Arts opportunities

Outside the Square - Expressions of interest

Outside the Square is a new initiative to support community arts in Henderson. We will commission four to six written works to provide a fresh perspective on the Henderson area.

For more information and how to lodge a submission, see the Outside the Square website.

This project is funded by the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

Matariki Festival - Submission to host an event

Matariki Festival heralds the Māori New Year in Tāmaki Makaurau. This is New Zealand's premier Māori winter festival. It shows Te Ao Māori through stories, entertainment, discussions, performance, food and art.

The festival is an opportunity for communities to reflect and celebrate our Māori tikanga as they relate to the season of Matariki.

We hosted the 2016 festival in partnership with one of Auckland's local iwi, Ngāti Pāoa. This gave Tāmaki Makaurau the chance to discover and understand the meaning of Matariki through story and world views.

In 2017 we will host the festival in partnership with a new iwi.

We are looking for artists, community groups and individuals to host an event as part of Matariki. This is an official registered event so we will promote you:

  • on the Matariki Festival website
  • in the printed programme
  • on our social media accounts.

The 2017 festival will take place between 10 June and 2 July. If you submit an event it must take place within these dates and align with:

  • Tangata Whenua
  • Taiao (environment)
  • Mātauranga (knowledge)
  • Whakangahau (performance) or
  • Ngā Mahi Toi (the arts).

Note: this is an opportunity to have your event included in the Matariki programme only.

Submissions close at midnight, 31 January 2017. To apply, see:

Matariki Festival

Artists in residence

Each year, there is an opportunity for an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park for an eight-week period. Read more about Artists in Residence.

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