The Arts Foundation of New Zealand has recognised 10 artists at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards with a total of $360,000 in awards announced at a ceremony at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland last night.
“The Arts Foundation was founded with a grant of $5million from the Lottery Grants Board. The initial grant is still invested, and total equity now sits at $6.4million.”
Artist awards are made possible by Patrons of the Arts Foundation with recipients selected by an independent panel each year. Artists do not apply for Arts Foundation Awards and recipients are informed that they have been selected in a phone call that comes completely out of the blue.
The 2015 Awards were announced for the first time at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards tonight with newly awarded Laureate, Delaney Davidson, setting the tone for celebration with a rocking rendition of his song, So Long.
2015 Laureate Award recipients including a cash donation of $50,000 are:
2015 New Generation Award recipients including a cash donation of $25,000 are:
About the New Generation Award: New Generation artists are driven by a boundless sense of optimism and approach every day like it is their creation. They have usually taken on too much and get through by sheer determination. This is why the New Generation Award could not come at a better time. It is life changing, affirming and a great investment in our future.
2015 Marti Friedlander Photographic Award recipient including a cash donation of $25,000 is:
2015 Mallinson Rendel Award recipient including a cash donation of $10,000 is: