Masterton Fellowship


This artist engages with the Masterton District, offering free activities for the community.  The purpose of this Fellowship is 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.

Application period: TBC (Note: Funding is an annual decision by Masterton District Council.)

Residency period: 3 weeks, usually between March - May.

Sponsor: Masterton District Council Community Development Grant

2016 - Inaugural Fellow, 2016, Gaye Sutton, writer/storyteller, 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.

 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.