Arts Grants 2020 Round 4 Closing date: 20 Nov 2020

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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39 grants totalling $1,889,870 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).

188 eligible applications were received, with a total of $7,108,789 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 28 projects totalling $1,365,502 were supported. $5,295,431 was requested by 153 applicants.
  • Māori Arts: 7 projects totalling $289,442 were supported. $1,186,393 was requested by 23 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 4 projects totalling $234,926 were supported. $626,964 was requested by 12 applicants.

Also:

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

Artforms were supported as follows:

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

Successful applications will lead to 111 activities in the following regions:

  • 49 Auckland
  • 15 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 12 Wellington
  • 8 Canterbury
  • 8 Waikato
  • 5 Otago
  • 3 National
  • 3 Northland
  • 3 West Coast
  • 2 Gisborne
  • 1 Bay of Plenty
  • 1 Overseas
  • 1 Taranaki

Funding recipients

Action Education Incorporated

Towards a year-long spoken word performance programme for young artists based in Auckland.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $44,685

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Amy Lautogo, Elyssia Wilson-Heti

Towards the development and delivery of a month-long arts and events programme dedicated to radical fat positivity.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $50,800

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Apirana Taylor

To write the first draft of a novel, Te Kuia Me te Maunga.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $40,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Auckland Youth Choir

Towards a multi disciplinary choral development project for young musicians and leaders.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $25,480

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ayesha Green

To develop a body of work that looks at the visual language of native schooling in New Zealand, for exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery 2021.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $23,151

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Binge Culture Collective

Towards the development and premiere of a new app-driven immersive theatrical experience.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $39,930

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Bridget Douglas

To commission Bridget Reweti to create a moving image work for duo Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser for a Chamber Music New Zealand tour.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $11,050

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Caroline Barron

Towards writing a contemporary literary novel about friendship and the fallibility of memory.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $24,645

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Dance Plant Collective

Towards a programme of development and performances in 2021.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $74,979

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

ELSTUDIOS LTD

To record a solo debut album with all female musicians.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $13,620

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

FAFSWAG Arts Collective

Towards researching and creating an online performance space platform.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,136

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Foundation of Museum Abteiberg / Kunststiftung im Museum Abteiberg

To commission New Zealand artist, Ruth Buchanan, to create a large-scale, permanent sculptural ensemble in an outdoor, public space in Germany.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Grace Ryder

Towards research and documentation of the life and practice of rug maker, Beatrice Cross (1916-2007).

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $25,710

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Harcourt McKenzie Partnership

Towards a play about the COVID-19 pandemic.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $57,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jasmain Teei

Towards delivering an 8 week raranga programme for beginners in Kāwhia ending with a community arts exhibition.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $8,761

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Johanna Emeney

Towards developing a book that's an educational, environmentally proactive and entertaining homage to the life of Sylvia Durrant, The Bird Lady.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $19,900

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Joshua Faleatua

Towards the creation of a three-part dance film series, Walk With Me.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $32,019

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kaaterina Kerekere

To exhibit the series of artworks created in phase one of this project at Tairāwhiti Museum 2021.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $24,911

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Living Wood Fair

Towards craft workshops and demonstrations in wood and natural materials at the the 2021 Living Wood Fair.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $39,890

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lusi Faiva

Towards the development and presentation of a promenade street performance for Cuba Dupa 2021.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $34,990

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Makaira Waugh

Towards a music video and an app for a children’s picture book, Rōreka.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $43,067

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Motuti Marae Trust

Towards a carving project on the Motuti Marae.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Movement Art Practice

Towards fees and associated costs to produce and deliver Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival 2021.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ngahina Hohaia

To research and produce a new moving work for exhibition at Te Uru Wāitakere Contemporary Gallery in 2021 and Christchurch Art Gallery in 2022.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $29,650

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Prospect Park Productions

Towards fees and associated costs to plan and deliver the Otepoti Theatre Lab and Otepoti Writers Lab programmes.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rekindle Ltd

Towards enabling craft practitioner development, and public participation in craft workshops in Ōtautahi.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $74,700

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Robert Ashworth

To commission and record six new and two unrecorded works for viola and piano by NZ composers.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $60,560

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rockquest Promotions Ltd, Kelsey Moller

Towards Smokefreerockquest, a youth development programme and NZ's largest contemporary music performance event for students.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rodney Bell

Towards the development of a new dance work, Kotahi Manu.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $73,400

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

samesame but different LGBTQI Writers Festival

Towards the delivery of the 2021 Same Same But Different LGBTQI+ Writers Festival, highlighting the mahi of LGBTQI+ writers.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $26,710

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Samoa House Library

To develop our archive as a useful educational resource with the support of a newly appointed Subject Librarian.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,974

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Maeva Nui O Aotearoa NZ charitable trust

Towards fees and associated costs to produce and deliver the Te Maeva Nui O Aotearoa New Zealand Festival.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Te Ramaroa

Towards Te Ramaroa, a biennial light festival held in Nelson that celebrates community, creativity and the wonder of light.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $12,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Rawhitiroa Bosch

Towards an immersive mixed art form exhibition centred around Waka Taua at Waitangi Treaty Grounds Gallery - Waitangi 2021.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,550

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

Towards four concurrent artist residencies at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $55,754

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Meteor Theatre

Towards associated fees and costs to produce and deliver a new performing arts development programme for Waikato creatives.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $72,070

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Warren

Towards support for four creative woodworkers to develop and deliver a series of skill-sharing workshops at The Warren.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $51,773

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

Towards a series of connected programmes and events to engage marginalised youth in the performing arts and create high quality art.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Treasure Trust

Towards writers and readers events in 2021 inlcuding Verb Festival 2021.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund