Visual Arts

Supporting developments in the visual fine arts and enhancing the artistic community in the Manawatū and Rangitīkei districts.


The Trust encourages individual and group creativity, and offers help with resourcing for artistic outcomes that will be accessible to the public in one form or another, for example, displayed in public buildings or publicly available spaces as appropriate.

The Trust encourages the creation of novel work of visual artistic merit in any media or technique. The community benefits from having visual artistic objects in their district and available for general inspection and appreciation, and from having creative artists working here.


Grants will be substantially in the area of producing novel works of visual artistic merit. A visual art object for this purpose is a novel creation, displayed in two or three dimensions, and accepted by a knowledgeable group as showing substantial artistic merit. It can be formed from a wide variety of media and techniques and can include electronic and mechanical processes as well as structures and decorations. Its purpose in the first instance must be artistic display accessible to the public, rather than commercial or domestic reasons.

Beneficiaries could include individuals, or groups. Grants will encourage technical abilities and result in artworks which will become available for the benefit of the districts as well as the recipients.

Use of grants

Mostly the grants will be for individuals or groups working in suitable environments and building knowledge and skills, and also to embody the creative ideas in tangible items such as designs or software as well as creating the final artwork. There may be an idea but to grow it may require more information, or materials, or design work, or other preparatory work including models or prototypes.

Previous winners


  • Israel Birch, Pūrākau – a project that combines customary whakairo (carving) with new sound technologies.
  • Kirsty Porter, Shifting Ground – to development of an investigative body of work steeped in the traditions of painting, but not bound by the conventions of painting.
  • Catherine Russ, Early Morning Walks – to produce a series of AO (large) colour images for exhibition, photographed whilst out on early morning walks.
  • Isla Griffin-Wilson, Pursuing Equilibrium – to produce a ten-minute, two channel audio-visual light projection work in collaboration with a movement performer and a sound artist.
  • Toi Warbrick, Te Marae o Hine Centennial Game – develop a retro game to be played in-person in Te Marae o Hine (The Square).



  • Adriana Martins da Silva – to produce a short fictional film about the emotional aspects of immigration through the coming together of two antipodean cultures, involving the relationship between a Rangitane weaver and a Portuguese immigrant.
  • Clayton Tansley – to design and construct a metal solar powered ‘Pou’ sculpture.
  • Haunui Press – David Lupton will produce an interactive exhibition of botanical photographs which will tour the local regions.
  • Hone Moriaty and Stewart Fulljames – will refine and collaboratively explore culture, customs and identity using ceramics, ‘uku’. They will use historic ceramic processes, with innovative and indigenous design and glazing processes.
  • Luther Ashford – Awhina Puketapu, Maia Week, Tapiri Pirikahu, Tessa Ma’aunga to put together an exhibition of new, unique and innovative artworks.
  • Manawatu Art Teachers Association – to organise a ‘Creative Futures Conference’, aimed at providing senior secondary visual arts students with inspiration from visiting professional artists, speakers and workshops.


  • Feilding and District Art Society – to organise the Manawatū Art Expo 2015; an open exhibition for all artists including painting sculpture wood carving.
  • Asher Newbery – to paint a group of 175 panels called Tatau Poenamu to commemorate each year between the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the present day.
  • Taipo Artists – Bridget Reweti, Terri Te Tau and Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, were granted funding to complete an exhibition of three diverse art practices.
  • Manawatu Camera Club – to hold a photography exhibition celebrating the historic Keith Street Power Station.
About the Trust

Established by Richard and Mary Earle, the Creativity and Development Trust, a registered charity under Public Trust and administered locally, helps fund specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences.

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