2022 IN TOUCH Arts Commissions


The Foundation is calling for proposals from artists to produce three-minute digital works for presentation on social media for this year’s IN TOUCH Arts Commissions.

The Foundation will provide a commissioning fee of $5,000 to each successful applicant to produce a work suitable for presentation on our digital channels.

Covid-19 has made it harder for New Zealanders to experience Asia – but the arts continue to offer a way to bridge the gap, helping us gain understanding and confidence about the region and its peoples. With that in mind, in 2020 we offered IN TOUCH, our first digital art commissioning programme.

We are pleased to announce the return of the programme in 2022.

The 2022 Application round has closed

Who can apply

Applications are open to any artist with a track record of professional success in their area of practice.

The proposed work must reflect or draw on the artist’s connection to or experience with Asia. 

Note: in 2020, IN TOUCH commissions were restricted to arts practitioners who had previously participated in a Foundation programme. This is not the case for 2022 and all artists are invited to submit proposals, so long as they are able to demonstrate a previously established connection to Asia.

What we are looking for

We are looking for proposals for three-minute digital works that will enable New Zealanders to gain an understanding of the deep, ongoing bonds that connect Asia and New Zealand, despite the current global travel restrictions that are in place.

As the works will be held on and distributed via the Foundation’s digital channels – mainly our website, Facebook and Instagram – they will need to be appropriate and accessible to our digital audience.

Some possible suggestions for the genre of work suitable for our digital channels are:

  • a short performance piece (e.g. dance, music, spoken word, drama)
  • a multi-media/digital artwork
  • a series of photographs/visual art works presented as a slide show
  • a piece of music accompanied by still/moving images.  

Note: regardless of the central focus and/or the art practice presented, the final submission will be in the form of a three minute digital work.

How to apply

The 2022 application round has closed