New Zealand Pacific Studio

General information

Brief description of organisation

Our mission is to give practitioners the space and time to foster serious creative work. We also create connections between our international and national artists and the local communities.

We are within easy travelling distance to the capital city of Wellington and 20 minutes drive to the nearest small city of Masterton with its regional art museum. Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, to which residents enjoy complimentary entry, is a short walk away.

Residency fee: NZ$280-$400 a week plus NZ$40 a week if the resident has no vehicle. Linens, bedding and internet provided, as well as free weekly cleaning service and free landline telephone calls within New Zealand.
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off in Masterton (nearest city) or Palmerston North.

A live-in House Manager and artist/writer supports residents and helps facilitate connections.

An extensive library of 2,000+ books is available to all.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

A non-profit year-round rural residency centre based in an historic villa built for a clockmaker in 1911. Five acres of land. Located next to a national wildlife centre / native bird reserve.

Our residency centre provides
- studio (15 sqm) with mezzanine floor
- studio (12 sqm) in a Norwegian-style cottage with skylights, kitchenette and sauna
- a loft with a large floor space sometimes used by musicians and dancers, and views to east and west
- a writing studio
- garden-facing rooms
- a library of 2,000+ books
- art collection
- live-in house manager
- free landline phone calls within NZ
- weekly cleaning service

We invite applications from creative practitioners and researchers to undertake self-funded and self-catering residencies.

We focus on supporting creative practitioners as they undertake their projects.

We also seek to create connections between artists and the nearby communities through Open Studio Days, readings, radio talks, exhibitions, school visits, workshops, and more.

Our minimum residency period is one week and maximum is 3 months.

Applications by e-mail.
Please include in one document (PDF/Word) under 1mb:
-short biography (50-75 words)
-recent photograph
-short statement of your project (under 300 words)
-3-4 examples of your work
-proposed dates of your residency

Please e-mail:

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Research, Environmental Studies
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners

A partial fee is paid for a partner sharing a room.

Grants available

Information about our sponsored Fellowships (about five-seven in any year, dependent on funding) is posted on our website:

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Public outreach (Readings, Open Studio Day, workshop etc.), if appropriate, to be discussed with each artist.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Rural60min drive to Palmerston North; 20min drive to Masterton, which is 90min away by train to Wellington)

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • 2 large studios, 1 large loft, writing studio, 5 acres
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

If flying into Wellington, take the Wairarapa Line train (90 min) to Masterton, the final stop.

Train from Auckland can also be met at Palmerston North for 60 minute drive to NZPS.

By plane

Fly to Auckland then domestic flight to Wellington, then train to Masterton (where you will be picked up by car for 20min drive to NZPS).

Fly to Palmerston North (where you will be picked-up by car for 60 minute drive to NZPS).

By car

We are on State Highway 2 (SH2) that links Wellington and Palmerston North.
We are two km north of the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, and two km south of the white ANZAC Memorial Bridge.
We are signposted with a yellow/orange sign.

Nearest airport

Palmerston North or Wellington

Contact information

New Zealand Pacific Studio
85229 State Highway Two (SH2), RD2
5881 Masterton
New Zealand

Phone: +64-6-375-8441

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