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 stipend 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 each weekday to work
  • 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 close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022. Please note this deadline has been extended from the initial deadline of Sunday 23 January. 

How can I apply?

To make your application you will need to have ready:

  • Your full name(s)
  • Your phone number
  • Email address
  • Your current physical address
  • Confirmation that you are a citizen or permanent resident of Aotearoa
  • The artform category and cultural area that you would like to be assessed under
  • Your Creative Project Title
  • A Creative Project outline: 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 Te Matatiki Toi Ora and outline the benefits to your practice and Te Matatiki Toi Ora community. Explain the nature of the new work you would like to create, considering concept, context, media, process, audience.
  • A Public Programme proposal: 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 workshops, talks, open development sessions, exhibitions, and performances. Outline what communities you will target with the programme. Previously residents have presented 1- 3 events (depending on the size and work involved in each event).
  • Your artist CV (up to 3 pages).
  • Examples of past work: including up to 5 images documenting past creative work (if applicable) and/or up to 5 available links to specific works, recordings, reviews, articles and/or other material published online (if applicable).
  • Links to any relevant social media accounts.

Applications are best made from a laptop or desktop computer, rather than your phone. Make sure you have all the information ready to go before you start, as applications must be completed in one session.

If you have any problems making your application or have any questions, please contact Hannah at creativeresidence@artscentre.org.nz


What happens after I apply?

You will receive automatic receipt of your application as soon as you apply.

You will be notified by the end of February 2022 as to whether you are being considered for a residency. You may be required to provide further details on your project for consideration in the final round of assessment, and contact details of two professional referees. Top applicants will also be required to participate in a Zoom interview.

Applicants considered in the final round of assessment will be notified of the outcome in the beginning of March and successful applicants will be invited to negotiate a residency agreement.

The residency dates will be between mid-May and mid-August 2022.

For more information about Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, visit: www.artscentre.org.nz

For more information about the Creative Residence living space visit: https://www.artscentre.org.nz/visit/creative-residences/

For any questions pertaining to your application please contact Hannah: creativeresidence@artscentre.org.nz