We want to change the way we work with artists, organisations and communities, to find new ways to support the development of the arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
To start this change, in March 2023 we're asking to hear directly from artists and communities around Aotearoa about what is important to them and the changes they want to see. Then, we will redesign the way we work to support the community’s aspirations and sustain lasting change.
We want you to be involved at the very beginning of this journey.
It is important that the changes we make at Creative New Zealand are informed by the needs and wisdom of the artists, organisations, and communities we serve.
The first phase of the journey, which includes our online and in-person workshops, is an opportunity to come together with like-minded members of the arts community to have meaningful conversations about what the future could look like. Alternatively, you can make an online submission, which will be just as valuable.
We want to understand your thoughts on topics such as, how arts development is supported across a whole career, how there can be greater local involvement and new approaches to innovation in the arts, framed through the values of self-determination, fairness, and artistic excellence.
During April, we will collate feedback received in March through the online feedback form and the online and in-person workshops.
We will sort it into themes and insights. We will share what we discover and include it on this web page so you can see the breadth of the feedback and people’s different perspectives.
From May, we will create small working groups made up of artists and Creative New Zealand staff who will work together, using the insights and feedback, to come up with forward-thinking ways to support arts development in a sustainable way. The nature, scope and composition of these working groups will become clear following the feedback.
In June or July, we hope to share some of the ideas and prototypes developed by the working groups.
What happens, and when, from then, depends on what the working groups come up with, but our intention is to share the final outcomes with everyone from September 2023, and start making changes from 2024.
Some changes may happen relatively quickly, and some may require more testing and development and take longer. Whatever happens – we’ll let you know and keep updating this page.
We’ll update this section regularly as workshops progress, so keep checking back for interesting observations and other highlights.