Council grants boost state of the arts in the Capital

24 November 2015

The Council has approved funding of 30 creative projects through the Arts and Culture Fund today – giving over $96,000 to assist a wide range of artistic groups around the capital.

Mural of an orca at Granville Flats, Berhampore.

Ellen Coup's mural at Granville Flats in Berhampore


The full list of projects includes:

  • $4,000 towards a mural at the Brooklyn Community Centre in consultation with the community centre users and local residents, and led by artist Ellen Coup.
  • $6,000 towards the 2016 Performance Arcade – a series of installations and performances based in and around shipping containers on the waterfront.
  • $4,000 towards the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme that takes children’s writers and illustrators into schools and libraries to encourage and support the reading and writing development of children and teenagers.

Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, leader of the Arts and Culture Portfolio, says these grants will add to the vibrancy of the capital, and maintain sustainability for the successful applicants.

“All these projects will contribute significantly to the artistic fabric that makes Wellington such a creative hub. With funding issues affecting the arts sector, it’s also important that the Council can offer support and make these projects come to life.”

The Arts and Culture Fund supports community organisations for projects that meet the criteria for the fund. The priority areas for the fund are: 

  • to support the city as a hothouse for talent
  • to reinforce Wellington as a region of confident identities
  • to support active and engaged people
  • to encourage our creative future through technology.

The closing date for the next Arts and Culture Fund is 22 March 2016. For funding advice or to apply visit our website, phone 04 803 8562 or email.


Organisation Project Grant
Arts Access Aotearoa Creativity in Corrections 2016 $4,000
Barbarian Productions Limited Barbarian Infrastructure Support $4,000
Bender Spring Productions Love and Information $2,000
Blenheim 175 Organising Committee Blenheim 175th Anniversary Picnic $1,500
Brooklyn Community Association Artistic Landmark - Brooklyn Community Centre $4,000
Brothers & Sisters Collective Trust The Fence - Staging and Production $3,500
FitzBeck Creative Ltd Sven Goes To The Movies $1,000
Footnote Dance Trust Board Venue support- Choreolab $2,000
Goldthorpe Creative Ltd The Devil's Half-Acre $2,500
Jandals Inc Productions Ltd Measina Festival 2015 $3,000
Japan Society of Wellington New Zealand Inc Japanese immigrants’ experiences in New Zealand - Photo exhibition $3,000
Making Friends Collective under Bats Theatre Stages of Cheer $1,500
New Zealand Book Council Writers in Schools $4,000
Robin Murphy Productions Limited Pot Luck Webseries $3,000
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Trust Shake Alive 2016, SGCNZ UOSWSF & PPWS 2016 $9,000
St Peter's Anglican Church Pedalling for Dear Life! $1,500
Summer Shakespeare Trust Board Summer Shakespeare 2016 - Love's Labours Lost $4,000
Taki Rua Productions Society Inc Tiki Taane Mahuta $4,000
Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Premier season of Public Works $3,000
Te Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust Te Raukura Waitangi Day Celebrations Saturday 6 February 2016 $1,500
The Playground New Zealand Ltd The Performance Arcade 2016 $6,000
The Williams School Of Art At Inverlochy Inc Inverlochy Place Murals $2,000
Tikapa Productions Ltd Maori Side Steps at Waitangi Day $3,000
Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Akamai $1,500
Vincents' Art Workshop Inc To provide decorations for Newtown Festival 2016 $2,500
Wellington After-Care Association Inc. Amigos Drama Programme $895
Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band Inc Purchase of pipe bag covers $2,000
Wellington Russian Club Russian Christmas Festival for Children 2015 $1,000
Young and Hungry Arts Trust 2016 Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre $15,000
Youthdance Education Trust Wellington International Dance Day $1,000