The Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Awards were established in 2006 with the support of Freemasons New Zealand. The Awards are now funded by a group of donors called the New Generation Patrons. Three Awards are presented annually with each recipient receiving $25,000 to support them as artists and a Christine Cathie designed glasswork.
Christine Cathie's design is a simple form of a sweeping curve to convey an emerging artist's sense of spontaneous rhythm, flow and energy. Each artist gets a different colour - the sculpture is cast from Gaffer Glass which is a New Zealand made lead crystal, and glows with shifts in colour and light as the piece varies from thick to thin.
The New Generation Awards are presented at the annual Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards. However, in 2010 the New Generation Awards were presented at a stand alone occasion to Mark Albiston, Eleanor Catton, Ngaahina Hohaia, Anna Leese, Kate Parker and Louis Sutherland. On the same night, Seung Yul Oh was announced as the recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency in New York. Below is a video from the night, with music by Laureate Don McGlashan from his album Marvellous Year. Thanks to Anna Edgington for volunteerring her time to edit it for us.