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 focus on supporting creative practitioners as they undertake their projects.

We seek to create connections between artists and the nearby communities through exhibitions, school visits, workshops, performances and more.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

A non-profit year-round residency programme based in Wairarapa and Tararua districts of North Island, New Zealand.

We are within easy travelling distance to the capital city of Wellington, and Palmerston North, both of which have international airports.

About 500 people have undertaken residencies with us since 2001.

We invite applications from creative practitioners in New Zealand and abroad, as we foster international dialogue.

Our residencies are self-funded and self-catering.

We offer a few fellowships each year -- these are competitive and information is on our website.

Our minimum residency period is two weeks and maximum is 3 months.

Applications by e-mail.
Please include in one document (PDF/Word) under 1mb:
-short CV
-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
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
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 on a case-by-case basis.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherVarious locations - town and rural.

Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Take the Wairarapa Line train (90 min) from Wellington to Masterton, the final stop.

We can collect you from the station.

By plane

Fly to Wellington, then train to Masterton (where you will be picked up by car).

Fly to Palmerston North and then Tranzit/Intercity bus to Masterton, where we can collect you from the bus station.

By car

We are within easy travelling distance to the capital city of Wellington, and Palmerston North, both of which have international airports.

Nearest airport

Palmerston North or Wellington

Contact information

New Zealand Pacific Studio
PO Box 931
5840 Masterton
New Zealand

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