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 Foundation is abandoning our previous Laureate focus of seeking to award ‘the best’ New Zealand artists. The Foundation acknowledges that while awarding the best may be possible in sport, artistic ability is subjectively assessed and has a longer life-cycle. Therefore, the Foundation will focus on where the Laureate Award honour and/or financial component will have the most positive impact on an artist and New Zealand.
Partnership Laureate Awards, the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award, the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, and the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency have their own selection process. Other Laureates will be selected in the process outlined below.
Please note, it is not possible to apply for Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Awards.
We’re looking for artists who:
We want the award have an impact on two of the following three possibilities:
The Laureate Awards are for practicing New Zealand artists, working anywhere in the world, with significant achievements (for their stage of career) and the potential to continue as high achieving artists, who are:
Laureate Selection Guidelines
A panel of seven multi-disciplinary artists will be chosen to advise Arts Foundation Trustees on selection.
The selection panel will assess artists based on the following criteria:
Of the eight Laureates chosen by the selection panel, consideration will be given to diversity of recipients each year, across the eight recipients.
Laureate Selection Process
To be eligible for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship you must:
The recipients of the Fellowship will be required to:
We would also be grateful if you
What we are trying to achieve
The primary aim of the residency is for the writer to work on a project in a new environment, and to complete, or make substantial progress with, a body of writing during the residency.
Other goals include:
How we select
Your application will be assessed by an independent panel chaired by a non-voting member of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Advisory Committee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
The selection panel will assess which application best demonstrates one or more of the following: