30 Jun 2011
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Creative New Zealand has approved $185,765 in the latest monthly round of 14 earthquake emergency assistance grants to help re-establish an active arts scene for the people of Christchurch.
“The power of the arts to help entertain and provide a diversion from the enormous difficulties people are facing is essential at this time. We are well placed to support the arts and will be continuing to do this through our emergency assistance grants,” said Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.
The grants will be used for a range of initiatives including replacing equipment; providing studio and exhibition space for displaced visual artists; supporting performances by the Christchurch City Choir; and the presentation of the 6thSCAPE Biennial of public artworks.
Studio and exhibition space is being provided by a new art gallery and studio in Moorhouse Avenue, Chambers@241, and also at the ABC Gallery in Addington.
The Art and Industry Trust is working on presenting the seven new temporary public artworks created for the 6thSCAPE Biennial, including four by New Zealand artists. The original SCAPE Biennial was postponed twice, after both the September and February earthquakes.
Creative New Zealand established an Earthquake Emergency Response Fund to assist artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations directly specifically by the Christchurch earthquakes. The fund was established in addition to Creative New Zealand’s existing funding programmes, including the Creative Communities Scheme.
In May, Creative New Zealand approved $268,587 in 11 grants to support artists and arts organisations affected by the earthquakes and provided a $60,000 boost to the $214,000 already available for community arts through the Creative Communities Scheme.
Information about eligibility criteria for the Earthquake Emergency Response Fund can be found on the Creative New Zealand website.
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