26 Feb 2024

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A group of Asian dancers in rehearsal. All are wearing dark colours with sunlight streaming through the window
Image: Jang Huddle

This year, the Asian Artist Fund (AAF) – an initiative designed by Asian artists – will see a total of $550,000 in grants distributed among successful applicants.

Launching 4 March 2024, the AAF supports the development of Asian artists from Tāmaki Makaurau and Tai Tokerau.

In 2024, it seeks to respond to recommendations made in ‘Enter the Multiverse – Building a Stronger Sector for Our Asian Arts Practitioners’ (Rosabel Tan, commissioned by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi), and acknowledge the place of Asian peoples in Aotearoa in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Designers of the fund say, “Understanding the place of Asian New Zealanders goes hand in hand with understanding their roles and responsibilities as Tiriti partners – in this context, we define Tangata Tiriti as inclusive of all who call Aotearoa home.” 

Established in 2022, the AAF is a co-funding initiative created by Foundation North and Creative New Zealand using participatory grant-making principles.

The initiative was created in response to Creative New Zealand research that found Asian artists face barriers and inequity when seeking funding support. With each iteration of the fund designed and assessed by Asian artists, over $1.08 million in 48 grants has been approved since the funds’ inception.

Four Outreach Advisors from the AAF team are available to support applicants on their funding journey, providing advice and drawing on their funding experiences and learnings to ensure applicants feel confident and comfortable throughout the process. 

AAF applicants are also able to access funding information workshops, where applicants can meet with the Outreach Advisors in-person to receive further support. 

Asian artists sit together, listening intently and looking thoughtful facing the same direction at an information session hosted by Foundation North
The first Asian Artists’ Fund information workshop of 2024 held in Auckland., hosted by Foundation North.

This year, applicants can participate in Engaging more deeply with what it means to be Tangata Tiriti in Aotearoa, a two-day programme that creates a safe space for Asian arts practitioners to deepen their understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni. 

“It’s a chance to think through and more deeply understand the rights and responsibilities that we, as tauiwi, have in Aotearoa – and how that might show up in the work we do as artists,” say designers of the fund. 

Visit the Foundation North website for more information on how to apply.