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Samoa House Library

Researchers in Residence



This residency programme aims to provide practitioners in visual arts or arts-related fields with the time, space, and support to begin, develop or extend a body of research. Samoa House Library is an alternative arts education platform with onsite studios and a neighbouring artist-run-gallery.


Each research resident will engage with Samoa House Library and its community over a 3 month period during 2020.



Samoa House Library, Auckland, New Zealand. 




The Researchers in Residency Programme encourages applications from practitioners working broadly within the arts. 


This residency is open to submissions of all kinds. We strongly encourage proposals with a focus on under-represented or urgent areas of research.


The residency provides a small working space/studio in Samoa House Library for the 3 month duration. Residents must be able to provide their own living arrangements throughout the residency.



The Residency Programme period lasts 3 months, either mid-February – mid-May, June – August or September – November. Please note your availability for each of these slots, and if you have a preferred period for your residency.




The residency provides: 

  • Space and support within the library for the resident to develop a body of research, including a dedicated studio space accessible 24 hours a day and immediate access to SHL’s collection and digital resources.

  • A small book-buying budget, for the purchasing of key texts to assist with the resident’s research project. These purchased texts will be added to our collection in the resident’s name at the end of their residency period.

  • A stipend of $1,625.00, paid in instalments according to the resident’s needs. 

  • A materials fee of $500.00 for a research product of the resident's choice e.g. publication, artwork, installation, workshop.

  • Workshop support

  • The opportunity for each resident to select an expert practitioner for our curriculum programme whose field complements the resident’s own practice.  

  • Support from the SHL team as needed. This could be in the form of critique, editing, technical advice, resource support, or facilitating connections with other members of our community.



There are a few requirements expected by Samoa House Library from successful applicants:

  • Engaging in discussions with SHL organisers to determine the selection of one or two curriculum practitioners for our 2020 programme, and subsequently working with this practitioner and organisers to develop a programming slot. Invited practitioners will provide a reading and public conversation with library guests whilst also engaging with the resident’s research project/concerns.

  • A published outcome to join Samoa House Library’s collection – this has a highly flexible framework and can be adjusted according to the needs of each resident. Possibilities for outcomes include a publication, archival intervention, exhibition of physical or online artwork, a social media takeover, or a public education event (distinct from curriculum programming).

  • The compilation of a reading list/suggested material based around Samoa House Library’s collection, so that our library users can interact with the resident’s research. 

  • A minimum requirement of 5 hours per week in the library using the space and resources. 

  • A willingness to engage in conversation about their research with library patrons.

  • A brief written report to Samoa House Library upon completion, for internal purposes.




Submissions should be made as a single PDF file that includes:

  • Name, contact details, a short bio and project history (e.g. previous exhibitions, published texts)

  • A written outline of your proposed research project (1000 words max.)

  • Support material or examples of previous projects (any format / project type) as relevant to the proposal or in support of the application


Please submit via email to by January 19, 2020. We will respond to all proposals we receive, however please be aware that we have only 3 spaces in our programme available. A meeting to discuss a proposed project may be required in some cases. 


If you would like to discuss the application process further, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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