September 21, 2012


In recognition of the widespread and rapidly changing use of digital technologies across all artforms, Creative New Zealand is changing the way it funds media arts.  

Instead of having a specific funding category called Media Arts, Creative New Zealand will be looking for ways to support those making effective use of digital technologies across all areas of arts practice.

Activities and projects able to supported through the previous Media Arts category will still be able to be considered for funding support. Applicants are advised to contact a Creative New Zealand Funding Adviser prior to making a funding application.

Creative New Zealand is particularly interested in the innovative and cost-effective use of digital technologies to make high quality art works and/or to enable New Zealanders to engage and interact with the arts.

The new approach is based on feedback from the arts community to the discussion paper on media arts and digital platforms Do my arts look good on this?, published by Creative New Zealand in November 2011.

To support the arts sector’s growing use of digital technologies , Creative New Zealand from 2013 will:

  • give a priority to project proposals that will make an innovative and cost-effective use of digital technology through Quick Response and Arts Grants.
  • work with other agencies to develop digital documentation guidelines and collate information on how artists can protect their intellectual property and the cultural integrity of digitised material.
  • continue to consider proposals to the Toi Uru Kahikatea programme that support New Zealand artists and practitioners working with digital platforms and technologies, and that provide opportunities for audiences to digitally view and interact with high quality New Zealand artwork.
  • support communities to use digital platforms and technologies for small-scale, screen-based local projects through the Creative Communities Scheme.

The increasing use of digital technologies was evident in the recently released Creative New Zealand survey, New Zealanders in the Arts: attitudes, attendance and participation in 2011.

The survey showed that increasing numbers of New Zealanders viewed artforms and purchased tickets online.

The survey also showed that 80 percent of the young people surveyed had used a computer to create art works and digital arts practice was the area they most wanted to be involved in.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Emma Ward I Arts Adviser
09 365 1416  

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