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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.

My details

Your details so that we can contact you about your nomination if required.

Please enter area code, (+64 NZL)

My nominee

Tell us about your nominee for Springboard 2024.

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Tell us about their practice in 10 words or less
Please select one of the options in the box above:
Max. 400 characters
Max. 400 characters

My nominee's work

In order to nominate your candidate for the Spingboard Award you will need to please provide one attachment and one link to demonstrate their work.
Please note uploaded work is limited to 5mb audio, image (.png/.jpeg) and PDF files only
Please note uploaded work is limited to 5mb audio, image (.png/.jpeg) and PDF files only

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this nomination!

Please note – from here, an independent selection panel will review all nominations and ultimately select our Springboard class of ’24. We will contact all nominators in mid-April to let you know the outcome of your nomination. From there, be sure to keep an eye out for our Springboard announcement in 2024! To stay in the loop with Springboard (and other news and updates for the arts), sign up for our emails (we don’t do spam!).

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