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Arts Funding & Grant Writing Seminar

grant by Phạm Thanh Lộc from the Noun Project

grant by Phạm Thanh Lộc from the Noun Project

29 MAY 

12:30 – 2:30pm

Gain more knowledge of specific arts funding areas offered through Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand. Go over specific funding guidelines and get tips and advice from someone who writes applications to trusts, foundations, city councils and Creative New Zealand.

Humphrey Tait
Advisor - Funding Services(CNZ) Felicity Birch - Senior Arts Advisor (Wellington City Council) and Claire O’Loughlin – arts and social services grants writer and theatre maker.

Facilitator Biographies

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Humphrey Tait
Advisor - Funding Services (Creative New Zealand)

Humphrey provides advice to artists and organisations about Creative New Zealand’s contestable funding programmes, and helps run these programmes behind the scenes.  Humphrey joined Creative New Zealand in 2013 as Adviser, Craft/Object & Visual Arts having previously held roles in a range of craft/object and visual arts galleries in Auckland, Christchurch and London.


Claire O’Loughlin
Arts and social services grants writer and theatre maker.

Claire O’Loughlin is a writer, theatre-maker and fundraiser, working in both the arts and social services sectors. She is co-founder and Business Director of experimental performance company Binge Culture and has worked with a number of other arts organisations including Playmarket and Barbarian Productions. Claire developed her love of clear, purposeful and effective writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters, where she obtained a MA with Distinction in Creative Writing in 2017. She is currently Trust & Grants Fundraiser at Barnardos NZ.


Felicity Birch
Senior Arts Advisor (Wellington City Council)

Felicity Birch provides advice on Wellington City Council’s arts funding and manages the annual Artsplash Festival for young people. Previously she was an Arts Adviser at Creative New Zealand for inter-arts and special opportunities. She provides advice across artforms and from professional to community based arts.


$20 per seminar

Special deal: book all 6 seminars for $100

All seminars are limited to 18 places.

In order to secure a place you must pay in advance.

Bookings must be made in person at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre reception. Payments must be received in full a week before each seminar. Unfortunately we currently have no online or internet payment facility.

Reception booking hours are Mon – Fri 10:30am – 7:30pm and Sat & Sun 10:30am – 3:30pm

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