Young Talent receives Cash, Apples and a Ticket to New York — 14.12.10

The Arts Foundation and Freemasons New Zealand announce the 2010 New Generation Award recipients; the Arts Foundation and the Harriet Friedlander Scholarship Trust announce the recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency.

The Arts Foundation of New Zealand and Freemasons New Zealand have announced the recipients of the 2010 New Generation Awards. Four Awards of $25,000 each were presented to Eleanor Catton (Writer), Ngaahina Hohaia (Visual arts), Anna Leese (Soprano), Kate Parker (Theatre/Puppetry) with the fifth award of $25,000 being shared by joint recipients Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland,(Filmmakers). Also on the same evening, the Arts Foundation and the Harriet Friedlander Scholarship Trust announced Seung Yul Oh (visual artist) as the recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency; an all expenses paid eight months in New York City worth NZ$80,000. In a surprise announcement, all recipients received a $1,000 voucher from YooBee to purchase Apple gear such as an iPad, with the New York Residency recipient receiving an iPad, iPhone and Macbook air to support his trip to the States. 

This is a video from the night, with music from Laureate Don McGlashan from his album Marvellous Year.  Thanks to Anna Edgington for volunteerring her time to edit it for us. 


The New Generation Awards are funded by Freemasons New Zealand and are available to artists in the early stage of career with significant achievements and an exciting future ahead. The New York Residency was an initiative of the late Harriet Friedlander and is funded by the Harriet Friedlander Scholarship Trust. A significant arts patron, Harriet loved New York City and felt any artist who spent time there would benefit greatly.  

The recipients were selected, without knowing they were under consideration, by a Curator appointed by the Arts Foundation. This year's Curator was Lynn Freeman from National Radio's Arts on Sunday. "It was an absolute pleasure selecting the artists for these awards" said Lynn Freeman, "while it was incredibly difficult to arrive at the final selections from a long list of high achieving young artists, it is very satisfying to know that there is an incredible depth of talent in New Zealand".

Freemasons New Zealand Grand Master, Selwyn Cooper, said "We are proud to have supported six artists this year bringing the total number of New Generation recipients to 16 and a total donation to these artists of $375,000. For centuries Freemasons have had an association with some of the world's finest artists, such as Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci, we are proud to be associated with some New Zealand's best young artists and will watch their careers develop with interest".

Arts Foundation Chairperson, Fran Ricketts congratulated the recipients on their Awards. "The Arts Foundation has awarded over 100 artists and donated over $3 million to the arts since its inception. We are very proud of all recipients and are very grateful to the Freemasons and the Harriet Friedlander Scholarship Trust for making these Awards possible. Partnerships with the private sector are enabling us to do remarkable things for the arts", she added.

Seung Yul Oh is the second recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency. The inaugural recipient was Florian Habicht. "Florian's trip to New York had a profound impact on him as an artist and a person and we're thrilled with the outcome", said Daniel Friedlander, Harriet's son. I have been aware of Seung Yul's extraordinary work for many years and can only imagine the impact New York will have on him. I know Mum would be thrilled with his selection and we wish him all the best with his trip".  

New Generation Award recipients:

Image: Eleanor Catton, Ngaahina Hohaia, Anna Leese, Kate Parker and Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland

Eleanor Catton (writer) Wellington/USA has been praised in international reviews for her novel ‘The Rehearsal'.  Britain's Daily Mail  has called her the "golden girl of fiction," while the London Times described her as "a starburst of talent". She has already received a number of awards, including being short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and long-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize.  She has signed major contracts with prestigious international publishers and the list of foreign language publications for The Rehearsal is now up to 12. She is working on a second literary novel, titled The Luminaries, which takes place in Hokitika, in 1866, and on a quartet of fantasy novels set during the English Civil War. She currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, where she teaches Creative Writing and Popular Culture.

Anna Leese (soprano), Palmerston North/United Kingdom, is an emerging soprano opera singer who is fast establishing an international career. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2007, as Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème.   Anna has won an impressive list of awards and aria prizes and has sung on the concert stage with several of the world's most-loved singers, including with Andrea Bocelli in Auckland and with Jose Carreras in Newcastle, Seoul and Taipei.  Anna will be the first ever artist in residence at the New Zealand Singing School in Napier residency early in 2011.  She is currently studying privately with Lillian Watson in London and undertaking a busy singing schedule.

Ngaahina Hohaia (Taranaki iwi, Parihaka) (visual artist), Taranaki/Auckland based), practice translates traditional weaving knowledge into contemporary artworks.  She works across a spectrum of media including silks, wool and metal; creating unique jewellery and adornment pieces, through to sculpture and large-scale installations.  Ngaahina's politically charged mixed-media installation works confront colonisation and cultural collision in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Her work launched the City Gallery Wellington's Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery for Māori and Pacific art in 2009.  This work included over five hundred, intricately constructed natural-fibre, poi, within a multi-media installation of sound and moving image.

Kate Parker (theatre), Auckland, is a Co-Director of Red Leap Theatre, a physical devising theatre company who use imagery and create original work.  She is an actor, puppeteer, teacher and image creator.  Kate designed and built imagery, co-devised and performed while Julie Nolan (her collaborator) directed The Arrival at the Auckland Festival in 2009, before touring to Sydney, Hong Kong and Wellington Festivals in 2010.  The show won the 2010 Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year, announced in early December.  With Red Leap Theatre, Kate is about to create and make imagery for a new work Paper Sky - A Love Story, a commissioned work which will premiere at the Auckland Festival in March 2011.

Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (film/television), Wellington, grew up together at Raumati Beach settlement and began working together for a cable TV network. Louis then went to drama school and Mark went to film school developing their skills in production and performance. The two have now worked together in the industry for over 15 years. They have just made the long-list for the 2011 Academy Awards with the third short film they have collaborated on and have officially co-directed -The Six Dollar Fifty Man, bringing them one-step closer to an Oscar. The film has consistently been selected and screened internationally, winning at four of the ‘A List' Academy accredited festivals. Mark and Louis are currently writing their feature screenplay Shopping.

Harriet Friedlander New York Residency Recipient

Seung Yul Oh                        Installation (2010)  Bogle Bogle at The New Dowse;

Seung Yul Oh (visual artist), Auckland, is one of the bright talents to have emerged on the New Zealand art scene in the 21st century. His work encompasses a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, sound and video. Born in Korea, Seung Yul moved to New Zealand and became a New Zealand citizen.  He graduated from Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts, where during his time as a Masters student he was an active exhibitor, gaining a high profile as a young artist. Following his first major solo show CHEW CHEW Tongue at Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland, in February 2006, Seung Yul has gone on to exhibit in projects and exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth),  the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and TheNewDowse.  Starkwhite will present his work at ART HK the international art fair of Hong Kong in 2011.