23 Aug 2016
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A total of 104 grants worth $526,349 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists, practitioners and arts organisations in Creative New Zealand’s latest Quick Response funding round.
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.
A total of 335 applications were received, with more than $2,080,390 requested in total.
Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager - Arts Funding, Gail Richards, says interest in the round was higher than ever and the quality and range of applications was impressive. She says, “We’ve seen quite sharp increases this time in funding requests for music and craft/object projects. The quality of the applications was also high and we look forward to seeing the resulting outcomes for these artforms.”
Ms Richards says artists and projects will receive grants across all artforms, including heritage and emerging artists. She says, “There is a strong range of emerging artists – ‘new’ names including Raymond Chan, who is looking to support a mentorship with conducting maestro Giordano Bellincampi, Josephine Jowett, who is taking a multi-sensory installation to the Chelsea Theatre in London, Maraea Rakuraku, to develop a new theatre script called Tan-knee and visual artist Margaret Aull who is taking her The Veiqia Project to the UK.”
“We’ve also seen some first-time applicants, who’ve submitted excellent applications and will receive funding as a result. They include Andy Kingston, a ceramicist whose grant will support the creation of new work and Prue Clark, who will receive funding towards a contemporary theatre work.”
Heritage arts feature in both Māori and Pacific Arts, including funding for James Webster to participate in a puppetry festival in Poland which combines traditional and contemporary forms, and Justine Simei-Barton towards story-telling workshops.
Supported projects will take place throughout New Zealand with the regional spread including the Far North, Whangarei, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato, Waipa, Tauranga, Whakatane, Kawerau, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Hastings, Napier, Central Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua, Wairarapa, the Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Buller, Westland, Queenstown-Lakes, Central Otago, Dunedin, Clutha, Gore and Invercargill.
Quick Response funding will also help to support projects or professional development overseas. New Zealanders will be making an artistic impact in Australia, Tonga, Indonesia, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Italy.
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.