Our region

Creative Waikato are Looking for New Trustees

Creative Waikato – Toi Waikato was established in 2012 to support the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community.

Our Why

We work for a bold and ambitious creative sector that makes our region stronger

What We Do

Support: We help artists and groups succeed by providing advice, training and support.

Connect: We build connections and work collaboratively for stronger and more expansive outcomes.

Promote: We share the stories of our regions creativity and expand audiences.

Advocate: We champion the contribution that the arts make to our collective and individual wellbeing.

How We Do It

Optimists - We work from strengths, we see connections, possibilities, solutions and shared values

Passionate - We believe deeply in value of the arts. We are enthusiastic leaders who grasp opportunities and are comfortable with the unexpected. We love what we do and have fun doing it.

No waffle, all beef - We know our stuff. We set a high bar, work hard and deliver. We are approachable, relatable and informal. We get it because we are artists too.

Learners - We continually seek to better understand and respond to the diverse needs and aspirations of our communities.


Governance of Creative Waikato is vested in a Board made up of seven-nine elected trustees. Trustees are appointed through an annual appointment process for a three-year term, are eligible for re-appointment, and can serve a maximum of nine consecutive years on the Board.

The Board ensures it has combined expertise in governance experience, thorough knowledge of the arts sector, strong networks and business skills. It also takes into account in its overall composition the following: Māori, regional representation, various arts sectors, gender balance, financial expertise, law expertise, diversity, youth, professional arts and community arts.

The Board operates to proficient governance standards, and is well supported by the very capable Creative Waikato management team.

Particular skills/competencies sought:

The current Board is looking for applications for a new board member, which will remain open until February 15th 2019. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Governance experience or aptitude
  • Well-developed networks appropriate for a governance position
  • Particular expertise in either professional or community arts
  • A commitment to the vision of the organization
  • Strengths and connections to the youth sector and or diverse communities

Commitment required:

Meetings are held monthly, plus a commitment to committees, workshops, annual strategic planning sessions, and occasional events as required, and regular communication by email. Monthly meetings are held on Friday mornings, in Hamilton, and are scheduled for 2 hours. Applicants are welcome from across the Creative Waikato region.


The position is voluntary, but travel expenses are reimbursed. For further details or to apply please provide your CV and covering letter to: Margi Moore (Chair, Creative Waikato) Email: margi.moore@wintec.ac.nz

Creative Waikato

Work At Studio Two

Two jobs are currently available at Studio Two. 

To receive a job application form and a detailed job description for either position email studiotwoinformation@gmail.com. Applicants just need to send a CV, and job application to the studiotwoinformation@gmail.com to apply. Job Application must be in by the 1st of March. 

Job 1. Tutor for kids art, clay and creative science classes 

Part time (10 hours a week/ flexible hours), permanent position.The tutor will be responsible for developing children's and adults interest in and ability for creative expression. The turor would need to have experinece in teaching children and teens previously. This can be in a formal or informal situation. We expect our tutor to be a pracitcing artist in any type of media or discipline. They will be passionate about being creative and helping others find their creative passion. They will be welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic about art and working with children and teens.

Job 2. Clay Technician

Part time (10 hours a week), permanent position. The clay technician will be responsible for managing clay, firing and production at the studio and may assist in teaching or assisting with art studio classes. Our clay technician will be motivated to learn a new range of skills in order to help the overall running of Studio Two. They need to have at least some experience working with clay. Ideally, they will have a basic understanding of hand-building, throwing, moulding and kilns. They need to be a fast learner, have a very high standard of finished work, work well under time pressures and open to constructive feedback in their making. 

Studio Two

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

Held annually around the Fieldays event, the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award celebrates innovation by challenging artists to create artworks using No.8 wire, an iconic Kiwi agricultural product.

The award, hosted by Waikato Museum, culminates in a public exhibition in May/June at Hamilton’s ArtsPost. The award draws on an iconic farm product and translates this through talent and ingenuity into an art form.

Entrants are invited to utilise agricultural-based materials and No.8 wire to create sculptural artworks. The online entry form enables streamlined entry, multiple images, online payment and a blind selection of the finalists by the judge. 

The judge for the 2019 award is Associate Professor Linda Tyler. 

First prize: $7,000
Second prize: $1,000
Third prize: $500
President’s Choice: $100 ArtsPost voucher
People's Choice: $100 ArtsPost voucher

Key dates
Entry closes: 1pm, Friday 29 March 2019
Finalists notified: Week of 8 April 2019
Opening and Awards event: 5.30pm, Friday 10 May 2019
Exhibition: Saturday 11 May to Sunday 9 June 2019

Venue: ArtsPost Galleries & Shop, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton. 


Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

2019 IHC Art Awards

Key Dates:

  • 1 May - Entries open
  • 31 May - Entries close
  • 5 September - Gala event

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC or IDEA services. Entry forms will be available on 1 May 2019.

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2009 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.

In 2009 she met an artist through the Art Awards, and has employed this lady part time in WORLD's Head Office since then. "It is about supporting people in whatever way you can. They give back so much more than you could ever imagine, we have learnt so much from Jojo," Denise says.

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust

IHC would like to acknowledge and thank the Holdsworth Charitable Trust for once again generously supporting the IHC Art Awards in 2019. The Holdsworth Charitable Trust has been the major sponsor of the IHC Art Awards since 2014 and IHC is extremely proud of the long association between the Holdsworth Charitable Trust and the IHC Art Awards.

Taki Rua