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Creative New Zealand statement on funding of Tao Wells exhibition 'The Beneficiary's office'

18 Oct 2010

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Creative New Zealand today has clarified the amount of funding provided to the Letting Space exhibition The Beneficiary’s Office by Tao Well.

Creative New Zealand invested $44,790 in the Wellington Independent Arts Trust towards curating and commissioning public art works as part of the Letting Space project; a public art programme of six exhibitions. Tao Well’s exhibition is the third in the series. The curators leading the project are Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery.

Creative New Zealand understands that Tao Well received an artist’s fee of $2000 and a further total $1500 for expenses for his project.

The artists working in this series of projects are looking to generate discussion in the community around social issues and art.

All applicants to Creative New Zealand are assessed on the basis of artistic quality and contribution to our strategic outcomes. Projects are assessed on the basis of the idea, the process, the track record of the people involved, the budget, plus, where applicable, innovation, community arts participation, and diversity (cultural diversity, Matauranga Maori, or Kaupapa Pasifika).

Creative New Zealand’s role as the national arts development agency is to provide financial support to artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to assist them to research, create, publicly present and distribute the arts in their various forms.

We distribute around $11 million each year in Contestable Funding to support projects that develop New Zealand arts, artists and arts practitioners.

Letting Space is a public art programme in Wellington that seeks totransform the relationship between artists, property developers and their city. It commissionstemporary art works from leading New Zealand contemporary artists for commercialCBDspaces.

The first works in theLetting Space series were "pop-up" installations byDugal McKinnon(18 April - 9 May, 141 Willis Street) andKim Paton(21 May - 6 June, 38 Ghuznee Street). The next projectTaking Stock by Eve Armstrongwill be in November 2010. They will be followed by projects by Colin Hodson and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith in 2011.

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