11 Apr 2016
Eighty-six grants totalling $469,564 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists, practitioners and arts organisations in Creative New Zealand’s latest Quick Response funding round. A higher than usual number of applications was received with more than $2 million requested by 317 applicants.
- General arts fund – 59 projects totalling $317,655 were supported. $1,490,917 was requested by 237 applicants.
- Māori arts fund – 16 projects totalling $99,969 were supported. $367,491 was requested by 54 applicants.
- Pacific arts fund – 11 projects totalling $51,940 were supported. $163,446 was requested by 26 applicants.
A diverse and exciting range of artists and projects will receive grants across all artforms, including heritage and emerging artists.
Projects funded for Quick Response grants include:
- Betsy & Mana Productions, to take physical theatre production La Vie Dans Une Marionette (Justin Haiu, Jarod Rawiri and Tama Jarman) to Wellington as part of the Kia Mau Festival.
- Theatre Stampede Charitable Trust for Carl Bland, writer of Te Pō, to develop the first draft of a new work and present a read through.
- Emerging playwright Moana Ete for a premiere season of her play, Versions of Allah, at Bats Theatre in Wellington.
- National Youth Drama School / Taiohi Whakaari A-Motu towards tutor fees for an eight day workshop for youth in the Hawke's Bay.
- The Kauri Project, towards the commissioning and printing of five new artworks (following a first series produced in 2014) to educate and encourage public awareness about kauri conservation. The artworks will be limited edition prints and a large-scale print run of posters.
- Anau Melie Women Development Group towards a heritage arts weaving project for Tongan women in Christchurch.
- Warwick Blair for his project Intro and Main, an opera pop-up project which will take opera into “unexpected environments”. A pilot was held in the Kate Sylvester store in Ponsonby. An audience survey will determine where further pop-ups will be held.
- Estère to take her electric blue witch-hop on tour in Africa, with multiple live performances in Mozambique, Durban, Swaziland and Johannesburg.
- Canterbury University Press towards publishing a new collection of flash fiction and prose poetry by Frankie McMillan.
- Ross Murray towards completing a web-based graphic novel.
- Choreographer Corey Baker for the research and development stage of a new collaborative dance/music project with Fat Freddy’s Drop.
- Susan Jordan to attend the Mature Moves Festival in Australia, an event that focuses on developing dance skills and opportunities for older people.
Supported projects will take place throughout the country with a strong regional spread including the Far North, Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Waipa, Opotiki, Wairoa, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Queenstown, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.
New Zealand artists have also received funding support for projects overseas, including the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Hungary, England, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guam, Hawai'i, Japan and Australia.
Quick Response applications are assessed and moderated by Creative New Zealand staff. Recommendations are made to the Senior Manager, Arts Funding and the Chief Executive for final decisions and ratification.