• Call for Applications | Tautai Trust Artist Residency

    Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for an artist to take up a residency in Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a five week residency which is available to a contemporary Pacific artist during February/March 2017.


    2013, Jean Melesaine, Tautai Artist in Residence

    Tautai was established in the 1980s to mentor and support contemporary Pacific art and artists. As a charitable trust it continues to pursue its goals of promoting and providing profile to Pacific heritage visual artists and their work. It operates on the understanding that the artists remain independent of Tautai Trust and come together through their Tautai connection to participate in art events. The Trust is governed by an elected Board of Trustees and administers its program through a manager and three full time staff who are based in an office in central Auckland.



    Tautai maintains contact with the Pacific artist community and supporters through its regular emails and newsletters and through personal contact. It organises a number of events and exhibitions each year and provides a wide range of support to the Pacific visual artist community based in New Zealand.



    The purpose of offering this residency is to provide an artist from outside Aotearoa New Zealand with the opportunity to meet and interact with this local artist community. They are also being offered the time and support to visit galleries and libraries, to utilise the public institutions for their own research, to participate in the several Pacific related events held in Auckland during March, and to network and make contacts that will assist them in continuing their own art making when they return home.


    (L – R)Leilani Kake, Ahilapalapa Rands, Léuli Eshraghi 2015 Tautai Artist in Residence, and Lana Lopesi. 

    Dates of Residency

    Begins ..  from late February 2017 and ends by 31 March 2017

    (there could be some flexibility around the start/finish dates).


    What is provided

    Return airfares for the artist to/from Auckland and reimbursement of travel insurance.

    Reimbursement of any applicable visa costs.

    Accommodation for the duration of the residency (maximum of five weeks) at Ponsonby Manor Backpackers, Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

    (this accommodation includes linen, power, water)

    Weekly stipend of $400 (for a maximum of five weeks) for living and local travel costs


    The artist is expected to take care of their own requirements for meals. The lodgings offer full kitchen facilities to prepare food and there are supermarkets and a range of reasonable eating establishments within walking distance.



    Support is available from Tautai members and staff to cover any enquires whilst in Auckland – a nominated person will be provided for support at all times.



    The residency offers a gift of time.

    While there is no requirement to make art work during the residency, participation in the program of events and the opportunities available will be expected.


    The residency is offered to the artist only. It is a requirement that neither family nor friends stay with the artist. Short visits may be discussed and would be at the artist’s own cost.


    Conditions of residency

    The artist needs to –

    A. remain in residence for the duration of the residency

    B. be available for any media interviews and public talks

    C. present a brief verbal or written report on their experience before returning home

    D. behave in a manner at all times that reflects the aims and objectives of Tautai

    E. acknowledge Tautai Trust in any promotional material and media information




    Download the Artist in Residence call for applications 2017_FORM application. Applications must be received by Tautai prior to 28 October 2016.


    Please post your application to:

    Tautai Trust, PO Box 68 339, Newton, Auckland 1145, New Zealand OR email to:

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