Creative New Zealand awards more than $500k in grants
8 Dec 2016
Creative New Zealand has announced the results of its latest Quick Response funding round which will boost the arts sector via 92 grants worth $518,915
Quick Response Grants help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work. These smaller grants mean funding is available for a wide range of projects at all levels of development and experience. Up to $7,500 can be requested and there are three rounds a year.
In total 262 applications were received, with $1,649,232 requested in total.
- General arts fund – 58 projects totalling $351,532 were supported. $1,257,278 was requested by 202 applicants.
- Māori arts funds – 21 projects totalling $115,833 were supported. $208,285 was requested by 32 applicants.
- Pacific arts funds – 13 projects totalling $51,550 were supported. $183,669 was requested by 28 applicants.
Regional distribution of funding
Many of the funded projects will help support high quality arts experiences to regions throughout New Zealand, from the Far North to Invercargill. Anna van Riel will deliver 16 music performances for children in the Otago and Southland communities in 2017; Aotearoa Digital Arts Network will present Storm Channels, a series of events at artist-run initiatives in Dunedin and Gregory McDonald will receive a grant towards researching and developing a project re-connecting whānau, whakapapa, whenua and taonga of Southern Rakiura Māori.
The Southward Shady Acres concert will feature New Zealand songwriters and performers in Kapiti, Hastings City Art Gallery will receive funding towards an artist residency and workshops with young people and a grant will assist with the production of Poems in the Waiting Room, which will extend its reach to readers from Carterton to the Chatham Islands.
Festivals supported include Taranaki Pasifika Day in New Plymouth, the Dunedin Fringe Festival Showcase, Auckland Fringe, the Auckland Festival of Photography and the Same Same But Different LGBT Writers Festival.
This funding round has included professional development support for arts managers. Bronwyn Bent and Sally Barnett will travel to the International Community Arts Conference in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the Stroma New Music Ensemble will receive funding towards a strategic and organisational mentorship with David Chisolm, Founder and Artistic Director of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
Support for projects involving young people includes funding to The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa for the 2017 Jam Cellar series of performances to mentor young people and enhance community participation.
New work creation
Quick Response grants help both established and emerging artists to create and present new work. This round includes support for contemporary theatre practitioner, Sally Stockwell towards a one-week workshop for a new multi-disciplinary theatre work, Firefly; Mandy Hager receives a grant towards completing a new young adult novel Ash Rising; Louise Potiki Bryant will develop a new inter-arts work Ngaro, combining dance, sound, video installation and textile design and Anna Miles will have a contemporary object-making exhibition, Vanished Delft, at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.
The grants also help support international opportunities. Collaborative projects were a strong feature of this round, including Aroha Rawson’s The WA Project which is a live dance theatre and new media collaboration of more than 15 artists from Aotearoa and Japan. Taonga Puoro artist Jerome Kavanagh will collaborate with Bengali folk band Joler Gaan at the Lokotsav Festival in India and the Te Toki Voyaging Trust will develop a cultural exchange with Pacific Islands, connecting voyagers, artists and audiences.
Tup Lang Choreographic Award
This round included the Tup Lang Choreographic Award which will go to artist and choreographer, Loughlan Prior who will also receive a grant towards presenting new work in Toronto, Canada in 2017.
Quick Response applications are assessed and moderated by Creative New Zealand staff. Recommendations are made to the Senior Manager, Arts Funding and the Chief Executive for final decisions and ratification.