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Our funders and supporters

Arts Access Aotearoa works with individuals and organisations to achieve its objectives. We acknowledge and value the commitment of all our funders, partners and supporters listed on this page.

­ Arts Access Aotearoa is a registered charitable trust (CC33533) and you can claim a tax credit on any donation of $5 or more. If you would like to help us ensure all people in New Zealand have access to the arts, you can be sure we will use your tax deductible donation wisely.

On this page, we describe some of ways you can support our services and projects. You may also wish to talk to Richard Benge, Executive Director (E: T: 04 802 4349).

Core funder

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoArts Access Aotearoa receives core funding from Creative New Zealand under its Toi Totara Haemata investment programme.

Major contract

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logoArts Access Aotearoa has a contract with the Department of Corrections to support and advise on the arts as a tool in the rehabilitation process of prisoners.

Local government

Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council logoWellington City Council supports us to deliver access to the arts in Wellington City, including the Arts For All Wellington Network.


Foundation North logo

Foundation North
Thomas George Macarthy Trust
Wellington Community Trust
Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

Arts Access Awards 2017 core sponsors

CQ Hotels Wellington

CQ Hotels Wellington logoCQ Hotels Wellington sponsored the Arts Access CQ Hotels Wellington Community Partnership Award 2017.

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoCreative New Zealand sponsored the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 201. 

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logo

The Creative New Zealand sponsored the Arts Access Corrections Leadership Award 2017 and the Arts Access Corrections Community
Award 2017.

Holdsworth Charitable Trust

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust sponsored the Arts Access Holdsworth Creative Space Award 2017.

Awesome Arts Access Auction 2017

Event partner

CQ Hotels Wellington

CQ Hotels Wellington logoCQ Hotels Wellington is a vital partner in this annual fundraising event. 

Major auction sponsors

Simply Food
Simply Food logo
Gazley logo
Potocki Paterson Art Gallery
Potocki Paterson Art Gallery

Robert Heald Gallery
Robert Heald Gallery


Huka Lodge

Other sponsors and supporters

Thanks to the other generous sponsors, supporters and suppliers who contributed to the success of the Awesome Arts Access Auction 2017. Read the list

Project partners 

The Creative Thinking Project logoUniversity of Auckland's Creative Thinking Project 

The Creative Thinking Project partnered with Arts Access Aotearoa to present six public events featuring Curt Tofteland, founder of the Shakespeare Behind Bars programme in the US. It continues to support the Arts in Corrections programme.

Legal services

Chapman Tripp logo

Chapman Tripp


We are grateful to the following organisations for their ongoing support of Arts Access Aotearoa and its work:







Arts Access Advocates



Carmen Brown and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
STRONGER VOICES: Who is listening and who can help creative spaces become sustainable? asks Richard Benge in his latest blog. Read more

theatre workshop in Arohata Women's Prison
SOCIAL INVESTMENT: "Arts in prisons is not a luxury or a self-indulgence. It’s a vital social investment," says Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, in this opinion piece published on Stuff

COME LISTEN TO MY STORY: Sixteen women in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Women's Prison took part in a one-week theatre workshop, led by German theatre practitioner Uta Plate and local artists. Watch the video and read the story about the workshop

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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