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Want to be a part of the 2019 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival?

We’re looking for artists from all genres who would like to be a part of the 2019 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is an annual, curated, multi-arts festival held in the remarkable surrounds of the award-winning Hamilton Gardens.

The festival includes professional performances and workshops across theatre, dance, music, comedy, visual arts, film, literature, and games. In 2018, the festival included award-winning bands, opera, children’s theatre, theatrical escape games, kapa haka, street performers, a visual arts exhibition, comedians, and much more.

We are particularly looking for:

  • artists that can and do respond to the unique sites of the Hamilton Gardens. If you are not familiar with the Gardens we suggest that you have a look here to get an idea of the many remarkable spaces that make up the Gardens.
  • artists who are presenting projects inspired by or reflective of local people, places and events.
  • musicians who would like to perform in the Festival Hub, a space at the festival that hosts free (to the public) performances every night and during the weekends.
  • artists who would like to run interactive, creative events such as workshops, tours, and discussions.

The 2019 Festival will take place from Wednesday 20th February – Sunday 3rd March 2019.

If you wish to submit a proposal, expressions of interest close on 22nd July 2018. Please note that for this year, we are asking for less information than previous festival call outs; at this stage we just need to know what you’d like to do in the festival so we can discuss it further with you. 

We will then be going through all proposals and will contact you between the 23rd and 31st of July.


Note: If you have already submitted an idea directly to the festival, there is no need to complete another submission – we’ll be in touch.


Midland MRI National Youth Art Award

Entries are now open for the Midland MRI National Youth Art Award and they close on July 27th 2018. This years judge is the amazing Anna Mile's

For an entry form, please visit www.wsa.org.nz or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email; wsanyaa2018@gmail.com

Suffrage 125 Community Fund application guide

This guide will assist you with your Suffrage 125 Community Fund application. Please familiarise yourself with this guide before starting the funding application form.  

Who can apply:

  • Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, iwi/hapū/whānau/marae, and individuals. Individuals may also apply and partner with community groups and others.
  • Applicants do not need to be a legal entity, however, references will be required to ascertain suitability and credibility of the applicant to deliver on their proposal
  • Applicants should demonstrate:
  • their ability to deliver the project, event, or activity
  • the likelihood of success of the proposal and how it will achieve its goals
  • community support for the proposal
  • how the effectiveness of the project will be evaluated and reported on.

Although partnership funding is not a requirement, priority will be given to organisations that can show they have secured additional funding, and the level of funding from other sources will be taken into account.

What may be funded

Examples of projects, events or activities that may be funded:

  • Public hui, wānanga, seminars, or debates 
  • Sport or recreation projects
  • Arts and cultural initiatives including music, theatre, dance, literature, visual art, craft object art, Māori arts, Pacific arts, and multi-disciplinary projects
  • Digital or education resources
  • Commemorative and legacy projects.

What will not be funded:

  • Projects that have been completed before Tuesday, 14 August, 2018. 
  • Requests for retrospective funding.
  • Core or ongoing work of the group, organisation, or service
  • Events outside New Zealand
  • Travel costs
  • Operating expenses of organisations
  • Capital works ie, infrastructure projects and the purchase of land and buildings
  • Reunions
  • Catering costs including alcohol
  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies
  • Academic research or research that would otherwise be eligible for funding from a tertiary institution. 
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand
  • Generation of profits
  • Projects lead by government agencies.

Total funding requested

  • Applications must be for grants of $1,000 or more. We anticipate most grants will be in the $5,000 - $20,000 range. 
  • There is no limit to the amount an applicant can request. There will, however, be pressure on the funds available and the assessment panel may not be able to fund all projects or provide the full amount requested.

Key dates:

  • Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified on the success of their application on Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel appointed by the Ministry for Women. 

For more information contact us or visit the website for more details.

Arts for Health 2018 Art Competition

Dust off your paint brushes and start composing your artwork for our 6th Annual Art Competition. Entries are to be delivered to 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton on Friday 10th August 2018 between 8am and 11am, or the week prior with arrangement. Great cash prizes!! Please email office@artsforhealth.co.nz if you have any questions. You can find the entry form and rules here.

Arts for Health