Arts Grants 2021/22 Round 6 Closing date: 11 May 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

61 grants totalling $2,709,712 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 6 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 and round 5.

We received 202 eligible applications, with a total of $7,581,265 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 39 projects totalling $1,341,828 were supported. $5,230,479 was requested by 162 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 12 projects totalling $744,447 were supported. $1,071,408 was requested by 18 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 10 projects totalling $623,438 were supported. $1,279,378 was requested by 22 applicants.

Also:

  • 24 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.
  • 7 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 6 supported building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector.
  • 11 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 5 Community Arts                
  • 2 Craft/object                       
  • 3 Customary Māori Arts     
  • 4 Interarts                                                          
  • 10 Literature                         
  • 12 Multidisciplinary Arts    
  • 7 Music
  • 1 Pacific Heritage Arts                                     
  • 9 Theatre                               
  • 8 Visual Arts                          

Successful applications will lead to 123 activities in the following regions:

  • 47 Auckland
  • 18 Wellington
  • 15 National
  • 9 Bay of Plenty
  • 9 Overseas
  • 7 Manawatu-Whanganui
  • 5 Online
  • 4 Northland
  • 4 Waikato
  • 2 Hawkes Bay
  • 1 Otago
  • 1 Southland
  • 1 West Coast

Funding recipients

Academy of New Zealand Literature

Towards an online review section.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $17,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Aloalii Tapu

Towards co-development and presentation at TanzHochDrei, Hamburg and Pacific Dance Festival 2023.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $74,639

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Anna & John Caselberg Charitable Trust

Towards support for The Caselberg Trust 2023 Creative Connections Residency.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $11,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Arts Makers Aotearoa, Arts Makers Aotearoa Kahui Ringatoi Aotearoa

To research and collect data for the development of an online artists' fees calculator.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $40,433

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Bala Murali Shingade

Towards the development of an immersive, interactive science fiction theatre work.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $45,250

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Becky Manawatu

To research and write a manuscript connected to the novel 'Aue', telling the story of Aunty Kat.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $25,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Busan Biennale Organizing Committee

To present work by Edith Amituanai at Busan Biennale 2022, an event which examines stories related to global issues and communities.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $49,505

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Christopher Bailey

Towards the creation of three new sculptural works for the Auckland Arts Festival 2023.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $43,100

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

C.S. Art

To enlarge the programme that provides an art studio for people with disabilities.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $15,880

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

David Riley

To create five children's books for minority communities in New Zealand.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $65,100

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Evangelina Telfar

To write 'Our Queer Planet', a new play about queer relationships in the animal kingdom.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $9,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Flock Charitable Trust

Towards the first development phase of the new work 'Siblings'.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $54,864

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

F.O.L.A. [AKL]

Towards a 'Festival of Experimental and Live Art' in Tāmaki Makaurau.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Giselle Clarkson

To illustrate a children's non-fiction book about being observant in their surroundings.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $14,880

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Glass Ceiling Arts Collective

Towards multi-sensory digital artwork for audiences with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning disabilities).

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $58,200

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Charitable Trust

Towards the associated costs of the festival's events and writing workshops.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $24,970

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Henry Wong Doe

Towards commissioning and recording six new works for piano by New Zealand composers.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $65,690

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hermione Johnson

Towards the creation and recording of a performance of four new piano compositions.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $19,800

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Hingangaroa Smith

Towards Tarai Waka Wananga focusing on building a 5m ‘scaled’ model size Waka Taua.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $53,927

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Huia NZ Limited

Towards the publishing of five books.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $73,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kapowai Whakairo

Towards the preservation, protection and transmission of Mātauranga Māori in relation to heritage ō ngā toi māori.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $73,481

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kohai Grace

To develop and produce a body of new work for a 2023 Matariki exhibition.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Kotiro Publishing Giant

Towards a remounted season and an international premiere of an award-winning solo performance by Ana Chaya Scotney.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $43,205

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

LAKA

Towards a 12-month project where collaborators come together to make ngatu.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Lauren Ellis

Towards free performances and jazz education workshops for high school students.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $32,068

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Lemi Ponifasio / MAU

To create the new work 'Songs Of Mau'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,465

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Luitingh-Sijthoff

Towards New Zealand author Paul Cleave's trip to Amsterdam to promote his work.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,707

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Maoriland Charitable Trust

To support a programme of artists and performers at the Matariki Ramaroa Lights Arts Festival.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Matthew McIntyre Wilson

To continue working with Whanganui River Road whānau, hāpu and iwi to strengthen and connect making with tikanga.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $71,680

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Maxwell Stone

Towards professional development in film and television score writing in the USA.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $17,350

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Michael Bennett

Towards an original crime thriller fictional novel focussed on a brilliant Māori female detective.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $34,798

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Michelle Mayn

Towards the presentation of a large scale textile installation at CONTEXTILE in Portugal.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $10,685

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Music Group

To commission new works by New Zealand composers for Japanese musicians.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $15,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Nathan Mudge

Towards a development lab and presentation of 'We are Many'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Neville Hall

To compose a ten minute work for clarinet, violin and cello to be performed by Klangforum Wien.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $6,354

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Olivia Taouma

Towards costs of remounting the Fine Fatale cabaret show FEVER for a national tour.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $47,770

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Orissa Keane

Towards an online platform for art criticism in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $21,554

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Pelenakeke Brown

To create and develop a new live work for presentation in the USA and Germany.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Peter Nepia

Towards supporting choreography and performance of a new dance work, a seminar and digital publication on Muru's mahi.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $44,460

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Petmal Lam

Towards research, development and a workshop of a multi-disciplinary theatre work.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $32,825

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Phillipa Desmond

To write a true story about the enduring power of friendship across class and culture and in the face of tragedy.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $24,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Piksies Melody Ltd

Towards two development workshops to progress the reo Māori musical 'Whakapaupākihi'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Red Scare Theatre Trust

Towards the premiere of a new New Zealand play by emerging playwright Ben Wilson.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $37,532

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Rocket Park Productions

Towards the theatrical presentation of a zombie apocalypse comedy drama.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $28,875

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Sarah Rathbun

Towards a Master of Music in orchestral tenor trombone at the Manhattan School of Music.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $47,999

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

SaVAge K'Lub

Towards a series of development cultural workshops to accompany SaVAge K’Lub in Birmingham.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $71,240

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Second Company

Towards a tour by Second Company of six centres around Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $32,852

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Showquest Charitable Trust

Towards a performing arts programme and digital showcase for creative ākonga in years 1-13.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $63,500

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

TA'ALILI Limited

Towards travel and living costs for Ta'alili directors during K3 Residency.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $49,947

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Tardigrade World

Towards the Auckland Community Recycling Centre Art Residency 2022 at Waiuku, Helensville and Pilkington Rd.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,715

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Taueva Lolohea

Towards a synthesis of music, dance and fashion, showcasing the travels and hard labour of Pasifika immigrants.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Teen-Esteem Workshops

Towards delivering the teen-focused creativity programme to a wider audience.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $12,974

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Teresa Peters

To develop an online archive and to present new and existing work at Northart with with 1970s forerunner, Maree Horner.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $18,753

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Coalition for Books

Towards marketing and promotional activity and reviews for the website, Kete.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

The Palace Dance Studio

Towards a pop culture, live music and dance show exploring the world and art that inspired human life across the eras.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $72,550

FUNDING POOL: Pacific arts fund

Trixi Pavey

Towards an exhibition and public programme that showcases women and gender diverse artists who weave poetry into other media.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $24,300

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Tuatara Collective

Towards a collaborative project-based community engagement programme in Tauranga Moana.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Umbrella Productions Limited

Towards an experimental dance film where the viewer is virtually immersed inside the dance itself.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $42,866

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Wairau Maori Art Gallery Charitable Trust, Karl Chitham

Towards a programme of exhibitions at Wairau Māori Art Gallery.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $50,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Wonderlight Theatre Aotearoa

Towards a magical theatre show for young children at Circa Theatre.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $24,050

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund

Xin Cheng

Towards a collaborative performance at Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $15,210

FUNDING POOL: General arts fund