Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange

International engagement is vital in meeting the 2015 ACT Arts Policy vision for Canberra to be a diverse and dynamic arts ecology that is valued locally, nationally and globally.

A number of activities are outlined in the Sister City Agreement between Canberra and Wellington including: cultural exchanges that connect arts communities, events development and national institutions; programs that support opportunities for Indigenous people from both countries; and mutual exchange of delegations that connect Wellington City Council and the ACT Government.

The Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange pilot will provide the opportunity for a local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist to spend up to six weeks in Wellington to work in a new environment and to engage with Māori culture, Wellington-based artists, organisations and the wider community. A Māori artist from Wellington will also be given the same opportunity to come to Canberra in 2018-19.

This is an exciting new opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists living in Canberra.

Who can apply

Any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist who resides in Canberra can apply. Applicants who do not reside in Canberra may be considered where their application specifically and strongly demonstrates a Canberra-based arts practice or strong connection to country. In order to establish a Canberra-based arts practice, artsACT will consider the following:

  • Being recognised as a Canberra artist by peers.
  • Evidence of consistently promoting yourself as a Canberra artist.
  • Regularity of making and/or presenting work in Canberra.
  • Employment in the Canberra arts sector.
  • Collaboration and active engagement with the Canberra arts sector.

Any traditional custodians of the Canberra region are eligible to apply without residing in the Canberra but should be willing to share outcomes of the residency with the local community through public engagement.

Artists across all art forms and at all stages of their career will be considered.

How to apply

You will need to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) that should include the following information:

  • Project outline (What art would you make/produce as part of the residency and how?)
  • Description of how the exchange would support your artistic and cultural practice (What about being in Wellington would benefit your artistic and cultural practice?)
  • What you would do on return to Canberra to share the outcomes of the exchange (e.g. performance, exhibition, artist talk, workshops)
  • A current CV or artist’s biography

EOIs closed on Wednesday 13 June 2018.

EOIs will be assessed by a selection panel comprising members of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Network, Wellington City Council and artsACT.

The selected artist will need to be available to travel to Wellington before 30 June 2019.

For more information, please email artsACT on artsACT@act,gov.au or phone 02 6207 2384.