Largest funding round ever ahead of changes to Arts Grants (round opening in July)

4 Jun 2019

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A children’s spoon carving workshop underway at the Rekindle workshop, at Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre, Christchurch – Rekindle is a recipient of a 2019 Arts Grant. Image: Johannes van Kan.
Caption: A children’s spoon carving workshop underway at the Rekindle workshop, at Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre, Christchurch – Rekindle is a recipient of a 2019 Arts Grant. Image: Johannes van Kan.

Creative New Zealand has announced its largest Arts Grants funding round to date, awarding more than $4 million towards 136 arts projects that range from opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness through to craft activities aimed at enriching wellbeing and resourcefulness, as well as prestigious individual arts fellowships and scholarships.

Creative New Zealand Senior Manager, Arts Development Services Cath Cardiff says, “We are delighted to be able to support such a large number of artists across a wide range of arts practices, appealing to diverse audiences and enriching the lives of so many New Zealanders.”

“I would also like to acknowledge all the artists and projects that we were unable to support and wish them all the best for progressing with their ideas.”

The massive funding round follows Creative New Zealand’s previous signalling of changes to our Arts Grants programme, including not offering the mid-year Quick Response round this year while we put those changes into place.

“We encouraged people to apply early for funding this year, due to upcoming changes in the funding programme, and the sector responded!” Cath says. 

Upcoming changes to the Arts Grants programme

[Section updated 14 June 2019; Orginally published 4 June 2019]

The Arts Council has agreed to all of the changes recommended in the Arts Grants Review, as follows:

  • The purpose of the Grants programme is revised to enable:
    • more sustainable careers for individual artists and arts practitioners
    • the development of arts practice
    • innovation in New Zealand arts
    • diverse communities to access and participate in high-quality arts experiences.
  • The current Grants programme (ie, Quick Response and Arts Grants) is consolidated into a single programme known as the Arts Grants programme.
  • The maximum level of Arts Grants is increased to $75,000, with a different assessment process for applications up to $10,000 than for applications between $10,000 - $75,000.
  • From 2020, an annual Arts Grants round offering grants of up to $150,000 for 12 months, for eligible applicants offering a regular or continuous programme of activity.

We will provide more information this month about when these changes take effect and when in July the next funding round will open.

Previous information about Changes to Creative New Zealand's grants programme

Funding results announced 31 May

The results announced on Friday include more than $800,000 towards Ngā Toi Māori arts projects and almost $450,000 towards Pacific arts projects, aligning with our Maori Arts Strategy and the Pacific Arts Strategy.

Arts Grants recipients include Christchurch-based Rekindle, receiving $55,054 towards public craft workshops and support for three emerging artists to develop skills in delivering resourceful craft learning experiences. Also, Auckland-based Hobson Street Theatre Company, which supports people who have experienced homelessness. The Company will receive $10,000 towards its members performing at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, March 2020.

Congratulations to all of the funding recipients, listed below:

Some funding recipients (clockwise from top left): Mere Whaanga (image Erika Schollum). Cheryl Lucas (image Sarah Rowlands). Tupe Lualua (image Moana Palelei HoChing). Sacha Copland (image Tom Hoyle). 

Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer's Fellowship 2019

  • Mere Whaanga (Ngāti Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu), to complete a book that draws together all aspects of applying rongoā to healing land and people.

Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship 2019

  • Cheryl Lucas, to develop new work for two important separate solo exhibitions in public galleries.

Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship 2019

  • Sacha Copland (Java Dance Company Ltd), to research and experiment with new choreographic, site-specific and large-scale ideas.

Creative New Zealand/University of Samoa Artist in Residence 2019

  • Tupe Lualua, to participate in an arts residency, and develop skills and innovative new work in contemporary Pacific dance arts.

Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship 2019 - music

  • Alex Taylor, towards a PhD in Composition at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Jasmine Lovell-Smith, towards a residency led by composer/improviser Nicole Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, USA.

Jack McGill Music Scholarship 2019 - music

  • Siyu Sun, towards the Guildhall Artist Masters in Performance (Piano) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships 2019 - music

  • Alexander Arai-Swale, towards a Master of Music in Double Bass at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin.
  • William McNeill, towards a Master of Music in French Horn at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany.

Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary – literature, theatre

  • Oscar Upperton, towards writing a poetry collection exploring identity in modern New Zealand.

International Indigenous Artform Exchange 2019 – Ngā Toi Māori

  • Nga Aho, Desna Whaanga-Schollum, towards travel costs to participate in a collaborative project between indigenous placemakers with a shared colonial reality.
  • TOHU - symbol in motion, towards associated costs to support a group of dancers to develop work and participate in a choreographic exchange in Taiwan.

Arts Grants Round 1, 2019 – link to 136 projects encompassing all artforms.