In 2016, to mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Friends of the Hocken Collections offered an award of NZ$10,000 to support a research project on some aspect of the historical development of culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand, primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections. Joint winners of the anniversary Award (for work carried out in 2017) were Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, and their book, To the Mountains: A Collection of NZ Alpine Writing, was the very pleasing result.
As the anniversary Award competition attracted a wide range of applications – for many eminently fundable projects in which the Hocken Collections’ resources were of vital or key importance – the Friends’ executive committee resolved to continue to offer The Friends of the Hocken Collections Award as funding permits.
The intended outcomes of the 2020 Award are creatively open for project applicants to develop and propose. Both collaborative and singular applications are welcome, and salient aspects such as medium, genre, scope, and purpose are prescription-free.
Applications open on 1 July 2019.
The application Closing Date for an award to be held in the 2020 calendar year is 18 October 2019.
Applicants will be advised of the competition result by 29 November 2019.
For more information, go to the award website here: https://hockenfriends.org.nz/award/