Applications Open for Inaugural Creative New Zealand Pasifika LGBTQiA+ Arts Residency

A new arts residency has been created for the MVPFAFF (Pasifika LGBTQiA+) community through Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Pātaka Art + Museum.

The three month Aniva Arts Residency for a Pasifika artist or practitioner who identifies as MVPFAFF, or LGBTQiA+, in Pasifika communities has been developed under the Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 – 2023.

The successful candidate will be based at Pātaka in Porirua, Wellington from August to October 2021.

Arts Council Chair Caren Rangi says they are excited to see the opportunity come to fruition, “our Pacific Arts Strategy enables us to support bold and dynamic Pacific arts, in all its diversity and vibrancy, and to make space for these voices to be heard.”

Applications will be considered from artists working in any art form or genre, with priority given to contemporary practice in the visual arts, craft/object, multi-disciplinary arts, inter-arts and performing arts.

The artist is expected to create a project that can be presented at Pātaka Art + Museum by 31 March 2022.

Read the guidelines or apply for the Aniva Arts Residency on the Pātaka Art + Museum website



  • M for Mahu in Tahiti and Hawai’i.
  • V for Vaka sa lewa lewa in Fiji.
  • P for Palopa in Papua New Guinea.
  • F for Fa’afafine in Samoa and American Samoa.
  • A for Akava’ine in the Cook Islands.
  • F for Fakaleiti or leiti in the Kingdom of Tonga.
  • F for Fakafifine in Niue.

Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 13 June 2021.

Image credit: Mark Tantrum