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Whakahoa Kaitoi Whanaketanga PAK’nSAVE Artist Fellowship

This fellowship supports a Deaf or disabled artist, or an artist who has a disability or impairment, or lived experience of mental distress to undertake a project that develops their arts practice. It is open to artists exploring artforms that include but are not limited to dance, film, creative writing, music, theatre, ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts, visual arts, ceramics and sculpture.

""Arts Access Aotearoa embraces the diverse ways that the experiences of Deaf and disabled people; people with disabilities and impairments; and people with lived experience of mental distress shape their arts practice. Don’t hesitate to include anything you would like to share about what this means for you: for example, writing from bed.

Please note: there is no requirement or expectation your art relates to themes of disability.

The recipient of the fellowship receives $10,000. It is sponsored by PAK’nSAVE Lower Hutt and Petone. We anticipate the project will take around 200 hours to complete within a 12-month period. You may choose to work with a mentor as part of your project.

Eligibility criteria: Is this fellowship for me?

You can be self-taught or formally trained but you need to show evidence of an arts practice. You also need to be:

  • an artist with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability, or an artist who is Deaf, or has lived experience of mental distress
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The fellowship money CANNOT be used for:

  • any academic course of study
  • any competition or fundraising
  • previous expenses.

It CAN be used for:

  • salaries and fees
  • materials
  • travel required for the project
  • access-related costs for the project.

The decision-making process

Proposals will be reviewed in terms of the assessment criteria. The panel of arts professionals evaluating the proposals will include at least one Deaf and/or disabled person. An Arts Access Aotearoa staff member will support the panel but will not be involved in the assessment and decision-making.

Assessment criteria

The decision-making panel will consider the following factors to evaluate each proposal:

  • A carefully considered project idea
  • Achievability of the project
  • Evidence of arts practice
  • A clear documentation process for the project
  • A completed application.

How to apply

Step 1: Check your dates

  • The deadline for applications has been extended until 5pm Monday 12 September 2022.
  • All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by 5pm Monday 31 October 2022.

Note: The project needs to start within two months of acceptance of the fellowship and must be completed within 12 months of the starting date.

Step 2: Consider the requirements of the application

Read the FAQs before you start.

Here are some prompts to help you prepare your answers:

  1. What do you want to do? Identify the artform you are using. Is this new work or building on previous work?
  2. Why do you want to do this? What skills would you learn? What concepts might you develop? How would the fellowship support you to advance your career?
  3. Are there any barriers that this fellowship will help remove?
  4. How will the project happen?
  5. What is your timeline? How will you complete each step of the process?
  6. What is a realistic breakdown of costs (see budget template at the end of this webpage)? Consider fair pay for any other contributors.
  7. How will you document your project to share it with Arts Access Aotearoa?
  8. Who are you? Tell us about yourself and your work.
  9. If you involve a mentor, what skills will they help you develop?

Step 4: Complete your application form

We welcome applications in alternative formats: for example, NZSL or audio/visual files.

Our application form is also a Word document, which you can fill in online and email to us.

Step 5: Gather support material

Please do not send physical copies of support material or artwork.

Support material can be emailed (no more than 5MB per email).

Larger files (up to 100MB) can be sent via WeTransfer or Dropbox.

As part of your application, you will need to include:

  1. A budget showing how the $10,000 will be spent
  2. A timeline
  3. CV of 1-2 pages describing your skills and experience
  4. Examples of your work. No more than 3 links or 3 photos.
  5. A maximum of two letters of support. These need to be recent, specific to the application, and include the writer’s contact details.

Step 6: Send application and support material

Please email your application to or send your video or audio files via WeTransfer or Dropbox.

Please contact Arts Access Aotearoa staff if you have any questions (E: T: 04 802 4349).

Download the application form

Fellowships 2022: application form (Word 96.97 KB)

Download a budget template

Fellowship budget template 

Fellowship budget template 






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