14 Sep 2015
Creative New Zealand’s review of ‘interarts’ and ‘multidisciplinary’ arts has resulted in greater clarity in how we define and fund these disciplines through our programmes.
New funding guidelines and definitions for the terms have been agreed by the Arts Council and will take effect from 1 July 2015. Revised key roles have also been agreed for multidisciplinary arts organisations and festivals funded through the Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Investment) programme.
Definitions of interarts and multidisciplinary arts
Interarts and multidisciplinary arts are defined as follows:
- Interarts integrate artforms of any cultural tradition, combining them to create a new and distinct work. The result of this integration is a hybrid or fusion of artforms outside of Creative New Zealand’s existing artform categories
- Multidisciplinary art is defined as projects and activities that do not feature one main artform and involve at least two different artforms, of any cultural tradition.
Key Roles for multidisciplinary arts in Toi Tōtara Haemata
Creative New Zealand has revised and clarified the two key roles for multi-disciplinary arts in the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme. These are:
- for a service organisation to provide access to the arts (across artforms and cultural traditions) to communities that might otherwise be excluded, for example if they have a physical or mental disability, or if they’re in prison
- for large-scale multidisciplinary arts festivals in the North and South Islands.
Through the Toi Tōtara Haemata and also the Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment programmes, Creative New Zealand will fund a multidisciplinary arts festival from 5% to 12% of its total revenue, depending on the activities being undertaken.
These guidelines apply only to festivals supported through the investment programmes. They will affect all new contracts from 1 July 2015.
Creative New Zealand will also continue to offer funding for multidisciplinary arts through its Quick Response and Arts Grants.
By February 2016, Creative New Zealand will publish a request for proposals from organisations interested in filling the key roles in multidisciplinary arts under the
Toi Tōtara Haemata programme.
Any new funding agreements for the roles will be offered from January 2017.
Creative New Zealand has published the Review of Interarts and Multidisciplinary Arts Final Report on our website.