Scholarships and awards

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi UK Residency Award 2019

Darcell Apelu with her work Held by Stars, 2018, at Corban Estate Art Centre. Photo by Cora-Allan Wickcliffe

Darcell Apelu with her work Held by Stars, 2018, at Corban Estate Art Centre. Photo by Cora-Allan Wickcliffe

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi are delighted to announce Darcell Apelu as the recipient of the 2019 UK Residency Award.

Supported by philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk, and in partnership with Te Tuhi, Apelu will be taking up a 4 week residency on site at the internationally renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in October 2019.

The residency will include flights, accommodation and expenses, as well as access to a studio and metal and wood workshops, making this a rare fully-funded opportunity. In addition, YSP’s own curator and technicians will be providing support during the artist’s stay.

Te Tuhi received over 100 applications for the residency, covering a broad range of artistic practice and career stages. Te Tuhi, along with independent curator Bruce E. Phillips, managed to whittle this down to a longlist of exceptional proposals to submit to YSP, who made the final selection. 

Says Te Tuhi Executive Director Hiraani Himona, “We are thrilled to work with YSP to offer this unique residency opportunity, and we are very happy with YSP’s selection. Although there is no pressure to make any artworks during this residency, we are incredibly excited to see how Darcell will use her time.”

YSP Deputy Curator, Damon Jackson-Waldock says, “We’re delighted to have received so many strong applications and saw a great wealth of talent. We selected Darcell as she is exploring interesting themes of identity and thought she would make the most of the residency by sharing new ideas with our visitors in Yorkshire. Investing in young and emerging artists internationally has always been at the heart of what YSP does, offering opportunities for them to reflect and move forward with their practice. Over the years we have worked for artists from 50 different countries but this presents YSP with the chance to work with an artist from New Zealand for the first time”.

Apelu is an artist of Niuean and New Zealand European descent who completed her Masters of Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology in 2013. The Mount Maunganui-raised artist works across moving image, sound, performance and installation. Her practice is informed by her experiences as an afakasi female and she uses her body as a way to address this ‘otherness’.

Apelu is also a highly regarded international competitive wood chopper which has a subtle impact throughout her practice. In the now seminal performance piece, New Zealand Axemen's Association: Women’s Sub Committee President, 2014, the artist uses her skills to strike out against assumptions about her identity.

Situated on a 500-acre, 18th-century estate in West Yorkshire, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK. Established in 1977, it is the largest of its kind in Europe and showcases over 80 works in the open air by world-class artists including Ai Weiwei, Phyllida Barlow, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Dennis Oppenheim and James Turrell.

“We hope that this is the start of a long-term relationship between Te Tuhi and YSP,” says Himona. “Te Tuhi is committed to supporting artists throughout all stages of their career, and opportunities like these not only help individual artists to develop professionally, but create stronger networks between NZ and the UK.”


Darcell Apelu

Darcell Apelu is an artist of Niuean and New Zealand European descent, born in 1990 and raised in Mount Maunganui. She works in mediums such as moving image, sound, performance and installation. Her practice is informed by her experiences as an afakasi female and she uses her body as a way to facilitate terms of ‘otherness’. Apelu also has a background in international competitive wood chopping which also has a subtle impact throughout her practice.

She has completed a Masters in Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology and her projects reflect activities within the social climate of New Zealand of the Pacific Body and identity of ‘being other’. She explores the duality of the pacific community with a populace-autobiographical perspective within the western masculine framework.

Selected exhibitions include: Big Screen Sessions, Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland (2018); Mareikura, Pataka Museum, Wellington (2018); Miles Art Award, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga (2018); Whakaranu(Mix), Zeus Gallery, Tauranga (2018); curator of Say It, Just Say It, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga (2018); lei-pā, ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland (2017); All Lines Converge, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth (2016); Passionate Instincts, The Physics Room, Christchurch (2016); Transoceanic Visual Exchange, Fresh Milk Gallery, Barbados, Van Lagos Gallery, Nigeria, and RM Gallery, Auckland (2015); To and Fro, Artspace, Auckland (2014); Such a damn Jam, The Engine Room, Massey University Wellington (2014); More Than We Know, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland; Close to Home, ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland (2013); Anatomy of Paradise, Artstation, Auckland (2012); Parallels, Māngere Arts Centre, Auckland (2012); Silk and Lace: 13 Anniversary Gifts, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin (2012).

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. It is an independent charitable trust (number 1067908) and registered museum situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.
YSP mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries and the open air. Recent highlights include exhibitions by Sean Scully, Giuseppe Penone, Chiharu Shiota, Alfredo Jaar, Tony Cragg, Not Vital, KAWS, Bill Viola, Anthony Caro, Fiona Banner, Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Amar Kanwar, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joan Miró and Jaume Plensa. More than 80 works on display across the estate include major sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Katrina Palmer, Ai Weiwei, Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró and Dennis Oppenheim.

YSP’s driving purpose for 42 years has been to encourage, nurture and sustain interest in and debate around contemporary art and sculpture, especially with those not typically familiar with art participation. It enables open access to art, situations and ideas, and continues to re-evaluate and expand the approach to considering art’s role and relevance in society. Supporting 45,000 people each year through YSP’s learning programme, this innovative work develops ability, confidence and life aspiration in participants.
YSP's core work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Sakurako and William Fisher through the Sakana Foundation, and Roger Evans.


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. 

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 2018 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