Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Community Schemes and Trusts

Artist in Residence
Massey University and Palmerston North City Council jointly run the Visiting Artist Scheme, which gives established or emerging artists three month residency opportunity, where the resident will work with both the University and the Palmerston North community in a leadership/creative role. There are three residencies available per year to coincide with the semesters, with a literary artist (semester one), film-maker/digital artist (semester two), and theatrical artist (semester three) selected. During their residency the theatre-based Artist in Residence directs Palmerston North City’s Summer Shakespeare, which is performed in Victoria Esplanade each year to packed audiences.

S+ART, the Science, Art and Technology Trust, is an organisation focused on identifying and promoting the convergence of science, technology and art. S+ART has this year begun an exciting new grants programme that will support local artists who are creating projects that merge art and science/technology in a public performance or display. These grants are available to both mature and youth artists, and will continue to be offered on an annual basis.

Creative Communities Scheme
Both Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Council support the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS), which aims to facilitate and assist community-based arts activities in the City and Region. Local groups and organisations can apply for funding for arts related projects which will encourage arts participation or increase the range and diversity of arts programmes available. To keep up to date on what’s going on join the Arts in Palmy on Facebook.