Dunedin’s Caselberg Trust announces new Creative Connections residency

The Caselberg Trust announced today it would be funding a new Creative Connections residency at its cottage in Broad Bay, Dunedin. The residency, which will be offered on an annual basis for a period of between 3 and 6 months, is open to people residing in New Zealand, and will pay a stipend of $6000 to the successful applicant.

Applications for the 2012 Creative Connections residency open on Monday 6 June, and run through to Wednesday 31 August. The Trust is looking specifically for projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, professional disciplines, and/or communities relevant to the planned project.

Caselberg Trust Chairperson, Dr Janet Downs said “The Creative Connections residency is a major step forward for us, and we are very excited to be able to make this announcement today.”

Dr Downs added “The emphasis on encouraging interesting synergies between creative media is important to the Caselberg Trust, and something we now have a bit of a reputation for. I suppose our new Creative Connections residency is the logical next step for us, and I can’t wait to see what the interesting projects ideas we receive”.

The Trust welcomes applications for Creative Connections from people of any background i.e. arts or non arts. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to engage in a creative project and processes, to collaborate effectively with creative media, and with communities relevant to their identified project.

The Caselberg Trust purchased the Broad Bay, Dunedin home of the late John and Anna Caselberg in 2006, with the aim of hosting creative residencies in the house. Since inception, the Trust has held a variety of creative projects and events, as well as hosting a number of well-known New Zealand writers and artists at the cottage. In May 2011 the Trust announced it was hosting 2 Christchurch writers, whose homes had been destroyed by the February 2011 earthquake.

Creative Connections will be the first residency where the Trust has been able to pay the successful applicant a stipend, and the residency will be unique within New Zealand, as it will be open to people from a wide variety of creative arts and non-arts backgrounds.

Application form and Information to Applicants can be downloaded from the Trust website .

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