About our
arts programme


Our Arts programme aims to bring Asia into the mainstream of New Zealand arts by inspiring New Zealand arts professionals to grow their connections and knowledge of Asia. It also supports the presentation of Asian arts in partnership with New Zealand arts organisations and events.

We have a proud history of supporting the development of individual practitioners and Asian arts projects in New Zealand through arts sector grants and artist residencies.

Both the Auckland and Christchurch lantern festivals and Auckland and Wellington Diwali festivals were founded by the Foundation. Due to their success, these festivals are  now delivered by the relevant local government event teams.

Support for arts projects that attract a broad audience continues today with the development of deeper partnerships with New Zealand galleries, venues, festivals and regional and local government.

The Foundation currently offers the following programmes of arts funding: