Artist residencies

We manage and support artist residency programmes.

COVID-19 update

Due to COVID-19, the Council’s international artist residencies will be staged virtually or have been postponed until 2021.


We support a number of artist residency programmes to enable an exchange of art practices and ideas, locally and internationally:

These programmes contribute to building Wellington’s international profile as a creative capital and to nurturing cultural diversity in the arts.

We contribute to these residencies with funding and/or accommodation at the Bolton Street Sexton’s Cottage, one of Wellington’s oldest homes, managed by the Council.

Arts organisations or institutions interested in accommodating artists at the Bolton Street Cottage can email arts@wcc.govt.nz for more information.