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Whakahoa Whakawatea Kaitoi Tangata Holdsworth Creative Spaces Fellowship

This fellowship supports a tutor/facilitator-led project that involves artists within a creative space working collaboratively. Accessibility will be built into the creation and/or presentation of new or existing work. For example, it could be audio description, sensory experiences, and/or incorporating NZSL.

""We are looking for projects where the creative space artists are at the centre of the process and their work is amplified. This is an opportunity to think outside the box, exploring new ideas and possibilities.

Artforms include but are not limited to dance, film, creative writing, music, theatre, ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts, visual arts, ceramics and sculpture.

The project outcome and process will be documented and shared with the Creative Spaces Network as an example of best practice.

The recipient of the fellowship receives $10,000 sponsored by the Holdsworth Charitable Trust. We anticipate the project will take around 200 hours to complete within a 12-month period.

This funding is to be used solely for the fellowship project and not for general creative space programming.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must currently be working in a creative space that is part of the Creative Spaces Network, facilitated by Arts Access Aotearoa.

The fellowship money CANNOT be used for:

  • Capital building works, equipment or modifications for accessibility
  • a project that requires additional funding from other sources
  • 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 panellist who has participated in a creative spaces programme. An Arts Access Aotearoa staff member will support the panel but will not be involved in the assessment.

Assessment criteria

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

  • A carefully considered project idea that clearly articulates the accessibility focus
  • The integration of creative space artists within the process
  • The achievability of the project
  • A clear documentation and evaluation 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 a 12-month period.

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? Describe the project you will undertake and your goals.
  2. Why do you want to do this project?
  1. Describe the barriers to accessibility this project will help address.
  1. How will the project happen?
  2. What is your timeline? How will you order each step of the process?  Have you added some flexibility to work around COVID-19 issues?
  3. What is a realistic breakdown of costs (see budget template at the end of this webpage)? Consider fair pay for any other contributors.
  4. How will you document and evaluate your project?
  5. Who are you? Tell us about yourself and your experience relevant to this project.
  6. Tell us about your role in your creative space.

Step 3: Confirm support of creative space

You will need a signed letter from your manager or board that makes clear your creative space understands and will accommodate the requirements of your project.

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 (e.g. artist fees, disability community consultation, material costs)
  2. A clear timeline
  3. CV of 1-2 pages describing your skills and experience.
  4. Examples of other art projects you have led. 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.
  6. A signed letter of commitment from your creative space.

Step 6: Send application and support material

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

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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