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Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Visual Arts Residency 2019 - call for submissions

Johanna Mechen  Cactus Flowers  2018  Mechen was the inaugural recipient of the Toi Pōneke Visual Arts Residency in 2018.

Johanna Mechen Cactus Flowers 2018

Mechen was the inaugural recipient of the Toi Pōneke Visual Arts Residency in 2018.

Project date range: 1 July - 8 December 2019

Submissions due by 12 midnight Monday 1 April 2019

Toi Pōneke is calling for proposals from Wellington-based Visual Artists for our 2019 Visual Arts Residency. This 13 week residency culminates in an exhibition of a new body of work at Toi Pōneke Gallery in November 2019.

The aim of this residency is to support an artist to develop a body of work and provide them with resources to dedicate themselves full time to their practice for a period of 13 weeks.

Applicants need to have had previous experience of a mounting a solo exhibition and be looking to develop their practice further.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to an interview with Toi Pōneke staff before a final decision is made.

What’s on Offer:

  • Toi Pōneke will provide the candidate with a small studio space to work for 13 weeks with 24/7 access from July – end of September 2019.

  • A 4 week exhibition at Toi Pōneke Gallery, this includes  pack in & pack out (3.5 weeks open to the public)

  • Mentoring

  • Promotion of the candidate’s exhibition and associated activities

  • A stipend for the 13-weeks whilst the artist is in residence

  • Technical and hosting support for their exhibition


  • Available only to current Wellington-based New Zealand citizens or permanent residents

  • Applicants recently graduated from a Post Graduate course are eligible to apply

  • Applicants  must have had a solo exhibition in a public gallery or artist run space

  • Applicants must be able to commit to this residency full time (spend at least 40 hours a week at Toi Pōneke) and install their own exhibition

  • Employees of Wellington City Council are not eligible to apply

  • Artists within one year of finishing under-graduate study are not eligible to apply.

  • A requirement of this residency is to gift an artwork to Toi Pōneke


  • Submissions due by 12 midnight Monday 1 April 2019

  • Interview date range: 15 – 19 April

  • Successful artist announced May 2019

  • Residency Commences: Monday 1 July 2019

  • Residency finishes: Sunday 29 September 2019


  • Exhibition Install: 11 – 14 November

  • Opening: 5:30pm Thursday 14 November

  • Exhibition Dates: 15 November – 7 December

  • De-install: Sunday 8 December

  • Public Programme: date and time to be discussed with Toi Pōneke staff

  • Report due: 16 December

These dates are non-negotiable

Your Application should comprise of:

  • Application Form (link below)

  • Short 2 page Visual Arts Resume

  • Minimum of 10 images of recent work A5 size, with captions and a short description if necessary. Make sure to include some documentation of your previous exhibitions so we can see the scale of your work and how it is presented.

  • Please provide links to any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications, etc.)

    How to Apply:

  • Download the Application Form and email your completed application as a single PDF (file labelled with your name )

  • Please dropbox or wetransfer your application to

  • Digital applications only accepted - no hard copies

  • Please see our handy hints and tips document for writing proposals

Please send all of the following to by 12 midnight 1 April 2019.

Terms and conditions:

Successful applicants will be required to

  • Sign the Toi Pōneke - Visual Arts Residency Agreement;

  • Agree to the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Terms and Conditions;

  • Complete a Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Artist Studio Application;

  • Agree to the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Artist Studio Agreement.

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