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Ayesha Green, 2020 Springboard Recipient

Ayesha Green, 2020 Springboard Recipient

Ayesha Green’s Biography

Last Updated:
5/05/2022, 9:35 am
Visual arts (painter)
Arts Foundation Springboard 2020,
Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu
“This is a wonderful opportunity that allows me to carve out time to address issues that need some deep, clear and pragmatic thinking. I am privileged to have the support of Suzanne and am excited to bounce around ideas with her. The Springboard award means that I can restructure how I spend my time, and has allowed me to become fully dedicated to my studio practice and my other roles within the arts community.”

Ayesha Green is a visual artist based in Ōtepoti. She is also currently co-chair on the Board of Trustees for The Blue Oyster Art Project Space and is represented by Jhana Millers. Ayesha makes extraordinary paintings. She has significant momentum – and is beginning to receive attention and opportunities – but the potential for her practice is exponential. Her work, which focuses on the visual language of nation building makes a highly original contribution, and is a fresh voice in the language of painting (specifically the portrait) in Aotearoa. This Springboard award recognises Ayesha’s achievements to date and offers her the support to keep developing her practice with resource and mentorship.

Ayesha will be mentored by Suzanne Ellison MNZM

Suzanne has significant experience working for her iwi in the areas of communication and community development. She is currently Runaka Manager for Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki. Suzanne is currently Chair of the Ngāi Tahu fund and has previously sat as a member of Arts Council of New Zealand.

Ayesha's focus

"With the support of Suzanne, I will be growing skills in developing new initiatives that advocate for Maori agency, inclusion and engagement in New Zealand's cultural institutions and the wider arts sector."

We check-in with Ayesha to see how the award has impacted her life one-year down the track.