Masterton Fellowship


The Masterton District Fellow engages in his/her creative practice as well as with the Masterton District. The purpose of this Fellowship is both to support the artist and 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. (Note: Funding is an annual decision by Masterton District Council.)

Application period: Deadline 2 August 2019 - CLOSED

Apply through The Big Idea (NZ's oldest online creative platform).

Residency period: 3 weeks, must be undertaken before 31 March 2020.

Sponsor: Masterton District Council Community Development Grant

The 2019 and 2020 Masterton District Fellows will be in residence between January to March 2020. 


2019/2020 - Kerri McGill A native of USA’s Northeast, Kerri McGill's art practice is mixed-media map collage dreamscapes which she describes as "poetic observations of humanity".  Her internal map is made of mountains, valleys and twisting streets of historic New England, where she works as a scenic artist for film, undertaking large-scale projects and a range of technical processes, yet her early work was intimate narratives in oil.   McGill explores the South Island a few weeks before her stay in Masterton. Drawings and maps are a starting point for her Fellowship, reflecting on the beauty of the Wairarapa landscape and also the larger themes of what is occuring now in our changing environment.   She has held an artist residency in Buenos Aires and done creative work in Dubai. 

2019/2020 - Dani HenkeWellington-based sculptor, originally from the American Midwest. Dani fuses sculpted ceramic elements with found objects or repurposed materials. Her Masterton District Fellowship project involved creating a Wairarapa landscape and sunset made with discarded materials and found objects, with a focus on plastic in particular - much os which was collected in Masterton during her residency.  She led a collaborative art project at Masterton District Library.  Here is a short newspaper article on her project. Dani will exhibit at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History as part of Seaweek 2020 - she will install her art on the front window of the museum.

2018 - Jhan LindsayWellington-based musician, composer and teacher.  The three-week Fellowship provided her with an opportunity to compose a series of work set in the Wairarapa, to investigate local history, and to share her love of music and performance with young local musicians and the local arts community.  She worked with students across the region on her new music, and performed at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.

2017 - Philomena van Rijswijk, poet, fiction writer, Tasmania. During her Fellowship, Philomena worked on developing a series of short stories and interviewed several Wairarapa residents for an insight into the local living environment. She also led a session at Masterton District Library and a writing workshop as part of Featherston Booktown.

2016 - Inaugural Fellow, Gaye Sutton, writer/story practitioner, Wairarapa.  Gaye Sutton undertook her fellowship in March 2016, with the World Storytelling Day falling within her Fellowship period. She made cprogress on her manuscript, Changing the World One Story at a Time, facilitated a workshop with young students in Mauriceville, and led a session in Masterton for adults: BYO Story on World Storytelling Day.