Arts Practitioners Fund

Our Arts Practitioners Fund provides support for experiential opportunities for individual New Zealand-based arts practitioners to deepen artistic and professional connections with Asia, including residencies, work placements, research tours and exchanges.

Key dates

The next application round will open late 2024

Who is it for?

Contestable arts funding is for:

  • individual artists, including visual artists, writers, musicians, choreographers, directors and performers
  • individual arts managers, including curators, producers, programmers.

The funding is for current practitioners who have a track record of professional achievement.

Examples of activities that could be funded

  • A self-organised residency at a selected professional arts organisation aimed at growing the individual practitioner’s understanding and awareness of cultural and artistic practice in Asia.
  • A structured research tour within the Asia aimed at developing an individual arts practitioner’s knowledge of the Asian arts sector, including opportunities for exhibition or presentation in Asian markets, or for the identification of Asian work for presentation in New Zealand.
  • Attendance at a significant arts event, such as a fair or market aimed at developing an individual arts manager’s own curatorial or presentation networks with a view to presenting Asian work in New Zealand.

What expenses can be funded?

  • Return economy class airfares
  • Professional guides
  • Accommodation
  • Living Costs (to be determined based on actual costs in target location)
    Ground transport
  • Fees for residency/conference/market registration.

Applicants may request up to $7,500 from this fund.

How to apply

Information on how to apply will be made available prior to the next application round opening late 2024.


What is the timing for applications?

  • There is typically one round per year
  • Late applications will not be considered, nor will they be considered in between funding rounds
  • Applications cannot be considered retrospectively. The start date for the project must be a least six weeks or more from the application deadline date.
  • You will be notified of the result of your application within six weeks of the deadline.


Terms and conditions

All applicants must be New Zealand citizens of permanent residents and are intending to continue to live in New Zealand for at least one year after they complete the project.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard terms and conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

 Foundation funding recipients are expected to:

  • provide a 500-600 word article for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website, including photos (to be submitted while undertaking the grant activity or within two weeks of completion).
  • submit a report on their experience accounting for how the grant money was spent (further details will be provided to successful applicants)
  • seek opportunities to share their experience on return to New Zealand
  • remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Please read the full terms and conditions

Applicants must submit reports on any outstanding funds they have received previously from the Foundation, before a new application will be considered. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

It should be noted that the Asia New Zealand Foundation is liable to inspection by the Office of the Auditor General. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to account for the spending of funds received. The Foundation will require the funds to be returned if their use cannot be adequately accounted for.