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 2020 Masterton District Fellow will be in residence between January to March 2020. 


2019 - Dani Henke, Wellington-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.  She led a collaborative art project at Masterton District Library.

2018 - Jhan Lindsay, Wellington-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.