Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange

The Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange programme supports a Wellington-based artist to go to Canberra for six weeks and a Canberra-based Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to visit Wellington for six weeks each year.

The programme will strengthen cultural connections between the two cities, as part of our Sister City Agreement initiated in 2016.

Who can apply

Māori artists who reside in the Wellington region can apply. Applicants who do not reside in the Wellington region but who have strong connections to the region – for example iwi affiliations can apply. Artists across all art forms who have established careers will be considered. 



Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange Application Form (495KB PDF)

How to apply

We are calling for applications for the 2020 residency. Applications close 5.00pm, Monday 30 September 2019. 

Applicants are required to submit a project proposal with their application and to have a strong track record of creative work - performance, writing, exhibition and so on.

Details about the residency

Wellington City Council and artsACT in Canberra will cover all expenses including:

  • one return economy airfare between Wellington and Canberra
  • per diem to cover living expenses for the duration of the residency
  • a small budget for research and/or project materials
  • self-contained accommodation and studio space at Gorman House for the Wellington artist and at Bolton Street Sexton’s Cottage for the Canberra artist.

Wellington City Council, the Indigenous Arts Advisory Group, and artsACT in Canberra and their affiliated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, will determine the selection of artists.

The selected artist must commit to working full-time on a specific research project in Canberra and fully immerse themselves in Canberra’s indigenous arts sector. On return to Wellington they will be required to share their experiences with Wellington’s art community.

More information

Katie Taylor-Duke
Phone 021 227 8021