News | 4 May 2018

Council grant recipients represent diversity of capital

Wellington City Council’s Grants Subcommittee allocated $166,000 to a wide range of arts, culture, and environment recipients this week – reflecting the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of the capital.

Urban Art Adshel example in Lambton Quay

Mayor Justin Lester, who also holds the Arts and Culture portfolio, says this round’s recipients of the Arts and Culture Fund will help us embark on our proposed Decade of Culture.

“Arts and culture is a priority area in Our 10-Year Plan consultation document, where we are proposing a coordinated programme of projects and work on facilities to better support events and festivals, to build on our capital of culture title.

“Support through these grants ensures we’ll be able to retain, develop and experience the huge talent in our creative sector now, and in the future,” he adds.

Grants Subcommittee Chair Sarah Free says there was a wide range of applications for the numerous grants available for this round.

“The successful applicants represent a huge cross section of communities, with projects planned for a variety of audiences, places and spaces – so there’s something to appeal to everyone’s tastes.

“For instance, the Karori Historical Society received funding to support the research and a commemoration of the 1918 flu pandemic. The world-wide epidemic saw more than 600 people die in Wellington, who were all buried in Karori Cemetery over a two-month period.”

Other recipients include Indian Ink’s Jacob Rajan latest play, Welcome to the Murder House, which will be on stage in Wellington later in the month. Enviroschools and Forest at the heart of Wellington received funding through the Natural Environment Fund, and Samaritans volunteer training and Vincent’s Art Workshop were included in the C.H. Izard 2018 Bequest which is administered by the Council.

For more information and all recipients please visit the respective funding sections on our website: Arts and Culture; C H Izard Bequest; and Natural Environment Fund for links to past allocations.