More money for arts in the creative capital

8 September 2016

Yesterday Wellington City Council allocated just over $140,000 from the Arts and Culture Fund to 34 art projects in the capital.

Street art by CityZenKane



This is the first of three rounds that make up the Arts and Culture Fund in the 2016-17 financial year and it’s one of the biggest allocations Councillors have distributed to the arts community in a single round. 

Acting Mayor Justin Lester says: “When the 2016/17 Annual plan was adopted, Council increased the amount available from this fund to reinforce Wellington’s reputation as the creative capital. We have to walk the walk!”

The 34 projects that received funding were agreed unanimously by Councillors during yesterday’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee meeting. 

Councillor Jo Coughlan, Chair of the Economic Growth and Arts Committee, says: “I’m tremendously proud of what this Committee has achieved and the projects we’ve funded.

“Wellington is bursting at the seams with talented creatives, we want to make our city a place where their work can flourish."  

Arts Portfolio Leader Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer told Councillors requests from the arts community for funding and venue support continue to overwhelm the Council.

“This round allocation goes some way to address this but long-term funding of the Arts and Culture Fund will need to be increased.” 

“The Committee meeting this morning started with a discussion about Wellington’s global reputation. Art and culture is an area in which we can really stand out and differentiate ourselves – but it needs increased funding to happen.”

Wellington City Council supports projects that best fit the following four focus areas: the city as a hothouse for talent, Wellington as a region of confident identities, active and engaged people, and our creative future through technology. 

The exact amount allocated was $141,235, which went to a mixture of emerging and well-known artists working on a variety of events and projects. 

These include: 

• Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board – for “CityZenKane Public Artwork and Community Workshop”, which is part of the 2017 Vivid festival (see sculpture image included). 
• A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited – to tour their theatre production of Don Juan around Wellington.  
• Arts Wellington, Wellington Regional Art and Cultural Development Trust – for Arts Wellington Strategic Forums, which create a local arts network and provide advocacy and professional development opportunities. 
• Friends of Old St Paul’s – to do winter lunchtime concerts at little or no cost to the public. 
• Theatre Awards Trust – for the Wellington Theatre Awards, which is an important event for the arts community and an opportunity to recognise some of Wellington’s talent. 

The closing date for applications for funding from the next round of the Arts and Culture Fund is 28 October 2016. Find out more at:

For further information contact:
Celestina Sumby, Council Communications:, 021 247 9740

The full list of grants made:




A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited

Don Juan - Wellington Tour


Arts Wellington - Wellington Regional Art and Cultural Development Trust

Arts Wellington Strategic Forums


Barbarian Productions Limited

Operational support


Binge Culture Collective Limited



Chamber Music New Zealand Trust Group

Rattles and Rhythm- acces initiative, relaxed performances


Drakeford, McCann & Phillips Productions

Punk Rock' by Simon Stephens



Artists fees and materials for International Disability Day Tape Art project


Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board

Support for street art map


Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board

A public artwork and community workshop by visiting artist CityZenKane as part of Vivid 2017


Footnote Dance Trust Board

Lifeworld dance performances- venue support


Friends of Old St Paul's

Winter Lunchtime Concerts


Goldthorpe Creative Ltd

Photival- photography festival


Kahurangi Friends Inc

Strathmore Park Summer Events 2017


Le Moana Limited

Purple Onion' by Le Moana at the Measina Festival 2016


Lilburn Residence Trust

Support for the Lilburn Residence Trust


MIA - Mujeres In Aotearoa Incorporated

MIA Latin Festival 2016


New Zealand Opera Ltd

Opera for all ages programme, NZ Opera production of the Mikado


NZ Comedy Trust

NZ International Comedy Festival 2017


Springboard Arts Trust

CANVAS- developing street dance choreographers


Tawata Productions

Matariki Development Festival 2017


Theatre Awards Trust

Wellington Theatre Awards


The Community Performing Arts Trust

Spring Uprising Festival


The Miramar and Maupuia Community Trust Inc

Diwali in Miramar Maupuia


The PlayGround Collective Ltd.

Rime of the Modern Mariner


The Wellington Young Professionals Choir

Supertonic Jazz Concert 2016


Tikapa Productions Ltd

The Biggest


Upstream - Friends of Central Park

Upstream Art Trail


Watercolour New Zealand Inc.

Splash 2016 Watercolour exhibition


Wellington Circus Trust

Support for youth circus project


Wellington Quilters Guild

Wellington Quilters' Exhibition 2016


Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band Inc

Pipes in the Park


Wellington Russian Club

Annual Russian Cultural Festival 2016


WIDance- umbrella via TouchCompass

Wellington Integrated Dance community classes


Wellington Potters Association Inc.

Ceramicus annual pottery exhibition