Over the course of the 2013–16 Statement of Intent Creative New Zealand will systematically overhaul how it does its business of granting to minimise compliance and modernise how users interact with it.
This includes streamlining application systems and processes, so our day-to-day business is less time consuming for our clients, and to ensure the reporting we ask of clients is more consistent with the level of funding provided to them.
This three-year period will continue to be fiscally constrained. However, we are fortunate to have the support of the Lottery grants Board, which has increased its funding to Creative New Zealand from $31.0m in 2012/13 to a forecast $31.5m for 2013/14.
Over the next three years, Creative New Zealand will continue to deliver its core business of funding, capability building and advocacy consist with its legislation. There are also some particular priorities we will be focusing on over this period.
Simplifying our systems and organizational structure
A top priority will be continuing to simplify our application forms and guidelines. We are introducing a new grants management system so applicants can apply and provide support materials online for the first time. The new system will also simplify the collation of information for reporting to stakeholders.
Further streamlining will be possible with the passing of The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill, which will replace Creative New Zealand’s existing governance structure of one council and three funding bodies with a single council of 13 members.
The rebuild continues
Another priority is continuing our work over the last two years to support the recovery of the arts sector in Christchurch. We will keep working with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
in the development and implementation of its Christchurch Cultural Recovery Programme. We will also continue our work with the Ministry and key recovery agencies to help keep the arts integral to the Christchurch recovery.
Creative New Zealand will also maintain its direct support for the recovery of the arts in and around Christchurch. The focus of Creative New Zealand’s response has shifted from emergency to recovery as we help artists and arts organisations to remain in or return to the city.
Our revised Earthquake Recovery Grants programme will support proposals that make it easier for artists and arts organisations to make and present art in the city, such as performances in unusual or temporary venues or the subsidising of tickets to attract diverse audiences.
While there is much to achieve, Christchurch people are responding with enthusiasm to the increasing number of arts events now available.
For example, in 2012 attendance levels for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and The Court Theatre had returned to pre-earthquake levels. The arts sector is overcoming the difficulties of performing in a severely damaged city to ensure their community is entertained and inspired.
“When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.”1
Our international reputation
Another significant area of work for Creative New Zealand over the next three years will be acting as an agent of the Crown to support major government-to-government initiatives. In 2013, Creative New Zealand is funding and managing Bill Culbert’s exhibition for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary visual art exhibition. This year’s exhibition has support from Te Papa, Christchurch Art Gallery, Massey University and Auckland Art Gallery. Patrons have raised a record level of funds to support the exhibition and, for the first time, a programme of public events at home will coincide with the exhibition in Venice.
Creative New Zealand has also committed support for New Zealand’s presence at the 2015 Biennale. In 2016, we will fund and manage New Zealand’ delegation to the 12th four-yearly Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam.