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This page lists a range of opportunities, including applications for funding, job vacancies, conferences, workshops, exhibition opportunities, promotional opportunities, competitions and artist residencies. Please email Iona if you would like your opportunity listed here.

Call for entries to Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

Each year at the annual Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, entrants are invited to utilise agricultural-based materials and No.8 wire to create sculptural artworks and compete for a prize pool worth nearly $10,000. Entries for 2022 close at 1pm on 14 March. Finalists will be notified the week of 21 March, winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 5.30pm on 21 April, and the exhibition of the finalists' work will be held at Hamilton’s ArtsPost Galleries & Shop from 22 April to 23 May. Further information can be found on the Waikato Museum website

Auckland Local Activation Fund

This contestable fund aims to increase participation in the arts and cultural events for Auckland families, revitalising town centres again and enhancing wellbeing in Auckland communities. Applicants can include: cultural organisations and venues, mana whenua and aataawaka organisations and groups, event organisers, business associations, and Council, local boards and business improvement districts. For more information, including closing dates and eligibility criteria, see the Local Activation Fund website.

Call for entries: RAW 22

Arts Council Nelson is calling for submissions of 2D & 3D artworks for RAW 2022, to be held at the Refinery ArtSpace in Nelson from 22 February to 19 March. RAW 22 will showcase works created by artists who have no formal or traditional art training; that express individuality and inventiveness; and ​that are “RAW” – uncooked by cultural and artistic influences. For more information and closing dates, visit the Arts Council Nelson website.

Touch Compass #a11yArts recordings

Touch Compass has uploaded all the videos from its #a11yArts webinar series, where some leaders in the international disability arts field talked about how disability leadership and the arts works in different countries. You can see the videos on its Facebook page.

Crescendo Trust music mentoring courses

Enrolments for Crescendo Trust’s music mentoring courses starting February 2022 are now open. If you are into beats or music and not returning to school next year, this could be for you. It has classes for all levels and abilities. Its mentors are practising New Zealand musicians and its kaupapa revolves around improving self-esteem as well as teaching skills and opening career pathways for youth 15-24. Courses are free for qualifying youth. The first intake to both the Foundations course and Electives classes are February 2022, and courses run 2-3 times per week for 12 weeks. Fill in the enquiry form to find out more >>

Applications open for Platform Project

Dunedin Dream Brokerage invites applications for their Platform Project. This will occur from February–May 2022, and connect art and community activities with the development of George Street. If you have a clear project and plan, apply by 24 January 2022. If you need more time to develop your project, apply by 21 February 2022. For more information and to apply, visit the Platform Project website.

Poppy: accessible private screenings

Two accessible versions of New Zealand film 'Poppy', about a young woman with Down syndrome, are now available for groups to hire for private screenings: audio description for blind and low vision audiences - audible to the whole audience, or onscreen captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing - visible to the whole audience. Individuals or organisations wanting to organise a private accessible screening should contact their local cinema who will advise on the days and sessions available, cinema capacity and cost, and will arrange to book the screening files from the film’s distributor. 

Creativity in a time of crisis webinar

A Te Ora Auaha webinar called Creativity in a time of crisis follows its Culture, Health and Wellbeing 2021 series. Its Kaiārahi Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho speaks with Eynon Delamere on the meaning and strength of taonga pūoro; Ryan Reynolds from Gap Filler on the power of creativity in restoring public trust in shared spaces; and Huia O'Sullivan from Ngā Rangatahi Toa on the methodologies within Te Ao Māori and the guidance of tikanga in their work. The conversations reflect the speakers' experiences in Aotearoa working amid pandemic restrictions.

A guide to sharing your story safely

Many people choose to share their lived experience of mental distress or illness as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. This can be a powerful way to challenge the stigma and discrimination those of us with mental health challenges can face. However, it's important these stories are told in a safe and empowering way, for both the person sharing and the person reading. The Mental Health Foundation has created a new resource, How to share your lived experience story safely. Download the resource 

Meremere online education resource

Meremere, the award-winning theatre work by Rodney Bell, now has an online education resource providing in-depth information about a range of topics such as the story behind Meremere, interviews with the cast and creative team, notes from director Malia Johnston and the devising process. For more info, please email 

Scholarships for disabled writers to learn how to self-publish

Disabled writer Steff Green is a commercially successful New Zealand self-publisher, and now she's teaching others how to self-publish too. Steff is making it free for disabled writers and writers of colour to take her self-publishing course. For more info 

Online promotions: The Big Idea

This online community for New Zealand arts and artists features art news, arts jobs, and other work and income opportunities. You can create your own profile and upload content about what you do and the artists you work with.



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