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Turumeke Harrington

Turumeke Harrington’s Biography

Last Updated:
23/11/2022, 8:38 am
Sculpture/ Installation/ Contemporary Visual Arts
Arts Foundation Springboard 2022
Kāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Toa Rangatira (Kāti Hāteatea, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Mairehau, Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki)
“My whānau and I are stoked with this award and the timing is perfect. The opportunities to work through concepts and developments with my mentor as well as the financial and career supports from The Arts Foundation are really exciting and confidence-boosting as I begin my career working full-time as an artist.”

The Springboard Wai-Toi-Moroki award, funded by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu

Guided by whakapapa and a practice of whanaukataka, Turumeke asks how to make and live as a good person. Humour, play and bright colours are frequently used to soften and subvert sometimes tense and difficult subjects often resulting in large sculptural installations at the intersection of art and design.

Turumeke Harrington will be mentored by 2021 Arts Foundation Laureate Brett Graham

Brett Graham is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most accomplished contemporary artists. He has been an artist full time since 2005, exhibiting twice at the Sydney Biennale in 2006 and 2010 and at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Graham’s father, sculptor Fred Graham, and contemporaries such as Selwyn Muru, Paratene Matchitt and Ralph Hotere were early influences on his artistic development.

Statement from selection panel:

“Turumeke had a diverse list of nominations from an array of interesting people. Springboard would enable her to work full time as an artist – a step toward a genuinely sustainable career in the arts.”