21 Mar 2017
A total of 97 grants worth $526,772 have been offered to support projects by New Zealand artists, practitioners and arts organisations in Creative New Zealand’s latest Quick Response funding round.
Quick Response Grants help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work. These smaller grants mean funding is available for a wide range of projects at all levels of development and experience. Up to $7,500 can be requested and there are three rounds a year.
In total 269 applications were received, with $1,659,771 requested in total.
- General arts fund – 61 projects totalling $343,968 were supported. $1,203,552 was requested by 196 applicants.
- Māori arts funds – 25 projects totalling $135,822 were supported. $356,488 was requested by 56 applicants.
- Pacific arts funds – 11 projects totalling $46,982 were supported. $99,731 was requested by 17 applicants.
Flourishing emerging artists
A strong group of emerging artists will receive funding to support their career development.
These artists include:
- Jonathan Palmer towards attendance at the World Choral Symposium
- The people behind the Atlas Literary Journal (a new New Zealand journal focused on medicine and the human body)
- Mario Faumui towards a new contemporary dance theatre work
- Jade Townsend towards a residency with Slade Arts School and Camden Arts Centre
- Lucy-Margaux Marinkovich towards attending the International Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan and to present work at the Georgetown Festival in Malaysia
- Andrew Luis towards the development of hip hop and street dance.
Dancer/choreographer Lucy Marinkovich will travel to Asia this year to present two of her works at the George Town Festival in Malaysia and to attend the International Young Choreographer’s Project in Taiwan as the Asian-Pacific delegate. These two opportunities will further develop her choreographic practice and professional profile in Asia. In 2016 Lucy attended residencies supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand in Singapore and Malaysia, and in 2015 she was recognised through the Creative New Zealand Tup Lang Choreographic Award.
Increase in ngā toi Māori projects
There was a significant increase in applications for Ngā toi Māori projects from the previous round, up from 24 to 43 applications, with 25 successful.
A number of Māori weavers, carvers and painters will participate at an indigenous event at the Evergreen State College Longhouse Education Centre in Washington this year. This will build on Aotearoa’s special relationship with Evergreen, which dates back two decades. Evergreen’s new weaving and carving studio are now complete due to the help of Māori carvers Lyonel Grant and Rangi Kipa while on the Toi Sqwigwialtxw residency (which is implemented by Toi Māori Aotearoa and supported by Creative New Zealand).
Five emerging Māori artists will receive support through the Toi tipu Toi rea grant:
- Eddie Elliott towards a six month indigenous dance exchange with Red Sky in Canada
- Te Marunui Hotene towards an exhibition
- Turene Jones towards a final draft of a new Māori play
- Sharn Te Pou towards the development of a new music work
- Regan Taylor towards the writing a new full length comedy
Two mentoring projects will be supported through the Tohunga Tukunga programme:
- Tā moko artist James Bellaney will be mentored by Julie Pengally
- Theatre practitioner and musician Waimihi Hotere will hold wānanga with kaumātua in Ngāti Huiao, Maniapoto
Strong international presence
Many of the funded projects in this round will help support high-quality New Zealand arts travel to other parts of the world – a record first in a Quick Response round.
Fine artist Yaniv Janson will travel to Europe to present at two international exhibitions this year: the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities 2017 International Conference and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.
Jumpboard Productions will return to Edinburgh to present a season of Live Live Cinema’s Little Shop of Horrors at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
Dame Robin White will exhibit at the United Nations SDG 14 Oceans Conference this June. Dame Robin and the Pew Kermadec initiative will present three Kermadec inspired tapa works (Siu i Moana – owned by the University of Auckland), and a new oceanic and Fiji inspired tapa (E Rawa Na Bula Mai Na Wasawasa – Life Comes from the Ocean), as the centre-piece of a Pacific exhibition at the conference. Siu i Moana was created with Tongan artist Ruha Fifita and artists from the Havelu Village women’s group in Tonga in October 2011. The Fijian tapa (produced in February/March 2017) was created by Dame Robin with Fijian artists Tamari Cabeikanacea and Leba Vosaki. The works will be showcased alongside works from other Pacific Small Island States, including a traditional sail.
Craft/object practitioner Kristin D'Agostino is set to curate an exhibition of New Zealand contemporary jewellery in France.
Internationally recognised artist and curator Sam Trubridge will prepare a new performance, video, and installation work for the Deep Anatomy exhibition in Auckland's Silo 6 venue this November/December. The new work was developed in 2015 at a Deep Anatomy symposium in The Bahamas that brought artists and researchers together with athletes gathered for the Vertical Blue free-diving competition ('the Wimbledon of free-diving'). The innovative and inter-disciplinary project continues the ongoing collaboration between Sam and his brother William Trubridge, 18-time World Record breaking free-diver and director of Vertical Blue.
Quick Response applications are assessed and moderated by Creative New Zealand staff. Recommendations are made to the Senior Manager, Arts Funding, International and Capability and the Chief Executive for final decisions and ratification.