13 Mar 2019

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New residencies offer Maori artists First Nation cultural exchange

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is offering two new residencies for Māori artists to exchange their skills and knowledge with First Nation artists.

Creative New Zealand will support two Māori artists to attend The Indigenous Storytellers Spoken    Word Residency  (March 4 – March 23) and Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit  (April 22 - May 17).

Applications for both residencies close 18 January 2019.

The residencies will provide unique opportunities for Māori artists to develop international engagement practices and build relationships with other First Nation artists. The experience will help recipients to articulate their practice as exponents of Ngā Toi Māori within a global context, and strengthen networks and partnerships to support future international activity.

The Indigenous Storytellers Spoken Word Residency invites participants to push the parameters of traditional storytelling, and to immerse themselves in writing practices that are in-depth and involve visual, research and meditative exploration, and also to learn from local elders and faculty members. Participants will also collaborate to refine stories already told and to create new ones to share.

Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit is an experiment in conjuring and mediumship, combined with art and collaboration with the living and with the spirit. Participants will create works based on their personal relationship with the concept of spirit. Artists will be able to take part in conversations with local elders, as well as workshops involving photo/film development, sound art, performance, and storytelling to invoke spirit as both collaborator and audience.

These residencies are part of Creative New Zealand’s Cultural & Art Form Exchange Programme, which works with Mana Whenua and other First Nations communities to increase the visibility and understanding of how First Nations’ histories influence contemporary artistic expression. The programme supports residencies in which diverse and dynamic interactions help to develop innovative arts practice, identify new markets and further international cultural links.


  • Standard Canada visa requirements.
  • You must be New Zealand citizen/permanent resident 18 years or over.
  • New Zealand Māori descent is essential as these opportunities are part of the Creative New Zealand Indigenous Cultural and Exchange Programme.

About the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organisation built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organisation leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From its home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta the centre aims to inspire everyone who attends its campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential. The centre’s goal is to contribute to the development of strong and vibrant indigenous arts communities around the world, by providing opportunities for indigenous artists – writers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, visual, new media artists, and others – to research, conceive, and produce work with cultural integrity and artistic merit.