New funding initiative to support First World War centenary collaborative arts projects
12 Sep 2013
Creative New Zealand is offering funding to commission First World War centenary arts projects of high artistic merit.
The First World War Centenary Co-Commissioning Fund will offer a total of $1.5 million over the next three financial years. This new investment has been made possible by income from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.
This targeted fund will support national and international organisations to commission new, large-scale, collaborative work with New Zealand artists as part of the wider government programme to mark the First World War centenary (WW100). The works are to be presented nationally and internationally during the WW100 commemorations period.
“We see this as an opportunity to invest in high-quality arts projects that reference the unique contribution that New Zealanders made to the ‘War to end all wars’,” says Cath Cardiff, Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager Arts Policy, Capability and International.
“These projects also have the potential to develop on-going relationships and exchange between artists and arts organisations internationally.”
Eligible projects will be collaborative and demonstrate potential for long-term relationships or cultural/artistic exchanges. The work should relate to the themes of the WW100 programme, include at least one international commissioning partner and be presented in at least two countries, including New Zealand.
Priority will be given to projects whose partners are based in the countries that were involved in the First World War (e.g. Turkey, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia).
The Fund will be offered through two funding rounds in 2013 and 2014. The first round will close on 4 November 2013. Applications will be assessed via a two-stage process.
Visit the Creative New Zealand website for further information on eligibly criteria and applying.
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