Arts Regional Trust

Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi

The Arts Regional Trust: Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi supports Auckland’s arts, culture and creative sectors to generate cultural, creative and economic outcomes that benefit the region.

Planet Auckland – Elton McAleer

Our work

Our Strategy

ART is currently reviewing its strategy as we look at the role we can play to support Auckland’s arts, culture and creative sectors.

Our new strategy will be published early in 2020.

Strategic Priorities

We will be launching our new initiatives in February 2020.

Since 2000, ART has invested in a range of initiatives including ART Venture, ART Awards, ART Enterprise and Pulse.  While these have now concluded, they provide an insight into some of the work done by ART in recent years. 

Our history

Glass Skirt – Te Rongo Kirkwood, ARTS Alumni
Sharn Te Pou performing as part of Taki Rua’s production of Tiki Tane Mahuta – Tom Hoyle
Untitled, Chinese New Year event, Auckland – Peter Jennings


The city councils of Auckland and Manukau created the Arts Regional Trust: Te Taumata Toi-a–iwi in 2000 to manage and grow their combined share of funds ($6 million) provided through the disestablishment of Auckland Regional Services Trust.

Since then ART has invested $4 million in the Auckland Region’s arts, culture and creative industries sector through the groundbreaking ART programmes: ART Venture, ART Source, ART Enterprise and ART Generator. The capital fund has grown to $11.57 million (2019) under ART’s stewardship.

Our legacy initiatives

Amber Curreen
Actor, theatre producer, developing playwright and director who leads Te Rēhia Theatre Company and Te Pou Theatre.

ART Venture

The programme provided both start-up and experienced creative entrepreneurs with a flexible yet intensive learning environment that through peer-to-peer support, specialist coaching and customised content accelerates the creative, professional and enterprise development of each participant.

Report: ART Venture Programme: What difference is it making?
Click here to read

ART Awards

The talent, passion and drive of Auckland’s creative entrepreneurs was recognised and celebrated through the ART Venture Awards.

Click here to read the stories of the ART Awards winners

Deborah Crowe
Artist and creative producer
ARTS Alumni

ART Enterprise

ART Enterprise resourced organisations central to a creative city and region so they may resource skilled creative entrepreneurs to lead the development and implementation of creative enterprise projects and strategies, underpinned by that organisation’s strategic aims.

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PULSE  was a ‘short-sharp’ targeted professional development programme delivered over six months for producers who were presenting a season of work in the following year.

The programme was designed with the practical needs of producers in mind including hard-edged information to help produce a successful season and to access opportunities that extend networks for success.

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Our stories

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