Story: Arts funding and support

Learning to look

Learning to look

A very important way in which government has supported the creative arts is through cultural education. Arts education in early childhood and school curriculums ensures that New Zealanders have the skills and confidence to enjoy cultural experiences. Tertiary instruction and specific training in cultural disciplines have produced practitioners able to maintain existing cultural traditions and develop new works and forms of expression. In this 1988 photograph taken at Wellington City Art Gallery, Irihapeti Walters talks to children from Tītahi Bay North School. The sculpture they are looking at is 'Ngā morehu', by Shona Rapira-Davies.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/2416/4-F
Photograph by Ian Mackley

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Martin Durrant, 'Arts funding and support - Government support for the arts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Martin Durrant, published 22 Oct 2014