Welcome to the Icons: memories and images from the night — 10.05.18

Photos and memories from the 2018 Icon Awards.

Grace with a depth of understanding that filled us with pride. That's how we'd describe Her Excellency, The Right Honourable, Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand's warm welcome and hosting of the 2018 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Awards.

Touching, honest and real. The recipients were moving and thought provoking.  We are very honoured to welcome the exceptional artists Billy Apple, Fred Graham, Bill Manhire, Maualaivao Albert Wendt and Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead as Icon Award recipients - Whakamana i te Hiranga.

Like family. This is how it felt to be at Government House with friends and deep supporters of the arts. We just wish we could have fitted more people in. 

Thank you to those that sung to us; Meng Foon and Maualaivao Albert Wendt, to those that played for us; Bridget Douglas and Al Fraser and for the wonderful opening reading from Patricia Grace. Thanks also to those that spoke to us, Meng Foon, Garth Gallaway and Sir Eion Edgar. We are also grateful to those who represented previously awarded Icons by presenting medallions. 

The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Awards are our highest honour. They are funded through the generosity of Patrons to the Icons, Sir Eion and Jan, Lady Edgar, to whom we are very grateful.

Read our press release, and view photos from the night below. For further images see our gallery on facebook.

Congratulations to all the recipients.