Call for Proposals

Do you have an idea for a creative project or event that you’d like to make happen in the Whau local board area between October 2017 and July 2018?

The Whau Community Arts Broker is now calling for projects that would like support to take place locally.

– can be from across all art forms from music and literature to dance, theatre, performance, visual and applied arts and take place anywhere in the Whau.
– should give equal emphasis to community outcomes as well as artistic outcomes. How does your project include members of the wider community? This might be as participants or co-creators, or as audience members because a project happens in a particularly public space.

Projects may be supported in one or more ways including:

Project funding:
You can apply for funding to cover a projects expenses including money to pay for people’s time, materials, marketing, manaakitanga, and venue costs.
Practical assistance:
Help with finding locations, permits, planning, and applications for funding,
feedback and advice on projects in development
connections and introductions to artists, community organisations, businesses or other people you might want to involve in your project
Event or opportunity promotion:
through the Arts Whau platforms and assistance with media releases.

The exact nature of the assistance will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
Proposals which need financial support need to be with the Whau Community Arts Broker before 9 am Monday 21st of August. Requests for other forms of support can be made at any time during the year.

How to make a proposal:
Proposals are due by 9am 21st of August.

1. Get in contact with the Whau Community Arts Broker, Melissa Laing, and discuss your idea.
Mobile: 021 1829 451

2. Write your proposal and send it to her as a single document pdf

Include the following information:
An outline of your idea
It doesn’t have to be long but should include an indication of the proposed duration and frequency (this could be one off or repeated, one day, a few months or ongoing), where the activities will take place and who you expect to participate.
A budget
Who is involved and what their connection with the Whau is.
A contact name, email address and phone number.


What have we supported before?
We’ve supported a wide range of projects over the last 3 years. We’ve helped float a theatre on the Whau River, supported a pop-up arts space in the Avondale markets, and enabled intergenerational collaborations in storytelling and writing workshops, exhibitions and poster projects, sound walks, collaborative short films, jazz concerts and street performances. You can find a full list of supported projects on this website

What can I get funded for?
The purpose of the available funding is to build connections between art and communities through supporting public presentation, skill sharing, and opportunities for participation in the arts for artists and non artists alike. For funding sources for the development process of creating new work visit Creative New Zealand and search the GivMe or GivUs databases

Are there any special areas of interest for 2017/18?
We are open to all ideas and locations in the Whau and we love and want to support what you are doing already. However there are some areas we’re hoping to grow this year so they are as strong as everything else. These are:
Projects which reflect the fact that 31% of Whau residents have their roots in Asia (this includes South and Southeast Asia)
Projects which engage with the sites and residents of New Windsor.
Projects from mana whenua

What do we mean by temporary?
What is considered temporary changes with the project which could span two years or be in the public eye for just one minute. Whether your project will be available to the public for one hour, one day, one week, one month it should have an end point in mind. If the project’s duration is indefinite or will result in a permanent artwork then the Whau Community Arts Broker can point you to the people to talk to and other funding source.

What is the Whau and Whau Community Arts Brokering:
The Whau area encompasses New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Waterview, Avondale, New Windsor and Blockhouse Bay. Read more about the Local Board area here: or check it out on the map here To see what people have been doing in the Whau so far explore this website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or join our mailing list.

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