01 Feb 2012

This content is tagged as Multi-Artform .


Door of international opportunity opens to Maori visual artists

Māori carvers, printmakers, painters and fibre artists are invited to apply for the 2012 Toi Sqwigwialtxw artist’s residency in Washington State, North America.

The biennial Toi Sqwigwialtxw (pronounced : skweg-voy-out) Residency is supported by Te Waka Toi, the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand; and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State University in Olympia.  Sqwigwialtxw means ‘house of welcome’ in the language of South Puget Sound Salish.

Applications are now open to established visual artists of Māori descent, who wish to apply for a six week residency during 1 May and 30 June 2012.

“The successful candidate will be an ambassador for Māori arts and culture.  They will have an opportunity to undertake a project of their choice, as well as collaborate with Alaska Native and Coast Salish artists” says Te Waka Toi Chair Darrin Haimona.

“Just think of the powerful and creative new work that could emerge from such a collaboration”.

Longhouse Education and Cultural Center Director Tina Kuckkhan says, “We have just opened our Northwest Native Woodcarving Studio which will also function as a weaving or other studio. We are excited to be able to host another wonderful Māori artist in our new, purpose-built facility”.

Candidates for the residency will need to demonstrate excellence in visual arts. Previous artists selected for the residency include; weaver Tina Wirihana (2006); master carver Dr Takirirangi Smith (2007); visual artist June Northcroft Grant (2008) and Henare and Tawera Tahuri (2010).

Initially a 12 week visual arts residency, in 2008 the initiative grew into a biennial exchange. This residency provides professional development opportunities and the chance for Māori artists to broaden networks with other indigenous artists from the Pacific Rim.

Applications for the 2012 Toi Sqwigwialtxw artist’s residency close on Friday 16 March 2012.

All information can be found on the Creative New Zealand website: www.creativenz.govt.nz/findfundingand select Māori arts.


For information about the 2012 Toi Sqwigwialtxw Residency contact:

Tumarangai Sciascia

Māori Arts Adviser

04 4980705



For media inquiries please contact:

Pirimia Burger

Communications Advisor (Māori and Pacific)

04 498 0727 

027 290 1606 



For information about the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State University: