10 Apr 2012

Cooks hope for arts council

5:37 am on 10 April 2012

Cook Islands artists are hoping a new arts council and school will help to support visual artists.

In 1990, the government legislated the Ministry of Culture into existence and tasked it with forming an arts council, but that never happened.

One of the organising artists, Eruera Nia, says the proposed council will distribute funds among various artist groups and individuals.

He says in recent years, most funding has gone to dance or cultural performance.

"Art is a bit more than dancing. The composers, the writers, the painters, the sculptors, just were never funded. The Government has a debt of 22 years which it owes visual artists and I am sure they're going to come up with some money."

Eruera Nia says there are enough graduate artists in the Cook Islands to establish an art school to work hand in hand with a funding agency.