Call For Proposals

Call For Proposals

From listening comes understanding

Shona pic for website

Image: Shona McCullagh  (Credit: John McDermott)

A call to the Artists, Thought Leaders and Innovators of Aotearoa
He karanga ki ngā Ringatoi, ki ngā Pou Whakaaro, ki ngā Toki Auaha o Aotearoa

UPDATE 1 JUNE 2020 - The submission deadline for this call is now closed. Please click here for further details on contacting the artistic team.

Auckland Arts Festival is seeking proposals for the 2021 Festival and beyond.

Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Arts Festival is a platform to uplift ambitious ideas to shine brightly. The Festival draws us together, celebrates our voices and our vision, and is a reflection of our world with its many communities and perspectives.

Now, more than ever, we want to work together with the artists, thought leaders and innovators of Aotearoa to bring inspiring ideas to life: Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

Under the new Artistic Direction of Arts Laureate and Creative Entrepreneur Shona McCullagh, we are seeking creative projects and ideas of any artform and at any stage of development from Aotearoa’s professional artists, designers and thinkers – emerging or established. We want to energetically support the recovery and resuscitation of our beautiful arts sector in Aotearoa, with our planned March 2021 Festival that will be very much focused on supporting work made by New Zealanders.

Genres could be design, theatre, music, dance, indoor or outdoor installations, street theatre, visual art, digital art, work in te reo Māori, work for children, communities and families; circus, cabaret, slam poetry, street art, photography, musicals and choral works, whakairo, thought leadership kōrero, online projects... or something beyond easy description! The works could take place anywhere in Auckland – forests, beaches, parks, community centres, main stages, or roam around the city. We also encourage works created by local communities, for local communities, led by artists and social innovators.

Whether you have a work that could not proceed in 2020 due to COVID-19, a presentation-ready work for 2021 or outrageous ideas for development for 2024, we want to hear from you. We are encouraging collaboration across the Aotearoa festivals community too, so please talk to us no matter where you are from in New Zealand.

Click here for details on how to submit your proposal.

Ka timu te tai, ka pao te tōrea
When the tide recedes, the oyster catcher strikes