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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. 

2021 art calendars: call for artists

Elastic Design are calling for expressions of interest from both emerging and established Kiwi artists who want their work featured on any of the following 2021 art calendars – Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand, Contemporary New Zealand Art, or New Zealand in Watercolour. If you are selected, you will be paid, receive sample calendars, and have access to wholesale prices (to sell/gift). The calendars are sold all over New Zealand at all the usual stockists. Expressions of interest can be made here, and are due by Friday 8 November 2019, 5 pm AEST.

Vacancy: Hutt Valley's MIX 

MIX, a community-based activity centre for people in the Hutt Valley with mental health needs, is looking for a Wellbeing and Community Facilitator. They are looking for someone who can relate well to a broad range of people, in order to effectively deliver the activity programme. For more information or to apply, see the job advertisement here.

Maker Faire Wellington: call for Makers

Capital E's Maker Faire Wellington will be at Shed 6, TSB Arena on Sunday 20 October and they are on the hunt for Makers. Maker Faire showcases the work of the creative community. Whether you do-it-yourself or do-it-together with friends, they want to hear from you. They’re looking for displays, workshops, or presentations that encourage sustainable, hands-on fun that celebrates bringing ideas to life. Do you have what it takes? Apply now

Maker Faire Wellington: Maker assistance fund

Sometimes costs can affect your ability to present and so for the first time, Capital E's Maker Faire Wellington is offering a fund to assist Makers. The small contestable fund can be used for costs like; transport, fuel, specialist materials, audience used materials or take-aways, equipment hire, signage or anything specific that your display or presentation requires. To be considered for the fund, you'll also need to apply to be a Maker. Check out the confirmed 2019 Makers and get your application in before our next curation date of 29 August. Apply here 

Call for entries: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D

Entries for the 2020 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D will close on 27 November 2019. Its focus is on three-dimensional art, including sculpture, installation and craft, and has more than $20,000 in prize money for emerging and established New Zealand artists. Citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand are eligible to enter. Entrants must pay $40 per entry. Further details, and the online application from can be found online 

Sign up to Arts Month

Watch out for Arts Month In September. Run by the Arts Foundation, Arts Month aims to shine the light on arts and creativity in communities around the country and inspire conversations about what the arts mean to us here in Aotearoa. You can join the movement and get involved via the Arts Foundation website

Call for entries: RAW 2

Arts Council Nelson invites you to submit 2D and 3D artworks for RAW 2, a special exhibition running throughout October as part of the Nelson Arts Festival. RAW will showcase artworks:

  • created by people who have no formal or traditional art training
  • that express individuality and inventiveness
  • that are 'RAW' - uncooked by mainstream arts.

The closing date for entries is Monday 9 September 2019. There will be an exhibition of selected works at the Refinery ArtSpace from 30 September to 9 November. For more info, contact Lloyd Harwood at Arts Council Nelson (T: 03 548 4640 / 027 326 9166  E: Full details can be found online.

Vacancy: Nelson’s Refinery ArtSpace

Arts Council Nelson seeks a dynamic, people-orientated person to manage Nelson’s Refinery ArtSpace and its diverse programme of exhibitions and events. This is a permanent part-time position for 25 hours per week. You will need to submit your CV and a cover letter to apply. Applications close 6 September. For more information on the role please email the Community Arts Manager. Download the position description here.

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

NZ Certificate in Health And Wellbeing 

This level 4 online programme, starting August 2019, is designed for peer support workers who have lived experience of health and wellbeing services to develop tools and strategies to safely and confidently support and advocate for people they work with: For more information contact or

Register now for Performing Arts and Justice Symposium

Massey University is hosting the Performing Arts and Justice Symposium in Auckland from 5 to 6 September at Massey University, Auckland. The symposium will bring together academics, practitioners and justice professionals to explore the role of theatre and the performing arts within New Zealand’s criminal justice sector and internationally. Arts Access Aotearoa is supporting the symposium, along with The University of Auckland and Griffith University.

Registrations are now open for the Performing Arts and Justice Symposium. Please visit the webpage for information on keynotes and registrations. 

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

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.

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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