04 Dec 2017
An online presence for diverse voices saw funding go to The Pantograph Punch and The Spinoff Review of Books this year.
The Pantograph Punch began in 2011 “publishing punchy arts and cultural commentary in Aotearoa New Zealand, from personal essays to criticism and reviews to interviews and analysis”. With a team of contributors led by artist and Editor-in-Chief Lana Lopesi, it offers a forum for opinions on a variety of subjects, from arts and culture to politics and society.
The Pantograph Punch will be supported through Creative New Zealand’s multi-year Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) Investment Programme from 2018.
The Spinoff Review of Books, edited by renowned New Zealand writer Steve Braunias, was also supported to publish a diverse range of articles by New Zealand writers about this country’s books and literature. The Spinoff provides a platform to capture and grow the attention of young writers and readers with its mostly young, urban and mobile audience.
As well as reviewing local work, the site regularly explores issues of importance to the literary community, including regional and Māori writing and diversity in literature, and it regularly features New Zealand poetry.
Both websites are allowing New Zealanders to experience high-quality arts. They can be found at pantograph-punch.com and thespinoff.co.nz/books respectively.
Artform – Literature
Location – Online
Funding – Arts Grants (Pantograph Punch $30,000; The Spinoff $25,000)
This is one of 10 stories from our Annual Report 2016/17 about the diverse range of arts projects and organisations that Creative New Zealand funded.
For a quick visual overview of how much revenue was received and how it was invested see Our Year in Review: Creative New Zealand
For detailed information see Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand) Annual Report 2016/17 (PDF 1.7MB)