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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.

Job vacancy: Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre 

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre is seeking a part-time Centre Administrator to join the RMTC whānau and help it continue to change lives through music. The role entails administrative support and reception cover to enable the efficient running of its unique music therapy centre - the only one in New Zealand. The role is 30 hours per week. Full information is available on its website

Entries for Focus on Ability Short Film Festival 2020

The Focus on Ability Short Film Festival asks filmmakers to "focus on the ability" of people with disability and tell a story on film for the world to view. The 2020 festival is set to be the biggest yet, and sponsors have donated over $160,000 worth of cash and prizes to encourage filmmakers and people with disability to tell their stories. In 2019, 244 films were entered from 26 countries, including New Zealand. Entries close 29 May.  For more information contact Full details on its website

Parliament to commission artwork

Parliament is commissioning a new artwork for the entrance to the Executive Wing (Beehive) and the Parliamentary Service Commission Artworks Committee is now seeking design proposals from artists. The artwork will greet visitors to Parliament and the Committee is interested in proposals that take into consideration the tangata whenua, our identity as New Zealanders, our country’s landscape and/or the political environment. The artwork should be creative, innovative and celebrate the mana of New Zealand and Parliament. The deadline for proposals is 5pm 29 January 2020. For more information 

Artist residency in Newtown, Wellington

The Newtown Community & Cultural Centre with Opportunity Arts are offering a three-month artist’s residency at the Community Centre in Newtown, Wellington at the start of 2020. Anyone who wants a place to create (any medium, including music/writing/theatre) is encouraged to apply. Arts organisations wanting office space to continue their mahi are also welcome to apply. Applications from solo practitioners wanting to focus on their own practice may apply but  priority will be given to artists with a strong interest in community development, public art, socially engaged work and/or community arts practices. The selection committee also will look favourably on emerging artists. Applications close on 31 January 2020. For more information and application forms 

Creatives in Schools programme

Applications are now open for the first round of the Ministry of Education's Creatives in Schools programme, which partners artists and creative practitioners with teachers and kaiako to foster new learning experiences for students and ākonga of all ages. Visit Arts Online for more details.

Revolution Creative

Get hired, advance your career, connect with other creatives, get industry tips and tools from experienced practitioners, and find rewarding employment through Revolution Creative. This is a website where people wanting work in the creative industries can create a free profile and upload their portfolio of creative work to connect with employers looking for the skills they offer. It is operated by Auckland's Depot Artspace, and described as '"he new home for creatives in New Zealand". For more info

Laminate samples for art projects

Laminex New Zealand has samples of Melteca (9cm x 5.5cm and 3mm thick) and, in the coming months, also Formica (7cm x 5cm and 1mm thick) for use in creative projects.  If you have visions of dragon scales, wearable art projects or other wild imaginings that could use these samples please email Jenny Hutchings with the quantity you would like, and your location, and they could be sent out to you directly. 

Māpura Studios and its Stroke Art Therapy programme

Stroke can affect anyone at any age, at any time, with devastating effects. Māpura Studios offers an intensive 12-week Stroke Art Therapy course at very little cost to participants. Many have benefited from this life-changing course and have gone on to reclaim their lives. Some further develop their new-found skills in the Arts Transition and Leading a Creative Life classes, and find a new identity as artists. With no direct government funding, Māpura Studios relies on the generosity of donors, philanthropic trusts and fundraising to provide programmes such as this and to subsidise class fees for the other 15 programmes it provides to more than 175 children, teens and adults with diverse and often complex disabilities who attend each week.
For more information about Māpura Studios and its the Stroke Art Therapy programme, visit the Māpura Studios website, call 09 845 5361 or email

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.

Playhouse Theatre available for hire

Playhouse Theatre is promoting its venue to disability performing groups. A community theatre in West Auckland, it  has facilities for disabled performers that includes accessible toilets in front of house and backstage green room, two wheelchair spaces in the auditorium, a ramp entrance at the front of the theatre, direct level access suitable for wheelchairs from the rear parking area to the green room, and an electric wheelchair lift from the green room to the stage. Address: 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, Waitakere City, Auckland. For more information or to book the venue contact the Theatre Manager (T: 09 818 5751 M: 021 215 1271 E: or visit the website.


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