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Arts Board grants help build bridges with Oz

1 November 2001

Arts Board grants help
build bridges with Australia

The importance of Australia for New Zealand artists wanting to build new audiences and expand their markets was reflected in the latest funding round of the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, which announced 209 project grants to artists and arts organisations this week.

A $60,000 grant to the Biennale of Sydney, for instance, will support up to four New Zealand artists to participate in this prestigious biennial event, opening on 15 May 2002. To date, Taranaki artist Michael Stevenson and Auckland artist Michael Parakowhai have been selected to participate in (The World May Be) Fantastic, an exhibition dealing with themes of invention and imagination.

Promoting and profiling New Zealand craft artists and designers is the aim of the Arts Board’s support to the Australian Centre for Craft & Design, which was offered a $21,850 grant for New Zealand content in four issues of its magazine, Object.

These projects were two of 209 projects offered grants totalling $2.7 million in the Arts Board’s latest funding round. The Board received 595 application for project funding seeking more than $9.1 million.

Arts Board Chair Murray Shaw said Object was one of the few publications providing high-quality, critical writing about New Zealand crafts. It is distributed widely in Australia and internationally – in particular, to New Zealand and the United States.

“There’s a discerning, accessible and growing market for New Zealand arts and culture in Australia,” Mr Shaw said. “New Zealand and Australia have a great deal to offer each other, and the more partnerships we build with Australian institutions the better.”

Mr Shaw pointed to two Arts Board initiatives this year that will develop new audiences for New Zealand work and expand international markets. Alongside its $40,000 investment in the 5th Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide in March 2002, the Arts Board set aside $45,000 to support participation of three New Zealand dealer galleries in the Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair in October 2002.

A third Arts Board initiative promoting New Zealand arts and artists in Australia is its partnership with Artspace, a major contemporary art gallery in Woolloomooloo in Sydney. Last month, the Arts Board announced that Auckland artist Stella Brennan will take up a three-month residency at the Sydney gallery, starting in December 2001.

This residency is one of several in the Arts Board’s international artists’ residency programme. Creative New Zealand supports more than 40 residencies a year either through its project funding or its international residency programme.

“Residencies are an important way to support individual artists,” Mr Shaw said. “However, the Arts Board was concerned in this round that a number of the New Zealand host organisations seemed unaware of the pressure on our funds and the need for them to present a strong case as to why we should fund them.”

Among the grants offered to institutions for their residency programmes are:
- $8000 to Otago Polytechnic for its artist-at-work residency
- $24,645 to the University of Auckland and $23,250 to the University of Canterbury for their 2002 writer-in-residency programmes
- $8000 to Massey University (Wellington) for an artist-in-residence programme.

The Arts Board has three funding programmes to which artists and arts organisations apply for project funding. These are Creative and Professional Development; New Work; and Presentation, Promotion and Audience Development. Every application is read and assessed by artform committees (or an inter-disciplinary committee), made up of arts practitioners, before the final decisions are made by the Arts Board.

Mr Shaw noted that in their reports to the Board, several assessment committees wanted to see more arts organisations working together on collaborative projects (eg galleries collaborating on their international visitors’ programme) and forming partnerships with other organisations (eg local authorities, Ministry of Education).

Along with grants for residencies, a number of grants supported individual artists and the achievements of senior practitioners. Wellington writer Graham Billing was offered $36,000 towards writing a novel while Auckland choreographer Douglas Wright was offered $80,000 to undertake a national tour of Inland, a work that will premiere at the New Zealand Festival 2002.

In this round, two writing bursaries and a scholarship for a choreographer were announced. They are:

- the 2001 Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary, worth $18,000, awarded to Auckland poet Sue Fitchett to complete a collection of poetry
- the 2001 Todd New Writers’ Bursary, worth $20,000, awarded to Wellington writer Rebekah Palmer to write a novel. This bursary is a partnership between the Arts Board and the Todd Corporation, with each partner contributing $10,000
- the 2001 Tup Lang Scholarship, worth $10,000, awarded to Dunedin choreographer Daniel Belton. This scholarship was supplemented by an Arts Board grant of $9,745 to Daniel Belton and Good Company, supporting a dance-based film called Wireless.

Along with its support for individual artists, the Arts Board also discussed the possibility of establishing a fellowship programme for mid-career and senior artists.

“Fellowships provide artists with a sustained period of time to take risks and develop their work. It is also a way of acknowledging artists,” Mr Shaw said. “Creative New Zealand is continuing to work with the Government to promote a fellowship programme to recognise and honour established New Zealand artists.”

Increasingly, Creative New Zealand is receiving proposals from artists using new technologies to create and present their work. For instance, new media artist Angela Main of Wellington was offered a $30,000 grant to create and present . This event will involve participants moving between an online virtual experience and a real multi-media environment. In this way, they will explore ideas about “mixed realities” and social interaction. One of the aims of the project is to introduce art content into popular culture media, thereby building new audiences.

Another project using new technologies to build new audiences will be presented by Morse Media. The Wellington digital media company created and maintains, recent winner of the New Zealand Music Site of the Year Award. Morse Media was offered a $15,000 grant to present two live-performance events showcasing New Zealand music, which will be recorded and then presented digitally to a global audience – both online at or offline as a DVD.

Applications to Creative New Zealand’s next funding round close on 22 February 2002. Copies of the Funding Guide: Ngä Pütea 2001-2002 are available from Creative New Zealand offices or can be downloaded from the publications page of its website (


For further information and details about any of the grants, please contact:
Undine Marshfield
Media and Communications Advisor
Creative New Zealand
Tel: 04-498 0725

Iona McNaughton
Communications Writer
Creative New Zealand
Tel: 04-498 0715


This is a complete list of Arts Board project grants offered in the first funding round for the 2001/2002 year. Grants are listed within artforms under the Arts Board’s three funding programmes.

Arts Board: Creative & Professional Development


Jonathan Bennett: to attend a bookbinding course in Britain $2,900

Isola Productions Ltd: towards an artist-in-residence and hot glass workshops $10,500

Northland Craft Trust: towards a multi-media summer school $10,000

New Zealand Society of Potters: to tour potters’ workshops in 2001 - 2002 $10,788


Megan Adams: towards a workshop to create a new body of work $5,500

Raewyn Hill: to develop a duet, “Fear” $5,000

MEDANZ: towards networking and workshops at Medanz Festival 2002 $2,000

Northern Dance Network Inc: towards the Choreographic Platform $14,000

Linda Parker: towards professional development in Britain and the United States $5,000


Art & Industry Biennial Trust: to research and develop the 2002 Biennial Festival of Visual Arts $21,100

Otago Polytechnic: towards an artist-at-work residency $8,000


Brick Row Publishing Company Ltd: to support issues 24 and 25 of “Poetry New Zealand” $6,750

Centre For Creative Arts: to support Michele Leggott’s attendance at the Poetry Africa Festival $3,000

Christchurch Book Festival Trust: to support 15 - 17 writers’ workshops at the 2002 Books and Beyond Festival $8,400

JAAM: to publish two issues of “JAAM” $3,500

New Zealand Society Of Authors: to support a range of services to writers $36,000

Peppercorn Press: to publish five issues of “New Zealand Books” $25,000

Sport: to support issues 26 and 27 of “Sport” $10,000

Takahe Collective Trust: to support issues 45, 46 and 47 of “Takahe” $10,000

The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc: to support a range of activities $6,500

University of Otago Press: to support issues 203 and 204 of “Landfall” $12,000


Alice Carstensen: to attend the Visual Evidence Conference $2,270

Reina Webster: towards an MA in film, New York $5,000


(e)-Vision Trust: to attend a digital storytelling workshop in the United States $6,438

Aotea Youth Symphony Inc: towards a multi-sensory concert experience for the hearing impaired $10,000

Atamira Dance Co: towards a workshop to develop new choreographic ideas $12,500

Christchurch College of Education: towards an Australasian Summer School in performing arts focussing on the voice $20,000

New Theatre Initiative: towards the Arts Development Workshop Series 2002 $2,000

Ruwhenua: to develop “Takahi, Takahi” $15,000

Te Toki Haruru: towards a dance and performance workshop $15,000

The Clinic: to develop “Clara and Crouch” $6,000

The Human Garden: towards an intensive screen dance research project $41,000

Wellington Fringe Arts Trust: towards a “Show and Tell” seminar series in the Fringe 2002 $7,500


175 East: to present concerts of new music in 2002 in four cities $21,500

Christchurch Flute Society: towards international and national contributions at the sixth New Zealand Flute Convention $8,000

Christchurch School of Music Inc: to bring a British expert to help establish a Samba band $3,000

Composers Association of New Zealand: towards a young composer representing New Zealand at the Asian Composers League Festival $2,000

Composers Association of New Zealand: towards the annual workshop for emerging composers held in Nelson $5,000

Angela Means: to research music touring in the United States $2,000

New Zealand Jazz Foundation: towards the New Zealand Youth and High Schools Jazz Orchestra in 2002 $5,000

New Zealand Opera Training School: towards a residential training school with international tutors $10,000

Stroma: to stage two concerts of contemporary music from New Zealand and abroad $16,000


Stuart Hoar: to write a full-length play, “The Wall” $12,000

Juliet O’Brien: to develop a new play “Swill It” $6,000

Kate Parker: towards creative development of “The Butcher’s Daughter” $7,577

Christian Penny: to develop “The Point on the Hill” $15,200

Duncan Sarkies: to develop a new work, “James Rocket” $18,000

Te Puna Toi: to facilitate the participation of Guillemo Gomez-Pena in a masterclass $6,000

Arts Board: New Work


Miranda Brown: towards a three-dimensional fabric installation $5,000

Operation Peace Through Unity: towards a community sculpture $5,000

Martin Poppelwell: towards research and new work $9,300

Studio 385: towards a new body of cast glass work $9,150


Sean Curham: towards the creation and presentation of “Still Life 2002” $25,000

Raewyn Hill: to present “Inner Days” in a shared programme with Touch Compass $20,000

Malia Johnston: to create a new work for the season of “Fracture” $12,000

Bronwyn Judge: towards a dance/theatre production $16,000

Local Weeds: to create and present “Local Weeds” $12,400

New Zealand School of Dance: towards a commissioned work from Douglas Wright $3,500


Simon James: towards a body of new furniture $10,000


Rudolf Boelee: towards a body of digital paintings $7,000

Eddie Clemens: towards “Ghostings,” a new body of work $4,000

Dunedin Public Art Gallery: towards the Visiting Artist Programme 2002 $16,000

Govett Brewster Art Gallery: towards an artist-in-residence programme 2002-2003 $8,000

Christine Hellyar: towards a collaborative installation at Pitt Rivers Museum, Britain $20,000

Massey University (Welllington): towards an artist-in-residence programme $8,000

Jono Rotman: towards a series of photographs $6,847

Yvonne Todd: towards a body of photographic work $7,000


Graham Billing: to write a novel $36,000

Edmund Bohan: to write a book on New Zealand in the 1860s $18,000

David Brown: to write a novel $9,000

Kenneth Catran: to write a novel for young adults $9,000

Dunedin College of Education: towards its children’s writer-in-residence programme $10,000

Riemke Ensing: to write her memoirs and a collection of poetry $9,000

Sue Fitchett: to complete a collection of poetry (recipient of the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary) $18,000

David Herkt: to write a novel $9,000

Rachael King: to write a novel $6,000

Mike Minehan: to write a series of prose poems $9,000

Linda Niccol: to complete a short story collection $9,000

Carl Nixon: to write a novel $7,500

Geraldine Oliver: to write three novellas $2,500

Julia Owen: to write a novel $9,000

Rebekah Palmer: to write a novel (recipient of the Todd New Writers’ Bursary) $20,000

Mark Pirie: to write a collection of poetry $9,000

Susy Pointon: to write a novel $9,000

Randell Cottage Writers’ Trust: to support a New Zealand writer-in-residence at the Randell Cottage $18,000

Bryan Reid: to write a biography of David Ballantyne $5,000

Tania Roxborogh: to write a novel for young adults $12,000

Philip Temple: to write a novel $18,000

University of Auckland: to support its writer-in-residence programme $24,645

University of Canterbury: to support its writer-in-residence programme $23,250


Amalgam: to devise and present a cross-disciplinary performance piece $15,500

Calico Young Peoples Theatre: to develop and premiere “The Halfmen of O” $18,350

Jain Evans: to travel to Amsterdam to collaborate on a new media cross-artform work $3,000

Guy Ryan Company: to create and present “Fracture” $18,000

Helen Jamieson: towards the costs of the “ABC Experiment” $17,500

Maclary Theatre Productions: to develop “Hairy Maclary’s Cavalcade” $20,000

Angela Main: to create and present $30,000

Ant Sang: to work on four issues of “Dharma Punks” $7,000


175 East: to commission new works by Rachel Clement and Michael Norris $9,600

Auckland Chamber Orchestra: to commission a 20-minute chamber orchestra work by Lissa Meridan-Skipp $8,600

Brigid Bisley: to compose a 15-minute chamber ensemble work $9,000

Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust: to commission Ross Harris to compose a 15-minute work for voices and percussion $5,000

Ensemble Three: to commission John Wells to compose a trio for horn, cello and piano $2,000

Greg Johnson: to write new songs for a future album $6,800

New Zealand Flute Society, Christchurch Branch: to commission a work for flute and tape by Chris Cree-Brown $1,980

Plasticene: for an album of original music $5,000

Teremoana Rapley: towards a solo album $5,000

Anthony Ritchie: to compose “24 Preludes” for piano solo $12,000

Stroma: to commission two new works for chamber ensemble $8,000

Bill Urale: to compose a new body of songs for a second King Kapisi album $7,000


Hitting Fifty: to present “Acting Your Age” $20,000

Putaanga Productions: to present “The Prophet” $20,000

Young & Hungry Youth Theatre: towards a festival of commissioned plays, performed and produced by 15 – 25-year-olds $50,000

Arts Board: Presentation, Promotion & Audience Development


Australian Centre For Craft & Design: towards New Zealand content in “Object” magazine $21,850

AVID: towards an exhibition of applied art in Washington DC $10,000

City Gallery, Wellington: towards an exhibition catalogue of the work of John Parker $9,000

Hawke’s Bay Cultural Trust: towards an exhibition publication $8,800

Norsewear: towards the Norsewear Art Award exhibition 2002 $9,000

New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass: towards an exhibition catalogue of cast glass $12,000

Ron Sang: towards a monograph on Len Castle $15,000


Northern Dance Network Inc: to present the third Auckland Dance Festival $8,000


Humphrey Ikin: to exhibit at the Milan Furniture Fair $10,500

David Trubridge: to exhibit at the Milan Furniture Fair $10,500


Adam Art Gallery: towards a publication and exhibition on Pauline Rhodes $9,200

Auckland Art Gallery: towards a Gretchen Albrecht publication $8,000

Biennale of Sydney: towards New Zealand representation at the Biennale of Sydney 2002 $60,000

Blue Oyster Arts Trust: towards a six-month exhibition series $16,712

CAKE: towards a series of urban poster exhibitions $5,000

Bruce Connew: towards a photographic exhibition $7,740

Enjoy: towards two series of exhibitions $14,062

High Street Project: towards a six-month series of exhibitions $17,532

Manawatu Art Gallery: towards an exhibition and catalogue on Andrew Drummond $10,000

Ani O’Neill: towards a catalogue $4,253

Caroline Rothwell: towards a catalogue of site drawings $4,950

Sao Paulo Bienal: towards New Zealand participation at the 25th Sao Paulo Bienal $22,000

Stedelijk Museum: towards a retrospective exhibition on Colin McCahon $50,000

Te Tuhi - The Mark: towards an exhibition catalogue $6,863


Auckland University Press: to publish a book of poems by Chris Price $2,000

Auckland University Press: to publish a biography of Robin Hyde by Gloria Rawlinson and Derek Challis $3,000

Auckland University Press: to publish a poetry collection by Diana Bridge $2,000

Auckland University Press: to publish a poetry collection by Janet Charman $2,000

Auckland University Press: to publish a poetry collection by Anna Jackson $2,000

Bridget Williams Books Ltd: to publish a volume of selected poems by Lauris Edmond $3,000

Cape Catley Ltd: to publish a novel by Graham Billing $2,500

Children’s Literature Foundation New Zealand Inc: to support the Storylines Festival in Auckland $10,000

Christchurch Book Festival Trust: to support the Read Aloud day at Books and Beyond $4,000

David Ling Publishing Ltd: to publish Paul Moon’s biography of Hone Heke $2,500

David Ling Publishing Ltd: to publish a novel by Dennis Baker $3,000

Harper Collins Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd: to publish a novel by Elspeth Sandys $2,300

Harper Collins Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd: to publish a novel by Jennifer Maxwell $2,500

Huia Publishers: to publish Evelyn Stokes’ biography of Wiremu Tamihana $3,000

Inkweed: to publish a poetry collection by Robin Fry $1,500

International Institute of Modern Letters: to support publication of the best New Zealand poems on line $3,000

Longacre Press Ltd: to publish a junior novel by Vince Ford $2,500

Longacre Press Ltd: to publish a junior novel by Sandy McKay $2,500

Longacre Press Ltd: to publish a junior novel by Jack Lasenby $2,500

New Zealand Publishers Export Group: to support the stand organiser to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair $4,250

Penguin Books (New Zealand) Ltd: to publish a novel by Jackie Davies $3,000

Random House New Zealand Ltd: to publish a novel by Val Bird $3,000

Random House New Zealand Ltd: to publish a memoir by Kevin Ireland $2,500

Reed Publishing (New Zealand) Ltd: to publish a junior novel by Judy Knox $2,000

Scholastic New Zealand Ltd: to publish a junior novel by Kingi McKinnon $2,500

Scholastic New Zealand Ltd: to publish the “John Britten Story” by Jennifer Beck $3,000

Steele, Roberts & Associates Ltd: to publish a collection of short stories by Paddy Richardson $2,500

Sudden Valley Press: to publish a book of poems by Mark Pirie $1,500

William Taylor: to present work at the International Reading Conference United States $1,750

University of Otago Press: to publish a novel by Bronwyn Tate $3,000

Victoria University Press: to publish a poetry collection by Brian Turner $2,000

Victoria University Press: to publish a poetry collection by Bernadette Hall $2,000

Victoria University Press: to publish a novel by Damien Wilkins $3,000

Victoria University Press: to publish an essay collection by Gregory O’Brien $3,000

Victoria University Press: to publish a poetry collection by James Brown $2,000

Women’s Play Press: to publish “Vagabonds” by Lorae Parry $2,000


Belladonna Trust: towards a short film festival $5,368

New Zealand Federation of Film Societies: to tour the Jean-Luc Goddard retrospective $8,100

Reel Queer Incorporated: towards Out Takes film festival 2002 $14,490


Auckland Secondary Schools Principals Association: towards a multi-cultural festival by young people $10,000

Daniel Belton & Good Company: towards a dance-based film “Wireless” (this includes the 2001 Tup Lang Scholarship) $19,745

Douglas Wright Dance Company: to present a national tour of “Inland” $80,000

Factory: towards a theatrical installation “The Writing on the Wall” $9,000

Hastings Blossom Festival: towards the 2002 Hastings Blossom Festival $10,000

Hunter Productions: towards an installation and website $18,000

Strike: to support performances at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico City $5,000

Te Awa Trust: towards fees for artists at Fuel - Festival of New Zealand Theatre $40,000

The World’s Wife: towards a national tour of “The World’s Wife” $40,000

Touch Compass Dance Trust: to remount and tour “Lusi’s Eden” in the North Island $65,000

Wanganui District Performing Arts Trust: towards the Wanganui Arts Festival $8,000

Wow! Productions Trust: to present “Blue Smoke” in Dunedin $24,000


Atoll Ltd: towards a CD of “Taku Wana” and “The Wheel Turns” by Helen Fisher $19,500

Atoll Ltd: to produce a CD of Christopher Blake’s orchestral works performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra $10,000

Auckland Chamber Orchestra: towards a series of six concerts in Auckland in 2002 $30,000

Class Act Opera: to tour a New Zealand opera, “Tale of the Birdcatcher”, to South Island schools $24,000

Flying Nun: towards a New Zealand tour package of new Flying Nun bands $15,000

Kiwi Pacific Records International Ltd: to release a CD of orchestral works by Edwin Carr $3,000

Lontano Trust: to produce an international CD release of four New Zealand women composers $14,000

Morse Media Ltd: towards live-performance New Zealand music events and subsequent digital presentation $15,000

Saxcess: towards a tour to rural schools, colleges and universities $8,000

Temple: for a series of gigs by young musicians for an all-ages audience $5,000

The Rockquest Trust: to support the 2002 cokesmokefreerockquest $30,000


3 Pesos Productions: to tour “Little Che” to five cities $30,000

Christchurch Arts Festival: to rework “The Golden Holden” $5,000

Home Co-op: towards a national tour of “Take Me Home Mr” $30,000

Indian Ink Theatre Company: to tour “The Pickle King” to Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington $60,000

New Zealand Actors’ Company: to create and present “Leah” $50,000

New Zealand Comedy Trust: towards Laugh! 2002 $50,000

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Inc: towards the 2002 Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools $10,000

Talking House: to tour “Avis” to Otago and Southland $30,000

The Large Group: towards “Lyistrata and The Crucible,” a winter theatre event $25,000

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