Arts Grant Round 8 Closing date: 21 May 2021

Arts Grants offer short-term project funding for New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations (including groups and collectives). This funding enables more sustainable careers, encourages innovation and the development of arts practice, and provides opportunities for diverse communities to access the arts.

More about the Arts Grant programme

Read a summary of this round's results which includes an overview of the results, commentary on our observations about what the strongest applications this round included, both generally (ie across all artforms and applications) as well as artform-specific.

Who got funded this round

53 grants totalling $2,533,502 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists and practitioners in this funding round, across the three funding pools (General, Māori and Pacific).

We received 182 eligible applications, with a total of $7,298,841 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 34 projects totalling $1,372,219 were supported. $5,356,005 was requested by 144 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 11 projects totalling $706,048 were supported. $1,151,265,587 was requested by 22 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 8 projects totalling $455,234 were supported. $791,570 was requested by 16 applicants.

Also:

  • 27 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 10 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 6 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 4 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.
  • 6 supported building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 3 Community Arts
  • 3 Craft/object
  • 3 Dance
  • 2 Interarts
  • 6 Literature
  • 6 Multidisciplinary Arts
  • 11 Music
  • 10 Theatre
  • 9 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 69 activities in the following regions:

  • 21 Auckland
  • 11 Wellington
  • 9 National
  • 5 Online
  • 4 Overseas
  • 3 Bay of Plenty
  • 3 Canterbury
  • 3 Otago
  • 2 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 2 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 2 Taranaki
  • 1 Gisborne
  • 1 Hawkes Bay
  • 1 Northland
  • 1 Waikato

Funding recipients

AKEE (Toro Pikopiko Puppets)

Towards touring six interactive Toro Pikopiko performance spaces nationally that feature in a new Te Ao Māori audiobook series.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $36,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Alana Lopesi, Ioana Gordon-Smith

Towards the establishment of a print Pacific art journal and the production of the first issue.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $38,980

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Alistair Fraser, Riki Gooch

Towards new works for percussion and ngā taonga pūoro composed in Mahurangi Northland and Wellington.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $20,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Anapela Polataivao

Towards research, development and writing of a new multidisciplinary work.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $73,078

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Ankita Singh

Towards a world premiere at Auckland Arts Festival 2022 and full staging at New Zealand Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Aotearoa Digital Arts Network

Towards Aotearoa's Digital Art's 2021 and 2022 programme featuring a symposium, seminars, online publications, and a website redevelopment.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $38,843

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Art Gallery of New South Wales'

Towards the creation and presentation of a major video installation by Lisa Reihana for Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales' new building.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $49,999

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Biennale of Sydney

To support the creation of new work by Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi and Mata Aho Collective for presentation at, 'rīvus' the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Brilliant Adventures

Towards the premiere of 'Every Kind of Weather'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Carolyn Rudzinski, Olivia Hall

Towards a feminist spoken word theatre show navigating the expectations placed on women and the complexities of womanhood.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $27,150

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Centre for Fine Woodworking

Towards a mentoring and practitioner programme to grow a future generation of fine woodworking teachers and makers.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $72,915

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Chor 2024 Limited

Towards the development of 'Matariki: He Kāhui Reo', a multi-composer choral work in te reo Māori.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $74,850

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Chris Gendall

To compose a new work for violinist Mark Menzies and percussionist Justin DeHart.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $10,238

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Christopher Ulutupu, Elisabeth Pointon

To create high quality artworks for an exhibition at Pātaka Art+Museum Gallery.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $29,256

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Chris Tse

To develop a new opera exploring the meanings of silence.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $5,880

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Claire Duncan

To complete and record a contemporary musical work exploring representations of gender-based violence.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $10,640

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Creative Bay of Plenty

Towards a series of 10 new visual art commissions and public light art installations in urban locations.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,450

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Creative Collaborative

Towards testing a ‘by youth for youth’ creative framework, providing rangatahi with access to arts resources and arts engagement.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Eddie Elliott

Towards stage two development of Waiwhakaata-Reflections in the water.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Emily Mafile'o

Towards research and development of new work inspired by archives on Tongan people, time and space.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $64,450

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Emma Neale

Towards writing a poetry collection.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $12,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Faafetai Lemalu

Towards a transcribed legacy of Maori and Pacifica opera singers, to inspire and inform.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $65,500

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Foster Group Dance

Towards research and development of a new augmented reality dance work.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $17,734

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hapai Productions Ltd

To develop and present "Pākaru" at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Hawaiki TU - Haka Theatre

Towards the Premiere of Taurite in September 2021.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Huia NZ Limited

Towards the publishing of five books.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $49,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Ioannis Psathas

To compose a new solo piano work, commissioned by Michael Houstoun and Dawn Hardwick, for national and international premieres.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $26,950

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jasmine Tuia Tuia

Towards a student-led initiative to support and connect Auckland based BIPOC creatives.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $14,430

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jessie McCall

Towards a tour of the full-length contemporary dance work, 'Daybreak Estate'.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $55,430

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kaaterina Kerekere

Towards the research, development and exhibition of new works.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $62,667

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Katy Wallace, Sarah Cleave

Towards a conceptual sound art project executed by Tairāwhiti artists and musicians.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $19,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Landing Press

To publish a collection of poems and short prose that reflect many perspectives on housing.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lauren Daly Sadgrove

Towards the writing, development and rehearsal of a new poetry performance work.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $44,520

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

LTAM Partnership, Andrew London, April Phillips

Towards associated costs for the cast rehearsal and staging of an original Aotearoa New Zealand musical.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $16,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lucien Johnson

Towards a tour of 15 centres in New Zealand.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $38,370

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Moana Fresh

Towards celebrating 'Moana Fresh Artists' through a behind the scenes video series of their studio practices.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

New Zealand Music Trust

To publish three volumes of New Zealand piano works for Chinese audiences with supplementary video recordings by New Zealand pianist Jian Liu.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $42,145

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nova Paul

Towards creating a new experimental artists film.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Q Theatre

Towards support for the Q Theatre to develop a new strategic plan.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $70,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

RDYSTDY

Towards a double residency to work on new dance and moving image collaboration.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $22,646

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Red Scare Theatre Company

Towards a cabaret celebrating the work of female and non-binary musical theatre writers.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $16,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

ReMaker Space

Towards supporting four practitioners to develop their individual arts practice and deliver workshops.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $51,645

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sarin Moddle

To upgrade and expand an existing website that provides practical tools to promote diversity in live music programming.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $31,260

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sophia Smolenski

Towards new work that explores the intersection between mount making and object making with contemporary makers.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $38,959

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Pouhere Korero

Towards print and digital publishing of Te Pouhere Kōrero Volume 10, and digital publishing of Volumes 3, 4, 5, and 6.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $38,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust

Towards the rehearsal and preparation of all production items of a tour-ready production of THE SWING.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

The Coalition for Books

Towards reviews on the Coalition for Books website 'Kete', and research, marketing and promotional activity.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The EVO Trust

To create a digital archive of literature as inspiration and taonga for New Zealanders.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $66,815

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Thomas Monckton

Towards a new physical theatre production with multiple collaborative initiatives.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $60,147

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Toiere Productions Limited

Towards the 14 songs by Māori composers in engagement with Ralph Hotere and Cilla McQueen's Song of Solomon.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $74,631

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Ulu Studios

Towards a series of three month artist residencies at Ulu Studios in Avondale Auckland.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Vela Manusaute

To research and write a new Pacific play for theatre.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $33,970

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Veranoa Hetet

Towards pushing boundaries working from the basic kete design and creating new designs using new materials & techniques.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $70,750

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta

Towards presenting work by Edith Amituanai and Kalisolaite Uhila at Biennale Jogja Equator #6 2021, Indonesia.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $6,700

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund