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Madison Kelly’s Biography

Last Updated:
4/05/2023, 4:04 pm
Visual Arts
Arts Foundation Springboard 2023
Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Pākehā
“I'm extremely grateful for this award. While it is affirming from a personal art making perspective, I’m most excited about the attention this opportunity can lend to practices in Te Waipounamu in particular, where there is so much dynamic mahi being produced and facilitated. I am honoured to be one part of a prolific hapori grounded in the South, and to be recognised as an example of contemporary Kāi Tahu making, kia ora!”

Madison receives the Wai-Toi–Moroki award, funded by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Grounded in processes of observation and duration, Madison seeks to develop sensory expressions of Kāitahutaka and ecological kinship. Using drawing and field work as foundation for new surfaces and installations, Madison is building a practice that celebrates accessible, shared attention towards our relations and their histories, both human and nonhuman

Madison Kelly will be mentored by 2016 Arts Foundation Laureate Peter Robinson.

Peter Robinson started his career as a painter, and studied sculpture at Ilam School of Fine Arts from 1985-1989. His work played a significant role in bi-cultural debate through the late 80s and early 90s, with Peter becoming renowned for his provocative and controversial treatment of racial issues, ethnicity and identity. From there, Peter leapt into new territory and revisited his interest in Post Minimalism and Arte Povera, which he had been drawn to in his first year at Ilam. These movements were to inform the structure, orientation and social impulse of his work throughout the next decade of his career. Peter’s use of materials and techniques are also perpetually changing tack – drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media and installation have all play their part in Peter’s huge collection of work. In 2001, Peter and Jacqueline Fraser represented New Zealand in the 49th Venice Biennale and in 2008 Peter won the Walters Prize for ACK and 2013 in participated in the Istanbul Biennale and the Jakarta Biennale in 2014.