$60k help at hand for struggling arts post-Covid-19



Queenstown’s arts community has received a timely funding boost.

Central Lakes Trust has granted an extra $60,000 for 30 projects over the next 12 months.

The money’s been received by Creative Queenstown (CQ), which is calling for applications.

CQ chair Margaret O’Hanlon says it’s timely as many people in the local artistic community, due to Covid-19 restrictions, have lost income they’d otherwise have got through conferences, weddings and pubs.

Projects the money could go towards, according to O’Hanlon, include art exhibitions, plays, writers’ forums and performances.

“If you’re a classical musician or a DJ or a hip-hop artist or anything, this is money you can apply for.”

People can apply through the council’s website, the CQ Facebook page or through approaching herself or committee members Jan Maxwell, Nicky Viggers, Janey Rae, Tanya Surrey or Charlotte Graf.

Meanwhile, the first post-Covid-19 events CQ’s hosting are a kids’ magic show, Kitchen Kaos on July 22, and a comedy/drama with Michael Hurst, The Daylight Atheist, on July 25 – both at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall.