Arts Foundation of New Zealand
|Purpose||Fund-raising and providing grants for arts, culture and heritage|
|NZD 1.12m (2010)|
A facilitator of private philanthropy, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Te Tumu Toi supports artistic excellence through raising funds for the arts and allocating it to New Zealand artists across multi platforms.
The foundation produces award programmes that provide recognition and a money prize to New Zealand artists working in across all art forms. This includes writers, fine artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, theatre-makers and screen artists.
The Arts Foundation started in 1998. In 2002 Simon Bowden was appointed to director and in 2003 they held their first awards. By 2008 the Arts Foundation had established an endowment fund of $6 million and donated $3 million to over 100 artists across arts disciplines.
In 2012 the Arts Foundation launched Boosted a crowdsourced funding platform. The Arts Foundation Awards celebrate achievement in an artists career. Donations come from Patrons of the Arts Foundation and other sources and are awarded directly to artists at the annual New Zealand Arts Awards.
Promotion of the arts is also part of the mandate of the Ats Foundation. In September 2019, the Arts Foundation launched the first New Zealand Arts Month. This campaign was supported by Creative NZ, Chartwell Trust, NZME, Phantom and Go Media.
There is no application for the awards, artists are selected by an independent panel of arts peers or curators so recipients of awards are selected without their knowing they are under consideration by independent panels. The arts foundation administers this process.
The Icon Awards, Whakamana Hiranga recognise a lifetime of achievement. Artists considered to have prominence and outstanding potential receive The Laureate Award. Artists in the early stages of their career were selected to receive a New Generation Award, and now receive a Springboard Award and mentorship from a Laureate or Icon.
In partnership, the foundation produces the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award, of $25,000NZD to assist the career of a photographer, and the Harriet Friedlander Residency, which is a residency in New York valued at $80,000NZD.
The Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award was presented for the first time in 2011. The award is presented every two years to a children's book illustrator with published work of a high standard and includes a cash gift of $15,000.
Supporters of the arts are also recognised. Every year an individual, couple or trust is honoured with the Award for Patronage and are gifted $20,000NZD by the foundation to distribute to artists or art projects of their choice. From time to time the foundation honours an individual or institution that has contributed to the arts through the Governors' Award.
Limited to a living circle of 20, Icons are pioneers and leaders from all arts disciplines, living and working around the world. To date, 41 artists have been acknowledged as Icons. In 2003, eight artists were honoured, followed by one in 2004, seven in 2005, five in 2007, five in 2011, five in 2013, two in 2015, five in 2018, and three in 2020.
Each Icon receives a medallion and pin designed by sculptor John Edgar. The recipient is gifted the pin in perpetuity, while the medallion is presented to a successor at a future Icon Award ceremony following the artist's death.
In 2008 the Arts Foundation began commissioning oral histories from Icons. In time, the foundation hopes that an oral history will be deposited with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington covering the life of each Icon artist. This will ensure the artists' stories are on public record and available for future generations.
In October 2020, multiple allegations of historical sexual abuse were made against composer Jack Body, who had received the award in 2015 shortly before his death, by a number of his former students. In November 2020, the allegations were described by Victoria University as "very credible", and the Arts Foundation announced that it had suspended Body's status as an Arts Icon while it "awaited further information".
|Name||Portrait||Year of award||Age||Discipline|
|1||Sir Miles Warren
|3||Sir Donald McIntyre
|7||Dame Gillian Weir
|9||Sir Peter Jackson
|11||Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
||2018||92–93||Carver and sculptor|
|17||Dame Gillian Whitehead
|Name||Portrait||Year of award||Date of death||Discipline|
|Hone Tuwhare||2003||16 January 2008||Poet|
|Diggeress Te Kanawa
||2003||30 July 2009||Weaver|
||2003||24 February 2013||Painter|
||2003||29 January 2004||Writer|
||2003||13 June 2018||Visual artist|
||2003||29 September 2011||Potter|
||2005||28 September 2017||Musician|
||2005||30 September 2011||Ballet dancer|
||2005||29 December 2008||Carver|
||2005||23 July 2012||Writer|
||2005||18 January 2012||Opera singer|
||2007||13 April 2007||Actor|
||2007||27 March 2010||Painter|
|Arnold Manaaki Wilson
||2007||1 May 2012||Sculptor|
||2007||1 August 2019||Theatre designer|
|Barbara Anderson||2011||24 March 2013||Writer|
||2011||14 November 2016||Photographer|
|Sir Ian Athfield
||2013||16 January 2015||Architect|
||2013||3 December 2018||Filmmaker|
||2013||3 December 2018||Artist and heritage advocate|
|2015||10 May 2015||Composer|
To start with there were five artists honoured annually at the New Zealand Arts Awards ceremony receiving a Laureate Award of a NZ$50,000 grant each and a commissioned sculpture by Terry Stringer. No awards were awarded in 2018, and in 2019 the amount of the prize changed to NZ$25,000, new partnerships and awards were introduced and the Laureate Award will be given to up to ten practising artists.
Established in 2019:
- The Theresa Gattung Female Arts Practitioners Award (awarded every year)
- The Burr/ Tatham Trust Award (awarded every second year)
- Gaylene Preston Documentary Film Makers Award (NZ$30,000 awarded every second year)
Established in 2020:
- The Sir Roger Hall Theatre Award (NZ$25,000 awarded every second year, smaller amounts awarded to more people the other year)
- The My Art Visual Arts Award (awarded every year)
- Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Award
Laureate Artists are New Zealanders practicing in any arts discipline, located anywhere in the world. The criteria has changed away from the terminology of 'best' which is subjective in the arts, instead focusing on the significance of work and the impact on New Zealand. The Arts Foundation website states:
Arts Foundation Laureate Awards celebrate and empower New Zealand’s most outstanding practising artists - artists whose practise also has an impact on New Zealand.
Laureates are able to use their award in any way they choose, for example, in the creation of new works, or the freedom to concentrate time and resources into the development of their career.
- Briar Grace-Smith, Theatre
- Elizabeth Knox, Literature
- Peter Peryer, Visual Arts
- Gillian Whitehead, Music
- Douglas Wright, Dance
- Phil Dadson, Visual Arts
- Kate De Goldi, Literature
- Michael Parekowhai, Visual Arts
- Gaylene Preston, Film/Moving Image
- Warwick Freeman, Visual Arts
- Shona McCullagh, Dance
- Don McGlashan, Music
- Helen Medlyn, Music
- Jacob Rajan, Theatre
- Jenny Bornholdt, Literature
- Neil Dawson, Visual Arts
- Michael Hurst, Theatre
- Humphrey Ikin, Visual Arts
- John Psathas, Music
- Barry Barclay, Film/Moving Image
- Jack Body, Music
- Derek Lardelli, Visual Arts
- John Pule, Visual Arts
- Ann Robinson, Visual Arts
- Neil Ieremia, Dance
- Bill Manhire, Literature
- Julia Morison, Visual Arts
- Simon O'Neill, Music
- Ronnie van Hout, Visual Arts
- Alun Bollinger, Film/Moving Image
- Alastair Galbraith, Music
- Oscar Kightley, Theatre
- John Reynolds, Visual Arts
- Ian Wedde, Literature
- Michael Houstoun, Music
- Sarah-Jayne Howard, Dance
- Colin McColl, Theatre
- Moana Maniapoto, Music
- Merilyn Wiseman, Visual Arts
- Shane Cotton, Visual Arts
- Ngila Dickson, Visual Arts
- George Henare, Theatre
- Lloyd Jones, Literature
- Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Music
- Lyonel Grant, Visual Arts
- Witi Ihimaera, Literature
- Chris Knox, Music
- Richard Nunns, Music
- Anne Noble, Visual Arts
- Stuart Devenie, Theatre
- Michael Parmenter, Dance
- Leon Narbey, Film/Moving Image
- Gareth Farr, Music
- John Parker, Visual Arts
- Whirimako Black, Music
- Fiona Pardington, Visual Arts
- Emily Perkins, Literature
- Lemi Ponifasio, Dance
- Leanne Pooley, Film/Moving Image
- Ruia Aperahama, Music
- Tony de Lautour, Visual Arts
- Rachel House, Theatre
- Gregory O'Brien, Literature
- Fiona Samuel, Theatre
- Laurence Aberhart, Visual Arts
- Jane Campion, Film/Moving Image
- Dean Parker, Theatre
- Damien Wilkins, Literature
- Megan Wraight, landscape architect
- Cliff Curtis, Film
- Lisa Reihana, Visual Arts
- Geoff Cochrane, Literature
- Ross Harris, Music
- Charles Koroneho, Dance
- Delaney Davidson – Music
- Sara Brodie – Theatre / Dance
- Wetini Mitai-Ngatai – Performance / Cultural Entrepreneurship
- Daniel Belton – Music / Dance / Film
- Lisa Walker – Visual Art
- Eleanor Catton – Writer
- Lyell Cresswell – Composer
- Dylan Horrocks – Cartoonist/Graphic Novelist/Writer
- Peter Robinson – Visual Artist
- Taika Waititi – Film Maker
- Niki Caro – Director, Filmmaker
- Jemaine Clement – Actor, Writer, Comedian, Multi-Instrumentalist
- Ross McCormack – Choreographer, Contemporary Dancer
- Rob Ruha – Haka Soul Musician
- Robin White – Painter, Print Maker
- Sima Urale – filmmaker
- Pietra Brettkelly – filmmaker
- Solomon Mortimer – photographer
- Laurence Fearnley – writer
- Kris Sowersby – typographer
- Louise Potiki Bryant – choreographer
- Ruth Paul – writer, illustrator
- Val Smith – performance artist
- Coco Solid – mixed-media artist
- Yvonne Todd – photographer
- Yuki Kihara - interdisciplinary artist
- Ariana Tikao - singer, composer, taonga puoro player
- Moss Te Ururangi Patterson - choreographer, artistic director
- Ahi Karunaharan - actor, writer, director, producer
- FAFSWAG - interdisciplinary arts
- Shayne Carter - musician, author
- Tusiata Avia - poet, writer, performer
New Generation Award
The Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Awards, celebrate artists’ early achievements through an investment in each recipient’s career. Biennially, five artists are awarded $25,000NZD each, and a sculpture designed by glass artist Christine Cathie. Although still at an early stage of their career, the artists will have already demonstrated excellence and innovation through their work.
Similar to other Arts Foundation Awards, the New Generation Award may be presented to an artist working in any arts discipline. Teacher, critic, theorist and organiser of contemporary creative practices, Jon Bywater (Auckland) curated the award in 2006, while writer, teacher, painter, curator Gregory O'Brien (Wellington) undertook the role in 2008 and arts radio journalist Lynn Freeman in 2010.
- Eve Armstrong, Visual Artists
- Warren Maxwell, Music
- Tze Ming Mok, Literature
- Joe Sheehan, Visual Arts
- Taika Waititi, Film/Moving Image
- Jeff Henderson, Music
- Alex Monteith, Visual Arts*
- Madeleine Pierard, Music
- Jo Randerson, Literature
- Pippa Sanderson, Literature
- Eleanor Catton, Literature
- Ngaahina Hohaia, Visual Arts
- Anna Leese, Music
- Kate Parker, Theatre/Puppetry*
- Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, Film/Moving Image (joint recipients)
- Dudley Benson, Music
- Star Gossage, Visual Arts
- Vela Manusaute and Anapela Polataivao, Theatre (joint recipients)
From 2020 a Springboard award is given to up to ten emerging artists. This consists of NZ$15,000 and mentoring from one of the alumni of Arts Foundation Laureates, Icons, New Generation, residency or Fellowship recipients. Criteria relates to potential for a sustainable career.
- Min-Young Her - performance art, sculpture
- Matasila Freshwater - writer, director
- Ayesha Green - visual arts (painter)
- Arjuna Oakes - musician
- Moana Ete - writer, film maker, musician, curator
- Bala Murali Shingade - film maker, writer, theatre maker
Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award
The inaugural Mallinson Rendel Illustrators award, initially worth $10,000 occurred in 2011. It has been awarded every two years up to 2017, and has increased in value.
Award for Patronage
The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage is made annually to a person, couple, or private trust for the outstanding private contributions they have made to the arts. The Award for Patronage is presented by Perpetual Trust.
As a community of artists and arts supporters, the Arts Foundation honours those who contribute significantly as patrons. Annually, a donation of $20,000NZD from the Arts Foundation is provided to the recipient of this award for them to distribute to artists, arts projects or arts organisations of their choice. Philanthropists Denis and Verna Adam (2006), Dame Jenny Gibbs (2007), Lady Gillian and Sir Roderick Deane (2008), Adrienne, Lady Stewart (2009) and Gus & Irene Fisher (2010) have been recipients. All recipients have chosen to double the funds for distribution through a matching contribution of $20,000NZD, with Gus and Irene Fisher donating $30,000NZD of their own funds, meaning an annual distribution of up to $50,000NZD. Recipients have also chosen to distribute an amount of $10,000 each to artists and /or arts projects
The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Governors' Award recognises an individual or institution that has contributed in a significant way to the development of the arts and artists in New Zealand. The recipients are chosen by Arts Foundation Governors, with each recipient receiving a plaque designed by Auckland artist Jim Wheeler.
To date two awards have been made:
The inaugural recipient was the University of Otago in recognition of its contribution to the arts community through its Burns, Hodgkins and Mozart Fellowships. The three Fellowships were set up through the generosity of anonymous benefactors and have subsequently been funded by additional grants to maintain their value.
The second presentation was made to Concert FM (now Radio New Zealand Concert). The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Governors recognised the contribution that Concert FM has made in supporting New Zealand composers, musicians, writers and actors at a national level. The Arts Foundation also acknowledged Concert FM's contribution to the arts through its recording collaborations and the Douglas Lilburn Prize (a joint initiative between Concert FM and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).
In 2009 a third presentation was made to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. In making their selection, Arts Foundation Governors acknowledged the commitment by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery to the cause of contemporary art, particularly from Aotearoa New Zealand, over the last four decades.
Marti Friedlander Photographic Award
The Marti Friedlander Photographic Award, supported by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand is presented every two years to an established photographer with a record of excellence and the potential to carry on producing work at high levels. The award includes a donation of $25,000NZD for the photographer to use as they please.
The inaugural recipient selected and announced by Marti Friedlander, was Edith Amituanai – a widely exhibited artist and a finalist in a number of awards, including the 2008 Walters Prize. Extended family and immediate community are primary subjects for Edith; she collaborates closely with her Christchurch and Auckland relatives as well as people she grew up with in West Auckland.
John Miller (an independent social documentary photographer, renowned particularly for his protest images) and Mark Adams (a photographer working with subjects of cross-cultural significance) were joint recipients in 2009.
- Edith Amituanai (2007)
- John Miller and Mark Adams (2009)
- Neil Pardington (2011)
- Jono Rotman (2013)
- Rodney Charters (2015)
- Roberta Thornley (2017)
Harriet Friedlander Residency
On 26 June 2008, the Harriet Friedlander Scholarship Trust and the Arts Foundation launched a new international residency. A supporter of the arts, Harriet Friedlander also loved the vibrant culture of New York. When Michael and Harriet Friedlander and their sons Jason and Daniel designed the residency, Harriet was clear that she did not want to place any expectations or responsibilities on the recipient. An artist was to be sent to New York to have an "experience", all expenses paid, so that they could immerse themselves in the culture and process it in their own way.
One of the most generous residencies offered to a New Zealand artist, up to $80,000NZD is made available every two years for their travel and living expenses. This opportunity is available to an artist aged 30 to 40, practicing in any discipline. The inaugural curator was Gregory O'Brien and the inaugural recipient was filmmaker Florian Habicht. Visual artist Seung Yul Oh was selected in 2010 by arts journalist Lynn Freeman.
- Florian Habicht (2009)
- Seung Yul Oh (2010)
- Arthur Meek (2012)
- Louise Potiki Bryant (2014)
- Christopher Pryor (2016)
- Miriam Smith (2016)
- Lucien Johnson (2018)
- Lucy Marinkovich (2018)
- Kalisolaite ‘Uhila (2021)
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