There are some artists whose contribution is extraordinary. They have dedicated their lives to their practice and represent an exceptional contribution to the nation. The Arts Foundation honours these artists as Icons.

We maintain a living circle of twenty Icons and will welcome five into the circle on 9 May this year at Government House, Wellington.

Each recipient receives a medallion, which is returned to the Arts Foundation after their death to be presented to a future recipient. We have five pre-loved medallions to pass on and in doing so, we will be fondly remembering the life and achievements of Sir Ian Athfield (architect), Jack Body (composer), Marti Friedlander (photographer), Peter Godfrey (musician) and Dr Cliff Whiting (artist, heritage, advocate, teacher).

The Awards will be hosted by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand. Patrons to the Icons, Sir Eion and Jan, Lady Edgar and the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Arden will also be attending.

The event is invite only with a very limited amount of spaces and includes a three-course meal and performances, including a reading by 2005 Icon Award recipient, Patricia Grace. This year’s recipients will be announced on the day of the ceremony and represent some of New Zealand’s most important artistic achievers. Each recipient has a significant national and international reputation and has deeply impacted New Zealand through their art form.

2018 Icon Awards
Government House, Wellington
9 May, from 6.30pm
Black tie

 Greer Twiss, 2011 Icon Award Recipient shows his award to former Governor General, Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO