Freya receives the Springboard award for Film, gifted by Ann and Jamie Selkirk.
Freya Silas Finch is a queer and trans artist working across several disciplines. They are currently learning to write and direct films as a participant in the film intensive A Wave in The Ocean with Artistic Director Dame Jane Campion (2022 Arts Foundation Icon). In their theatre practice, they work as an actor, writer and director. They have been involved in works ranging from intimate theatrical dinner parties to large scale professional productions. Freya's aim is to tell stories by and for trans and non-binary people in a way that is subversive, original and deeply human.
Freya Silas Finch will be mentored by 2019 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Solomon Mortimer.
Solomon Mortimer was born in Auckland in 1991. Since 2012 he has been regularly exhibiting both nationally and abroad and has prints held in public collections including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Sir George Grey, James Wallace and Auckland University. In 2015, his publication F.16 G3 20/25/30 won the inaugural New Zealand Photo Book of the Year self-published prize. Solomon holds a Masters of Fine Arts with first class honours from Elam School of Fine Arts and is represented by Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland.