Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 5 Closing date: 8 Apr 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

68 grants totalling $2,776,474 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 Arts Grants round 5 funding attracted considerable interest, with many high-calibre applications received requesting nearly 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 (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, as we did for the recent round 4.

We received 201 eligible applications, with a total of $7,785,857 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 46 projects totalling $1,590,775 were supported. $5,507,072 was requested by 160 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 13 projects totalling $816,282 were supported. $1,641,263 was requested by 28 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 9 projects totalling $369,418 were supported. $637,524 was requested by 13 applicants.

Also:

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

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 7 Community Arts                 
  • 3 Craft/object                         
  • 2 Customary Māori Arts      
  • 2 Dance                                     
  • 2 Interarts                                                                
  • 13 Literature                            
  • 11 Multidisciplinary Arts     
  • 6 Music                                      
  • 9 Theatre                                  
  • 13 Visual Arts                          

Successful applications will lead to 144 activities in the following regions:

  • 28 Auckland
  • 19 National
  • 14 Wellington
  • 13 Bay of Plenty
  • 12 Otago
  • 10 Online
  • 10 Overseas
  • 9 Northland
  • 7 Canterbury
  • 6 Taranaki
  • 5 Waikato
  • 2 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 2 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 3 Gisborne
  • 3 Southland
  • 1 Hawkes Bay

Funding recipients

Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi

To extend the fourth Adam Art Gallery Internship by six months.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $10,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Alex Tunui

Towards the research and development of three Māori children's plays by Māori playwright Alex Tunui.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $37,700

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Anne Kayes

To create the third collection of stories in the 'Tūī Street' junior fiction series.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $20,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Aotearoa Public Gallery Directors' Network

To commission the next 12 months of essays for an art-writing platform, facilitated by public arts galleries, in partnership with ArtNow.NZ.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $37,140

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Artsense Productions

Towards a community song-making project culminating in a performance during Taranaki Spiegel Fest.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $38,780

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Arts Inc. Heretaunga

Towards a multi-disciplinary regional arts festival featuring New Zealand and international work.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Bailee Lobb

To innovate a new construction technique for immersive and accessible inflatable installation artworks.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $27,895

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Brian Falkner

To research and write an adventure novel set on the International Space Station.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $20,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Bruce Phillips

To research and develop a new collaborative artwork, 'The Neurodiversity Research Project' for exhibition at Te Tuhi.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $24,743

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Ceramics Association of New Zealand Incorporated, Elizabeth Martindale

Towards the publication of editions nine and ten of Ceramics NZ magazine.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $12,428

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Charles Koroneho

Towards presentation costs of Ko Te Ākau, a visual arts installation and curatorial programme.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $74,734

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Christopher Braddock

Towards writers fees for nine non-university writers to contribute to an anthology of visual arts performance in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $19,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Claire Mabey

For the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary, to write a middle fiction novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $23,150

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Company of Giants

Towards a new theatre work for children and families involving puppets and creatures.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $42,920

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

David Mamea

Towards development of a play, where a retired librarian investigates a murder at a retirement village.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $15,180

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH

Towards new work presentation costs for FAFSWAG arts collective at documenta15.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Earth's End Publishing

Towards publishing a graphic novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Emma Hislop

To research and draft a novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $54,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

FAFSWAG Arts Collective

Towards travel costs to present at documenta15.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Finn Hughes

To attend the Berklee Aspire Five Week Music Performance Intensive in Boston.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $5,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hera Bradburn

Towards completing a middle grade (8-12) children's fantasy novel.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $25,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

HOEA Gallery and Arts Centre

Towards exhibitions and related public programmes at HOEA! Gallery and Project Space in Te Tairawhiti.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,995

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Huia NZ Limited

Towards the publishing of four books.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $72,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

In Books We Trust

Towards associated costs of 'KUPU - Ngā Ringa Tuhituhi': a Māori Literary Festival to celebrate writers from the past, present, and future.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $74,932

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Interisland Collective

To continue to connect the tagata Moana diaspora across the vā Moana through the creation of new work.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $46,500

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

James Oram

Towards developing new work for a solo exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $25,897

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Janet Jennings

To compose, perform, and record an album of song cycles for Katherine Mansfield's centenary.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $42,684

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jeremy Beck

To attend the ATLAS Choreographic Training Programme in Vienna.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $5,954

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jesse Austin-Stewart

To create and release an EP of haptic works for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $23,100

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jessica Fenton

Towards delivering Auckland's only regular poetry slam event series.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $27,260

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Jordan Tuhura

To create an online portfolio of Kuini Moehau Reedy's work as a Māori musical composer and advocate of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $64,400

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Justin Haiu

Towards three development workshops for new work.

This content is tagged as Multidisciplinary arts .

AWARDED: $66,261

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Karl Leonard

Towards the exploration and re-invigoration of whakapapa narrative in tūrapa / tukutuku.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $74,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kathleen De Goldi

To write a novel for adults.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $48,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Leki Jackson Bourke

Towards research, workshop, and showing of a contemporary Niuean theatre piece.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $32,970

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Le Moana

Towards the development of a street and contemporary dance film, empowering change wihtin Pasifika communities.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $17,986

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Madeleine Child

Towards a one-month residency in Australia to develop and expand work, markets and audiences.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $6,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Moana Moko Creative Natives Ltd

Towards a Māori Wellbeing and Theatre wānanga programme for rangatahi in Tauranga Moana.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $61,560

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Newsroom.co.nz

Towards commissioning book reviews, short stories, topical verse, artist profiles, interviews, and accompanying photographs.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $73,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

New Zealand Book Awards Trust

Towards a promotional campaign for National Poetry Day and an online event for Australia Poetry Month.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,625

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Northland Youth Theatre Trust

Towards a series of training and development programmes to support emerging performing arts practitioners in Te Tai Tokerau region.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $37,880

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nu Collective

Towards a day retreat and workshops for Māori artists.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $7,460

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

NZPQ

Towards the design and development of the Aotearoa New Zealand exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $59,550

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

OneTree House

Towards publishing five books designed to foster understanding, support inclusion, and enhance Pacific languages.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $38,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Opus Orchestra

Towards two concert tours for audiences in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Peter Nepia

Towards the research and development of a major exhibition and book on the work of Selwyn Muru.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,999

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

QCT

Towards performances of the modern semi-opera, 'On the Full, or Tales from the Cloverton Arms', with music by Henry Purcell and words by Dave Armstron.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rosemary Fisher

Towards establishing a New Zealand Children’s Choral Academy - offering young singers from all ethnicities & regions of New Zealand a pathway to excel.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $71,328

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Towards production of new and existing work at the Adam Art Gallery.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $26,613

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi

Towards a project that connects layers of expertise across the Sistema Whangārei - Toi Akorangi programme for musicians.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $74,150

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sonya Lacey

Towards creating new work for 'THRESHOLDS': a two-person exhibition of work by Sonya Lacey and Maria Olsen.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $14,334

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Southern Mother

To create and exhibit new work, and run print workshops.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $11,470

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

South Sea Spray

To commission new murals for South Sea Spray Festival.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Square Edge Community Arts

Towards a series of online artists workshops.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $64,220

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tagata Moana Trust

Towards the development and delivery of a Pacific arts programme in Christchurch.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $71,021

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Te Atamira Whakatipu Community Trust

Towards a multidisciplinary, community-oriented and whānau-friendly programme to celebrate Matariki 2022.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $22,312

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Manu Tioriori Trust Inc

Towards the development of the new musical RUTH.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $40,456

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust

To create a hybrid theatre and health workshop event to upskill workers on suicide and family child abuse in a kaupapa Māori.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Tessa Ma'auga

To create a new work for exhibition at Te Manawa that conveys the story of 19th Century Southern Chinese diaspora within a Maori-centred discourse.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $6,480

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Theatreview

Towards redesign and maintenance of the theatreview website for the benefit of the performing arts and audiences.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $20,082

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Towards Crescendo’s mentoring programmes provide workshops to rangatahi to develop artistic skills and future opportunities.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $69,041

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Mirek Smisek Arts Trust

Towards a filmed workshop and digital tutorial on brick kiln building.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $20,195

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Oryza Foundation

Towards a project for emerging Asian playwrights to develop new local scripts with professional dramaturgy.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $59,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Rebel Alliance

Towards a tour of Back to Square One? to Nelson, Whangārei, Auckland, and Christchurch.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $31,306

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The School for Young Writers

Towards website development and recordings for 'Write On Speak Out'.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,075

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tiny Fest

Towards a platform for contemporary performance artists to present new work in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Toi Ngapuhi

Towards a series of 4 wānanga for weavers across Te Taitokerau.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $70,500

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Visesio Siasau

Towards development of new work focussed on Lapita pottery and Tongan tapa cloth with Lapita designs.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $19,500

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund