News | 7 October 2016
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$65,000 allocated to Wellington arts activities

Some 27 Wellington community arts projects have received a total of $65,155 in grants from the latest round of the Creative Communities Funding Scheme administered jointly by Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand.

Photo of a man with a dark beard, with his eyes closed.
'Picture an Arab Man' by Tamara Abdul Hadi for Photival

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme is a partnership between councils and Creative New Zealand. Every year Creative New Zealand provides money to councils to support local arts activities.

This year’s recipients included theatre practitioners, artists, photographers, comedians, musicians and many more.

Recipients are selected by Wellington City Council on the basis that they do one or more of the following: create participation opportunities for local communities, support diversity and engage young people.

Mark Farrar, the City Council’s Funding Team Leader, says it was fantastic to see a breadth and diversity of ideas in the applications.

He says: “This fund is about encouraging people to engage with the arts in whatever way suits them. This could be projects targeting young people, or particular traditional art forms or specific communities.

“We’re pleased that Creative New Zealand has committed to three more years of funding through this scheme.” He adds: “We’re very keen to hear from Māori and Pacific artists and groups who have ideas for projects during 2017.”

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme is helping Wellington artists bring some very exciting projects to life. One such example is Photival - Wellington’s first photography festival in over a decade. The festival will present a wide range of photos including work from students and local photographers.

Photival will tackle difficult subjects like economic inequality, environmental destruction, societal segregation and political instability and then give people information on charities, NGOs and activist groups with which they can get involved. A photo from Photival contributor Tamara Abdul Hadi is attached. 

Another project to benefit from the fund is the Wellington edition of the Short+Sweet Festival, New Zealand, which is a series of 10 minute plays from talented theatre makers and creatives. BATS is hosting this year’s festival, which opens 19 October.

This is only the second time that Wellington has hosted Short+Sweet, but it has run successfully in Sydney and Melbourne for over 15 years and has expanded all over Australia and into Malaysia, Singapore, India and Manila, as well as Auckland.

The next Creative Communities Funding round closing date for Wellington City is at the end of February 2017 for projects starting from mid-April. Applications for the Council’s own Arts and Culture Fund close on 28 October. 

Anyone with an idea for an arts project who is in need of funding support can contact the Council’s funding team on 04 803 8562 or at

Full list of grants

Applicant Project Granted
Alacrity Productions The better best possible album party that anybody has ever been two - a fast-paced, action packed musical theatre comedy $2000
Ania Upstill Gallathea/Into the Bush - workshops and performance of a contemporary version of the 16th Century play "Gallathea" $2350
Aro Valley Community Council Aro Valley Fair 2017 featuring live music and community acts $1700
Beneath The Words Beneath the Words - a collaborative cultural exchange between music artists from Ireland and Aotearoa $1000
Downtown Community Ministry Drumming up community, drumming workshops and performance with participants who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness $2000
Goldthorpe Creative Ltd Photival, a photographic festival $5000
Hannah Clarke Women at Work, a free street theatre installation in a busy pedestrian area $1500
IHC New Zealand Alpha Art Studio Mosaic Artwork Project $2000
Jenny McArthur Nil By Mouth - development of a new and exciting piece of theatre involving the Deaf community $2160
Little Dog Barking Limited Performing the play "Little Kowhai Tree" in lower decile schools $1600
Marcus McShane Undersea, a free public lighting installation artwork as part of the Performance Arcade 2017 $1662
NZ Comedy Trust Class Comedians 2017, a programme creating opportunities for secondary school students actively participate in the comedy/performance genres $5000
Poetry At Poetry at The Fringe, providing a venue where poets and musicians can share their work with others $1100
Sarah Delahunty Performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar" with contemporary references and providing young and aspiring talent with a professional level experience in theatre $2000
Short+Sweet New Zealand Limited Short+Sweet Festival Wellington 2016, a festival featuring 10-minute theatre performances $5500
SoundsWell Singers "Sing Off Winter" with the SoundsWell Singers - rehearsals and performances focusing on participation in a community choir to include and support people with experience of disability, particularly those with neurological conditions $2224
Sri Lanka Dance Academy Production "Kanikani-Ranga", a harmonious blend of Maori Performing Arts and Sri Lankan Traditional Dance $2663
The Humorous Arts Charitable Trust Board Wellington Raw Comedy Quest 2017,  Wellington's premier open mic stand-up comedy competition open to anyone with less than two years’ experience in stand-up comedy $2250
The Orpheus Choir of Wellington Christmas Jazz - two free family concerts of lively Christmas jazz, inviting audience participation $1000
Vincents Art Workshop Production and installation of decorations for Newtown Festival 2017 $2500
Voice Arts Trust Peace - From the Personal to the Public, A Girl's Perspective. Devised theatre performance with young women that would explore experiences of and beliefs about Peace $3800
Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band Pipes in the park, a celebration of Scottish culture including band competition, a Highland dancing competition, markets and children's activities $2500
Wellington Zinefest Wellington Zinefest, workshops and market promoting locally created zines $2200
Welsh Society of Wellington Welsh National Cymanfa Ganu or Festival of Singing with audience participation $1500
Will Harris FLO, the creation and performance of a mask theatre show at the Fringe Festival 2017 $2216
Wintergreen Creative Presentation of the one-woman show, 'Rapanui, the song of stone' at the NZ Fringe Festival in 2017 $730
Youthdance Education Trust Wellington International Dance Day 2017,  a free day of dance workshops and performances $5000
Total   $65,155