Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre Creative Residency Programme 2022

Te Matatiki Toi Ora 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. Programmes at Te Matatiki Toi Ora are supported by a Māori Advisory Komiti of senior Toi Māori practitioners.

Public events will be delivered by each resident during the residency period, and it is expected that artists will present the new work developed during the residency in the form of an exhibition, performance, publication or recording, either at Te Matatiki Toi Ora or somewhere else in Aotearoa after the residency.

What will Te Matatiki Toi Ora provide?

For each artist, Te Matatiki Toi Ora will provide:

  • a per diem of $500 NZD per week
  • travel costs to and from Ōtautahi if required
  • a contribution towards project materials costs (to be negotiated)
  • public programme delivery fees and costs (to be negotiated)
  • 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 Te Matatiki Toi Ora if required
  • access to Wi-Fi
  • links, contacts, and advice in relation to the local arts communities
  • advice and support with orientation, realising projects onsite, and delivery of public programmes from a Project Administrator
What are the expectations of the artist?

Selected artists are expected to:

  • attend an orientation week of local events from mid-May 2022
  • spend the subsequent 11 weeks creating new work during the residency that results in an exhibition, performance, publication, recording or other creative presentation to be opened or released to the public
  • deliver a public programme to the local community that may include performances, exhibition, kōrero, workshops, demonstrations, or open development sessions, in partnership with Te Matatiki Toi Ora
  • be in residence in The Arts Centre Creative Residence for the majority of the 12-week residency or (if based locally) travel to the site on weekdays
  • be available for media interviews and photography shoots if requested
  • be prepared to engage with social media to promote their residency and project
  • be available to meet patrons, funders, and donors of Te Matatiki Toi Ora on occasion if requested
  • acknowledge the support of Te Matatiki Toi Ora and any other patrons or funders in any publicity material pertaining to the creative work or events that has been created while in residence
  • complete a post residency survey within one week after finishing the residency and provide a brief report about the status of the new work created during the residency (if not delivered before the residency ends) including progress towards public presentation
  • provide evidence of work created during the residency


What if the COVID-19 situation escalates?

Te Matatiki Toi Ora will work with you to develop a plan to carry out your residency project at any alert level of the Traffic Light system.

Who can apply?

Artists who are permanent 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
  • Multidisciplinary

If your artform is not listed here, please contact us to see if it is applicable to the programme – we retain an open mind!

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 together on a project. In this instance, the provisions will be split between both artists.

When should I apply?

Applications for 2021 have closed. Please contact Hannah on creativeresidence@artscentre.org.nz if you would like to be put on a mailing list for future residency opportunities