Arts Grants 2020/21 Round 5 Closing date: 10 Feb 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.

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54 grants totalling $2,178,741 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).

181 eligible applications were received, with a total of $6,893,400 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 41 projects totalling $1,498,637 were supported. $5,510,813 was requested by 155 applicants.
  • Māori Arts: 7 projects totalling $400,593 were supported. $794,427 was requested by 15 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 6 projects totalling $279,510 were supported. $588,159 was requested by 11 applicants.

Also:

  • 20 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 7 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 21 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 3 were to support building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector
  • 3 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 6 Community Arts
  • 3 Craft/object
  • 2 Customary Māori Arts
  • 3 Dance
  • 3 Interarts
  • 9 Literature
  • 5 Multidisciplinary Arts
  • 6 Music
  • 1 Pacific Heritage Arts
  • 7 Theatre
  • 9 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 131 activities in the following regions:

  • 36 Wellington
  • 23 Auckland
  • 17 National
  • 11 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 8 Overseas
  • 7 Hawkes Bay
  • 6 Online
  • 5 Canterbury
  • 5 Taranaki
  • 4 Bay of Plenty
  • 3 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 3 Otago
  • 1 Northland
  • 1 Gisborne
  • 1 Southland

Funding recipients

Anoushka Akel

Towards the creation and development of new paintings and prints, over an eight-month period.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $32,270

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Art Zone

Towards the translation of visual art feature stories into te reo Māori.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $6,740

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

ATE

To wānanga, write, edit, design, print and publish volume three of a peer reviewed Journal of Māori Art.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $53,609

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Blackboard Theatre Collective

Towards a 72-hour songwriting challenge to create six new musical theatre songs to be performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $66,131

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Blake Spooner

To develop Pīpī Paopao, a new cabaret performance for children.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $40,034

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Blumhardt Foundation

To pilot the Blumhardt Curator Programme which includes two curatorial development projects staged at The Dowse and The Sarjeant galleries.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $57,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

CANZ

The Composers Association of New Zealand: towards the 40th annual CANZ Nelson Composers Workshop for young and emerging composers.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $19,094

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ceramics Association of New Zealand Incorporated

Towards new writing and publishing costs for editions 7 and 8 of Ceramics NZ magazine.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $9,928

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Cold Hub Press

Towards publication of 'Rejoice Instead' (Peter Hooper) & 'Meeting Rita' (Jenny Powell).

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $6,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Daniel Sanders

To present new modes of making by LGBTQ+ artists and practitioners across 10 month-long exhibitions at Parasite, an artist run space.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $38,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Francis Upritchard

Towards a​ ​new​ ​site-specific​ ​commission​ ​for​ ​Pasquart Museum, Switzerland.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $65,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

HE WAKA EKE NOA A Chronicle of COVID

Towards publishing an anthology of voices from the creative arts chronicling challenges and triumphs during the pandemic.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $44,700

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

IA Music Limited

Towards composing and promoting a contemporary musical piece.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $14,670

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Jacqueline Moyes

Towards a multi-disciplinary community arts initiative for artists and women in the justice system.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $74,973

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jessie McCall

To research and develop a contemporary dance work probing social discourse around emotionality in women.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $19,445

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Joel Cocks

Towards the development of a new work at La Becque's 3-month Principal Residency Program in Switzerland.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $11,141

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kate Parker

Towards an exhibition at the NZ Maritime Museum.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $35,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kohai Grace

Towards a tukutuku artwork production for display in Porirua City.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $67,280

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kunstmuseum Basel

Towards “Heute Nacht geträumt” (Dreamt Tonight); a solo exhibition by Ruth Buchanan at Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Towards new work, solo exhibition, publication and public program; a revision of earlier, in dialogue with recent and newly commissioned works.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $49,550

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Le Moana

Towards rehearsals and a premiere season of Tupua Tigafua's latest full-length dance work at Te Papa.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $44,315

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Li-Ming Hu

To attend a three month residency at Flux Factory in New York City.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $13,873

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Little Andromeda

Towards infrastructural costs for the Little Andromeda Theatre's Winter 2021 season.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,870

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Little Dog Barking Theatre Company

Towards touring two new theatre works for young audiences and creating and delivering puppetry masterclasses.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $40,360

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Losalia Aleva

Towards teaching Tongan female dance (Ta'olunga) online.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $9,010

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Louise Potiki Bryant

Towards "Te Taki o Te Ua / The Sound of Rain" at the opening of the Festival of Colour 2021.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $5,137

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Maggie Kaipati

Towards Banaba-lead multi-disciplined art projects, celebrating Banaban arts, cultural identity, language in the diaspora.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $67,190

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Majella Cullinane

Towards writing a third collection of poetry.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $14,300

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Merenia Gray

Towards a new multi–disciplinary Māori contemporary dance work and short film.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Nelson Festivals Trust

Towards an Aotearoa arts festival programme for Nelson/Whakatū in 2021.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Newsroom.co.nz

Towards commissioning reviews, stories, poems, profiles, essays and accompanying photographs.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $38,930

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

New Zealand Chamber Soloists Trust

Towards a 7-minute commission, by New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson, for premiere performance by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $13,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

New Zealand Comedy Trust

Towards the implementation of an Inclusion Strategy at the New Zealand Comedy Trust.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $21,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Northern Dance Network I(NDN)

Towards an intensive choreographic workshop to develop emerging choreographers.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $52,537

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

NZ Barok

Towards NZ Barok's baroque concert 'Viva Vivaldi'.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $14,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Pati Umaga

To compose and record music from the narratives of disabled participants, captured in Phase One.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Paula Morris

Towards the research and development of a website.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $23,002

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Proudly Asian Theatre

Towards the presentation of the premiere of 'Pork and Poll Taxes’, a new and original theatre play written by Talia Pua.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,970

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rockquest Promotions Ltd

Towards a performing arts programme nationwide for creative ākonga.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sam Hamilton

Towards associated costs to create and produce a series of interdisciplinary collaborative artworks for exhibition at Transemediale 2021.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $48,049

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sara Brodie

Towards a magical journey through the native bush at night, where audiences encounter live performance.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $59,196

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Scotty Cotter

To rehearse, develop and deliver the premiere of new Māori physical theatre show Neke at Kia Mau Festival 2021.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Sound and Light Exploration Society

Towards a year-long programme of sonic arts activities.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $74,260

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

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Towards the realisation and showing of 'Speargrass Skies Run Run By'.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Steve Braunias

Towards the research and writing of an illustrated book on 100 covers of New Zealand albums.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $6,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Ora Auaha

Creative Wellbeing Alliance Aotearoa: towards a series of webinars supporting good practice development in arts and wellbeing.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $28,524

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tokerau Wilson

Towards illustrating a book for young adults to be published by Gecko Press in 2022.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $8,995

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Track Zero

Towards a nation-wide artist-led photographic project relating to climate change for young people.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $74,780

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Warwick Freeman

Towards research, consolidation, documentation, and digitisation of 40+ years of artworks, resource material and provenance.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $17,825

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Jazz Festival

To commission two new jazz works by New Zealand composers.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $22,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Zinefest

Towards the commission and launch of four Zines.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Whanganui Literary Festival Trust

To present the best of New Zealand writers at a regional literary festival.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $7,650

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Young and Hungry Arts Trust

Towards supporting and delivering Young & Hungry Arts Trust's core 2021 activities of tours and ambassadors.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $33,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Yuki Kihara

Towards associated costs to develop textile installation works.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund