When research showed that there was little support for emerging artists in the Auckland and Northland regions, the Foundation launched a pilot project to find out how to make a difference.
A review by the Foundation showed that having ‘emerged’ with an educational qualification, or some initial training and experience in the arts, it was difficult for artists and performers to establish a professional career.
Consultation with regional, national and international arts professionals followed, helping inform the Foundation about how to address this gap. As a result, an emerging artist pilot project was developed and launched.
The pilot project aimed to trial different models of programmes that supported emerging artists and find out what factors helped make programmes successful. The Foundation worked with leading Auckland arts organisations that already had a strong track record and the outcomes were then evaluated.
Three programmes were funded in partnership with the Artists Alliance (visual arts), The Depot (community arts), and the Silo Theatre (performing arts). Programmes included paid internships, mentoring and small grants funding.
The Foundation is now using the evaluation results to help guide the development of its high engagement model. However, it also wants to share those results with others looking to support emerging artists in their regions. To encourage this, a new publication Supporting Emerging Artists: A Practical Guide, is now on our website and free to download.
The guide presents results and advice to other funders and arts organisations, based on what was learned from the pilot programme. The three pilot programmes are presented as case studies, followed by some practical tips on how to set up internship and mentoring programmes. There is also advice for funders considering how best to support emerging artists in their regions.
Download the guide here.