Previous Recipients

2016 Iris Fisher Scholar - Hannah Valentine

Hannah Valentine, Grips, slips, of space, a memory, 2016

Hannah Valentine, Grips, slips, of space, a memory, 2016 (in progress). Courtesy of the artist

Te Tuhi is proud to announce Hannah Valentine as the 2016 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient. Valentine is currently in studying towards a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts. She has exhibited at a number of galleries across Auckland and her work Subservience to Ends 1.2, 2012, was included in the Made Active Performance series at Auckland Art Gallery. Valentine's sculpture and performance based practice explores how bodies have been infiltrated by virtual images. She explains:

"My project is based around the where the body stands today, in light of the rapid transformations the Internet is bringing about, with people’s increasing engagement in the digital realm. I have been developing small, tactile works in cast bronze, portable, sensory objects that offer a temporary expansion of the boundary of the body, and yet draw attention to our physicality and the nature of engagement."

Te Tuhi's senior curator Bruce E. Phillips said:

"Hannah has an intriguing practice that explores the haptic and kinetic aspect of being human in contrast to the computer aided virtual experiences that dominate much of our daily lives. Through sculptural instillations, performances and intimate objects her work encourages us to take pause and grow an awareness of touch, materiality and bodily presence."

 
 

2015 Iris Fisher Scholar - Katrina Beekhuis

Katrina Beekhuis

Katrina Beekhuis, Wire drawing (Eames Experimental Minimum Chair), 2014 Digital print mounted on KAPA board

Te Tuhi is proud to announce Katrina Beekhuis as the 2015 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient. Katrina is in her Final year of a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Her multi-disciplinary practice has focussed on the processes sculpture, painting, photography and design. She explains:

"My practice is inter-disciplinary drawing on processes within sculpture, painting, print making, photography and design. These separate fields are breached to create equilibrium between what are ordinarily viewed as disparate areas. Methods of making are compressed and decompressed dampening down usual differences to create a seamless 'slip' between disciplines ... essentially I am interested in questioning where a thing might begin and end and how perception, and therefore meaning, come to be established in the world."

Te Tuhi's Cuatorial team mentioned that:

"often mimicking everyday objects, Katrina Beekhuis exquisitely crafted artworks create a powerful sense of the uncanny that is unparalleled in comparison to artists that have adopted similar approaches. Her work also has a compelling engagement with art history that remains humble and yet poignant."

The pieces in Grains operate like facsimiles of hypothetical or potential works. Postcards of artworks are painted, scanned and reprinted, gently erasing detail while layers of processes build up. Content is extracted and texture flattened but objects also take on new abilities; become mobile, more agile, imbued with a dry humour, a sly wit.

 

2014 Iris Fisher Scholar - Charlotte Drayton

Charlotte Drayton, Te Tuhi Project Wall, 2013-2014

Charlotte Drayton, Te Tuhi Project Wall, 2013-2014

Te Tuhi is proud to announce Charlotte Drayton as the 2014 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient. Over the last couple of years Drayton has executed a series of successful exhibitions throughout Auckland in galleries such as Artspace, Papakura Art Gallery, St Paul st and Te Tuhi. Her practice currently investigates how architecture influences our habitation of space and place. Drayton shares that: "I am interested in looking at architecture as a particularly human manner of coming to terms with abstract and boundless space -- a way of corralling, containing and funnelling movement. I am also interested in the value systems embedded within architecture particularly with renovation and its relationship to gentrification within an Auckland suburban context."

2014 judges were Te Tuhi Director James McCarthy and Senior Curator Bruce E. Phillips. They commented that: "Charlotte has developed a compelling practice and is operating at a high degree of criticality. Through her work she references the overarching socioeconomic issues of the built environment but with a restraint that invites visitor curiosity and slow contemplation".  The $5000 awardwill enable Drayton to complete a Masters of Art and Design at AUT university. She is the eighth recipient of Te Tuhi's Iris Fisher Scholarship. 

 
 

2013 Iris Fisher Scholar - Kalisolaite 'Uhila

Kalisolaite Uhila, Mo\'ui tukuhausia, 2012

Kalisolaite Uhila, Mo'ui tukuhausia, 2012

Te Tuhi is proud to announce that the 2013 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient is Kalisolaite 'Uhila. Over the last three years 'Uhila has created a strong body of work that has been performed in arts festivals and public art galleries throughout Auckland. 'Uhila was awarded Best Visual Arts prize as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival for his performance Pigs in the yard held at the Mangere Arts Centre (2011). Since then he has held week-long performances as part of the Performance Arcade, Auckland (2011) and Wellington (2012) and has been included in the group exhibitions What do you mean we? at Te Tuhi (2012), More Than We Know Gus Fisher Gallery (2013). He is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma at Auckland University in which he is investigating notions of voicelessness through experiments that test the social barriers between bodies and space.

This year's judges were Te Tuhi's Director James McCarthy and Curator Bruce E. Phillips. The Scholarship attracted a high calibre of worthy applicants from across Auckland which made selection very difficult. McCarthy says that: " Kalisolaite demonstrated a depth of motivation and conceptual integrity in his growing body of performance work. His work is humble in approach but powerful in its reception."

Te Tuhi would like to acknowledge the ongoing involvement of the Fisher family for their ongoing involvement with the scholarship.

 
 

2012 Iris Fisher Scholar - Blaine Western

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, 2012, Henry Babbage and Blaine Western, Image courtesy of Sam Hartnett and Artspace

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, 2012, Henry Babbage and Blaine Western, Image courtesy of Sam Hartnett and Artspace

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts and Fisher Trustee Stephen Fisher are delighted to award the 2012 Iris Fisher Scholarship to Blaine Western. He is the sixth recipient of the Iris Fisher Scholarship and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. Blaine was selected from a high standard of applicants by a panel comprised of Te Tuhi Director, James McCarthy and Curator Bruce E. Phillips.

Blaine has worked collaboratively to create architectural interventions exhibited at split/fountain, Snake Pit, Artspace in Auckland and at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His current research involves an investigation into the relationship between the built environment/architecture and social histories. In particular, he is documenting the work of New Zealand architect John Scott. Blaine explains: "My practice this year is concerned with comparing ideas of the regional, indigenous and the specific to the intentions of modernism and the current expansion of globalisation."     

 
 

2011 Iris Fisher Scholar - Louise Menzies

Louise Menzies, Everything put to use, 2011, 16mm film still

Louise Menzies, Everything put to use, 2011, 16mm film still

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts are proud to announce Louise Menzies as the 2011 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient. Louise is the fifth recipient of the Iris Fisher Scholarship. An emerging artist with an already impressive exhibition history, Louise Menzies won the award from the largest pool of applicants ever received by Te Tuhi, judged by Director of Te Tuhi, James McCarthy, and Te Tuhi Curator, Bruce E. Phillips.

The judges commented that "Louise is an intriguing artist who brings personal and little known social histories into currency through conceptual and research based practice. There is an elegant conceptual rigour to her practice, which combines film, photography and text."

The grant will assist Louise to complete her Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, where she is currently developing a series of works exploring the discursive possibilities of the individual gesture, through the mediums of film and print. 

 
 

2010 Iris Fisher Scholar - Anthony Cribb

Anthony Cribb, Untitled Weight, 2009

Anthony Cribb, Untitled Weight, 2009

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts and Fisher Trustee Stephen Fisher were delighted to award the 2010 Iris Fisher Scholarship to AUT Univeristy student Anthony Cribb. Anthony was selected from a wide pool of applicants by a panel comprised of James McCarthy, Director of Te Tuhi, Stephen Cleland, Curator of Te Tuhi and Peter Shand, Senior Lecturer Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. 

Anthony Cribb is a promising emerging artist currently enrolled in the second year of a Master of Art and Design (Visual Arts). Director of Te Tuhi, James McCarthy, says: "we are thrilled that that scholarship has been awarded to such a talented artist and to a student of another of our Cities highly regarded art Institutions, reflecting the caliber of art students in post-grad study"

 
 

2009 Iris Fisher Scholar - Jeremy Richard Leatinu'u

Jeremy Richard Leatinuu, Cutting The Grass 2008, Performance, Otara Creek Reserve

Jeremy Richard Leatinuu, Cutting The Grass 2008, Performance, Otara Creek Reserve

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts and Fisher Trustee Stephen Fisher were delighted to award the 2009 Iris Fisher Scholarship to Te  Manukau School of Visual Arts student Jeremy Richard Leatinu'u. Jeremy was selected from a wide pool of applicants by a panel comprised of Emma Bugden, James McCarthy and Stephen Cleland. 

The panel described Jeremy's work as conceptually unique and articulate. Jeremy is developing a body of work which explores the concept of ownership and human occupation of property.

 
 

2008 Iris Fisher Scholar - Boris Dornbusch

Boris Dornbusch, Involving all Members, 2008, sheet metal blinds, box of Panadol, Courtesy of the artist

Boris Dornbusch, Involving all Members, 2008, sheet metal blinds, box of Panadol, Courtesy of the artist

German born artist Boris Dornbusch immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 after spending an extended period of his life in Yugoslavia. Dornbusch is the second recipient of the annual Iris Fisher scholarship judged by Emma Bugden, Cam McCracken Stephen Fisher.  

His work explores social histories and questions definitions of the individual within the onslaught of popular culture. Dornbusch's work has recently drawn on an increasingly broad range of media, from readymade video footage sourced online to sculptures re-presenting theatrical props from nightclubs. His exhibition presents new work in the form of constellations of sculptures and video that reflect upon organisations of social interactivity and artificial constructions of sensory experience.

 
 

2007 Iris Fisher Scholar - Erica van Zon

Erica von Zon, \'Sixteen Reasons\', performance in \'Mulholland Drive Film Set\', 2007. Photo: Richard Orjis

Erica von Zon, 'Sixteen Reasons', performance in 'Mulholland Drive Film Set', 2007. Photo: Richard Orjis

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts and Fisher Trustee Stephen Fisher were delighted to award the inaugural Iris Fisher Scholarship to Elam School of Art student Erica van Zon in 2007. Erica was selected from a wide pool of applicants by a panel comprised of Cam McCracken, Executive Director of Te Tuhi, Emma Bugden, Curatorial Director, and Dominic Fuchs, Director of Starkwhite Gallery.

The panel described Erica's work as "playful and quirky, with an assured use of space and innovative reclaiming of materials and methods of making traditionally seen as craft". Erica is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts, developing a body of work drawing on imagery from the world of Hollywood and films to explore ideas of fakery or trickery.