Visiting Artist scheme

Poetry installation by Joanne Aitchison The Visiting Artist Scheme enables three artists per year to be based for one semester each at the School of English and Media Studies. Massey University and Palmerston North Community Arts have run the scheme since 2004.

The Visiting Artist can develop their own work and collaborate with students, local artists and the community in a creative or leadership role.

The Visiting Artist will receive a salary of NZ$10,000 and rent-free use of a downtown flat in the centrally-located Square Edge Arts Centre. They will also have office space on Massey’s campus and access to the Massey Library.

The scheme offers promotional support, the opportunity for community interaction through classes and presentations of work and a supportive environment with other artists within the community.

Residency format

Three residencies of three months each are offered, scheduled to fit with the academic year. This enables the artist to work with students in a leadership role.

The visiting artist in semester one is a writer, in semester two a video or film-maker is chosen and in semester three, a theatre director or practitioner works with students and local performers to produce the annual Summer Shakespeare play.

Application details

You can apply for the scheme online.

Theatrical Director Guidelines 2017 (193 KB)

Visiting Artists Scheme (120 KB)

Application dates for the three residencies are as follows:

  • Semester one writing residency: advertised from August for the following year, with applications closing in November;

  • Semester two multimedia residency: advertised from January for the current year, with applications closing in March;

  • Semester three Summer Shakespeare theatre residency: advertised from July for the current year, with applications closing early to mid-September.

Previous Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist 2018

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