COVID-19 updates - 2020

We've collated our updates from 2020, where we were monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community, and exploring all options for how we could support the arts community through the March 2020 lockdown, and beyond.

Last updated Monday 15 December 2020.

Find COVID-19 information on this page:

15 December 2020

24 August 2020

12 August 2020

3 August 2020

10 July 2020

3 July 2020

26 June 2020

19 June 2020

12 June 2020

11 June 2020

9 June 2020

5 June 2020

29 May 2020

22 May 2020

15 May 2020

8 May 2020

1 May 2020

24 April 2020

Since opening our Emergency Response Package last week (14 April) we’ve received a huge number of applications and awarded over $1.4 million across our Emergency Relief Grant and Arts Continuity Grant. Results:

23 April 2020

14 April 2020

6 April 2020

2 April 2020

24 March 2020

20 March 2020

19 March 2020

17 March 2020

More about our approach

Overall our approach, like other New Zealand organisations, is to try to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our people, our whānau, our communities (both national and international), and our organisation. 

We’re actively monitoring COVID-19 updates and advice from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the World Health Organization. We’re also keeping a close watch on how other government agencies and organisations in New Zealand and around the globe are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll update our website so you are always aware of our position.

We have plans in place to look out for our staff and provide business continuity. We’re also seeking to better understand the consequences of COVID-19 on arts practitioners, arts organisations and individuals. This work is a priority for us. The Arts Council has met and will meet again to make decisions necessary to support the sector in response to COVID-19, and our Audit and Risk Committee will continue to meet whenever required to revise our position if/when necessary.