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Springboard aims to kickstart arts careers for artists at a formative stage of their career in Aotearoa, thanks to funding from our generous community.


Selection Criteria

The artist must show potential to develop a sustainable career and practise in the arts.

  • The award must have major impact on the artist to carry out working as an artist for a year.
  • The artist could be in their final year of formal education ready to develop a practice after completion or have developed a practice independent of any formal teaching institution.
  • They will show potential to develop their careers either as independent artists or within a creative community.
  • The artist needs to show commitment and intent for a career.

A Springboard artist is someone who…

  • Is looking at the potential for the deepening of knowledge around a practice.
  • Has not yet had significant exposure of their practice and/or participation in exhibitions that were independent and not linked to their studies.
  • Would this opportunity support that person to go further in their practice?

Springboard nominations are open now, and close at Midnight on Friday 15th December 2023.

Find out more about the Springboard Award here!

If you have any difficulties making your nomination, please email hello@thearts.co.nz with your full nomination.