Te Ataata: art-science residency programme for French scholars

Each year, AUT hosts an outstanding French scholar under the Te Ataata Residency programme. Te Ataata Residency is a joint initiative between AUT and the French Embassy in New Zealand, with the support of Institut Français. The programme aims to develop collaborations and initiatives between the two countries.

French Embassy in New Zealand website
Institut Français website

The 2023 residency

The residency is an opportunity for a practice-based French scholar to work alongside their AUT peers on interdisciplinary art-science research, with access to the same facilities, expertise and materials as staff during their stay here.

The resident is hosted by AUT’s Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies - Te Ara Auaha. The faculty recognises that design as a discipline is central to advancing transdisciplinary learning and research. Its range of discipline areas include art and design; communication studies; engineering, computer and mathematical sciences; and creative technologies.

The residency includes airfares, accommodation and a weekly stipend as described below.

Date/period of residency

The residency is a full-time, 8-week programme from 10 July - 1 September 2023.

Who can apply

To apply for the residency, you must be:

  • A French citizen or resident, who have been living in France for 5 or more years
  • An outstanding scholar in your field, preferably with a recognised artistic practice and proven experience in interdisciplinary work and research-based projects
  • Willing to engage in indigenous protocols
  • Fluent in English

In your application, you should demonstrate how a direct collaboration may ensue between your own institution and AUT.

Applications for 2023 will open from 13 January 2023. The application deadline is 28 February 2023.

Online application

Alternatively, you can also use the below PDF to apply. All applications should be sent to:

Download application form

Conditions and what's included

The residency programme includes:

  • International return airfare Paris-Auckland
  • Visa facilitation
  • Stipend: NZ $700 per week
  • Accommodation for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Full access to facilities, expertise and materials available to AUT staff

Health and travel insurance is not included. You should arrange it for the full period of your stay.

Participation in activities

We invite you to take part in a range of activities. Some of these are:

  • Delivering a research outcome, such as a journal publication, an artefact or an event
  • Working on your research alongside AUT staff
  • Delivering seminars and/or workshops to AUT’s students
  • Taking part in conferences or public events about your work
  • Participating in media interviews if requested
e-textile photo
In 2019, Maurin Donneaud explored e-textiles and sound design to develop an e-textile toolkit for live electronic music.
Professor Olga Kisseliva
In 2018 Internationally renowned artist and academic Professor Olga Kisseliva worked on EDEN, an art-science project addressing issues of kauri dieback.
2017 Te Ataata recipient Antonin Fourneau’s project ‘Sonoscritpum’ was an interactive artwork using voice as a paintbrush.
2017 Te Ataata recipient Antonin Fourneau’s project ‘Sonoscritpum’ was an interactive artwork using voice as a paintbrush.
Artist-designer duo Grégory Chatonsky & Goliath Dyèvre
In 2016, Artist-designer duo Grégory Chatonsky & Goliath Dyèvre collaborated on The Augmentation of Things building objects that are simultaneously in two worlds, tangible and virtual.

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Contact details

Get in touch if you have a question about the Te Ataata Residency programme.

AUT contact:
French Embassy contact:

Research facilities and support at AUT

We're seeking applications from creative, practice-based scholars working in experimental and critical areas of art-science.

The Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies - Te Ara Auaha has several research groups and advanced technology facilities with expert technicians, to support research, development and collaboration during the residency. You may also be able to negotiate access to AUT’s research institutes and centres.

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