Scholarships and awards

Iris Fisher Scholarship

Supporting the next generation of New Zealand's contemporary artists

The Iris Fisher Scholarship is a national award of $5,000 to support a postgraduate student in their final year of a visual arts/fine arts course of study.

Kalisolaite Uhila, Mo\'ui tukuhausia, 2012, commissioned by Te Tuhi.

Kalisolaite Uhila, Mo'ui tukuhausia, 2012, commissioned by Te Tuhi.

Since 2007 Te Tuhi, in partnership with the Fisher family, have supported the development of emerging New Zealand artists with this generous and prestigious award. Previous recipients of the Scholarship are Erica van Zon, Boris Dornbusch, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Anthony Cribb, Louise Menzies, Blaine Western, Charlotte Drayton, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, Katrina Beekhuis, Hannah Valentine and Christina Pataialii. Now is your chance to join their ranks. 

Key Dates:

Submissions open: Monday 11 June 2018
Submissions close: 10am, Monday 16 July 2018
Recipient announced: Saturday 11 August, at Te Tuhi's Spring Exhibition Opening


2018 Iris Fisher Scholarship Application form

Quishile Charan, Salty Tears and Sugarcane Fields, Artspace, Auckland 2016. Photo by Sam Harnett.

Quishile Charan, Salty Tears and Sugarcane Fields, Artspace, Auckland 2016. Photo by Sam Harnett.

2018 Iris Fisher Scholar - Quishile Charan

Te Tuhi are pleased to announce Quishile Charan as the 2017 Iris Fisher Scholarship Recipient.

Charan is currently studying towards a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts. Her practice is currently invested in archival research to recover the lost voices of her female ancestors and retell their stories of survival and resilience under colonialism.

"The jury based the decision on the artist’s commitment to develop her ongoing research of her source material in Fiji. The award will support her learning of local dying skills for her textile works, and will give access to archival material on the history of her ancestors’ civil rights resistance."

Charan plans for the funds will go towards the cost of field research in Labasa, Fiji, in order to undertake collate archival materials and documentation towards her masters project.



View previous recipients