Cheers to the recipients of the Laureate, New Generation, Mallinson Rendel Illustrators, and Marti Friedlander photographic Awards and the Award for Patronage - announced at the 2013 Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards on 15 Oct.

Laureate Award recipients receive $50,000 each and a statuette designed by Terry Stringer

Laurence Aberhart (photographer) is a committed visual artist of the highest order. He educates our emotions, showing us who we are and how we might see; how we see ourselves as citizens of New Zealand and beyond.  For close to 40 years he has produced an astounding body of work that is unrivalled in its intensity, richness and the layers of cultural and photographic history. 

Jane Campion (director, producer and screenwriter) is one of contemporary cinema's most notable film-makers. She is the first and only female director to receive the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes (1993) and also only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for The Piano.

Dean Parker (screenwriter/playright) grew up in Napier.  In his 20s, he spent time in London where he began a long involvement in socialist and Irish republican movements. He has worked as a writer for much of his life and been prominent in his union, the NZ Writer's Guild. He has written for movies (Came A Hot Friday), stage (Midnight In Moscow), TV and radio.

Damien Wilkins (writer of novels, short stories and poetry). His books have been published in New Zealand, the USA and the UK, and he has won and been nominated for a range of prizes and awards.  Damien is the Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Wellington.

Megan Wraight ( internationally acclaimed New Zealand landscape architect), founding principal of Wraight + Associates Limited, Landscape Architects (WA).  Megan has been the lead or co-lead landscape architect on a wide variety of large scale public and private space works including Waitangi Park, Taranaki Wharf, Centreport and Cobblestone Park in Wellington, Hood Street in Hamilton, Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre, Christchurch Coastal Pathway, and Jellicoe Street, North Wharf and Silo Park in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. 


Mallinson Rendel Illustrator's Award recipient receives $10,000 and a certificate designed by Sarah Maxey

Gavin Bishop is a children's book author and illustrator of over 50 books. His distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations and his original text have won him numerous awards. His illustrations have been exhibited at international shows from Japan to Czechoslovakia. His books have been translated into nine languages and he has been guest speaker at many international forums. 


The Marti Friedlander Photographic Award recipient receives $25,000

Jono Rotman (Photographer) mines edge states and points of transition. For example, his work explores the continuing cataclysm of colonization, and the collision of civilization and the natural world. Among his subjects in New Zealand are sites of incarceration and gangs. In America, he is exploring the decline of empire. His often large-scale works of subjects great and terrible are a controlled meditation on the sublime.


The New Generation Award recipients receive $25,000 each and a glasswork designed by Christine Cathie

Kushana Bush (visual artist) works draws on "miniature" painting techniques borrowed from Persian traditions and Japanese prints. The works' decorative elegance is contrasted with a witty focus on contemporary anxieties. She has won the Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award, and has been Artist in Residence at the National Art studio, Changdong, Seoul. She was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at The University of Otago in 2011.

Kip Chapman (actor/theatre-maker) has established himself as one of the most innovative and successful theatre practitioners of his generation in New Zealand as both an actor and theatre maker.  He has performed in over 20 productions, has had success in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and with a major work APOLLO 13: Mission Control which has been performed over 200 times to world-wine acclaim.

SJD, or Sean James Donnelly , is an Auckland-based musician.  His music is a mix of electronica, pop-rock, and soul. The name SJD also refers to Donnelly's touring band when he is not performing solo. He is the recipient of a New Z ealand Music Tui Best Producer Award and is a winner of the Taite Prize.


The Award for Patronage and Award for Patronage Donation Recipients 

To mark this Award, the Arts Foundation provides $20,000 to the Award for Patronage recipient to donate to artists or projects. All Award for Patronage recipients have at least doubled this amount with $20,000 of their own funds and made four donations of $10,000.  In 2013 we celebrate with the Todd family . The many members of the Todd family make significant donations each year through their major philanthropic trust, The Todd Foundation, as well as many individual
donations and grants, and through smaller family trusts such as the Todd Trust and the Moyra Todd Memorial Scholarship.

Mark Adams - a photographer working with subjects of cross-cultural significance. His photographs of Samoan tatau, Māori-Pakeha interactions around Rotorua, historic sitesaround the South Island and his investigations into New Zealand's post-colonial history have been extensively exhibited within New Zealand, as well as in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Brazil's Sao Paulo biennale.

Thomas Atkins - a tenor who has performed on both national and international stages. The 2012 IFAC Australian SingingCompetition, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where, in September 2013, he begins his postgraduate studies under the tutelage of world-renowned tenor, Adrian Thompson.

Auckland Choral Society - founded in 1855 to nurture the practice of choral and orchestral music in a young, growing city. Now the largest choir in Auckland, it regularly performs symphonic choral masterpieces and premieres commissioned works, alongside national and international soloists, conductors and orchestras.

SGCNZ - University of Otago Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festivals held its first Shakespeare Festivals in 1992 in seven regions. In 2013, 22 years and 90,000 participants later, there were 23 Festivals throughout the country. Students from all deciles and ethnicities perform 5 and 15 minutes scenes, with flow-on opportunities of more performing and training including, for some, at Shakespeare's Globe, London. 

Image - New Generation Award recipients Kip Chapman, Kushana Bush and SJD (Sean Donnelly) - three of the recipients announced at the 2013 Arts Awards.   Image by Duncan Innes