2020 Springboard Recipients
05.05.21

Hear from your Springboard 2020 duos, one year on.

"The Springboard award gives that confidence boost and obviously financial boost to realise that what you’re doing is important, and maybe it's not being recognised by millions of people, but it is being recognised by the Arts Foundation. That's pretty cool." - 2020 Springboard Recipient, Arjuna Oakes

We sit down with our Arts Foundation Springboard 2020 award recipients, and their mentors, to discuss the impact the award has had one year down the track.

Tune in to hear about the remarkable impact the inaugural Arts Foundation Springboard program has had on its recipients (mind you the mentors seemed to have got a lot out of it too)!

MATASILA FRESHWATER AND TUSI TAMASESE

Matasila Freshwater, from Solomon Island heritage, is a Wellington director with a background in animation, anthropology and design. Hear from Matasila and her mentor, 2005 New Generation recipient, director and filmmaker Tusi Tamasese.

2020 Springboard Recipient Matasila Freshwater

AYESHA GREEN AND SUZANNE ELLISON MNZM

Ayesha Green is a visual artist based in Ōtepoti. Ayesha makes extraordinary paintings. She has significant momentum – and is beginning to receive attention and opportunities – but the potential for her practice is exponential. Hear about the impact that Springboard had on Ayesha, one year down the track.

2020 Springboard Recipient Ayesha Green

MIN-YOUNG HER AND TIFFANY SINGH

Min-Young Her is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Ōtautahi. Her work has a clarity, focus and proficiency that demands attention. Hear from Min-Young and her mentor, 2017 New Generation Recipient, social practice artist, Tiffany Singh.

2020 Springboard Recipient Min-Young Her

MOANA ETE AND NIKI CARO

Moana is an artist who is cultivating her artistic voice while raising our future generation. Moana uses her practice to explore the ways we are navigating the impact of colonization, sparking korero about our collective future. Hear about Moana's experience with her mentor 2017 Arts Foundation Laureate, filmmaker, Niki Caro.

2020 Springboard Recipient Moana Ete

ARJUNA OAKES AND JOHN PSATHAS

Arjuna Oakes is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Auckland, New Zealand. Currently based in Wellington, he’s been performing since he was 6. This young artist demonstrates a profound understanding of his medium, which he complements with powerful, original sonic language. Hear about Arjuna's experience with mentor, 2003 Arts Foundation Laureate, composer, John Psathas.

2020 Springboard Recipient Arjuna Oakes

BALA SHINGADE AND OSCAR KEIGHTLEY

Bala represents a distinctive and new voice in film and theatre in Aotearoa right now. Having graduated from the University of Auckland with an MA in screen production, he has freelanced as a writer, director and actor both on stage and for screen. Hear from Bala and mentor, 2006 Arts Foundation Laureate, writer, director, actor and comedian, Oscar Kightley on how their year went.

2020 Springboard Recipient Bala Murali Shingade

Want to learn more about the Springboard Award? Find out more here.

Meet the inaugural Springboard award recipients