Arts Four Creative Residency Programme 2021

The Arts Centre provides a unique setting for the artists – the largest collection of Category 1 heritage listed buildings in Aotearoa, a hub for creative organisations and businesses, and an entity that has established relationships with creative and educational organisations.

A public programme will be delivered by each resident during the residency period and it is expected that a public presentation of the work developed during the residency will result in an exhibition, performance, publication or recording before the end of 2021.

What will The Arts Centre provide?

For each selected artist, The Arts Centre will provide:

  • a per diem of $85 NZD per day, paid weekly
  • up to $600 NZD towards travel costs to and from Ōtautahi Christchurch
  • project materials costs of up to $1000 (to be negotiated)
  • public programme delivery fees (to be negotiated)
  • public programme material costs (to be negotiated)
  • professional photographic and video documentation of the residency project
  • publicity informing the local community of the residency
  • a fully furnished room with work desk and private bathroom in The Arts Centre’s Creative Residence (living spaces are shared with other residents)
  • studio or rehearsal space on site or nearby The Arts Centre if required
  • access to Wi-Fi
  • links, contacts, and advice in relation to local arts communities
  • research and development fieldtrips (to be negotiated)
  • advice and support with orientation, realising projects onsite, and delivery of public programmes from a dedicated Project Administrator

What are the expectations of the selected artist?

Selected artists are expected to:

  • create, continue working on, or complete new work during the residency that results in an exhibition, performance, publication or recording to be made available to the public by the end of 2021
  • deliver a public programme to the local community that may include a performance, exhibition, kōrero, workshop, demonstration, or open development session, in partnership with The Arts Centre
  • be in residence in The Arts Centre Creative Residence during the residency dates unless in COVID-19 Alert Levels 2, 3, or 4.
  • be available for media interviews and photography shoots
  • be prepared to engage with social media in order to promote their residency and project
  • be available to meet patrons, funders, and donors of The Arts Centre on occasion if requested
  • acknowledge the support of The Arts Centre and any other patrons or funders in any publicity material pertaining to creative work or events that has been created while in residence at The Arts Centre
  • complete a post residency survey within one week after finishing the residency
  • provide a report about the status of the new work created during the residency (if not delivered before the residency ends) including progress towards public presentation (if relevant), to The Arts Centre before 31 November 2021


What if COVID-19 Alert Levels change?

The Arts Centre will work with you to develop a plan to carry out your residency project at any alert level. If the alert level is 2 or higher in Ōtautahi or at the artist’s usual location of residence at the start of the residency, artists will remain at their usual home base and will be supported by The Arts Centre team to deliver the project outcomes online.

Networking and community engagement opportunities will also be undertaken online. Artists will still receive the daily stipend, project material costs (to be negotiated), and other costs such as travel, and fieldtrip costs may be reallocated to support living costs by negotiation. Artists will work with The Arts Centre to deliver public programming online.

Who can apply?

Artists who are residents and/or citizens of Aotearoa who practice in the following artforms and cultural areas are invited to apply:

  • Craft and Object
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Ngā Toi Māori
  • Pacific Arts
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts

Applicants must be available to be in residence at The Arts Centre between 1 May 2021 and 26 July 2021.

There is one bedroom provided per successful applicant. This opportunity is therefore not available to artist collectives but may be considered for two artists in a professional and personal partnership, who propose to work on one project. In this instance, the provisions will be split between both artists.


When should I apply?

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021.

How can I apply?

Interested artists are requested to submit:

  • 350 – 450 words clearly stating your aims for the residency and how you will achieve them. Tell us why you wish to undertake the residency at The Arts Centre and outline the benefits to your practice and The Arts Centre. Explain the nature of the new work you would like to create, considering concept, context, media, process, personnel, audience.
  • 250 – 350 words clearly describing your ideas for public programming during the residency, ensuring the proposed programme is relevant, engaging, and achievable. Consider formats such as workshop, talk, open development session, exhibition, performance. Outline what community/ies you will target with the programme.
  • Your artist CV (up to 3 pages).
  • A brief outline of how your proposed project and public programme could be adapted and realised in an online format should COVID-19 alert levels prohibit kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) delivery
  • Up to 5 images or media files documenting past creative work
  • Up to 5 available links to recordings, reviews, articles and/or material published online
  • Contact details of two relevant professional referees
  • Your physical address, residency/citizenship status and your contact details

Applications should be sent to:

What happens after I apply?

Applicants will receive receipt of their application within one week of applying.

Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 3 February 2021 as to whether they are being considered for a residency. Artists who are being considered will be asked to provide proof of their citizenship or NZ residency status and may be required to provide further details on their project for consideration in the final round of assessment. They will also be required to participate in a Zoom interview.

Applicants considered in the final round of assessment will be notified of the outcome by Monday 15 February and successful applicants will be invited to negotiate a residency agreement.

The residency dates are between approximately 1 May 2021 and 26 July 2021.

For more information about The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora visit:

Click here for more information about the Creative Residence living space.

For any questions pertaining to your application please contact:

Thanks to our supporters for enabling us to run this programme:


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