Scholarships & Awards

Opportunities open for creatives in New Zealand. Take the leap and get applying; your future success awaits.

Multidisciplinary

CREATIVE BAY OF PLENTY SCHOLARSHIP

The Creative Bay of Plenty Scholarship was established in 2020 after a record number of high quality applications were received for the annual Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Scholarship.  The response demonstrated a pressing and unmet need to provide a scholarship programme to support local creative development and emerging talent to invest in the region’s future.  Worth $2,000, the scholarship supports academic study or training for those pursuing careers in the creative arts.  Online applications for this scholarship open on in early July and close in early August each year.  For further information, email Annie Hill on annie@creativebop.org.nz.

JANN MEDLICOTT CREATIVE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Scholarship was established by the Acorn Foundation in 2012 in support of academic study or training in the creative arts.  It is administered by Creative Bay of Plenty.  To be eligible, applicants must either live in Tauranga/Western Bay or have completed part of their secondary education here.  The scholarship is valued at $5000 to reflect the importance Jann Medlicott puts on supporting those wanting to further their career in the creative sector.  Applications open in early July and close in early August each year.  For further information, email Annie Hill on annie@creativebop.org.nz.

FIRST MORTGAGE TRUST – YOUTH SPONSORSHIP

First Mortgage Trust offers an annual youth sponsorship for people aged 16-25 who live in the Bay of Plenty/Waikato and are high achievers in the fields of sport, music or art.  Sponsorship is valued at $1500 and applications usually open at the beginning of February and close at the end of March each year.  For further information, visit the website.

SIR EDMUND HILLARY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is the University of Waikato’s most prestigious student scholarship programme, supporting growth and excellence in sport, creative and performing arts, academia, and leadership.  Hillary Scholars are supported to pursue their passion while completing their qualification at the University of Waikato and receive tailored personal development and leadership training throughout their studies.  Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme in 2021 have now closed.  For further information, visit the website.


Visual Arts

MILES ART AWARD

This bi-annual event and exhibition is an opportunity for artists residing in the Bay of Plenty to submit their most accomplished artwork for the region’s premiere art prize.  Hosted by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, the award is named after one of the gallery’s original donors, Venetta Miles, who is remembered for her considerable foresight and generosity.  The supreme award, The Miles Art Award, is valued at $10,000 and supported by The Venetta Miles Trust, Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery, the Mayor of Tauranga, The Incubator Creative Hub and the Bay of Plenty Times.  The art works submitted have never been exhibited previously in a public exhibition.  The award will next be open for applications in 2022.  For further information, visit www.artgallery.org.nz.

ACORN FOUNDATION COKER CLASSICAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Coker Classical Arts Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship for a Year 13 student that has a proven interest and talent in classical painting that wishes to pursue studies in classical art at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.  Applicants must have received at least part of their secondary education in the Tauranga or the Western Bay and/or currently reside in the sub-region.  Creative Bay of Plenty administers the scholarship on behalf of Acorn Foundation.  For further information, email annie@creativebop.org.nz.

ADAM PORTRAITURE AWARD

The Adam Portraiture Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious and popular portraiture prize.  The biennial competition is for painted portraits and is hosted and administered at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata in Wellington.  Sponsored by the Adam Foundation, the award provides New Zealand painters from all stages of their careers with the opportunity to showcase their talents on the national stage.  The first prize is $20,000, with $2,500 awarded to both the runner up and people’s choice categories.  The next award competition will be held in 2022.  For further information, visit the website.

KIINGI TUHEITIA PORTRAITURE AWARD

The Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award is a competition that encourages emerging Māori artists to create portraits of their tūpuna (ancestors) in any medium.  The award was launched in 2020 and is hosted and administered by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata in honour of Kiingi Tuheitia.  It culminates in a three month exhibition of finalist artworks in Wellington to coincide with Matariki followed by a national tour. The first prize is $20,000, with $2,500 awarded to both the runner up and people’s choice categories.  The next award competition will be held in 2022.  For further information, visit the website.

WALLACE ART AWARDS

The vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and give exposure to New Zealand contemporary artists.  Sir James Wallace established the Wallace Art Awards in 1992 and they are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand.  Over the years some of New Zealand’s most prominent artists have entered and many artworks have been purchased by the Wallace Arts Trust for their collection.

Applicants must have New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, so expat kiwis living globally are also eligible.  Prior to Covid-19, the awards included artist residencies, some of which took place overseas.  Due to the restrictions on international travel, these are currently not being offered.  Artists can submit work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, audio-visual, print, photography, drawings and interdisciplinary arts.  For further information, email matthew.wood@wallaceartstrust.org.nz.

LYSAGHT WATT TRUST ART AWARD

Sponsored by Lysaght Watt Trust, there is a major prize of $3,000 as well as several other sponsored prizes.  A different theme is selected each year and an esteemed member of the New Zealand art community is invited to judge entries.  Applications are open for the 2021 award, closing on 31 March 2021.  The exhibition of selected pieces will take place from 24 May to 19 June 2021.  For further information, visit the website.


Literature

JANN MEDLICOTT ACORN PRIZE FOR FICTION

Worth at least $55,000, the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction is for a New Zealand writer of contemporary adult fiction.  It is part of the Ockham NZ Book Awards, with the winner announced in May each year.  The awards ceremony is part of the Auckland Writers Festival.  Further information on how to apply, visit the website.

NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS MENTOR PROGRAMME

The NZ Society of Authors mentor programme is for beginning or emerging writers who demonstrate potential and commitment the opportunity to work closely with an experienced writer as their mentor in order to hone their writing skills.  The programme is open to financial members of the NZSA and each mentorship spans a 7–8 month period which starts in April when the match is confirmed and ends in November of that year.  Applications for this programme are open from 1 December to 1 February in any given year.  For further information, visit the website.


Object & Craft

PORTAGE CERAMIC AWARDS

The Portage Ceramics Awards are Aotearoa’s premier showcase for ceramic practice, organised annually by Te Uru.  The awards are a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best contemporary work, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.  For further information, visit the website.

WAICLAY NATIONAL CERAMICS AWARD

Renowned for promoting excellence in ceramic art practice, the Waiclay National Ceramics Awards have been held every second year since 2001 and attract entries from the country’s most talented ceramic artists.  Showcasing the current work of ceramic artists throughout New Zealand, the exhibition takes place at Waikato Museum, with the premier award word $3,000.  For further information, visit the website.


Performing Arts

CHRISTINE TUSTAIN ARTS AWARD

Facilitated by Acorn Foundation, the Christine Tustain Arts Award goes to the winner of the singing section for those aged 18 years and over in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition.  An annual prize of around $1,700, recipients must be undertaking or about to commence further study in singing.  For further information, visit the website.

PUBLIC TRUST EILEEN MAY NORRIS DANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dance talent in New Zealand with an appropriate university, polytechnic, dance school or academy, or for those dancing with a professional body or company.  Applications are encouraged from individual dancers of any genre undertaking a specific dance project who New Zealand born or naturalised citizens aged between 18-25 years.  For further information, visit the website.


Filmmaking

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

The IYSFF competition challenges young (20 years or younger) filmmakers from across New Zealand, USA, Australia and UAE to create a three minute silent film set to one of 10 different musical scores created especially for the festival.  The top films from each country go through to the IYSFF International Award finals.  Aotearoa has a strong reputation in the competition, with films from Lynfield College and Taieri College taking home prizes in the international finals in recent years.  For further information, visit the website.

48HOURS FILM MAKING COMPETITION

48Hours is New Zealand’s largest guerrilla filmmaking competition, with filmmakers having just one weekend to make a short film.  Participants don’t know the genre (eg thriller/romance, etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition.  All aspects, including writing, shooting, editing and adding a soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 pm and ending Sunday at 7 pm.  To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements.  For further information, visit the website.


FUNDING SOURCES

A list of funding providers that support arts and culture organisations and projects in New Zealand.

FUNDING KNOWLEDGE BASE

Tips, guides and juicey resources to sink your teeth into and gain insights into attaining funding for your creative projects.

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES SCHEME

Funding for community creative arts and culture projects with the aim of increasing participation and support diversity in the arts sector in our region.

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