Fundraising Success to Send Writer to France — 16.08.16

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has been secured in perpetuity following a campaign that raised just over $800,000

For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New Zealand writer to live for up to six months in Menton, France. There, they have access to the writing room in Villa Isola Bella where one of New Zealand's most famous writers, Katherine Mansfield, once lived. The list of past Katherine Mansfield Fellows reads like a Who's Who of New Zealand literature. Each Fellow has benefited from this life-changing experience, which has resulted in an impressive array of award-winning books.

Under threat from a decline in sponsorship, the Winn Manson Menton Trust had an agreement with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand that if $800,000 could be raised, the Foundation would permanently invest the funds and manage the residency. The fundraising campaign, chaired by Wellington Financial Adviser Keith Ferguson, and managed by the Arts Foundation, reached its target this month.

“We are hugely grateful to all the people who supported the campaign as donors and volunteers," said Mr Ferguson, “We are also grateful to the New Zealand France Friendship Fund and Creative New Zealand for making substantial grants."

Hot on the heels of reaching the target, the Arts Foundation announced there would be a Fellowship offered in 2017. The three-month residency, worth $35,000, is opened for applications  via the Creative New Zealand websiteApplications closed on 23 September 2016.

The selected applicant will be celebrated at the New Zealand Arts Awards on 23 November 2016 in Auckland. The New Zealand Arts Awards is an annual event, produced by the Arts Foundation, where $480,000 is distributed to artists as awards and residencies.

“The Arts Foundation is thrilled to present this prestigious Fellowship as part of New Zealand Arts Awards," said Simon Bowden, Arts Foundation Executive Director, “The Fellowship is one of the most important awards in New Zealand and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in saving it.”

The Arts Foundation of New Zealand manages a number of programs with donors including the annual Laureate and New Generation Awards. People wanting to leave a legacy to the arts can contact the Arts Foundation, which also runs a crowdfunding website called Boosted.

Top image: 2015 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Anna Jackson in Menton, France.

List of past Fellows

2015 Anna Jackson
2014 Mandy Hager
2013 Greg McGee
2012 Justin Paton
2011 Chris Price
2010 Ken Duncum
2009 Jenny Pattrick
2008 Damien Wilkins
2007 Stuart Hoar
2006 Dame Fiona Kidman
2005 Ian Wedde
2004 Bill Manhire
2003 Tessa Duder
2002 Jenny Bornholdt
2001 Catherine Chidgey
2000 Stephanie Johnson
1999 Elizabeth Knox
1998 Maurice Shadbolt
1997 Roger Hall
1996 Owen Marshall
1995 Fiona Farrell
1994 Vincent O'Sullivan
1993 Witi Ihimaera
1992 Maurice Gee
1991 Nigel Cox
1990 Lisa Greenwood
1989 Lloyd Jones
1988 Louis Johnson
1987 Russell Haley
1986 Michael Harlow
1985 Michael Gifkins
1984 Rowley Habib
1983 Allen Curnow
1982 Michael Jackson
1981 Lauris Edmond
1980 Marilyn Duckworth
1979 Philip Temple
1978 Spiro Zavos
1977 Barry Mitcalfe
1976 Michael King
1975 David Mitchell
1974 Janet Frame
1973 James McNeish
1972 C K Stead
1971 Margaret Scott
1970 Owen Leeming

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