Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pay dirt

As we have come to expect from Creative NZ grants, the focus of the last round was institutions. Although the most recent grants are offered to “support projects by New Zealand artists, practitioners and arts organisations” there are precious few practitioners on the list. For the visual arts it’s John Reynolds with a whopping $111,125 and Wayne Barrar with $21,040 (albeit via the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for a publication rather than creating work). There was also money for a few projects like the China Beijing and McCahon House Residencies that support individual New Zealand artists, but the kind of people who can take advantage of them is always limited.

One new institution on the payroll is art critic John Hurrell who snagged $69,800.