Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 4 Closing date: 11 Feb 2022

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 and commentary on our observations about what the strongest applications this round included.

Who got funded this round

51 grants totalling $2,402,306 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).

Our recent Arts Grants Round 4 funding attracted considerable interest, with many high-calibre applications received requesting more than three times the available budget.

As part of the additional Government funding to help the arts sector respond to the challenges of the Delta variant of COVID-19 (announced in September 2021) we had an additional $1.2 million for both rounds 2 and 3, increasing the budget to $3.6 million per round. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to boost this round in the same way and have had to return to our original budget.

We received 199 eligible applications, with a total of $8,495,660 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 34 projects totalling $1,342,441 were supported. $5,903,142 was requested by 154 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 10 projects totalling $604,922 were supported. $1,588,807 was requested by 29 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 7 projects totalling $454,943 were supported. $1,003,771 was requested by 16 applicants.

Also:

  • 25 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 13 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 9 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 2 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.
  • 2 supported building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 6 Community Arts
  • 4 Craft/object
  • 2 Customary Māori Arts/li>
  • 2 Dance
  • 1 Interarts
  • 11 Literature
  • 4 Music
  • 8 Theatre
  • 9 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 119 activities in the following regions:

  • 20 Wellington
  • 18 National
  • 16 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 7 Bay of Plenty
  • 7 Waikato
  • 6 Online
  • 5 Otago
  • 4 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 3 Canterbury
  • 3 Hawkes Bay
  • 3 Overseas
  • 2 Northland

Funding recipients

Arts Council Nelson Inc

Towards Nelson Ceramics Week, a nine-day event celebrating pottery and supporting local and national contemporary ceramicists.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $45,430

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Carl Bland

To develop and write a first draft of a play and workshop the script.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $26,990

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Towards publishing a book of career highlights and new work from Canterbury-based ceramic artist Cheryl Lucas.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $10,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Clare Moleta

To write the second draft of a new novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $19,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Craig McIntosh

Towards developing new work for two exhibitions.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $46,228

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Creative Natives

Towards a live performance of waiata tohe from the '80s and '90s to mark the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $74,962

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

David Eggleton

Towards the creation of a new anthology of contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand Pacific poets and poetry.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $37,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Elizabeth Farrell

To record and release six new works by Dylan Lardelli with Rattle Records.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $16,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Flying Fetu

Towards an inaugural writers festival centred on Moana artists of upu (word), including a three-day writers' lab and a day of public programming.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $74,352

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Fua Creative Limited

Towards workshops to create and present a new work, 'Tupu'.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $72,179

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

GLORIA Books

Towards a publication from GLORIA Books, featuring stories of teaching and learning in the community.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $26,495

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

HA

Towards Kākano: a three-day workshop that uses toi Māori to explore our local histories and envision our shared future.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $60,690

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Hanako Chatani

Towards the creation and editing of a short comic about intergenerational trauma as an inherited curse.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $21,150

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hot Lunch

Towards a publication documenting Hot Lunch, an Ōtautahi artist-run space.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $49,286

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

IA Music Limited

To compose and promote a body of musical work inspired by Toi Māori using the voices of Taonga Pūoro.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $34,850

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

John Davies

Towards a busking tour of 14 North Island towns which provides provocation for a book of essays and poems.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $12,340

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kalisolaite Uhila

To create and livestream a solar performance exchange between Aotearoa and Tonga for the World Weather Project.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $12,714

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Karen Trebilcock

To write a young adult novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $24,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Kauwaka Ltd.

He wānanga hai whakapakari i ngā pūkenga whaikōrero, karanga o ngā rangatahi ki roto o Ngāti Kahungunu.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust

He mahi tahi ki te whakaputa i tēnei pukapuka 50 tau i muri i tana whakaputanga tuatahi.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $70,912

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Lima Productions

Towards a new 'Fine Fatale' digital work.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $63,660

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Long Cloud Youth Theatre Trust

Towards a training course to empower the voices of rangatahi actors in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington).

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $45,892

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Maisey Rika Music Ltd

Towards the revitalisation of traditional Māori narratives by way of contemporary Māori music composed by Maisey Rika.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Mana Moana Collective

Towards the production of new video artworks for water screen, based on climate change and indigenous values.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

MARINADE

Towards the creation and publication of issue two of 'Marinade: Aotearoa Journal of Moana Art'.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $55,900

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Massey University Press

Towards publishing five books.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Miharo Murihiku Trust

Towards Central Lakes Polyfest, a three-day event showcasing Pacific and Māori dance, culture and heritage.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $57,891

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Nicola Moa

Towards a 12-month project for the researching and development of new art objects and adornment pieces.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $74,858

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

NIUSINA A LE PASEFIKA INCORPORATED

To create a thriving and autonomous community through arts, culture and ta tatau workshops.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $55,960

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Northern Dance Network Inc. (NDN)

Towards a professional production featuring senior community dancers 60 years and older, promoting creative ageing.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $15,497

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

NZ Dance Challenge Ltd

Towards a fun and exciting opportunity for students to learn, perform and share a dance routine along with other New Zealand Schools online.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $10,975

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Olivia Hall, Carolyn Rudzinski

Towards a national tour of a feminist spoken word theatre show, performing in theatres and schools.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $36,546

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Praying Mantis Productions

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

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Quentin Wilson Publishing

Towards the publication of three novels.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $15,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rodney Bell

Towards the presentation of Meremere touring to Sydney Opera House and Darwin Festival and Australia in 2022.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Sharon Vogan

To commission, record and release ten works for piano and taonga pūoro.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $66,800

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

South Dunedin Community Network

Towards the commission of New Zealand artists to create new work for a Street Art mural trail in South Dunedin.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $62,600

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Stacy Gregg

To complete a fiction novel for 8-12-year olds.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $23,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance Limited

To deliver the 2022 TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tala Pasifika Productions

Towards 'TAKURUA – Nafanua the War Goddess', a Pasifika Dance-Theatre performance and banquet.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $45,192

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust

Towards a full-time, 18-month, paid curatorial internship to research and deliver a programme in a dedicated art project space.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,560

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Amici Trust

Towards a semi-staged concert series, performed by New Zealand musical theatre talent and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $59,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Creators' Room, Charlotte Sherratt

Towards an exhibition of Waitaha's future creatives (aged 15-18 years).

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $61,177

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Magnificent Weirdos

Towards 'Tea with Terrorists', a storytelling comedy show from Sameena Zehra, reworked for a three-week season at Circa Theatre.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $24,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Threading Frames

Towards the creation of a dance film, 'Behind Tomorrow'.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $74,425

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tofiga Fepulea’i

Towards development and a small-venues tour of a new comedy stand-up show.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Turumeke Harrington

Towards a new solo exhibition that will interrogate Te Kore as a concept to decolonise notions of potential, failure and success.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $34,649

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Viewfinder

Towards a series of exhibitions via Viewfinder, an artist-run initiative that places contemporary art directly on the street.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $14,453

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wellington Independent Arts Trust

Towards an archival website and the publishing of writers and artists' work with Letting Space 2010-2020.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $35,935

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Zeb Nicklin

He pukapuka tuarua o muri atu i tētahi kua tuhia kēhia e au, ko tōna ingoa - Te Onehaumako - Fertile lands.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $54,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Ziggy Lever, Eamon Edmundson-Wells

Towards research and development for 'The Observatory Project', including participation in CERN's Guest Artist Programme.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $55,053

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund