Next Arts & Culture Funding Round

14 March 2014

Last year we funded 22 arts projects through our most recent round of the Arts and Culture Fund and as the next funding round approaches we thought we would share some of their success stories.

Malachai Harimate-Vaine playing at The Big Bang, The New Zealand Festival 2014; taken by Matt Grace.

The Big Bang opened NZ International Festival 2014. Image by Matt Grace.


Opening the International Festival 2014 was The Big Bang. Wellingtonians and visitors alike turned out in their thousands filling Civic Square to watch this explosive, free event.

In preparation for The Big Bang young people from Wellington, Christchurch and South Auckland trained with Strike Percussion. This was part of a groundbreaking community project – the Wellington part of the project was partly supported by the Council’s Arts and Culture Fund.

Batterie 100 creates massed percussion groups, which includes musical training; mentoring and public performances, which not only teaches the young people involved valuable musical skills but harnesses the transformative power of collaboration and in 2013/14 they worked towards the huge public performance, The Big Bang.

Mark Farrar from the Council’s funding team says:

“Strike's work with children in Wellington as part of the Batterie 100 project has developed the children's confidence in their abilities, given them an early appreciation of the power of the arts and also the opportunity to take part in the popular NZ Festival Big Bang opening night event performing with Kora, Strike and a large massed community choir in the heart of the city.”

Another project Council supported was the Tū Moves programme at the NZ School of Dance, which will offer young Pacific and Māori men the opportunity to work with top choreographers and teachers from a range of dance genres, learn new skills and consider dance as a possible career option.

Mark added that, “Tu Moves is a good fit with the 'City as a hothouse for talent' priority for the Arts and Culture Fund with its focus on providing a platform for local and new talent to present their work. Tū Moves works on so many levels.”

Council was also a proud supporter of Arts Access Aotearoa for their audio description training. This enables blind and partially sighted people to attend theatre and other shows and have the performance described to them.

Portfolio leader for the arts, Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer says, “The Arts Access grant to train audio describers based in Wellington was a perfect fit for the 'Active and engaged people' priority, the application also supports the Council's own accessibility action plan.”

The Arts and Culture fund supports training, events, performances and workshops. There are four areas that are supported through the fund:

The city as a hothouse for talent ensures there is an appropriate range of platforms for local and new talent to present their works.

Wellington as a region of confident identities celebrates the role of mana whenua and Māori history in the city and enabling all ethnic, demographic and suburban communities to explore, celebrate and share their own cultural identity.

Active and engaged people support art practitioner’s working with communities and ensuring the sustainability of organisations within community ensuring connectedness, resilience and participation in decision-making.

Our creative future through technology aims to increase access to technology for use in the creation, distribution and marketing of creative products and services.

Successful projects make a positive contribution to making Wellington a Smart Capital, dynamic, inclusive and a people-centred city. They contribute to healthy, vibrant, affordable and resilient communities, with a strong sense of identity and ‘place’ expressed through urban form, openness and accessibility.

Council supports new and developmental arts projects. Legally constituted community groups can make applications through the online funding portal from now until midnight 31 March:

Funding Portal - Apply Online

This round is for project expenses that start after 29 April.

If you have any questions on the criteria or the online funding portal, call the Council’s Funding Team on (04) 499 4444 or email

For more informatio on this fund, see:
Arts and Culture Fund