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Open Invitation to Funding Hui

Creative Coromandel He Mana Toi Moehau Trust is excited to host a workshop later this month aimed at supporting artists in understanding and navigating the process of gaining funding for arts projects through grants.    


The hui, backed by Creative Waikato, Creative NZ , and Creative Communities Scheme will be held in the culturally rich, relaxed and supportive environment of  Matai Whetu Marae in Kopu. It is hoped that the setting will particularly encourage more of our talented Maori creatives to come and learn how to source and receive financial backing.   


Aroha Hathaway, who has been involved in the organisation and promotion of the workshop says taking some of the mystery out of the grant process will help our local artists to feel more confident about seeking funding.    

“Sometimes the application process can seem overwhelming and daunting. This hui has been set up to break through the rhetoric and help make sense of what the application is actually asking” she explains. The hui also provides an opportunity for our artists, both established and up and coming, to come together and share experiences in a safe environment.”    


“We have so many wonderful local artists doing incredible work but many aren’t aware of what funding is available, what can be supported or how to go about getting that information. He Mana Toi Moehau Trust understands that there are often many barriers that prevent people getting this information and, by having this  hui, we hope to  remove as many of those barriers as we can,” Aroha adds.    


As part of making the workshop accessible for as many artists as possible, lunch will be provided, tamariki are welcome and some funding is available to assist with transport. The hui is open to all Coromandel creatives of all cultures and all artforms. Aroha is particularly keen to see as many Maori artists as possible coming along and taking advantage of this unique opportunity.    


“If you are interested, invested and passionate about Maori arts in the Hauraki region, piki mai, kake mai,” says Aroha.    


The hui takes place on Saturday 24th August, from 10am to 3pm, with a powhiri at 9.30am. Creative NZ, who manages and promotes the majority of grant schemes for those in the arts sector, will have experts on site to talk with those attending about how to write the best possible funding application. There will also be discussion groups where artists will be able to ask questions and get specific help and advice.    


He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel chair, Jan Wright, believes the hui will not only offer practical assistance but will be invigorating and enabling for people who have a creative plan jiggling about in their heads. 


 “We really want to help get those plans out of the head and onto paper where they can feasibly be funded; an invitation is extended particularly to our rohe toi artists. We want to know you and help you access funding. 


“I would like to sincerely thank Matai Whetu Marae for hosting this important meeting. One of He Mana Toi Moehau Trust’s core goals is to increase the profile of Maori art and artists on the Peninsula. I hope that through this hui we can open up more pathways to allow this to happen and I encourage anyone who wants to see the arts flourish and thrive to attend. I have the sense that this is going to be a very special cultural gathering” she adds.      


Anyone interested in attending the hui can find further information here      


Article published 6th August 2019 

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