Arts Grants 2020/21 Round 6 Closing date: 15 Mar 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

54 grants totalling $2,252,187 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).

168 eligible applications were received, with a total of $6,823,232 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 35 projects totalling $1,313,669 were supported. $4,510,339 was requested by 122 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 7 projects totalling $377,092 were supported. $1,212,089 was requested by 23 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 12 projects totalling $561,424 were supported. $1,100,802 was requested by 23 applicants.

Also:

  • 21 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 17 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 8 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 5 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
  • 4 Craft/object
  • 1 Customary Māori Arts
  • 7 Dance
  • 1 Interarts
  • 8 Literature
  • 6 Multidisciplinary Arts
  • 6 Music
  • 7 Theatre
  • 8 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 117 activities in the following regions:

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

Funding recipients

Alexa Wilson

To develop a new performance work for presentation in Auckland and Christchurch.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $51,320

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Awa Press

Towards publishing a biography of Helen Kelly, a leading New Zealand trade unionist and first female head of the Council of Trade Unions.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $10,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

BaDaBoom Ltd

Towards delivering BaDaBoom's percussion and puppeteering show, 'Maki and The Monster', to low decile schools in Auckland.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $7,770

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ben Stenbeck

Towards a graphic novel about the hope for humankind's future in the hands of artificial intelligence.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $29,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Body Island

To develop a series of new dance duets to be presented in multi-purpose digital and live platforms.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $63,586

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Ceramics Association of New Zealand Incorporated

Towards the costs of the 60th anniversary national exhibition and catalogue.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $13,110

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Chevron Te-Whetumatarau Hassett

To develop new works into a series and create a public installation.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $55,679

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Chinmaya Mission NZ

Towards a live stage production showcasing the rich history and cultural heritage of India through dance and theatre.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $33,100

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Connor Masseurs

Towards a krump dance theatre work and discourse on the central idea of 'Uncover the boy to recover the man'.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $34,126

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Cubbin Theatre Company

Towards a series of Cubbin Concerts for audiences aged 5 and under.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $32,673

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

David Mamea

Towards a comedy on a Pacific family learning to let go.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $15,125

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Dead Bird Books

Towards the publishing of three new titles.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $15,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated

Towards community art classes for the Deaf, where art and craft projects are taught using Deaf art teachers.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $26,657

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Emma Hislop

Towards writing a short story collection.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $11,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Gizzy Local

Towards supporting artists’ investigations of local themes of interest and the presentation of their findings via an online community platform.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $46,800

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Going West

Towards a series of five mini festivals from August - December 2021.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

HOEA! Gallery and Project Space

Towards public programming and four exhibitions at HOEA! Gallery and Project Space.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,799

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi

Towards the creation of murals and exhibition opening for the new 'Otara Scorpions Multisports Complex'.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $70,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Jacob Searell

Towards navigating 'Mixed-Raced Identity in Aotearoa' through multimedia poetry.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $21,150

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Jahra Jayde Wasasala

Towards a new dance development and presentation embodiment by Jahra Wasasala and collaborators.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $32,791

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Jeremy Leatinu'u

Towards post-production of a moving image work commissioned by Winnipeg Art Gallery for presentation in the inaugural Indigenous Art Triennial 2021.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jess Johnson

Towards research and the creation of new work for presentation at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $15,445

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lemi Ponifasio / MAU

Towards the creation of new work by Lemi Ponifasio: 'DAS LIED Song of the Earth | Pese O Le Moana'.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,239

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Liz Cooper

Towards the curation and presentation of an exhibition of 3 contemporary female makers who use the garment form to tell stories with political themes.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $9,088

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Louisa Williamson

To record a 50-minute suite of music for jazz orchestra.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $47,710

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lyncia Muller

Towards the development of a new Tongan contemporary dance inspired by the artistic work of Queen Sālote Tupou III.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $23,663

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Maarire Brunning Kouka

Towards a compilation of various artforms to accompany a collection of music.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $25,150

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Mahara

Towards a multidisciplinary project between contemporary Māori dance and theatre.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $39,098

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Maureen Lander

To create a digital and physical archive and database of Maureen Lander’s artworks, writings and related materials.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $54,720

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Moana Fresh

To develop a programme of exhibitions and workshops as a resource for emerging artists.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Movement Of The Human

Towards the development and rehearsals of remounting 'Belle' for the New Zealand Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

National Flash Fiction Day

Towards an online series of readings, panel discussions, regional workshops and an awards event.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $11,800

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata

Towards associated costs for the regional tour of the inaugural Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $33,046

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nga Atua Hou Ltd

Towards childrens' books based on Te Taenga mai a Kupe with the young people of Hokianga.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $69,980

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

OneTree House

Towards publishing two children's books, one young adult title and two non-fiction titles.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $37,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

PACT

Towards creation, performance and recording of eight new chamber works in collaboration with Forest & Bird.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

Towards the presentation of five New Zealand contemporary artists in APT10 held at QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rosie Langabeer

Towards a monthly cabaret hosted by experimental musicians and artists.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $57,943

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Shona Tawhiao

To research, create and exhibit new woven works in collaboration with the artist's kuia Marara Maihi.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $48,800

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

SquareSums&Co.

Towards presenting a new production of 'The Mourning After' at Kia Mau Festival 2021.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $45,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Suzanne Larmer

Towards the provision of arts workshops and exhibition for adults with intellectual disabilities.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $15,300

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance

Towards the delivery of the 2021 TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Takatapui Collective

Towards creating spaces that empower QTIBIPOC artists and work toward decolonising Aotearoa's creative culture.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $72,186

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ted Synnott

Towards designing and developing a body of new work.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $57,600

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Dust Palace

Towards the presentation of ITHACA for regional audiences in Invercargill & Taranaki.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust

Towards the presentation of an exhibition featuring a variety of artworks created by the Thames community and the Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $25,175

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Thick Records NZ

Towards post-production and release of an original jazz compositions and arrangements album.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $8,065

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tofiga Fepulea’i

Towards the live touring of 'Sorry Bout It' by Tofiga Fepulea'i (with James Nokise) as part of NZICF 2021.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $61,408

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Tuafale Tanoa'i

Towards a body of work and exhibtions to showcase and preserve community tala (stories) from artists.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,082

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

TULOU

To develop the work TINĀ to full length and present it at the Pacific Dance and Kia Mau Festivals.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $32,250

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Two Hearts

Towards the creation of live performance digital assets to progress international and online projects.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $36,320

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

UPU COLLECTIVE

Towards 'Upu', a collection of powerful poetry from some of Oceania’s finest poets, performed by actors in a theatrical setting.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $70,025

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Villa Lemanu

Towards the development of a new dance-theatre work touring four national dance festivals.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $51,803

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Warren Feeney

Towards a series of reviews and articles for Artbeat, by emerging writers in Ōtautahi and Waitaha.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $6,600

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund