Apply for a Residency

THANK YOU for your interest in our award-winning international residency programme. A charitable organisation operated by volunteers, we have coordinated residencies for nearly 500 creative practitioners since 2001, facilitating them to have the time and space to work on a project of their choice. 

Due to the impact of COVID-19, 

we are NOT accepting applications at this time.   

We will make an announcement when this changes.


To reach us for other enquiries, please email us.


Information on our residencies (for when we re-open applications):

NZ Pacific Studio Artist Residency Programme is located in Wairarapa and Tararua, New Zealand.  

Accommodation is in self-contained cottages or family homes -- mostly in rural areas.  Many of our hosts are creative practitioners themselves. We pair residents to the appropriate space.  

Our residencies are self-funded (residents secure their own funding) and self-catering (residents purchase their own food and prepare their own meals). The minimum residency period is 2 weeks and the maximum is 3 months.

NZ Pacific Studio artists/creatives are expected to focus on their project during the residency but are not pressured to produce an end result. 

Residencies are offered to selected artists at rates from NZ$420 a week, with additional days from NZ$60/night. ​ A transportation fee of NZ$70/week applies if the artist has no vehicle (petrol is additional).

Many residents arrive in Wairarapa on the Wairarapa Line train from Wellington - here is the timetable and information. There is also Tranzit/Intercity bus service, less frequent, from Palmerston North - here is information.

Each year we offer a few Fellowships that are supported residencies. Please read the "Fellowships" section of the website for background information. We announce these opportunities on the "News" page of this website. 

Application process:

Please e-mail your application, in one document, under 1 mb:  

  • Name, Date, Country of residence, website link (if any), a short biography 
  • Short description of the project you intend to work on during the residency, 
  • Preferred dates of your residency period, 
  • Preferred location for accommodation - urban or rural,
  • CV/resume with 2 references on your character/artistic integrity, 
  • 2-3 representative samples of your creative/academic work,
  • Please list any special requirements for your project (eg. equipment, studio space),
  • Please indicate if you will have a vehicle (one can be provided if you have a current license, in English),.
  • Please indicate if you plan to bring a spouse/companion along and if that person is also a creative practitioner.
  • Please indicate if you would like to meet other artists during the residency,
  • Please indicate if you would like to offer an activity at a local school or community group.

We have prepared this application form, which can be downloaded, filled out, and emailed to us.

Please see "What we Offer"on what NZ Pacific Studio provides.  

The "About Us" section gives a short background to our charity organisation, run by volunteers.

We aim to reply to applicants within 3 weeks - if you have not heard from us, please re-send your application.

Contact Information:

Email:  info (at)

Facebook:  /NZPacificStudio

Postal address: NZ Pacific Studio,  P.O. Box 263, Masterton, NZ 5840