The Arts Foundation celebrates and increases the impact of New Zealand artists with financial awards. Understand the selection process for Arts Foundation Awards.
Each of our awards has a different selection process. Scroll down for more information about each award and how recipients are selected.
The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Awards celebrate and empower Aotearoa’s most outstanding practising artists – artists whose practise also has an impact on Aotearoa. Every year we recognise up to ten exceptional artists with a $30,000 award and share their story with Aotearoa.
Laureate Criteria as follows:
Laureate Selection Guidelines
An independent panel of experts from across the arts and creativity sector are chosen by the Arts Foundation Trustees. They asses artists based on the above criteria. Consideration will be given to diversity of recipients each year, across regionality and art form.
Please note it is not possible to apply for The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Awards.
Partnership Awards (which include the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award, the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, the Dame Gaylene Preston Documentary Award and the Toi Kō Iriiri Queer Arts Laureate) have their own selection panels.
Laureate Selection Process
The Arts Foundation Springboard programme aims to kickstart arts careers for up to eight artists in Aotearoa every year. Recipients are gifted $15,000, alongside a partnership with a senior artist mentor from our alumni of Arts Foundation Laureates, Icons, New Generation, residency, or Fellowship recipients (and if we can’t find the right match, we sometimes venture out).
Mentors are remunerated with $5,000, and an additional budget is dedicated toward running the selection process, travel expenses for mentor partnerships, and promotion/documentation of the partnership to show impact – bringing the total award value to $25,000.
Springboard Criteria as follows
A Springboard artist is someone who…
Things you need to know.
There are some awards that have specific criteria: