Wild Creations is a collaboration between DOC and Creative New Zealand that gives New Zealand artists the chance to be inspired by our unique natural and historic heritage.

Wild Creations | Inspiring conservation experiences.

Relaunch of Wild Creations

Wild Creations will give artists the chance to experience our nature through a variety of conservation experiences on offer.

The Minister of Conservation, Arts, Culture and Heritage the Hon Maggie Barry launched the refreshed new look programme on 19 May 2017. See the media release

The new look Wild Creations programme differs from the previous Wild Creations Artist in Residence programme which was discontinued in 2013.

Call for proposals

Details of the call for proposals can be found on the Creative New Zealand website.

Applications close Friday 1 September 2017.

About the new programme

DOC and Creative New Zealand are offering up to three artists the opportunity to get into nature through a DOC experience between November 2017 and June 2018.

Wild Creations involves artists applying to Creative New Zealand for funding to take part/observe a conservation experience and to create an art work or work based on the experience.

Successful artists will take part in one of the following types of conservation related experiences offered through the pilot programme:

  • experience of a place of particular significance to Māori
  • a community group/volunteering/immersion experience
  • an Iwi engagement experience
  • an historic icon site experience
  • a threatened species experience
  • an island experience
  • a coastal experience
  • an urban experience
  • a remote experience.

The individual experiences will be developed in conjunction with the artist, Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation once artists have been selected.

Purpose of the programme

The refreshed programme will:

  • foster links between the conservation and arts communities
  • provide new ways to connect New Zealanders to conservation
  • promote a wider understanding of conservation values and awareness of conservation issues
  • provide New Zealand artists with opportunities to experience the people, stories and challenges associated with our country's unique natural and historic heritage
  • enable artists to develop arts projects based on conservation experiences.

Previous Artists in Residence programme

The previous Wild Creations Artists in Residence programme ran from 2003 – 2012 and listed below are the artists, their field of art and the conservation site they visited.

Rosy Tin Teacaddy in Rotorua Lakes region.
Music duo Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Billy Earl (Andy Hummel) and Betty Grey (Holly Jane Ewens), artists in residence 2010

Winners and sites visited


Dave Armstrong: Playwright - Bannockburn
Lynn Kelly: Jeweller - Bannockburn
Sally McIntyre: Radio artist - Kapiti Island Nature Reserve


Dudley Benson: Musician - Naseby
Alistair Fraser: Musician and craftsperson - Stewart Island/Rakiura
Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis: Sculptor and writer duo - Rotorua Lakes


Chris Cottrell: Drawing, installation and video artist - Fox Glacier
Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Billy Earl (Andy Hummel) and Betty Grey (Holly Jane Ewens): Folk music duo - Rotorua Lakes
Hayden Fowler: Film, performance and soundwork artist - Ashburton Lakes

The programme did not run in 2008 or 2009


Tanya Marriot: Designer, sculptor, and puppetry artist - Mt Cook/Aoraki
Louise Potiki Bryant: Choreographer and video artist - Mt Cook/Aoraki
Tracy Duncan: Author and illustratator - Kawatiri/Buller

Fiona Pardington: Davis Kea Wings 2015.
Photograph by Fiona Pardington, artist in residence during 2004


Monique Jansen: Visual artist - Aoraki/Mt Cook
Naomi Lamb: New media artist - Karamea
Darren Glass: Photographer - Tongariro National Park


Tabatha Forbes: Multi-media artist - Kingston
Waikarere Gregory: Mixed media artist - Aniwaniwa
Alison Isadora: Audio artist and composer - Bannockburn


Jordan Reyne: Musician - Karamea
Fiona Pardington: Photographer - Lake Wakatipu
Rebekah Wild: Theatre performer and puppeteer - Franz Josef Glacier


Jo Randerson: Writer - Te Angiangi Marine Reserve and Cape Kidnappers 
Christine Hellyar: Sculpture - Egmont National Park
Zoe Roland: Filmmaker - Tiritiri Matangi Island

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