Tiapapata Art Centre, Inc.

Name of Residency: Creative Samoa

With regular classes throughout the year for people of all ages and occasional workshops held in the community, the Tiapapata Art Centre provides a valuable service for the development of Samoa’s creative economy and welcomes artists in residence to assist with its teaching programme while also allowing for visiting artists to create works of art that can be exhibited either solo or in combined exhibitions held from time to time.

Accommodation at a reasonable rent is available in one of two self-contained apartments located in a private home on the site, approximately 100m away from the Art Studio and Kiln Room. There are two other accommodation spaces adjacent to the studio, a treehouse and a tiny house, but these are normally reserved for Airbnb guests unless the space is needed and special arrangements.

Residency Programme since: 1996
Description of Organisation:

The Tiapapata Art Centre in Samoa fosters excellence in creativity, diversity and innovation in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. It is registered with the Government of Samoa as a charitable trust. The underlying principles of the Tiapapata Art Centre are:

That all people have a right to express themselves creatively and should be encouraged to learn about and develop their creativity

That people with limited access to creating arts and crafts should be provided with opportunities to explore and enjoy these activities. Barriers restricting access to arts and crafts should be removed

That creativity conduces to wellbeing and

That arts and crafts enrich society.

The Tiapapata Art Centre is located 800m above sea level and is much cooler than the coast where most villages are located, including the capital city Apia. The Tiapapata Art Centre conducts occasional special workshops with community-based organisations and schools at their premises.

In December 2010, the Tiapapata Art Centre opened its new studio where art classes are now held. The studio is a multi-function classroom able to accommodate up to thirty students comfortably although there is seating for 50. Classes are taught in various media: painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. In April 2016, the new Tiapapata Art Gallery with a Wild Foods Cafe attached was opened.

Organisation founded in: 1989
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 6+
  • Months: 1 – 3
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Film-making
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Car
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Sound recording studio
  • Film-studio
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes. With community groups and the National University of Samoa
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): WST$50/day (negotiable)
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Other
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    • Production costs
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Gardening
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Faleolo International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: None
    How to reach by plane: Via New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii
    How to reach by train: N/A
    How to reach by car: N/A
    How to reach by boat: By crossing the Pacific Ocean
    Street & Number: Malololelei North Road, Tiapapata
    Postal Code: 0000
    City: Apia
    Country long: Samoa
    Malololelei North Road, Tiapapata
    Apia 0000 Tuamasaga WSM
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