What goes into arts budgets?

A two part evening focussing on what goes into project budgets.

Monday, June 27, 6pm
Te Pou Theatre, 44A Portage Rd, New Lynn

Part 1 – a full and frank sharing (6:00 – 7:15 pm)
Experienced arts producers Amber Cureen, Naomi McCleary and Ross Liew have all agreed to share one of their project budgets with you, talking about their processes, what they’ve learned to include, and how they juggled funding sources and commissioning expectations to bring everything together.

Whether your interest better financial planning for your events or writing better budgets for funding applications this event will give you lots of ideas to help you from where do you start to what have you forgotten.

Part 2 – Bring your own (7:30 – 8:00 pm)
All three presenters will be available afterwards workshop your budget with you. Bring along a project budget for a forthcoming event, exhibition, show or festival and they’ll help you with it.

We will be taking bookings for this part of the evening – email broker@artswhau.org.nz to reserve a slot.


Amber Cureen – Te Pou Theatre
Amber is a tikanga Māori focused producer who has been delivering professional theatre since 2009, formerly with SmackBang Theatre Company and currently with Te Rehia Theatre Company and Ruia Taitea Creative.  Amber’s production experience includes co-production of many innovative mainstage shows (Raising The Titanics, Te Awarua, Hoki Mai Tama Mā, SolOTHELLO) and youth shows (Ruia Te Kakano and Maui Magic series) to theatre, festivals, communities, marae and schools. Amber is currently heading the new annual Kōanga Festival (Spring Festival) and Diversity Programme (Ngā Tini Reo o Te Pou) with Ruia Taitea Creative at Te Pou Theatre and is Business Manager for the new kaupapa Māori run venue.

Naomi McCleary – Going West Festival
Naomi McCleary is a co-founder of the Going West Book and Writers Festival and was the Festival Producer. Naomi is an arts advocate for West Auckland and was Waitakere City Council’s first Arts Manager.  She oversaw the development of many arts initiatives  including a ground-breaking practice of integrating the work of artists into the fabric of urban development, the restoration of Colin McCahon’s French Bay house and the establishment of the McCahon House Artists’ Residency. Naomi was the first recipient of an Outstanding Individual Contribution Award from Creative New Zealand for her services to the arts within local government. She currently works as a free-lance arts consultant.

Ross Liew – Trust Me / Cut Collective

Ross’ background is in art, design, photography and education. He has been an exhibiting artist for 15 years. His primary focus is the role of public space as a platform for creating and viewing art. He founded Cut Collective in 2006, a group of artists who prioritise the creation of accessible art experiences for audiences outside galleries or institutional settings. Ross works as an independent curator for the mural festivals Graffiato and All Fresco. He has coordinated the art programme for the Splore Festival for the last two years. Ross has also curated projects for Red Bull, Te Tuhi, St Paul St Galleries, the New Dowse, Auckland Art Gallery, Waterfront Auckland and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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