Relaunch of Wild Creations
Wild Creations will give artists the chance to experience our nature through a variety of conservation experiences on offer.
The Minister of Conservation, Arts, Culture and Heritage the Hon Maggie Barry launched the refreshed new look programme on 19 May 2017. See the media release.
The new look Wild Creations programme differs from the previous Wild Creations Artist in Residence programme which was discontinued in 2013.
Call for proposals
Details of the call for proposals can be found on the Creative New Zealand website.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017.
About the new programme
DOC and Creative New Zealand are offering up to three artists the opportunity to get into nature through a DOC experience between November 2017 and June 2018.
Wild Creations involves artists applying to Creative New Zealand for funding to take part/observe a conservation experience and to create an art work or work based on the experience.
Successful artists will take part in one of the following types of conservation related experiences offered through the pilot programme:
- experience of a place of particular significance to Māori
- a community group/volunteering/immersion experience
- an Iwi engagement experience
- an historic icon site experience
- a threatened species experience
- an island experience
- a coastal experience
- an urban experience
- a remote experience.
The individual experiences will be developed in conjunction with the artist, Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation once artists have been selected.
Purpose of the programme
The refreshed programme will:
- foster links between the conservation and arts communities
- provide new ways to connect New Zealanders to conservation
- promote a wider understanding of conservation values and awareness of conservation issues
- provide New Zealand artists with opportunities to experience the people, stories and challenges associated with our country's unique natural and historic heritage
- enable artists to develop arts projects based on conservation experiences.
Previous Artists in Residence programme
The previous Wild Creations Artists in Residence programme ran from 2003 – 2012 and listed below are the artists, their field of art and the conservation site they visited.
Music duo Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Billy Earl (Andy Hummel) and Betty Grey (Holly Jane Ewens), artists in residence 2010
Winners and sites visited
Dave Armstrong: Playwright - Bannockburn
Lynn Kelly: Jeweller - Bannockburn
Sally McIntyre: Radio artist - Kapiti Island Nature Reserve
Dudley Benson: Musician - Naseby
Alistair Fraser: Musician and craftsperson - Stewart Island/Rakiura
Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis: Sculptor and writer duo - Rotorua Lakes
Chris Cottrell: Drawing, installation and video artist - Fox Glacier
Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Billy Earl (Andy Hummel) and Betty Grey (Holly Jane Ewens): Folk music duo - Rotorua Lakes
Hayden Fowler: Film, performance and soundwork artist - Ashburton Lakes
The programme did not run in 2008 or 2009
Tanya Marriot: Designer, sculptor, and puppetry artist - Mt Cook/Aoraki
Louise Potiki Bryant: Choreographer and video artist - Mt Cook/Aoraki
Tracy Duncan: Author and illustratator - Kawatiri/Buller
Photograph by Fiona Pardington, artist in residence during 2004
Monique Jansen: Visual artist - Aoraki/Mt Cook
Naomi Lamb: New media artist - Karamea
Darren Glass: Photographer - Tongariro National Park
Tabatha Forbes: Multi-media artist - Kingston
Waikarere Gregory: Mixed media artist - Aniwaniwa
Alison Isadora: Audio artist and composer - Bannockburn
Jordan Reyne: Musician - Karamea
Fiona Pardington: Photographer - Lake Wakatipu
Rebekah Wild: Theatre performer and puppeteer - Franz Josef Glacier
Jo Randerson: Writer - Te Angiangi Marine Reserve and Cape Kidnappers
Christine Hellyar: Sculpture - Egmont National Park
Zoe Roland: Filmmaker - Tiritiri Matangi Island