4.1 Arts and cultural activities
Ngā mahi toi me ngā ngohe ahurea
Supporting arts activity adds vibrancy to the city as well as promoting inclusive, tolerant and strong communities.
What we do
- Galleries and museums
- Visitor attractions (Te Papa and Carter Observatory)
- Arts and cultural festivals
- Cultural grants
- Access and support for community arts
- Arts partnerships
- Regional Amenities
Our arts activities ensure Wellington builds on its reputation as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital by continuing to be home to top-class museums and art galleries, orchestras, dance and theatre companies. A strong arts and culture sector contributes to a diverse economy, healthy and connected communities and high quality of life. Wellingtonians also tell us that ‘creativity’ is an important part of Wellington’s identity and an important reason for why they choose to live here.
- Regional Amenities Fund – local authorities in the Wellington region are working together on a Regional Amenities Fund. The Fund works as a ‘top up’ funding mechanism for entities that provide regional benefits primarily in the arts, culture and environmental attractions and events sectors. This fund will ensure that regionally significant entities can be developed or sustained in the Wellington region to contribute to the region’s quality of life and attractiveness to residents and visitors. We have budgeted $609,200 for this programme in 2013/14.
- Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) – this programme is provided in partnership with Council’s International Relations team and the Asia NZ Foundation. We support one resident artist (from Asia) and one exchange artist (a Wellington-based artist going to Asia) each year.
- Wellington Museums Trust – In 2012/13 we provided the Wellington Museums Trust with funding to undertake a feasibility study into the accommodation issues for Capital E, which commenced in December 2012. It has been based in the Council-owned Civic Square building since 1998. In 2013/14 we will use the re-visioning of Capital E as the foundation for a new delivery model for this unique hub of young people’s creativity.
- Te Papa funding – we are continuing to fund Te Papa at $2.25 million per year. Negotiations with Te Papa on a new funding agreement have been completed. The process resulted in Te Papa having a new and deeper understanding of Council’s strategic priorities and how it can contribute to these as a highly valued and critical part of the cultural capital infrastructure of Wellington. The new funding agreement and accompanying forward plan clearly outlines how this contribution will be made. Progress against the provisions and performance measures will be regularly reported back to Council.
- Toi Pōneke – we are undertaking a review of this arts centre to see how it delivers on the new Arts and Culture Strategy and whether the current building is fit for purpose. The report will review Toi Poneke’s position in Wellington and the service it provides, and outline a set of recommendations going forward. Any changes resulting from the review will be subject to further consultation with the community.
- New Zealand International Arts Festival – Held every two years, the country’s premier arts festival attracts world class dance and opera companies, performers, singers, visual artists and theatre groups. This will be held in March 2014.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
- 90% are satisfied with Council supported arts and cultural festivals
- 80% of customers are satisfied with the New Zealand International Arts Festival
- 130,000 tickets are sold to the New Zealand International Arts Festival, with 30% sold to customers outside the region
- New Zealand International Arts Festival contributes at least $40 million to the city’s economy
- 90% of users are satisfied with Toi Pōneke facilities and services
- 95% of cultural grant applicants are satisfied with support and advice received from council
- 95% of grants funds are successfully allocated (through milestones being met)
- 90% of outcomes are delivered (previous projects – weighted by $ value)
- 1.35 million people will visit Te Papa, including 495,000 New Zealand visitors, and 350,000 from outside the region
- Museums and galleries (including Carter Observatory) will have a total of 605,000 visits
- 750,000 (estimated) attend arts and cultural festivals held in the city
- The total number of performers and attendees at supported events will increase on the previous year
- Cultural grants - 50% of first time applicants are successful
- Support artists and art projects through the Public Art Fund (there is no target for this measure)
What it will costTop
|4.1 Arts and culture activities ||Operating expenditure 2013–14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|4.1.1 - Galleries and museums (WMT) ||- ||8,317 ||8,317 ||- |
|4.1.2 - Visitor attractions (Te Papa/Carter Observatory) ||- ||3,025 ||3,025 ||- |
|4.1.3 - Arts and cultural festivals ||(410) ||2,112 ||1,702 ||- |
|4.1.4 - Cultural grants ||- ||1,019 ||1,019 ||- |
|4.1.5 - Access and support for community arts ||(68) ||509 ||441 ||26 |
|4.1.6 - Arts partnerships ||(535) ||1,770 ||1,235 ||- |
|4.1.7 - Regional Amenities Fund || - || 609 || 609 || - |
|2013/14 4.1 Total ||(1,013) ||17,361 ||16,348 ||26 |
|2012/13 4.1 Total ||(1,047) ||16,664 ||15,617 ||40 |