2018 Clelia Burton Fellowship

2018 Clelia Burton Fellowship

The 2018 Clelia Burton Fellowship provides a female visual artist resident in New Zealand with the time needed to develop her work.  Preference will be given to an artist who paints in water colours, as did Clelia Burton (1878-1952), a watercolour artist who primarily focused on New Zealand flora, with work held in the Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library. In recognition of the competing demands that many women artists face, preference will also be given to a woman who has a family and who needs time out to focus on her work.  An exhibition can be arranged during the three-week period.

Clelia Burton was a member of the family who were the original residents of the 1911 homestead that would be converted into NZ Pacific Studio; the Burtons lived in the home from 1911 to 1972.  It was Clelia’s brother Christopher Burton Jr. who built the home of concrete (one of the first villas of its kind in the Wairarapa) and timber (milled on site) for their clockmaker father, Christopher Burton Sr., who built many of the town clocks around the country, including in nearby Masterton and Feilding. After Clelia Burton married Albert Hustwick, she lived most of her life in Woodville. The Clelia Burton Fellowship is sponsored by Ron and Alison Burton who have many historical documents related to the family which can be made available to the Fellow.  The publication Living in Kaiparoro, held in the library of NZ Pacific Studio, also provides information on the Burton family.

The 2018 Clelia Burton Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at an historic 1911 villa that in 2001 was converted into NZ Pacific Studio, a year-round international residency centre. Over the past 16 years, the non-profit centre has hosted hundreds of creative practitioners. The five-acre facility has several studio spaces, well-maintained gardens, a large library, four fireplaces/woodstoves, sauna, and a cottage.

Accommodation costs are sponsored (valued at NZD1,050) for the Fellow and complimentary transportation is offered from the airport or train/bus station in Masterton/Palmerston North. The residency is self-catering. Visit to see what is offered at the residency centre.

The Clelia Burton Fellowship, in its inaugural year, is possible through a donation from members of the Burton family.

Applicants should be female visual artists living in New Zealand.  Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers’ and are also welcome to propose a collaborative project, but the fellowship would only apply to one applicant; additional parties would need to cover the costs of their residency. Applicants may also propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the fellowship period would need to be met by the applicant.

Selection will be based on the degree to which the Fellowship will assist the artist, the originality and quality of the artist’s work, and on the letters received from referees (whom we will contact for shortlisted applicants).


Please outline the project that you plan to work on during the three-week residency. Please e-mail NZ Pacific Studio with the following in ONE PDF FILE under 1mb:

1. Biography. Less than 300 words.

2. Description of the work you plan to do at NZ Pacific Studio Tell us why it is important to you, and how this fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time. Please indicate any specific requirements you may have. Less than 500 words.

3. The preferred 3-week period when you would like to be in residence. If the project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please state this.

4. A sample of your work. If text-based, no more than 1,000 words; if visual/audio, no more than 5 pieces.

5. Links to any relevant website.

6. Two referees. Name. Email address. Relationship to applicant. Landline / mobile telephone number.

Applications close midnight 31 March 2018, NZ time.

Apply by e-mail to New Zealand Pacific Studio:


Posted: Sat 03 Mar 2018