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 enrolled in 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 and Hannah Valentine. Now is your chance to join their ranks. 

Key Dates:

Submissions due: Submissions for the 2017 Scholarship are now CLOSED
2017 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient announced: Saturday 12 August, during Te Tuhi's Spring exhibition opening

 
 
Left to right: Christina Pataialii, California Love- Tupac, 2016 and My Cousin- Dwayne Johnson, 2017. Acrylic, house paint and spray paint on un-stretched canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Left to right: Christina Pataialii, California Love- Tupac, 2016 and My Cousin- Dwayne Johnson, 2017. Acrylic, house paint and spray paint on un-stretched canvas. Courtesy of the artist

2017 Iris Fisher Scholar - Christina Pataialii

Te Tuhi are pleased to announce Christina Pataialii as the 2017 Iris Fisher Scholarship Recipient.

Pataialii is currently studying towards a Master of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Her highly expressive canvases emerge from an inquiry into the dominance of the western canon in the field of painting and its effect on postcolonial artistic production in regions of complex cultural heritage.

"More significantly, due to her use of ordinary household materials and large format her paintings invite a dance-like relationship with the viewer that impregnates the gallery with the experience of public spaces, where the eye engages with mass media images." says Te Tuhi Artistic Director Gabriela Salgado. "Thus her works are close relatives of street art painting but in nestling on the canvas they evoke personal and collective pathos to powerfully render a novel story of painting and the politics of representation."

Pataialii plans the funds will go towards the cost of creating large scale paintings in order to complete her studies.

 

 

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