The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand) is the national arts development agency of the New Zealand government, investing in artists and arts organisations, offering capability building programmes and developing markets and audiences for New Zealand arts domestically and internationally. Its funding consists of approximately 30% central government funding and the remaining amount from the Lotteries Commission. In 2014/15, the Arts Council invested a record $43.6 million in New Zealand arts and arts organisations.
Funding is available for artists, community groups and arts organisations. Creative New Zealand funds project and organisations across many art-forms, including theatre, dance, music, literature, visual art, craft object art, Māori arts, Pacific arts, Inter-arts and Multi-disciplinary.
Creative New Zealand funding is distributed under four broad funding programmes:Investment programmes
Grants and special opportunities
Creative Communities Scheme
In 2012, Creative New Zealand introduced Arts Development/Leadership Investments to replace its Recurrently Funded Organisations funding. Arts Development Investments provide funding for extended periods for established artists, arts practitioners, groups and arts organisations.
The Toi Tōtara Haemata (Tōtara) and Toi Uru Kahikatea (Kahikatea) investment programmes support New Zealand’s arts infrastructure and the development of arts organisations by offering funding for fixed terms of between one and five years. Creative New Zealand’s total investment spend for the 2016 calendar year is $25.15 million across 81 arts organisations. Arts organisations funded include New Zealand Opera, Artspace Aotearoa, Playmarket, Chamber Music New Zealand, New Zealand Book Council, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Arts Access Aotearoa and Taki Rua theatre company.
Creative New Zealand administers a fund called the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). CCS funding coordinators sit within local councils and receive biannual grants to be directed to local arts projects.
Creative New Zealand funds seven artist residencies including the Berlin Writers' Residency and the Creative New Zealand and the National University of Samoa Artist in Residence programme.
The Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Art Fellowship is the largest fellowship in New Zealand available in the craft/object art field. It is open to mid-career and senior New Zealand practitioners, curators and writers across a wide variety of media including jewellers, weavers, ceramicists, furniture makers and designers. Initiated in 2004, the award was originally offered annually, and in 2007 became biennial. Awards are made on an application basis and recipients are required to complete a project over a 12-month period.
Recipients of the Craft/Object Art Fellowship:Textile artist Malcolm Harrison (2004)
Ceramicist Peter Lange (2005)
Jeweller and carver Rangi Kipa (2006)
Ceramics historian Moyra Elliott (2009)
Ceramicist Baye Riddell (2011)
Glass artist Garry Nash (2013)
Artist/jeweller Dr Areta Wilkinson (2015)
Established by the former Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand in 2006 this residency enables a New Zealand resident Pacific artist to develop their work.
Recipients of the residencyNathaniel Lees (2006)
Jim Vivieaere (2008)
Fiona Collins (2009)
Tiffany Singh (2011)
Vahine Collective: Lonnie Hutchinson, Lily Laita and Niki Hastings-McFall (2012)
Lemi Ponifasio (2013)
Shigeyuki Kihara (2014)
Siliga Setoga (2015)
Established in 1996 these awards recognise excellence in Pacific Arts in New Zealand.
Introduced 2013Lisa Taouma (2015)
Ela To'omaga-Kaikilekofe (2014)
Sean Mallon (2013)
Parris Goebel (2013)
Neil Ieremia (2015)
Jonathan Lemalu (2013)
Lemi Ponifasio (2012)
Annie Crummer (2011)
Misa Emma Kesha (2010)
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi (2009)
Igelese Ete (2008)
Justine Simei-Barton (2007)
Jim Vivieaere (2006)
Opetia Foa’ai (Te Vaka) (2005)
Nathaniel Lees (2004)
Albert Wendt (2003)
Johnny Penisula (2002)
Lonnie Hutchinson (2015)
Victor Rodger (2013)
Ema Tavola (2012)
Janet Lilo (2011)
Michel Tuffery M.N.Z.M (2010)
Shigeyuki Kihara (2009)
Diana Fuemana (2008)
Nina Nawalowalo (2007)
Sima Urale (2006)
John Ioane (2005)
Lemi Ponifasio (MAU Dance) (2004)
Filipe Tohi (2003)
Richard Shortland-Cooper (2002)
Introduced 2004Joana Monolagi (2015)
Atafu Tokelau Community Group (2013)
Mary Ama and the Mamas (2012)
Kalameli Ihaia-Alefosio (2011)
O Mata! Tokelau Dance Group (2010)
Falepipi he Mafola - Niuean Women Weavers Group (2009)
Enuamanu Maruarua Atiu Society (2008)
Dr. Okusi Mahina (2007)
Tau Fuata Niue (2006)
Mafi Malaga III (2005)
Kepueli Vaomotou (2004)
Ane Tonga (2015)
Suli Moa (2013)
Justin Haiu (2012)
Kulimoe’anga ‘Stone’ Maka (2011)
Visesio Siasau (2010)
Poulima Salima (2009)
Linda Tuafale Tanoa’I (2008)
WakaUra Dance Group (2007)
Tusiata Avia (2006)
Miria George (2005)
Lonnie Hutchinson (2004)
Shigeyuki Kihara (2003)
Peter Panoa (2002)
The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (previously the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council) is the governing board of Creative New Zealand. The Council consisted of 13 members in 2014/15.
Creative New Zealand works within a legislative framework formed by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014 and the Crown Entities Act 2004 .