The Arts Foundation

Springboard

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

2022 Springboard nominations close Thursday 9 December 2021

2022 marks the third year of The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Springboard programme, which 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.

The selection process focuses on awarding creatives with outstanding potential who want to start careers in a variety of arts disciplines. The financial, mentoring and resource support system will be designed to have a significant impact on their growth and development as artists – giving them a lift of confidence to start a career.

Springboard is made possible thanks to funding from our eight incredibly generous donors who helped make this happen.

Calling all Ngāi Tahu Kaihautoi (upcoming artists)...

We are beyond proud to introduce Wai-Toi–Moroki, our Springboard Award dedicated to a Ngāi Tahu kaihautoi. This year will mark the first year of this exciting partnership, supporting a Ngāi Tahu artist with $15,000, alongside a partnership with a senior artist mentor from our alumni of Arts Foundation whānau, thanks to the generosity of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Tūrou Tawhiti, Raka Moroki – traditionally binding, contemporarily adept.

See the Springboard selection criteria here.

Springboard nominations close on Thursday 9 December 2021.