Applications open for Creative New Zealand programme

New Zealand artists will continue to be inspired by our natural environment and cultural heritage, with the continuation of a successful Creative New Zealand partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Wild Creations builds on an artist-in-residence programme of the same name offered from 2002 to 2012. A re-invigorated Wild Creations, broader in scope, was offered in 2017 as a pilot and with some refinements it will be continued for another two years. Applications open today.

Cath Cardiff, Creative New Zealand Senior Manager – Arts Development Services, says the pilot programme attracted a lot of interest, with a number of high quality applications received.

“The three successful applicants submitted innovative proposals. They have made or are making high-quality artwork inspired by their experiences that will be enjoyed by many.”

DOC Director, National Operations, Hilary Aikman said Wild Creations helps to connect more Kiwis to our natural environment and cultural heritage.

“The work of these talented artists is giving DOC great opportunities to connect more New Zealanders to conservation stories through art.”

The initiative offers a minimum of two artists the opportunity to experience DOC environments and / or programmes between December 2018 and June 2019, as inspiration for new art work.

Wild Creations is a fusion of conservation and creativity, supporting artists to be inspired by experiencing the places, people, and stories of New Zealand’s unique environment and cultural heritage. They may work in any artform or area of arts practice supported by Creative New Zealand.

To apply, visit the Creative New Zealand website.