfarrauthor.net/2014/05/08/time-was-on-my-side/

2015 -Madeleine Slavick author and photographer, Wairarapa. During her fellowship, Slavick prepared a book manuscript and exhibited at Aratoi Museum, later travelling the show to Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.

2016 - Annabel Wilson, writer, Wanaka/Wellington. Wilson developed the screenplay for 'No Science to Goodbye', narrating its first performance (excerpts) at Mount Bruce Community Hall, later travelling it to Wanaka.


EMA SAIKO POETRY FELLOWSHIP (since 2014)

This artist is a writer who focuses mostly on poetry, as did Ema Saiko (1787-1861).

The purpose of this Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship is to encourage the writing of poetry and, in turn, to honour the Japanese poet and painter Ema Saiko. Writing at a time when it was unusual for women to be included in the rarefied circles of male poets writing in Chinese, Ema Saiko dedicated herself to, and developed, a poetic form centred on the discovery and unfolding of a rich intellectual and artistic life connected to her physical environment. Saiko was acutely attuned to the daily and seasonal transformations of the natural world.   

NZPS welcomes applications from both female and male poets of all cultures – poets who seek a sustained focus on their writing. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to Ema Saiko in terms of style or content. 

While in residence, Fellows are encouraged to give readings and may help facilitate a workshop that shares a personal process of writing poetry with others. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it (although the focus remains on supporting the poet in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Application period: January 1 – January 31, annually

Residency period: 3 weeks, dates flexible

Sponsor: Dr Kay Flavell

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Janis Freegard, Poet and Novelist, WellingtonFreegard worked on a long poem (about 30 pages) and her writing was featured at Wairarapa Word. http://janisfreegard.com/

2015 - Yukari Nikawa, Poet, Tokyo. Nikawa collaborated with poet Melanie Carter during the residency. She also participated at a meeting of Windrift, a haiku society in Wellington, and recited poetry in Mount Bruce.

The 2016 Fellowship was shared between Alan Jefferies of Brisbane (September), and Ya-wen Ho of Auckland/Wellington (June). Ya-Wen Ho wrote a new series of poems and was a guest poet at Poems on the Vine at Gladstone Vineyard, as part of the 2016 Yarns In Barns Wairarapa Festival of Reading. Alan Jefferies developed his manuscript on love and loss, performed at Wairarapa Word, and led a poetry writing workshop at NZPS.

 

EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIP (since 2014)

This artist is starting out on a career and has potential.

The purpose of this Fellowship is to support an artist at the beginning of his/her development, not only providing time and space for the creation of work but also the sense of validation that such an award brings. The emerging artist also benefits from contact with other artists in residence.

The selection criteria includes depth and breadth of the proposed project, dedication to one’s art, and willingness to engage in the community which has supported the fellowship.

Application period: April 15 – May 15 (Note: Funding an annual decision.)

Residency period: 2-3 weeks depending on funding

Sponsors: In 2014, sponsors were Robin Lane & Jeanette Brunton, and Jodie Dalgleish. There was no Fellowship in 2015 due to lack of funding. The NZPS Board decided to use funds raised from the February 2016 "Lady in the Van" film premiere to support the 2016 Fellowship.

2014 - Inaugural Fellow: Bevan Shaw, Artist, Wellington. During his fellowship, Shaw worked on new paintings drawing on his environs; works showing landscape and issues surrounding its contestability; and works fired up by local political billboards and the crazy run-up to the parliamentary elections. https://bevanshaw.co.nz/content/cv

2015 - There was no Fellowship in 2015 due to lack of funding. 

2016 - Nick Davies, Physical performer / circus artist, Wellington. Nick Davies led two sessions with the Eketahuna Youth Club as part of developing a new performance during his Fellowship. He also participated in the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Henley Lake.


MUSIC FELLOWSHIP (since 2015)

This artist engages with the Wairarapa community, focusing on music.  The purpose of this Fellowship is to support the development of the musician and to enrich the community through a meet-the-public activity, such as a performance or workshop. Applicants can be at any stage of their creative ‘careers’. Selection is based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s project and the degree to which all parties would benefit.

Application period: TBC

Residency period: 2 weeks, dates flexible

Sponsors: The initial sponsors were Dr Rob Maunsell and Keith Hunt.  Funding is currently being sought.

2015 - Inaugural Fellow: Jona Byron, Musician and Filmmaker, Melbourne. During the fellowship, Byron composed five songs and performed at two house concerts in Masterton. One of his songs was part of the "Art is a Living thing" exhibition at Aratoi Museum in 2016. For more on Jona: Bandcamp and SoundCloud


MASTERTON FELLOWSHIP (Since 2016)

This artist engages with the Masterton District, offering free activities for the community.  The purpose of this Fellowship is to enrich the community. Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers’ and can be writers, visual artists, curators, dancers, musicians, film-makers, photographers, historians, storytellers -- there are no limits. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s project and the degree to which all parties will benefit.

Application period: TBC (Note: Funding is an annual decision by Masterton District Council.)

Residency period: 3 weeks, usually between March - May.

Sponsor: Masterton District Council Community Development Grant

2016 - Inaugural Fellow, 2016, Gaye Sutton, writer/storyteller, Wairarapa, Sutton undertook her fellowship in March 2016, working on her book, Changing the World One Story at a Time, facilitating a workshop with youth in Mauriceville, and leading a session in Masterton for adults: BYO Story on World Storytelling Day.

 

 

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