About Us

New Zealand Pacific Studio is located in beautiful rural Wairarapa, New Zealand, a few minutes from rolling hills and the Tararua Mountains, about 20 minutes from Masterton, 60 minutes from Palmerston North, and about 120 minutes from Wellington, the capital. 

The historic Normandell House, built in 1911, serves as the centre of the facility and is surrounded by woodland gardens that are beautiful in any season. Summers can get very warm, and winters quite chilly, but nothing that a cosy fire can't fix.

We offer seven unique work-spaces.  We work closely with residents to create the most suitable working environment. We also assist in offering community connections to support projects in progress - with arts groups, writers series, museums, and more.

We employ an internationally-recognised operational model whereby a core of sponsored Fellowships are at the heart of our programme while self-funded residencies are also offered year-round to selected practitioners seeking to engage and develop their practice.

Since 2001, about 500  artists from New Zealand and abroad have lived and worked at the centre.  They have made connections that enrich their practice and our local and shared communities. Together, we build personal and collective creative capability and solidarity.

A lovingly restored historic house Large Visual Artist's Studio
Encircled by Woodland Garden Large Loft with extensive library
Garden-facing rooms and studios Self-contained Norwegian-style Cottage
Varied landscape including Ntl Forest Park Live-in House Management
Free entry to Pukaha Natl Wildlife Centre Support from nearby Caretakers