01.12.20

Celebrating our 2020 Icons at Government House

Last night the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi and guests came together at Government House to celebrate three exceptional creatives; Dr Sandy Adsett, Sam Neill and Joy Cowley who this year joined a living circle of twenty of New Zealand’s most significant artists - the Icons.

Established in 2003, Whakamana Hiranga – the Icon Awards – are our highest honour and recognise the remarkable impact each artist has had on their practice, community, and the cultural landscape of Aotearoa. 2020 marks a total of forty artists honoured as Icons since the beginning of the awards. Twenty are living, and twenty have passed on. Watch the interviews with our 2020 Icons.

DR SANDY ADSETT MNZM, MMVA

Visual artist and Māori art educator

JOY COWLEY ONZ, DCNZM, OBE

Novelist and writer

SAM NEILL DCNZM, OBE

Actor, writer, producer and director