Ringatoi Pōneke: Artist Intensive

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E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kaitoi o Te Whanganui a Tara.
E te tī, e te tā, nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā.

Acknowledging the mana, voices and artists of Wellington.
To all of you, welcome and connect with us.


Ringatoi Pōneke: Artist Intensive (PAI) is an eight-week immersive programme to support independent artists and arts practitioners discover new pathways towards financial sustainability in an artist-led environment.

Congratulations to the inaugural 2020 PAI artists

Jerome Kavanagh (Kahungunu, Maniapoto), Huia Ltd
Jacqui Moyes, Praying Mantis Productions Ltd / Home Ground Collective
Eamonn Marra, Writer and Facilitator
Jerome Chandrahasen, Humorous Arts Trust
Jamie Berry (Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi), 7558 Collective
Nathan Mudge (Ngāti Kuki Airani), The Up Down Project
Eleanor Strathern, A Mulled Whine Productions
Tupe Lualua, Le Moana
Ali Foa'i, Theatre artist
Hannah Smith, Trick of the Light Theatre

Thank you to external assessors: Bridget Reweti, Jamie McCaskill, Claire O'Loughlin, Ahi Karunaharan, Mark Amery, Jean Sergent and Tina Makereti. 

Who is it for?

PAI is for independent artists and art practitioners living in the Wellington region who are committed to their art and interested in exploring new ways of thinking about their arts business.

Programme overview

PAI is a new artist-led programme, created in collaboration with Creative HQ’s startup business development arm Lightning Lab.

Up to ten independent Pōneke artists and arts practitioners will come together to explore new ways of thinking about financial sustainability and developing sustainable business models that suit them and their artwork in a collaborative and supportive environment.

PAI is an opportunity to build: 

  • New models and ways of working that empower artists and arts practitioners
  • Artists and arts practitioners who balance financial sustainability and artistic freedom
  • A more energised and connected arts sector in Pōneke.

PAI draws upon the Lightning Lab programmes’  experience in supporting the launch and transformation of businesses in the startup world, partnered with local artists who understand the needs of their community.


Mentorship & coaching

An experienced team of mentors, speakers and innovation coaches will be available to encourage and advise PAI artists throughout the programme.

There will be weekly check-ins with a CHQ innovation coach to help arts practitioners best utilise the resources and people available to them. In addition, artists will have a modest budget to bring in expertise relevant to their artwork and test ideas as they create their own bespoke business solutions or pathways. There will be group sessions with respected voices from across the arts and business sectors and one-on-ones with mentors who best match the needs of each artist or arts practitioner.

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Photo by Jo Moore/Te Papa 2020

The details


The programme will run from the 28 September to 20 November 2020.

The expected workload is 8 hours per week. This is made up of 2-3 hours of workshops, speaker sessions or mentor meetings along with an additional 3-4 hours of independent work tasks.

Workshops are scheduled to take place weekly, each Thursday 11am - 1pm. We can be flexible if an alternative time can be found that suits the group.


A maximum of 10 artists and arts practitioners can be accepted into PAI.

We understand that some people will represent a company or collective. If that is the case then it may be possible for other members of your company to attend some sessions.

Artist fees

Thanks to the support of WellingtonNZ all 10 arts practitioners will be paid a total of $3,500 (NZD) each for their time.

PAI is an artist-led, collaborative programme and this fee acknowledges the value that artists will bring to the process.

PAI team

PAI is being designed and delivered through a collaboration between Creative HQ and artists and arts practitioners: Jo Randerson, Melanie Hamilton, Claire Mabey, Leo Gene Peters and H-J Kilkelly. With thanks and acknowledgements to Bridget Reweti, Sarita So, Tupe Lualua and Sacha Copland for advice.

This is the pilot PAI programme. Our intention is to build a programme that can sustain and fold in learnings from each iteration in collaboration with participating artists. We look forward to welcoming the inaugural PAI artists and arts practitioners, and together building a supportive programme for the arts sector.

The programme is funded by WellingtonNZ, and supported by Arts Wellington


The programme is based at CHQ (Level 1,7 Dixon Street, Wellington).

PAI artists will have access to their central city office space for the duration of the programme. 


For any questions regarding the programme please contact Steph Benseman at Creative HQ.

Key dates

25 August

Applications open

8 September

Applications close

14 September

Results announced

28 September

Programme starts
(Week of)

19 November

Community celebration event

20 November

Programme ends


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