Arts continue to deliver value for New Zealanders
6 Dec 2018
More than 2.19 million New Zealanders attended arts activities funded by Creative New Zealand according to its annual report for 2017/18.
Creative New Zealand’s Annual report 2017/18 detailing its investment and progress over the past year has been published. Governing body the Arts Council invested $42.466 million in the arts, supporting the sector through funding, capability building and advocacy programmes.
“We’re delighted that public investment via Creative New Zealand is contributing to record levels of public engagement, both locally and internationally,” said Creative New Zealand chief executive Stephen Wainwright.
More than 265,000 people participated in funded arts activities, 1,878 new art works were developed and almost 600 grants were awarded through a range of programmes including grants, international opportunities, residencies and fellowships.
Creative New Zealand has created an interactive data page Our Year in Review to give an outline of its investment over the past year.
Strategy-led investment a major focus for 2017/18.
“We’ve worked closely with the arts sector to shape our strategic direction and implemented our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023 to ensure we’re building an arts investment portfolio fit for the future needs of the arts in New Zealand,” Mr Wainwright said.
“The strategy responds to the ways in which Aotearoa is changing and our newly released Pacific Arts Strategy and developing Māori Arts Strategy align with its priorities.”
Creative New Zealand also made significant changes to the way it works so it can better support artists and arts organisations. All funding and development opportunities are now independently peer assessed to inform decision-making and specialist teams have been created for each area of funding, assessment, capability building, international development, multi-year investment and artform expertise.
New Zealanders and the arts
Creative New Zealand published its latest triennial research New Zealanders and the Arts and Audience Atlas 2017 including, for the first time, a breakdown of data by region. This better equips arts communities throughout the country to advocate for the value of the arts in their own towns and cities.
“We continue to see evidence of how engagement in the arts improves our health and wellbeing, develops talent, builds prosperous communities and reflects the diversity of New Zealand’s population,” Mr Wainwright said.
Examples included in the annual report are the Pacifica Mamas’ recent exhibition in Henderson, Auckland, the sell-out of Auckland University Press’ first te reo only publication, Chamber Music New Zealand’s partnership with the IHC Foundation and the national tour of Rodney Bell’s Meremere.
The Arts Council Annual Report 2017/18 is on the Creative New Zealand website.