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Wild Creations 2020 - Submissions Open.

Region: South Island
Dates: Fri, 4 October 2019 - Fri, 6 December 2019 @ Submissions Open Now

  • Wild Creations 2020 - Submissions Open.

Hot on the heels of Conservation Week’s 50th Anniversary, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Creative New Zealand are pleased to welcome submissions for Wild Creations 2020 – an initiative supporting artists to engage with nature and conservation.

Wild Creations offers artists the opportunity to spend time in New Zealand’s natural environment and to be inspired to create new work based on a DOC conservation experience and the places, people and stories of Aotearoa New Zealand. At least two projects will be selected for funding support. Artists can choose from a range of DOC experiences to incorporate into their proposal, from visiting a place of significance to Māori, to getting involved in the protection of threatened species, to immersion experiences in island coastal or remote habitats. Bridget Reweti, one of the Wild Creations artists from 2018/19 says, “The 2019 Wild Creations opportunity allowed me to become more than a visitor in a few small corners of our wondrous Conservation Estate. The value of this time is immeasurable and will be a constant source of inspiration in my practice.” Lou Sanson, DOC Director-General says, “We’re lucky in New Zealand to have a rich natural and cultural heritage like nowhere else in the world. It’s exciting to provide artists this chance to connect with nature, and then see how they share their experiences and tell stories about what conservation means to New Zealanders. “The artists who’ve been on the programme previously have produced amazing work, and I’m looking forward to seeing what applicants propose this year. Engagement with nature and heritage is critical, and we see this programme as a valuable way to inspire New Zealanders to do so.”

Up to $36,000 is available towards supporting a minimum of two projects and covers a stipend, project material costs and travel costs.

Applications close 6 December.

Applicants will be notified on 14 February 2020.

For information and to apply visit: https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/find-funding/funds/wild-creations

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