The Arts Foundation was instigated in the late 1990s by patrons wanting to support New Zealand's finest artists to create more work. We have several financial awards for artists and we honour significant New Zealand Artists with Icon Awards. Our Awards are unique as recipients are selected without knowing they are under consideration.
We produce the New Zealand Arts Awards. This annual event features ten or more awards for artists from across disciplines with around $400,000 donated on the Awards night.
You can make a one off donation, become a member on an annual subscription, or leave a legacy. You can work in partnership with us to create a fund for a specific purpose, such as an award for one particular art-form.
When you give to the Arts Foundation, the world of artists opens up to you. We travel around New Zealand, with events and awards, featuring artists in discussion and performance. We maintain this website; provide regular emailed updates and produce a newsletter called Applause and we have a Facebook page. We explore the arts through the people that create the art and we have found that their ideas are windows through which to explore the arts and all its colours.
At the Foundation you participate, not just give. So join today and become part of the team that is giving artists a liberating boost, honouring their past and investing in all of our futures.