Kotahi. United. One.

Collectively backing artists to make their mark.

For 20 years we’ve been celebrating and empowering New Zealand’s artists with awards that grow mana and financial support.

Now we’re on a mission to build on the generosity that has gone before so more givers can make their mark on more artists. We want to collectively amplify the impact our country’s most outstanding artists are having on New Zealand, whether it’s strengthening our cultural identity, furthering their discipline and communities contributing to the wellbeing of Aotearoa, or leading important movements.

Here’s what we’re doing, with your help.

Awards With Impact

We honour New Zealand’s most significant artists as Arts Foundation Icons, a living circle of twenty artists celebrated for their extraordinary lifetime achievements.

Ten transformational Arts Foundation Laureates recognise and celebrate artists with outstanding potential for future growth whose practise is having an impact on New Zealand.

We’re launching a new programme, Springboard, that kickstarts art careers for young artists, offering them a chance to work as an artist for a year thanks to funding and personal support from our supporters, and alumni of Laureates.


Boosted is our crowdfunding platform where artists can rally New Zealanders to support their arts projects. The only dedicated arts crowdfunding platform in the country, Boosted generates around $1,000,000 in financial support for artists every year. It boasts an impressive 85% success rate, leading the charge for crowdfunding platforms in New Zealand.

After six years in development and game-changing support from the Parkin Gift, we’re refreshing the web-platform to enable even more donations and take Boosted to the next level.

Arts Month

Arts help people thrive. It’s time to get the word out. We’re starting the conversation with a month dedicated to uncovering what arts mean to New Zealand. Events, expression and exploration from Kaitaia to Bluff.

Many voices

Our artists are changemakers and thought leaders. They help shape and nurture our cultural identity. It’s time to give them some oxygen.

To help young people express themselves beyond the conventional. For a thriving, culturally confident New Zealand. To promote the arts as a viable career option. To show Aotearoa the power arts can have on our communities… we need a collective voice.

The Arts Foundation wants to help make some noise and start a conversation around what the arts are - a kōrero that everyone in New Zealand can take part in.

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