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The 2018 Icon Awards

There are some artists whose contribution is extraordinary. They have dedicated their lives to their practice and represent an exceptional contribution to the nation. The Arts Foundation honours these artists as Icons.



Q & A: Jacob Rajan on 'Welcome to the Murder House'.

2002 Laureate Award recipient Jacob Rajan is an actor, playwright and co-founder of New Zealand theatre company Indian Ink. We caught up with him for a quickfire Q & A about their new theatre show 'Welcome to the Murder House' which premieres this May.

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.

Exceptional is the New Normal

We live in a time of extremes. The challenges communities and the globe face are complex and disruptive. The growth curves, change curves and risk curves are all exponential.
We also live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Global communications scale the discussion about global issues. We can find people who listen, care and work together to face the great challenges of our time. Exponential growth in technology and socially conscious entrepreneurs offer new hope for impactful change towards a cleaner, safer, more just and economically vibrant world.
The grip of social, economic and environmental upheaval rarely coincide and so present the arts with both a threat and an opportunity. In what ways are the arts relevant and what can the arts offer? Where and how do the arts belong in this era of rapid change?