23 May 2017
Creative New Zealand has awarded 92 grants worth a total $2,032,544 in its latest Arts Grants funding round. In total $7,486,318 was requested by 248 applicants.
Below is snapshot of some of the grants that have been awarded for the round.
A wide geographic range of projects has been supported, from Creative Northland’s newly proposed Youth Summit Arts Festival through to the Dunedin Young Writers Festival presented by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust.
MTG Hawke’s Bay in Napier will present a new exhibition by contemporary visual artist Yuki Kihara, while the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival has been funded to include original New Zealand theatre, dance, music and visual arts in next year’s festival. Also funded and premiering at the festival will be a new opera about the Waikato River, Flowing Water – The Story of a River, which will be created by renowned author Witi Ihimaera in collaboration with composer Janet Jennings.
In Christchurch the contemporary arts space CoCA will feature an exhibition Making Space by collectives FAFSWAG, FIKA Writers, Fresh and Fruity, Mata Aho Collective, SaVAge K’lub and The Social.
New Zealand artists will also be supported to work overseas. Drum and bass band The Upbeats will collaborate with international artists on a recording project in Iceland, which is expected to lead to an album, a tour and a documentary on the project.
Visual artist Amy Howden-Chapman will be supported to create a new moving image artwork "Glass Wall: An Essay Film" comparing glass architecture in New Zealand as well as London, New York and Berlin.
Projects to encourage New Zealanders to participate in the arts were funded including the Annual Pasifika Youth Festival in Palmerston North, a project to tour schools and communities to teach specialist Māori heritage arts, a community theatre project that investigates the complexity of New Zealand/Chinese identity and a 20th anniversary gala concert by Strike Percussion in Wellington.
Award winning novelist Dame Fiona Kidman has received funding to write a new novel based on the short life of Albert Black, the second-to-last person to be hanged in New Zealand, while Auckland poet and novelist Anne Kennedy will attend the renowned Iowa Writer’s Program where she will write on the theme of climate-change.
Scriptwriter for the successful White Guitar, Fa’amoana Luafutu, has been funded for a new theatre script based on his life experiences. Reuben Bradley will receive funding for a new jazz album to be released at the Wellington Jazz Festival in June.
This year’s winner of the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary is Morgan Godfery, who will use the award to create a new work that explores dissent in New Zealand and how it has affected the kiwi character.
- General arts fund – 67 projects totalling $1,441,344 were supported. $ 5,179,564 was requested by 181 applicants.
- Māori arts fund (including the Toi Ake Fund) – 15 projects totalling $439,070 were supported. $1,731,071 was requested by 44 applicants.
- Pacific arts fund – 10 projects totalling $152,130 were supported. $575,683 was requested by 23 applicants.
See the full list of Arts Grants for the round closing March 2017