Friends of Aratoi


Previous Fellows:

2014 - Justine Fletcher, Artist and Jeweller, Wellington, NZ, 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.

2015 - Marie Potter, Multi-media artist, Auckland, NZ, who worked with the community to develop words speaking of the Wairarapa - she visited schools and ran open days with the public to gather input. She also developed and exhibited a series to speak of the European settlers' experiences. These words 'wrapped' exterior windows of the Aratoi Museum building complex (including i-Site, Entice Cafe and Aratoi) as part of KOKOMAI 2015.

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 premiered at Aratoi Museum as part of the 2017 Kokomai Creative Festival


This artist works to engage the community in cultural/art programmes, working closely with Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History and NZ Pacific Studio. 

The purpose of this Fellowship is to develop the arts and/or the exploration of local history in the Wairarapa region, enriching Aratoi Wairarapa 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 the 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.

Sponsor: Friends of Aratoi