Creative NZ funds some pretty odd art projects. But in response to COVID-19 they’ve taken taxpayer-funded weirdness to new heights, with a new $16 million ‘Arts Continuity’ fund.
The Taxpayers’ Union has put together a list of highlights from the grants announced so far:
To research and write the first draft of a novel about male affection in hypermasculine spaces.
Towards the composition, recording and production of music inspired by the psychogeography of the West Coast.
To support the personnel costs and post-production editing for an art documentary based on Papua New Guinea tattoo practice and revival.
Towards writing a children’s picture book (text only) about sustainable community activist Helen Dew.
To create and develop an online publication, arts learning resources and musical content based on children’s drag theatre show, The Glitter Garden.
Towards intensive artistic research and development.
Towards the composition and instrumental arrangement of 10 songs for children, from ideas given by children.
Towards writing poetry that explores indigeneity and love in the time of climate change.
Towards writing a novel about the collapse of democracy in an association of alpaca breeders.
Towards a dance concept video showcasing the impact Coronavirus has had on the New Zealand Chinese community.
Towards the development of a first draft of a play that explores the menstrual cycle.
Towards an Indigenised Hypno-soundscape to take you to the imagined worlds of our Kōrero Pūrākau.
Towards development of a movement technique that guides and empowers the participants in becoming specialists in their own body.
Towards 3 x hour-long live-streamed electronic music performances with live visual animations, from a kitchen in Paekakariki.
Towards a wananga for Maori healing theatre practitioners.
Towards composing and recording ten original compositions inspired by emotions felt during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Towards development of a new body of work exploring modernism, feminism & queerness, with specific reference to the Otago region.
Towards revision and editing of a sailing memoir.
Towards a Māori, queer, young adult novel adaptation of Hamlet based on my innovative unproduced screenplay ‘Hamarete’.
Towards designing new Māori typefaces for print and digital.
Towards the writing, arranging and preproduction of music that forms a song-cycle from the suburban labyrinth.
Someone ought to ask the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Heritage what she thinks.