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.

Wild Creations

The Department of Conservation and Creative New Zealand have confirmed the continuation of the Wild Creations programme in 2018.

A pilot of the new look programme was run in 2017 with some changes to give artists the chance to experience our nature through a variety of conservation experiences on offer.

The new look Wild Creations programme is broader in scope than the Wild Creations Artist in Residence programme which was discontinued in 2013.

See the June 2018 media release.

About the programme

Wild Creations offers a minimum of two artists the opportunity to get into nature through a DOC experience between December 2018 and June 2019. Successful applicants will take part/observe a conservation experience and create work based on the experience.

Participants will take part in one of the following types of conservation related experiences:

  • 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 Department of Conservation will work with the selected artists to develop the scope of each experience.

Purpose of the programme

The 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.

Apply for funding

The funding opportunity can be found on the Creative New Zealand website.

Applications for 2018/19 open on 5 June 2018  and close on 24 August.

2018 artists and projects

Jonathan Carson

Towards a research and writing project in Whanganui focusing on the recent change of legal status of the Whanganui River to that of an individual, resulting in an online digital artwork.

Michel Tuffery

Towards research into pelagic birds at Taiaroa Heads and Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui Stewart Island, resulting in multiple artworks and community engagement projects.

Shelly Simpson

To research and record five ex-mining sites on Stewart Island to create an immersive virtual reality artwork for exhibition around New Zealand.

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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