Arts Ball

New Zealand Arts Ball 2019 | Auction Items


It isn’t easy being an artist in Aotearoa. Let’s make it not so.

Did you know that 63% of creative professionals feel their remuneration is unfair? Compared to a national median income of $35,800, median creative income is $15,000. This is because just over half the creative professionals surveyed (55%) supplement their income by also working outside the creative sector.

$26 per hour is the level at which creative professionals start to feel their remuneration is fair.

Those undertaking work outside of the creative sector appear to be doing so out of necessity, rather than choice. Once creative professionals start making $50,000 or more per year they’re more likely to only work inside the creative sector.

A Profile of Creative Professionals, Creative New Zealand, 2019.


Springboard is a series of packages that will help outstanding young artists kick- start a career in the arts with a year of funding and support from the Arts Foundation.

Through a collective call out, we’ll ask arts organisations to nominate the freshest and brightest talent in the land to be supported for a year. They’ll receive a funding lift to their career – whether it pays for studio rent, their salary, travel or research. What we raise at NZ Arts Ball will help springboard them into a serious career that they might not be able to do otherwise.

As well as the funding support, we’ll match each Springboard recipient with an artistic mentor and the guidance
of an Arts Foundation Kotahi donor for a year.

The artistic mentor will be paid for their care and attention over the year, and the Arts Foundation team will facilitate and document these important partnerships.


Art+Object’s Ben Plumbly will be leading the charge with an auction of experiences and art to help us raise funds for our new Springboard programme. We’ve outlined some examples of what’s on offer on the night. More to come online closer to the time.


Five pre-loved works from five Arts Foundation friends
Five of the Arts Foundation’s past supporters and some of New Zealand’s great collectors have put up an art work from their own collection for the cause. You can bid on one of five pre-loved pieces and have it in your own home, knowing it was chosen by someone with a great eye for art.

  1. John and Jo Gow (Auckland)
  2. Garth Gallaway (Christchurch)
  3. Jan Warburton (Dunedin)
  4. Andrew and Jenny Smith (Auckland)
  5. We’re working our magic - stand by!

Details of the works and all other auction items will be emailed to you prior to 31 August with terms and conditions.


1. Three day weekend for ten in your private bay at the bottom of Waiheke, complete with a chef
Generously donated by an Arts Foundation trustee, you and nine friends will stay

in a magnificent home at Omaru Bay, complete with your own chef for two nights. You’ll have a couple of Land Rovers for the weekend, supplied by Land Rover New Zealand, so you can head over on
the car ferry on Friday, then be greeted with champagne and canapés. Soak up the phenomenal view while your chef cooks dinner, then hit the pool, hot-tub and sauna! On one of the days, enjoy a personal tour of neighbouring O’Connells Bay Sculpture Park, with pre-packed picnic. (Cannot be taken in prime holiday times, all dietaries to be sent prior to arrival, dates will need to coincide with O’Connells Bay Sculpture Park availability).

2. Amano long lunch chez vous for ten (plus a Laureate)
Enjoy Amano’s famous Aotearoa-Italian hospitality in your backyard. Invite

nine of your friends over to enjoy the most effortless long lunch possible. Amano’s catering offer smacks of
casual sophistication with food of exceptional provenance. They’ll supply four courses, plus wine, for ten and the Arts Foundation’s Brown Bread Ltd will generously cover the fee for a past Arts Foundation Laureate to speak or perform for your guests.

3. Have a ball in Fiji for eight over seven days
Thanks to an Arts Foundation trustee
– you and seven friends will enjoy a week in one of the most outstanding beachside private homes in the South Pacific. Set in an extensive private tropical garden and complete with your own lagoon pool this home is managed by Six Senses Fiji. Located on the sunset side of Malolo Island - just 40 minutes by hotel transfer boat from Denarau,

or 10 minutes by helicopter direct from Nadi International airport. Self-cater or enjoy one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants and bars. Six Senses provide water sports, including sailing and surfing, an outstanding spa with a tree top yoga pavilion, an alchemy bar and a weekly activity schedule taking you on out-of-the-ordinary experiences. But it’s the private pool that has to be seen to be believed.

4. Weekend for four in Hawke’s Bay, Craggy Range style
Four of you will make your way to Hawke’s Bay, collect some chic wheels, and settle in for a weekend amongst the vines in a two-bedroom cottage

at Craggy Range Winery. Under the spectacular escarpment of Te Mata Peak enjoy head chef Casey McDonalds’s signature Hawke’s Bay tasting menu at the two hatted Craggy Range Restaurant, complemented by Craggy Range wine.

5. Best of Queenstown – food, art, golf and a bit of adventure for six
You and five friends will make your own way to Queenstown to enjoy food, art, golf and a bit of adventure! On day one you’ll enjoy a private tour of the The Hills Golf Club, concentrating on the incredible art collection before enjoying lunch for six

at the clubhouse. Leap frog to Millbrook Resort where you’ll test your handicap and stay two nights at an art-filled, privately owned, three-bedroom home. Add in some adventure by taking on the AJ Hackett Nevis Swing Bungy or Kawarau Bungy for six, then settle things down with dinner at Rata, gifted by Josh Emmett.

6. Enjoy the Venice Biennale 2021 with Singapore Airlines
Whether you’ve been before, or you’re going again, Singapore Airlines will fly you to Venice, Business Class, to enjoy what some call the ‘Olympics of the art world’. This package is simple – it comes with the best service, great food and two 2-day tickets to the Biennale. Package can be taken from February – November 2021. You can even get there in time for the Vernissage – the opening week – and join the legendary New Zealand at Venice Patron programme to support the artist for the 2021 New Zealand presentation, (to be announced soon we believe).

There’ll be more auction items and other ways to be part of the night - stay tuned!