NZ Pacific Studio Artists’ Residency Centre

Summer is a wonderful time of year to be at New Zealand Pacific Studio, where artists / writers / academics / creative practitioners can take a week, a few weeks, or up to three months to focus on a specific project. We are now accepting applications for Summer 2017 / 18.

You might suggest to those who love you that a residency at NZ Pacific Studio would make a good Christmas present!

2017 Winter wrap-up National Poetry Day was celebrated on 25 August at Aratoi with poetry readings by local poets. NZPS residents added an international flavour with Leah Milanovic (AUS), NZPS 2017 Lavinia Fellow reading some of her own poems; and Carly Mann (UK) and John Galan (USA), displayed art work and spoke about their creative practice.

Our film fundraiser The Party was a sell out and raised $950 which will go towards our operations. Many thanks to those of you who joined us. It’s not often you leave a film with people laughing and saying ‘Well I didn’t expect that ending’. Trust House donated a voucher for nibbles from the Farriers so please thank them by having a drink or a meal there.

We farewelled Kate Kristiansen (Canada) and Carly Mann (UK), both very efficient House Managers and welcomed Christine Yardley (AUS) as our new House Manager. Christine is a great grand daughter of Christopher Burton who built Normandell in the early 1900’s so the studio is a special place for her. Christine was also the NZPS 2017 ANZAC Bridge Fellow. While at the studio Christine plans to work on sculpture, making glass masks of Burton Family.

November 2017

Sian ní Mhuirí, Irish playwright and drama producer who is the R.A.K. Mason Fellow and Makyla Curtis, NZ poet, the Ema Saiko Fellow will be in residence. Sian and Makyla have been communicating with each other about collaborating during their fellowships as well as working on their individual projects. Both writers will be outreaching to the community – tba

FELLOWSHIP CALL OUTS: Applications will open for The Lavinia Winter Fellowship, for women under the age of 40 in the early stages of their creative career in any artistic genre; and the Masterton District Council Fellowship for an artist in any genre who has an interest sharing their knowledge with the arts’ communities and/or schools.

ALSO watch out for a new fellowship that we hope will be called out in November.

The Australian group Loosely Woven will return to NZ (after ANZAC performances) to join with Wairarapa musicians, holding a number of concerts and events entitled “Across the Ditch”. Christine Yardley our current house manager is a member of this group. “Across the Ditch” supported by NZPS, events as follows:

Thursday 16 November 1-4pm – Open Day at NZPS to met some of the singers and musicians from “Across the Ditch” and tours of Normandell / NZPS.

Thursday 16 November 7pm – “Across the Ditch” concert supported by NZPS, Masterton venue tbc. Entry by Koha.

Sunday 19 November 6pm – Informal performance of “Across the Ditch” – Masterton venue tbc. All welcome to join in.

December 2017

Subject to funding – Call for applicaions for the 2018 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship. Of those remembered on The ANZAC Memorial Bridge Kaiparoro, 2018 marks 100 years since Arthur BRADDICK and John SNELL lost their lives in WWI

New Zealand Pacific Studio is the only institution of its kind in Aotearoa: open year-round, and welcoming creative practitioners working in any discipline, from NZ and abroad.

NZ Pacific Studio was founded in 2001.

Physical address: 85229 SH 2, Mt Bruce RD1, Tararua, NZ Located on State Highway 2, two km north of Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (to which NZPS artists-in-residence gain complimentary entry).

Postal address: PO Box 931, Masterton 5840, Wairarapa, NZ

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