New Wellington Arts Policy paper

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How can Wellington continue to build the arts and creativity into its public policy? Excerpts from a recent report are below, with link to full paper... Issues and Options for a Wellington City…

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How can Wellington continue to build the arts and creativity into its public policy? Excerpts from a recent report are below, with link to full paper...

Issues and Options for a Wellington City Art Collection Policy

Wellington City Council currently spends between $7 million and $12 million per annum supporting arts and cultural activities in Wellington. The majority (75%) of this funding is allocated to the Wellington Museums Trust, Te Papa and Wellington Convention Centre. Other key spending includes Arts and Culture community grants, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and the Wellington Arts Centre.

Image: The New Wellington Arts Centre, 61-69 Abel Smith Street.How can Wellington continue to build the arts and creativity into its public policy? Excerpts from a recent report are below, with link to full paper...

Issues and Options for a Wellington City Art Collection Policy

Wellington City Council currently spends between $7 million and $12 million per annum supporting arts and cultural activities in Wellington. The majority (75%) of this funding is allocated to the Wellington Museums Trust, Te Papa and Wellington Convention Centre. Other key spending includes Arts and Culture community grants, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and the Wellington Arts Centre.

Image: The New Wellington Arts Centre, 61-69 Abel Smith Street.
These institutions provide important infrastructure for arts and culture in Wellington but there is a need to ensure that current and future arts policy and activities consider the needs of all members of the local arts community and potential connections between arts initiatives across the city, to provide the greatest benefits and opportunities for Wellington.

The development and display of a civic art collection needs to sit within the wider context of the development, promotion and retention of Wellington's arts and cultural sector - as a primary source of the city's creativity and innovation. Artists and arts professionals (producers, curators, conservators, writers, lecturers, arts administrators) working and living in Wellington need to be supported and celebrated by the city -

Download the whole policy report here:

Wellington City Arts Policy Discussion Paper

Written by

Eric Vaughn Holowacz

22 Mar 2005

Eric Vaughn Holowacz was born in Princeton, New Jersey and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Irmo High School, and was a member of its National Championship academic Quiz Bowl Team in 1986.

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