Opportunity for an artist to develop a project

September – December 2023

Expressions of interest are invited from contemporary artists who would like to develop a project between September and December 2023, under the auspices of Papatūnga.

Papatūnga is Te Tuhi’s development programme for arts practitioners delivered from O Wairoa Marae, an urban marae in Howick, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. One strand of the Papatūnga programme is to support artists in developing a project of their own choosing. This strand is not prescriptive, but is process based, focusing on enabling artists to research and develop new work. There is no specific outcome required at the end of the project.

The project could be an existing project that you would like assistance developing, or it could be research time towards a new project.  Artist projects accepted will contribute to the development of Papatūnga’s wider programme of wānanga for artists and creative practitioners. 

The project period is from September – December 2023.

Applications close 9am, Monday 4 September 2023.

The successful artist will be offered:

  • The option to use working space at O Wairoa Marae, Howick
  • Administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from the Papatūnga team including Programme Manager Edith Amituanai, and Curator and Facilitator of Papatūnga James Tapsell-Kururangi
  • Opportunities to meet with other artists, arts professionals and members of wider Te Tuhi communities through inclusion in other elements of the Papatūnga programme
  • Facilitation of public events either at O Wairoa Marae or in other locations
  • A project budget of up to NZ$10,000 to be developed and agreed with Te Tuhi
  • At the end of the project period a report will be required summarising the artist’s experiences in a format to be agreed by the project team

How to apply

Please send the following to james.tk@tetuhi.art as a single PDF of no more than three pages (including images):

  • Some information about yourself and/or your practice, including your full name and contact details (email and phone number) and if applicable any social media handles and a link to your website.
  • A simple statement outlining your project and your plans if you were to be successful. This expression of interest does not need to be a fully developed proposal, since the successful applicant will have opportunity to develop a proposal and budget with support from the team at Papatūnga. The proposal does not need to be definitive and can change during the course of the project period. 
  • An outline of your availability and other commitments during the project period.
  • Any images, video or sound extracts that either support the ideas of your project or are of recent works you have made. Please indicate why you have included these.

Artistic duos or collectives are welcome to apply. We welcome enquiries and are open to discussing ways in which the programme can be adapted to cater to any specific needs. For any questions about access requirements and facilities, please contact james.tk@tetuhi.art. 


Geoff Matautia

July – September 2023

For three months photographer and creative Geoff Matautia will be based onsite. Geoff’s research will focus on design and photography, and the residency will allow him to develop a new project to be released later this year.

Based in South Auckland, Geoff is a photographer and creative, a member of the art collective Raroboys and founder of Period7. Geoff has worked with and created content for the likes of Re:News, Fibre Fale and Te Whanau o Waipareira, and was the stills photographer for TV show Still here (winner of Voyager Media Best video documentary series 2023). His work has been published in Sunday, New Zealand Geographic, Viva and Ensemble.