Environment Envoy

Are you an artist passionate about your work making a change in our environment?

Dunedin City Council with Dunedin Dream Brokerage are pleased to announce a second commission for artists resident in New Zealand. The commission is part of Te Ao Tūroa - Dunedin’s Environment Strategy, and delivered through the Dunedin Dream Brokerage service.  Applications close 4 February 2019.

We are looking to support projects that will encourage Dunedin’s community to see the local environment and natural world through the innovative and participatory use of vacant retail space in Dunedin. One commission of $5,000 is available to support project costs. Projects may be of any duration but must be active for at least three weekends and have strong public impact.

Project submissions should be made using the online submission form found below – but please read the following and prepare your application first.  For more information please contact our Broker Kate Schrader dunedindreambrokerage@gmail.com

We will be hosting two drop-in sessions with the team from Te Ao Tūroa at the Fringe Festival Hub (dates TBC).

Applicants fill out a submission form available online here.

Awa HQ

A 2017 Environment Envoy Project
Angela Lyon, Aroha Novak & Charlotte Parallel
(Image by Justin Spiers)

Our Criteria

Ideally, Environment Envoy projects will:

  • encourage the community to think about the environment and productive landscapes in different ways

  • strengthen collaboration between artists and the public, iwi, scientists, councils, business and community groups

  • engage the community to contribute to creative projects that provide educational opportunities for communities and support enhancing our environment

Environment Envoy projects will need to respond to one of the following ambitions within Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World - Dunedin’s Environment Strategy:

  • working with landowners to integrate biodiversity into productive environments (farming and agricultural lands)

  • boosting backyard biodiversity and urban biodiversity

  • increasing food resilience

  • enhancing urban ecosystem functions (e.g. storm water runoff regulation, providing food for pollinators)

  • ensuring Dunedinites are able to enjoy, connect to and celebrate the natural world 

Projects will need to be completed before June 2019.  They can utilise vacant retail space in urban Dunedin city boundaries (including South Dunedin) but may also extend beyond these vacant spaces into public space and the environment.

Artists may be resident anywhere in New Zealand but must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to resource working on the ground in Dunedin to ensure dynamic public partnerships and local engagement. 

Environment Envoy provides the link to engage with the natural environment, to focus on issues and solutions. We are not interested in providing exhibition space or replicating other existing uses of space, but rather exciting new concepts and installations from any discipline that actively involve the public in innovative new ways in relationship with the natural environment.  

For more information please contact our Broker, Kate Schrader:



We are also looking for projects that:

  • Engage people in Dunedin City: Projects should be dynamic and open to the public, accessible and visible. They should increase a sense of community in the city and interact with the public in new ways. Think about how you can involve people

  • Provide the unique and innovative: We are not interested in turning the city into another copy of itself, or one type of space or gallery. Think about how your project might operate differently to what is already in existence. Cross disciplinary projects and practice modes are welcome

  • Are professional and have a clear idea: Demonstrate you are ready to look after a space responsibly. Looking after a space open to the public develops professional skills and business practice, but we need to have confidence you are ready

  • Pay attention to context: Projects should demonstrate an awareness of Dunedin’s natural environment, issues and history. Think about where it might best be located and interaction with its topic or theme. We are particularly interested in projects that create engagement with vacant space within Dunedin’s central city areas and South Dunedin. We are also interested in collaboration between artists and the public, iwi, scientists, councils, business and community groups

  • Ensure more recognition of and stronger community partnerships with Mana Whenua [local hapū and iwi]: Consider what consultation or elements might meet this aim, and where appropriate describe ways your project connects with this endeavour. If none, please explain why

  • Better reflect the diversity of our people: Consider how your project represents Dunedin’s cultural diversity

    Existing Relocating Projects: Projects that involve relocating from an existing rented space in Dunedin city are not eligible. We do not want to undermine existing businesses and tenancies. We prioritise new projects and initiatives. 

    Student work that is under assessment is not eligible for the DDB unless previously arranged with the academic institution.

How it works


Dunedin Dream Brokerage helps find a space for approved projects and negotiates their use, we organise a license (see below) and cover public liability insurance. We can also help co-ordinate a tailored media campaign. We do not produce your project for you.

The Application Process

Criteria: Individuals or organisations must be satisfied they meet the criteria for application.  Any questions please do check in with Environment Envoy Broker Kate Schrader.

Submission: Applicants fill out a submission form available online here. Applicants can contact Kate Schrader dunedindreambrokerage@gmail.com

Assessment: The applications are assessed by the DDB advisory panel with the addition of two representatives from Te Ao Tūroa Partnership. The proposal must meet with majority approval responding to the DDB criteria and also responding to one or more of the Te Ao Tūroa ambitions.  The panel may ask for further information for clarity.  A decision is made and the applicants are informed in writing.

Decision making: DDB then meet with applicants to vet their application and discuss potential spaces.

Location: If DDB think a project is suitable for a space that is available we meet with the applicant to discuss the project in more detail. Applicants are encouraged to identify spaces they think are suitable, and DDB will proceed to locate property options and commence negotiations.

Licensing: Once a site for a project is located DDB issues the licenses and arranges for public liability insurance cover (a key part of the brokerage's services to applicants). DDB assists applicants to obtain power and other utilities (we can help with set-up but the cost of power and utilities is at the licensee's cost).

Funding: Successful projects are granted $5,000 (GST not payable) provided on confirmation of the award.

Monitoring: DDB monitors the progress, and reports back to both property owners and the funding partner Te Ao Tūroa. DDB will feature applicants' projects on our website, through our newsletter to our database and through social media. DCC will feature applicants' projects on our website, through Ara Toi and Te Ao Tūroa communications and through DCC social media.  Projects that aren't temporary should plan on operating on a rolling 30 day period of use.


Please note these dates are only a guide and may be subject to change.

  • 26th November 2018: Applications Open

  • 4 February 2019: Applications Close

  • 15 February 2019: Funding Decision Announced

  • March-June 2019: Project Delivery

  • 30 June 2019: Project Complete

What Grows Where You Live

A 2017 Environment Envoy Project
Ruth Evans
(Image by Justin Speirs)