Masterton Fellowship


TWO fellowships available - these artists engage in their 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.

This opportunity extends to two individuals, who can work individually or as a team.

Sponsor: Masterton District Council Community Development Grant

2018/ 2019 - The two Masterton District Fellows will be in residence between January to March 2020. Information to come!

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, Sutton undertook her fellowship in March 2016, working on her book, Changing the World One Story at a Time, facilitating a workshop with youth in Mauriceville, and leading a session in Masterton for adults: BYO Story on World Storytelling Day.