23 Apr 2012

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Artist in Residence opportunity at National University of Samoa 2012

A three month artist residency in Apia, Samoa is open to all established artists of Pacific Island heritage resident in New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with the National University of Samoa, is offering a three month artist residency in Apia, Samoa for 2012.

The residency runs from August until October. It is open to established Pacific Island artists who are resident in New Zealand.   

50th Anniversary of Samoa Independence and Treaty of Friendship with New Zealand

This year (2012) marks the 50th anniversary of Samoan Independence and the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa.  To acknowledge these events, Creative New Zealand is particularly interested in projects that have a theme which aligns with the anniversary celebrations and New Zealand-Samoa relationships.

It is important for applicants to be aware that material resources and technology available in New Zealand, are comparatively limited in the Pacific. Applicants are encourgaed to take this into account as they plan their project proposals.

Previous recipients

The 2011 recipient was Auckland-based installation artist Tiffany Singh. Tiffany worked with local communities to rejuvenate an overgrown Peace Garden on the grounds of the university.  After the garden was refreshed with sculpture, handmade prayer flags and donated plants, it was opened to the public with live music and performance.  

“This was a journey that revived my sense of spirit. It not only fuelled my creative process but made me more complete as a person.  For that I am eternally grateful,” said Tiffany.

During her residency, Tiffany also spent time at the Tiapapata Art Centreon Mt Fiamoe where she created work which reflected her experience in Samoa, Itu Papa Itu Lagi ; Part Rock Part Heaven.

Other previous recipients include actor and director Nathaniel Lees, playwright Fiona Collins and the late curator Jim Vivieaere.  

Residency support

Creative New Zealand will offer the selected artist financial support by way of:

  • a total stipend of NZ$10,000 for three months
  • up to NZ$2,000 towards travel costs; including one return airfare - New Zealand to Apia, Samoa (as well as internal New Zealand flights as required) and insurance
  • up to NZ$3000 (being no more than NZ$1,000 per month for three months) towards the costs of rental accommodation in Samoa for the resident.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Monday 21 May 2012.

The 2012 Creative New Zealand/National University of Samoa artist in residence will be announced by 30 June 2012. 

For information about how to apply for this residency, see the Creative New Zealand website




For more information about the residency please contact:

Makerita Urale

Senior Arts Adviser – Pacific Arts


04 498 0729


For media enquiries please contact:

Pirimia Burger

Communications Advisor (Māori and Pacific)

04 498 0727