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The New Zealand Arts Awards 2017

The New Zealand Arts Awards 2017 were hosted by ASB at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.
The New Zealand Arts Awards gets its power from sharing aspirations and this only works when our guests come with open mind and hearts. They did, and they made the night.

Nina Tonga, Curator Pacific Art at Te Papa with Tiffany Singh

Tiffany Singh has pioneered social practice in Aotearoa, creating works that speak to the complexities of our time. She is acutely aware of the importance of inclusivity and collaborations and often describes her work as a “tool for social change”. In 2013, she received an award from the Human Rights Commission for bringing together diverse communities in her inspiring project Fly Me Up To Where You Are, 2013. In this conversation, Tiffany and I take a moment to reflect on her practice, the importance of wellbeing and the commissions she is developing for Te Papa’s new art gallery, Toi Art.

A Life-Changing Stay in New York

In 2016, documentary filmmakers Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith were the recipients of the biennial Harriet Friedlander Residency. Michael and Jason Friedlander asked the Arts Foundation to assist with the selection and promotion of an artist who would receive up to $80,000 to have a New York experience. The residency was made possible by a legacy gifted by their late wife and mother, Harriet Friedlander, who was a dedicated supporter of the arts. Harriet loved New York. She believed that any young artist exposed to the city would learn and grow in unimaginable ways.