Emerging Artist


This artist is starting out on a career and has potential.

The purpose of this Fellowship is to support an artist at the beginning of his/her development, not only providing time and space for the creation of work but also the sense of validation that such an award brings. The emerging artist also benefits from contact with other artists in residence.

The selection criteria includes depth and breadth of the proposed project, dedication to one’s art, and willingness to engage in the community which has supported the fellowship.

Application period: April 15 – May 15 - CLOSED

(Note: Funding is an annual decision.)

Residency period: 2-3 weeks depending on funding

Sponsors: In 2014, sponsors were Robin Lane & Jeanette Brunton, and Jodie Dalgleish. There was no Fellowship in 2015 due to lack of funding. The NZPS Board decided to use funds raised from the February 2016 "Lady in the Van" film premiere to support the 2016 Fellowship.

2014 - Inaugural Fellow: Bevan Shaw, Artist, Wellington. During his fellowship, Shaw worked on new paintings drawing on his environs; works showing landscape and issues surrounding its contestability; and works fired up by local political billboards and the crazy run-up to the parliamentary elections.

2015 - There was no Fellowship in 2015 due to lack of funding. 

2016 - Nick Davies, Physical performer / circus artist, Wellington. Nick Davies led two sessions with the Eketahuna Youth Club as part of developing a new performance during his Fellowship. He also participated in the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Henley Lake.