Creative NZ Pacific Aniva Artist Residency 2024

Pasifika artist residency for Pacific LGBTQiA+

Pātaka Art+Museum and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa are thrilled to announce the return of the Aniva Arts Residency for a Pacific artist or practitioner who identifies as LGBTQIA+/MVPFAFF.

Aniva residency offers opportunity for cultural connections

After a successful residency in 2023, Pātaka Art+Museum has again partnered with Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa to offer the Aniva Artist in Residency programme.

The paid residency is offered to a Pacific artist or practitioner who identifies as LBTQIA+/MVPFAFF.

Applications for the 2024 residency open on 9 February and extended closing date of 12 April.

The successful applicant will be notified in late April, with the residency running from anytime between June and November.

The successful artist will receive $18,000 during the residency. There is also funding available to cover domestic travel, accommodation – if necessary – and material or project costs.

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Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland artist Manuha’apai Vaeatangitau (they/them/she) was selected as the Aniva Arts Resident for 2023. Their exhibition Koe Tau’atātaina o e Leitī / The Freedom/Emancipation of the Leitī opened at Pātaka in November and closed on 11 February 2024.

Leitī is short for fakaleitī, the Tongan word for an individual assigned male at birth who has a feminine gender expression.

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Pātaka Lead Curator Ioana Gordon-Smith says Manu’s exhibition was a “true highlight” of the museum’s 2023 programme.

“Manu’s work offered, with radical honesty, a reflection on the experiences of Leitī.”

Manu says her residency was an elating, revealing, and healing experience.

“I’m so appreciative of this institute for providing me with the space to do all these things.”

This residency was first offered in 2021 and awarded to Saviiey Aliiva’a Nua – a Porirua-based community artist. She is also the chairwoman and director of Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā Mai Le Moana Trust.

Ali Foa’i, Creative New Zealand’s Manager Pacific Arts Cultivation, says this residency is a big chance for more connection with Porirua’s diverse communities.

“Creative New Zealand is thrilled to partner with Porirua City Council and Pātaka for this national opportunity for our LGBTQIA+/MVPFAFF+ Pacific artists.

“This residency is specifically for artists to develop their arts practice and engage with the Porirua arts community – it’s an opportunity supported through our Pacific Arts Strategy to celebrate, connect and invest in Pacific Arts for the benefit of Aotearoa.”

This year organisers of the Aniva residency will be giving priority to performing artists looking to apply. Consideration will also be given to artists who have expertise in any of the following areas: visual art, heritage art, design, digital art, writing, public programming, performance or production, theatre, or curating.

To read the full guidelines for the Creative New Zealand Pacific Aniva Artist Residency 2024 and to apply for the residency, see below.

Click here to read the full guidelines.
Creative New Zealand Pacific Aniva Artist Residency 2024. (Word)
Creative New Zealand Pacific Aniva Artist Residency 2024. (PDF



  • M for Mahu in Tahiti and Hawai'i.
  • V for Vaka sa lewa lewa in Fiji.
  • P for Palopa in Papua New Guinea.
  • F for Fa'afafine in Samoa and American Samoa.
  • A for Akava'ine in the Cook Islands.
  • F for Fakaleiti or leiti in the Kingdom of Tonga.
  • F for Fakafifine in Niue.