Creative NZ PR

Creative NZ have sent me this PR:

Creative New Zealand today has clarified the amount of funding provided to the Letting Space exhibition The Beneficiary’s Office by Tao Well.

Creative New Zealand invested $44,790 in the Wellington Independent Arts TrustLetting Space project; a public art programme of six exhibitions.  Tao Well’s exhibition is the third in the series. The curators leading the project are Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery. towards curating and commissioning public art works as part of the

Creative New Zealand understands that Tao Well received an artist’s fee of $2000 and a further total $1500 for expenses for his project.

The artists working in this series of projects are looking to generate discussion in the community around social issues and art.

All applicants to Creative New Zealand are assessed on the basis of artistic quality and contribution to our strategic outcomes. Projects are assessed on the basis of the idea, the process, the track record of the people involved, the budget, plus, where applicable, innovation, community arts participation, and diversity (cultural diversity, Matauranga Maori, or Kaupapa Pasifika).

Creative New Zealand’s role as the national arts development agency is to provide financial support to artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to assist them to research, create, publicly present and distribute the arts in their various forms.

We distribute around $11 million each year in Contestable Funding to support projects that develop New Zealand arts, artists and arts practitioners.

Letting Space is a public art programme in Wellington New Zealand that seeks to transform the relationship between artists, property developers and their city. It commissions temporary art works from leading New Zealand contemporary artists for commercial CBD spaces.

The first works in the Letting Space series were “pop-up” installations by Dugal McKinnon (18 April – 9 May, 141 Willis Street) and Kim Paton (21 May – 6 June, 38 Ghuznee Street). The next project Taking Stock by Eve Armstrong will be in November 2010. They will be followed by projects by Colin Hodson and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith in 2011.

This just makes me even more determined to lobby for a budget reduction for them. There is nothing innovative about a guy advocating that people should stop working and bludge off those of us who keep working. Far from being innovative, this is a well established attitude amongst some.

I have an idea for ACT on Campus. They should apply for a grant to set up some human artwork in an office, with the artwork being them advocating that the top tax rate should be 25% so people don’t need to work so long to make ends meet.

How could that not qualify for the largesse from Creative NZ?

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