Cultural Wellbeing

4.1 Arts and cultural activities

Ngā mahi toi me ngā ngohe ahure

Supporting arts activity adds vibrancy to the city as well as promoting inclusive, tolerant and strong communities

What we do

Galleries and museums

Visitor attractions (Te Papa and Carter Observatory)

Arts and cultural festivals

Cultural grants

Access and support for community arts

Arts partnerships

Regional Amenities

Our arts and culture activities contribute towards us beingTop

People-centred – They shape Wellington’s sense of place and identity. They celebrate creativity and ideas and increase our understanding of culture and history. By enabling Wellington’s creative communities to thrive, they promote inclusive, tolerant and strong communities.

Connected – They provide ideas and places where people can connect, share what is common and explore what is different and new. They connect the present with the past and both with the future. Through events and collaborations they connect us with people, places and ideas here and abroad.

Dynamic central city – They enhance Wellington’s vibrancy as a diverse and eventful place where people want to live work and play.

Key projectsTop

During the year:

Strengths of partnerships

Many of the programmes and exhibitions that Wellington Museums Trust institutions deliver are through partnerships or collaborations with other organisations that optimise our strengths and our city and harbour locations. Prominent examples this year include the Capital E National Theatre for Children and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra partnership that transformed myth into legend in a new collaborative work for young people: Skydancer based on Whiti Ihimaera’s novel; and Museum of Wellington City & Sea partnered with the Film Archive to produce Welcome to Wellington: 100 years of Wellington Moments a new Tall Screen film.

This year’s Matariki celebrations were assisted with collaboration from 20 organisations. A particular focus was on waka, navigation and voyaging. The waka Te Matau a Maui (double hull waka) arrived from Napier, sailed by Ngāti Kahungunu, and was welcomed into Wellington Harbour by mana whenua Taranaki Whānui and the Council to mark the beginning of Matariki.

Cultural grants

  1. Ngā Kina by Michel Tuffery – a sculpture located at the entrance of Kumutoto Stream on the Wellington waterfront.
  2. Woman of Words, a Katherine Mansfield memorial sculpture by Virginia King located on the edge of Midland Park and Lambton Quay.

Community arts and partnerships

We initiated Paint Up, a pilot mural project in partnership with Berhampore and Newtown Schools, Eastern Southern Youth Trust and two experienced artists. Paint Up aims to upskill and empower young people through the design and painting of a mural in their neighbourhoods and to raise awareness of the social and economic impacts of tagging.

Regional amenities

  1. The Winter of Art programme at Te Papa with a range of international and local art exhibitions and providing tours to other galleries in the region.
  2. The opening night event of the 2014 New Zealand Festival of the Arts.
  3. A visitor experience development project for environmental attractions in the region.
  4. ​The 2014 ‘On ANZAC Eve’ concert which is part of the WW100 commemoration programme.

The five contributing councils have confirmed their commitment to the second year of the fund through their 2013/14 Annual Plans.

What it costsTop

Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
4.1.1 City Galleries and Museums        
Expenditure 8,339 8,401 62 8,243
Revenue
Net Expenditure 8,339 8,401 62 8,243
4.1.2 Visitor Attractions (Te Papa/Carter Observatory)        
Expenditure 3,023 3,053 30 3,032
Revenue
Net Expenditure 3,023 3,053 30 3,032
4.1.3 Arts and Cultural Festivals        
Expenditure 2,488 2,509 21 2,288
Revenue (310) (398) (88) (306)
Net Expenditure 2,178 2,111 (67) 1,982
4.1.4 Cultural Grants        
Expenditure 853 898 45 829
Revenue (1)
Net Expenditure 853 898 45 828
4.1.5 Access and Support for Community Arts        
Expenditure 662 681 19 649
Revenue (79) (129) (50) (127)
Net Expenditure 583 552 (31) 522
4.1.6 Arts Partnerships        
Expenditure 1,930 1,762 (168) 1,751
Revenue (694) (520) 174 (491)
Net Expenditure 1,236 1,242 6 1,260
4.1.7 Regional Amenities Fund        
Expenditure 643 594 (49)
Revenue (32) 32
Net Expenditure 611 594 (17)
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
4.1.5 Access and Support for Ccommunity Arts        
Expenditure 10 40 30 117
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A   N\A

How we performedTop

We aim to support a wide range of arts and cultural festivals. To assess our contribution we monitor the number of events and groups supported and measure attendance and satisfaction with events and festivals.

We are committed to working in partnership with, and securing the long-term future of, the arts sector in Wellington. We demonstrate this through our commitment to Toi Pōneke, and measure users’ satisfaction.

We support the Wellington Museums Trust to deliver high quality gallery and museum experiences and events. We measure performance through visitor numbers, awareness of and experience at the various galleries and museums, and the average subsidy per customer. For results, see ‘Wellington Museums Trust’ on page 192 in the Council-Controlled Organisations section of this report.

To measure the effectiveness of our arts and culture support activities

Satisfaction with Council supported arts and cultural festivals

Satisfaction with Wellington City Council supported arts and cultural festivals.

Source: WCC Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2013

Customer satisfaction (%) with the NZ International Arts Festival

The NZ International Arts Festival is held biannually so there are no results for this year. The target for next year 2013/14 is 80% satisfaction.

Total tickets sold (#) to the NZ International Arts Festival and the proportion sold to the customers outside the region

The NZ International Arts Festival is held biannually so there are no results for this year. The target for next year 2013/14 is 130,000 tickets sold with 30% to customers outside the region.

Economic contribution ($) the NZ International Arts Festival makes to the city’s economy (new spend)

The NZ International Arts Festival is held biannually so there are no results for this year. The target for next year 2013/14 is that the overall economic impacts for the 2014 festival will be at least $40 million of new spend.

User satisfaction (%) with Toi Pōneke facilities and services

Result: 82% of users were satisfied with Toi Pōneke facilities and services (target: 90%; 2011/12: 86%; 2010/11: 90%).

Source: Toi Pōneke Customer Satisfaction Survey 2013

Cultural grants – % of applicants who are satisfied with support and advice received from the Council

Result: 73% of applicants were satisfied with the support and advice received from the Council (target: 95%).

Source: WCC Community Networks

The proportion of grants funds successfully allocated (through milestones being met)

Result: 97% (target: 95%).

Source: WCC Community Networks

Proportion of outcomes delivered (previous projects – weighted by $ value)

Result: 100% (target: 90%).

Source: WCC Community Networks

To understand the reach of our arts and culture support activities

Te Papa visitors (by overseas visitors and NZ visitors from outside the region)

Te Papa visitors (by overseas visitors [OV] and NZ visitors from outside the region [NZOR]).

Source: Te Papa

Total visits to museums and galleries (including Carter Observatory)

Result: 644,411 (target: 620,000)

Source: Wellington Museums Trust

Arts and cultural festivals estimated attendance

Arts and cultural festivals estimated attendance.

Source: WCC City Events

Venues subsidy – total number of performers and attendees at supported events

There was a total of 28,523 performers and 150,346 attendees at supported events. There was no target for this measure, however next year the target will be to increase on this year’s results.

Source: WCC City Events

Cultural grants – % first-time applicants who are successful

Result: 44% (target: 50%).

Source: WCC Community Networks

Number of artists involved in supported art projects delivered through the Public Art Fund

A total of 39 artists were involved in supported arts projects through the Public Art Fund. There is no target for this measure.

Source: WCC City Arts