What these residency applicants got right

Advice from being goal specific, to understanding the benefits of a residency, are key to making the shortlist.

After putting a call-out for their 10-month 2020 residency programme on The Big Idea, Auckland gallery Studio One Toi Tū received almost 80 applications from artists hoping to garner a studio space, and support towards a new project.

The five residents have just been announced. The gallery’s facilities manager, Siobhan Connelly, says the process of choosing the residents included a shortlist ‘using a set of selection criteria including judging whether the project would be logistically suitable for the spaces available’. She said it was important to consider whether the projects met the gallery’s aims of supporting works that are ‘bold and encourage community engagement’.

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