April 19, 2006

New Zealand International Arts Festival 2008


Deadline: Friday 30 June, 2006.  

The New Zealand International Arts Festival will once again run a Show & Tell to assist in the commissioning and producing of new work.  

NZ arts festivals are currently seeking proposals for projects to be selected for the next Show & Tell, to be held during the first week of November 2006. Festival Directors from other festivals including Christchurch Arts Festival, Taranaki Festival, Auckland Festival, Otago Festival of the Arts, Tauranga Festival and the Nelson Arts Festival will take an active role in submitting ideas towards Show & Tell, making comments on the proposals received and selecting the proposals to be presented at Show & Tell.  

Applicants must: 

a. be professional mid career and senior artists with a proven track record in the industry

b. have an exciting new idea or concept in any area of performance art that would work in a festival environment

c. if selected, be able to present their idea, in performance form, to an audience of Directors from the festivals and other arts producers and presenters. 

The Process

1. Each artist wishing to be considered should send a brief outline/proposal to the New Zealand International Arts Festival. We are not looking for a comprehensive document but a one or two page outline of the project idea. Please include biographies of any relevant artistic personnel involved in the work. You may also like to speak to one of the other festival Artistic Directors about your idea.

2. All concepts will be copied to all the Festival Directors of the Festivals listed above. 

3. The Festival Directors will then meet in early July to select 12 to 16 ideas from the proposals received. 

4. Selected proposals will receive a small amount of seed-funding towards developing their concept for Show & Tell in November 2006.  

5. The selection will be made on:
a. Artistic quality
b. Financial feasibility
c. Programming "fit" within a festival/s programme
d. Logistical requirements
e. Tour ability prospects

6. Each presentation at Show & Tell in November should be up to a maximum of 40 minutes, including an introduction to the project, presentation of design concepts, an element of performance and time for questions & answers.

Discussion will not be entered into about the selection. Artistic Directors are seeking ideas that spark the imagination and fit in with their overall festival vision. They must also be realistic financially and fit within the resources of a festival. 

Additional Information and important dates. 

Proposals can be individually tailored to suit the artist submitting the proposal, but should include:
·       a précis of the concept
·       proposed artists with whom the prime creator would like to work
·       some basic idea of numbers involved in the project, and
·       background information such as biographies and reviews.

Artists should ensure that a Director of at least one of the festivals named below has seen their work on a previous occasion and should name the Director in their proposal. 

Proposals must be received by Friday 30 June, 2006.  

Decision as who has been selected for the next Show & Tell will be made by 17 July, 2006

The next Show & Tell will take place in Wellington in the first week of November 2006

For Further Information or if you wish to discuss your proposal with your local director please contact: 

Guy Boyce, Christchurch Arts Festival, g.boyce@artsfestival.co.nz

Roger King, Taranaki Festival of the Arts, roger.king@xtra.co.nz

Nicholas McBryde, Otago Festival of the Arts info@otagofestival.co.nz  

David Malacari or Mark Burlace, Auckland Festival, info@aucklandfestival.co.nz

Philip Tremewan, Tauranga Arts Festival, Festival of Colour Wanaka tremewan@central.co.nz

Lissa Twomey or David Inns, New Zealand International Arts Festival, nzfestival@festival.co.nz

Annabel Norman, Nelson Arts Festival annabel.norman@ncc.govt.nz  

Please send all proposals to:

Show & Tell
New Zealand International Arts Festival
PO Box 10 -113
New Zealand 

or Attn Artistic Director, nzfestival@festival.co.nz   

Updates will be made available on www.nzfestival.telecom.co.nz  

Show & Tell is produced by the New Zealand International Arts Festival, with funding support from Creative New Zealand. 


The first Show and Tell was held in 1997 to find new work for the 1998 New Zealand International Arts Festival. Subsequent Show & Tells have been held in 1999, 2002 and 2004. Shows that have successfully come out of the Show & Tell process include Unseasonable Fall of Snow, Flowers from my Mother’s Garden, Haruru Mai, Woman far Walking, The World’s Wife, Ranterstantrum, Geographical Cure, The Prophet, Quartet, Dr Buller’s Birds, King & Country and Instructions for Modern Living.

Revisit the 2006 Festival programme on www.nzfestival.telecom.co.nz

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