Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 1 Closing date: 10 Sep 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

64 grants totalling $2,411,204 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).

We received 205 eligible applications, with a total of $6,964,959 requested.

This was broken down as follows:

  • General Arts: 45 projects totalling $1,532,509 were supported. $4,890,212 was requested by 160 applicants.
  • Ngā toi Māori: 12 projects totalling $576,036 were supported. $1,304,065 was requested by 29 applicants.
  • Pacific Arts: 7 projects totalling $332,660 were supported. $770,682 was requested by 16 applicants.

Also:

  • 24 of the funded projects supported the development of arts practice and the creation of new work.
  • 21 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts.
  • 14 supported projects enabling New Zealanders to participate in the arts.
  • 4 supported New Zealand arts to gain international success.
  • 1 supported building the resilience of the New Zealand arts sector.

Artforms were supported as follows:

  • 4 Community Arts
  • 5 Craft/object
  • 2 Customary Māori Arts
  • 2 Dance
  • 3 Interarts
  • 14 Literature
  • 8 Multidisciplinary Arts
  • 8 Music
  • 3 Pacific heritage arts
  • 7 Theatre
  • 8 Visual Arts

Successful applications will lead to 139 activities in the following regions:

  • 28 Wellington
  • 25 Auckland
  • 23 Northland
  • 21 National
  • 9 Online
  • 9 Bay of Plenty
  • 6 Gisborne
  • 5 Canterbury
  • 4 Hawkes Bay
  • 4 Overseas
  • 3 Waikato
  • 1 Nelson-Marlborough
  • 1 Taranaki

Funding recipients

Action Education Incorporated

Towards a video collection of poetry by youth addressing current youth issues and a development retreat for community arts facilitators.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $57,613

Adam Chamber Music Festival

To present a chamber music concert series featuring leading New Zealand musicians.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $21,100

Amy McDaid

To complete a first draft of Black Kite, a new dark comedy novel, for the Todd New Writer's Bursary.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $23,870

Andrew Faleatua

Towards a multimedia artwork featuring indigenous Samoan instruments, rhythms, chants and language.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $52,103

Anne Kennedy

Towards associated costs for an anthology of poems from Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $12,540

Arohanui Strings - Sistema Hutt Valley

To support two terms of Hutt Valley Arohanui Strings Sistema-inspired music education activities.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $58,230

Auckland Pride Festival

Towards associated costs for a Creative Director role and artist residency programme within Auckland Pride Festival 2022.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $65,600

Black Creatives Aotearoa

Towards presenting a new and original play ‘Po' Boys and Oysters’, written by Estelle Chout.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $50,755

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

To publish a book that documents 40 years of Māori moving image practice in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $46,415

Christine White

Towards the marketing and release of an EP, a haiku poetry booklet and music video.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $44,225

Clerestory Press

Towards the production and distribution costs of Re-Draft 21, an anthology of top New Zealand teenage writing.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

Creative Capital Arts Trust

To support the delivery of New Zealand Fringe Festival Artist Development Programme 2022.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $75,000

Duncan Sarkies

To complete an allegorical novel about the collapse of democracy in an organisation of alpaca breeders.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $35,600

Esther Mcdonald

Towards the research and development of marking on uku to tell stories of HIneukurangi.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $26,949

Events NZ Charitable Trust

Towards the development and presentation of a choregraphed artistic parade and headlining act for Lumino City Festival 2021.

This content is tagged as Multidisciplinary arts .

AWARDED: $72,038

Frank Kawe

To revive the tradition of matangirua, sailing waka ama, in Tauranga Moana and across Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $35,023

Jayne Baume

Towards a series of art workshops and online exhibition to support people living with cancer.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $6,626

Joanne Tito

Ki te whakaatu i ngā puawaitanga o ngā rākau Māori.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $42,022

Joshua Rutter

Towards final development of a dance performance work that explores the choreography of drawing.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $10,980

Kate JasonSmith

Towards the recording of the play 'I'll Tell You This for Nothing - My Mother the War Hero' to be used for digital delivery.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $5,100

Keagan Fransch

Towards a play that tells a story of colonisation, migration and the consequent loss of belonging and autonomy.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $16,100

Kennett Bros

To publish a pictorial journey through the history of bicycle design, manufacturing and use in Aotearoa from 1869 to today.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $15,000

Kerryn Palmer

Towards a return season of 'The Secret Lives of Sixteen Year-Old Girls'.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $9,495

Kupega Affect

Towards redevelopment of Tokelau and Uvea song, dance, and live music showcase using traditional and contemporary dance forms.

This content is tagged as Pacific heritage arts .

AWARDED: $60,955

Lawrence & Gibson publishing

Towards publishing the debut novel of Alice Tawhai.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

Little Andromeda

Little Andromeda Theatre, to be open October 2021–March 2022.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $74,700

Lyonel Grant

Towards the creation of whakairo for new Marumaru Paepae, Waharoa, Manuhiri structures and new Tekoteko Parata for Wharenui.

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

AWARDED: $62,000

Makaro Press

To publish a novel, 'Entanglement', by Bryan Walpert.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $5,000

Mata o Ali'i Trust

Towards a small heritage va'a festival supported by a talanoa.

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

AWARDED: $62,713

Michal Bush

To create new music and guided activities for parents to mindfully connect with their children.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $62,154

Michelle Mayn

Towards weaving a large-scale textile installation for exhibition at Sculpture in the Garden 2022.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $5,871

Mikaela Nyman

Towards writing 'The Anatomy of Sand', a poetry collection about migration and belonging.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $20,700

Music Group

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

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $11,500

Natasha Ratuva

Towards research and wananga costs to further develop, 'Kubaho', an all-female, indigenous-led publication in Aotearoa.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $15,000

Ngahiraka Mason

Towards a critique on Māori Art, Form and Function before and after COVID-19.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $44,000

Nga Kaihanga Uku

To hold a two-week ceramics wananga and exhibition.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $16,740

North Port Events / Auckland Art Fair

Towards the non-profit activities at 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair (projects exhibition, public talks, curatorial workshop and new writing workshop).

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $46,300

NZ Barok

To record concert performances of 'Hark, Sweet Music'.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $14,895

Pacific Sisters

Towards new works for the Hawaii Triennial 2022.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $75,000

Paul Judge

To produce a documentary about the late Buck Nin, an important contemporary Māori artist.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $68,356

Phreaze Factory

To produce high-quality music by Bay of Plenty hiphop artists in collaboration with Dawn Raid Entertainment.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $30,622

Rachael King

To research and write two books: a novel for children, and a creative non-fiction book for adults.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $60,000

Sophie Davis

To publish two innovative and high-quality print publications with Sorawit Songsataya, and Annie Mackenzie and Dave Marshall.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $21,448

Starling

Towards associated editorial and contributor costs for issues 13 and 14 of Starling.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $12,500

Susan Pointon

Towards writing and publishing a collection of stories set on and around Kohu Ra Tuarua, the Rawene to Kohukohu car ferry.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $24,424

TA'ALILI Ltd

Towards an exhibition, talanoa and workshops at Hawkes Bay Arts Festival.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $25,271

Taiaroa Royal

Towards New Zealand's first development research and workshop about the whakapapa between Ngātoro-i-rangi and Pele-honua-mea.

This content is tagged as Dance .

AWARDED: $21,900

Tama o Rangi Waipara

Towards a regional tour of Tama Waipara's new album, Te Katoa.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $27,550

Te Rongo Kirkwood

Towards the research and development of artworks for exhibition in 2023.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $75,000

Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival Charitable Trust

Towards a multi-artform festival in Gisborne.

This content is tagged as Multidisciplinary arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

The Beths

To record digital content and a live performance to promote The Beths' forthcoming LP and international tour.

This content is tagged as Music .

AWARDED: $9,357

The Cuba Press

Towards publishing five books: an off-the-grid memoir, a crime novel, a historical novel and two books of poems.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $25,765

The Performance Arcade Trust

Towards the presentation of a new programme of performance and live art on Wellington Waterfront.

This content is tagged as Interarts .

AWARDED: $75,000

Tim Bray Theatre Company

Towards creating equitable access to the arts by enabling children from low decile schools and ECEs to attend Tim Bray Theatre Company shows for free.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $37,277

Tyler Jackson

To create new work for exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in association with Design Canberra Festival.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $17,571

Ufitia Sagapolutele

Towards a series of talks with Pasifika artists in Tāmaki Makaurau.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $21,572

Upsurge Festival

Towards the delivery and presentation of Upsurge Festival in April 2022.

This content is tagged as Multi-disciplinary .

AWARDED: $69,525

Vaughan Rapatahana

Towards two volumes of written work that will update ‘Te Ao Mārama’, edited by Witi Ihimaera.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $59,000

Victor Rodger

Towards rehearsal of the adaptation of 'Hello Darkness' by Victor Rodger.

This content is tagged as Theatre .

AWARDED: $35,045

Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

Towards Virtuoso Strings after-school and orchestral music programmes in Porirua.

This content is tagged as Community arts .

AWARDED: $75,000

Wahine Maori, The Art of Reistance

Towards an exhibition by 12 Māori women who have continuously opposed colonisation and the impacts on Māori through their art.

This content is tagged as Visual arts .

AWARDED: $74,850

Wellington Potters Association

Towards presenting Ceramicus 2021.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $6,500

Wellington Zinefest

Towards associated costs for Wellington Zinefest.

This content is tagged as Literature .

AWARDED: $47,752

Wi Taepa

Towards strengthening Mataraunga Maori using Toi Uku for all Maori and the development of new work in a large format.

This content is tagged as Craft/object .

AWARDED: $75,000