News and Information – Diversity in the Pōneke Art Scene

This year, a number of artist residencies, at Wellington City Council’s Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, specifically promote diversity and accessibility in the industry.

A returning residency in 2022/23 is the Write Room residency, allowing a screenwriter to develop a feature film script project, with the support of a group of experienced industry mentors.

This year’s Write Room Producer Internship is for producer candidates who identify with an underrepresented community in film.

Write Room Producer Internship interns are exposed to experienced mentors. Past mentors have included Robert Sarkies (Scarfies, Out of the Blue, Consent: The Louise Nicolas Story), Desray Armstrong (Juniper, Millie Lies Low, Coming Home in the Dark), Briar Grace Smith (Cousins, Waru) and Vicky Pope (Gardening with the soul, wild).

“My experience as a trainee producer in the Toi Pōneke Write Room gave me some hard to find and very important insight into a producer’s role in development,” said former trainee producer Thomas Coppell (Into the Pickle Jar, Little Apocalypse, Conspiracies).

The Toi Pōneke Arts Center also offers a residency for advertising/deaf and/or disabled artists.

The residency will provide a d/Deaf and/or disabled artist with a studio at the Toi Pōneke Arts Center for six weeks. A call for applications will be launched on the Toi Pōneke Art Center Facebook Page this month.

“Making art more accessible for people to enjoy and participate in is key to building community connections and well-being,” says Andy Lowe, the city’s director of arts.

Toi Pōneke Arts Center is a creative space where the city’s arts communities interact, produce innovative work, teach and exhibit in the heart of Wellington. It is home to more than 20 Wellington artists who rent studios in its premises on Abel Smith Street and offers half a dozen residency programs each year.

Submissions for the Write Room Producer Internship close July 25. To apply visit Where Movie POP.

Details of the Toi Pōneke Arts Center residencies can be found on their website.

Wellington City Council’s monthly City Arts Pānui also highlights opportunities for artists. Subscribe to the Council’s electronic newsletters here.