Results of Craft/Object and Visual Arts Reviews

Creative New Zealand,
22 August 2014, New Zealand

Increased support for craft/object makers and visual artists so they can undertake large-scale projects is one of the results of Creative New Zealand’s reviews of craft/object and visual arts in New Zealand.

In reports published today, the Arts Council approved changes to:

enable established craft/object makers and visual artists to apply for a maximum $65,000 a year for up to two years as an Arts Grant, rather than the current maximum of $65,000 for one year only

achieve a better balance of support between emerging and established craft/object makers and visual artists through Arts Grants

support publicly funded art galleries and museums to provide residencies and internships for curators, makers, and visual artists, as well as providing support for publications and events which encourage discussion on local artists and makers and their practice

increase the value of the biennial Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship to $100,000, from $65,000 and to extend the fellowship from one to two years

consider a wider range of hosting options for Creative New Zealand’s international visual arts residencies, as alternatives to the existing residencies in Berlin and New York, which will continue to be offered in 2016

increase the maximum funding for booth fees for the International Art Fair Initiative to $20,000, from $15,000

Creative New Zealand will continue to support the presentation of visual and craft/object art in non-commercial spaces as key roles in the multi-year Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) Investment Programme.


The review also recognised the need to support an organization to deliver a range of services for the craft/object sector including national promotion of high quality work by local artists as well as their creative and professional development.


The review was informed by focus groups from the craft/object and visual arts sectors. Draft reports with recommendations for each artform were published in June this year.  In total 267 submissions were received on the reports, the majority via an online questionnaire.


Creative New Zealand regularly reviews its support for different artforms to ensure our resources are being used to effect to support them.


More detailed information on the full range of initiatives agreed plus analysis and findings are in the Craft/Object Art Review Final Report 2014 and Visual Arts Review Final Report 2014.


Our thanks goes to all those who took the time to contribute to our reviews.