The South Taranaki district produces a wealth of creativity.
Our rich cultural history has helped shape our national identity, and helped produce New Zealand icons such as the Pātea Maori Club and author Ronald Hugh Morrieson. Our unique, dramatic landscape offers inspiration for visual artists working in a diverse range of mediums. Their artwork is showcased in our district art galleries, which also feature exhibitions from other regions. Our growing participation in public and community art reflects who we are and offers opportunities for participation and pride in our public spaces. Annual art events are a great chance for artists to get involved - give it a go and enter a competition, sell your creations at a local market or join one of our many clubs to meet like-minded people, share skills and have fun.
The South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator works with trusts, galleries, committees, schools and individuals throughout our seven towns and within our rural areas. By maintaining active links with arts groups, providers and practitioners, the Arts Co-ordinator can offer practical advice to support you or help you make local connections that will aid you in achieving your artistic goals.
Next Funding Round - early 2020
The South Taranaki Creative Communities Scheme provides funding assistance for community-based arts activities in South Taranaki that meet one or more of the following funding criteria:
- Broad community involvement - A project that will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
- Diversity - A project that will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
- Young people - A project that will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.
Click here to find out more on whether your project is able to be funded through the Creative Communities Scheme and how to make an application.
Results from last funding round
The first round of the Creative Communities Scheme for 2019/20 closed in September and 8 applications were considered by the Allocation Committee on 1 October. A total of $ $12,666.28 was distributed to the following successful applicants:
- Laura Buchanan - $411.75 towards Beach Litter Whale Tails – the creation and presentation of Whale tail sculpture to be secured at a South Taranaki Beach to encourage participation in art and caring for the environment.
- Little Dog Barking Theatre - $2960 towards The Pond Tour of South Taranaki – a performance offered to South Taranaki Schools portraying topics of environments, recycling and technology.
- Kaupokonui and Districts Beach Society - $1478 towards the Youth Country Karaoke Hoedown – A forum to encourage young people to sing/perform their favourite songs in front of an audience.
- South Taranaki Justices of the Peace Association - $2000 towards the Performance at the Official Opening – a performance by the Patea Maori Club at the New Zealand Justices of the Peace Association’ National Conference.
- Lulu Evolving Artist - $1190.68 towards Waiinu Clay Club – Clay classes bringing the community together to participate in ceramic art.
- Ohawe Creative Community - $707.60 towards Ohawe Creative Community – the selling of locally made arts and crafts as well as Clay, Creative Drawing and Printing workshops.
- Kaponga Primary School - $3830 towards the Biennial Production (Wearable Arts Show) – A show portraying the students wearable creations based around Myths and Legends.
The next application round will open in early 2020, with more information and application forms provided early in the new year.
Te Tohu a Toi
State of the Arts is a seasonal newsletter that is produced for those who are interested in all things arts and culture that is going on around the district.
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