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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 The Other Film Festival

Entries to The Other Film Festival 2018, Australia's leading disability film festival, close on 15 June 2018. The festival showcases contemporary stories of the disability and Deaf communities locally, nationally and internationally. For more info and to submit your entry 

Pimp My Jacket Competition

The Pimp My Jacket Competition is a chance to wear your creativity on your sleeve. Hutt City creative space MIX invites you to upcycle a jacket and be in with a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Creative, Nature and Mayoral Jackets. Entries close 23 May. The competition and announcement of winners will be held during the Hutt Winter Festival on 18 and 19 August. Visit the MIX website for more info

Filmmaking competition for New Zealanders

Australia’s 10th annual Focus on Ability Film Festival 2018 is calling for entries from New Zealanders. They are eligible in two categories: the schools competition or international section. Share in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. The 2017 festival saw a major prize head to Auckland's Carlson School. Everyone can enter. However, all films must have an ability/disability theme or be clearly identified as being made by a person with a disability. Entries close on 1 June 2018.

For more info, visit the festival website or contact Ryan Goodwin (E: 

The Seated Photographers

What’s it like if you can’t stand up to take photos? What’s your view through the camera lens? If you are in a wheelchair, use a scooter and can't stand up to take photos, then The Seated Photographers Facebook page is for you. Project manager Maureen Jensen of Palmerston North asks you to share your photos on this page for everyone to see. At least two exhibitions are planned in 2018 so keep an eye out for more info and updates. The first exhibition will be at Te Manawa in June and the second in the Square Edge in Palmerston North in December 2018, with other exhibitions around New Zealand planned.

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 no 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

Music therapy at Onehunga Community Centre

High Notes is a music therapy class that engages people with physical, learning and intellectual disabilities. The aim of this class is to learn basic te reo Maori and culture, and includes singing, movement and instruments. The classes are high energy and fun, and require a lot of participation from individuals and their caregivers. Cost: koha and no need to book. Suitable for participants 14 years and older.

When and where: Mondays 12.30pm – 1.15pm and Thursdays 10.30am – 11.45am at 83 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland. For more information, call 09 634 9253.

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.

Wellington City Council’s general grants

Wellington City Council’s general grants has four grant pools: Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental. Only legally constituted groups (or groups under the umbrella of a legally constituted group) can apply. For more information on grants advice seminars, application criteria and closing dates for applications visit the Wellington City Council website

The Learning Connexion Deaf Scholarship

The Learning Connexion offers NZQA approved art and creativity programmes. Applications are open for The Learning Connexion Deaf Scholarship. This is an opportunity for Deaf or hearing impaired students (16 years or older on the enrolment date) to study art and creativity with specialised support. This scholarship covers all or part of student’s tuition fees. There is no closing date for this scholarship: you can apply any time during the year. Visit The Learning Connexion website for more information and to apply. 

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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