Hamilton Arts Agenda

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The Hamilton Arts Agenda (PDF, 6.5MB) is the Council’s strategic action plan for the delivery of arts-related initiatives and projects to grow the creative economy and enable Hamiltonians to celebrate and enjoy the arts. It will help guide the allocation of the Council’s funding and resources and it will provide direction for the arts sector. 

Arts and creativity play a key role in shaping our city’s identity. The Council plays a fundamental role in supporting Hamilton’s arts sector – providing funding for many art facilitates and art organisations, facilitating strategic investment and collaboration, and promoting and advocating for the city's arts sector. 

The Council also owns and manages many of Hamilton arts and cultural facilities, including Waikato Museum, ArtsPost, Founders Theatre, Claudelands, Hamilton Gardens and Hamilton City Libraries. 

In 2011, the Arts Agenda was developed to support and grow Hamilton’s thriving arts sector by providing direction and leadership. Since the Arts Agenda was adopted, Hamilton’s arts sector has changed significantly. The Council reviewed the Arts Agenda in 2015 to ensure the priorities and actions continue to be relevant in light of these changes. 

The Council’s definition of the arts covers all forms of creative practice and artistic expression, including the following artforms:
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Kapa haka
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramic art
  • Textile art
  • Fashion
  • Toi whakairo and carving
  • Film and moving image
  • Poetry and literature
  • Applied arts
  • Digital design
  • Architecture


 Hamilton Arts Agenda​ (PDF, 6.5MB)

Contact us

If you are developing a project that aligns with one of the actions listed in the Arts Agenda, we would love to hear from you. For all art project enquiries, please email art@hcc.govt.nz or call 07 838 6699.
Page reviewed: 15 Apr 2016 3:26pm