Recipients of 2016 NZ Arts Awards Announced

14 Nov 2016 12:00

Congratulations to 2016 Laureate Award recipient Lyell Cresswell and 2016 New Generation Award recipient Alex Taylor.

Now in its sixteenth year at the helm of art philanthropy in New Zealand, the Arts Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Arts Awards.

This year’s Awards feature incredible New Zealand artists with major international influence.

The composers are among eleven artists, two philanthropists and four arts organisations as recipients of awards and donations at the 2016 New Zealand Arts Awards.

The Laureate Award is an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.  Their work is rich but their richest work still lies ahead of them.  The award should recognise a moment in the artist’s career that will allow them to have their next great success.

New Generation artists are the hot shots, the ones to watch, and the ones who have an X-factor that sets them apart from their peers. They have assured potential. Their work is exciting. They are independent, individual and show outstanding promise. They also display a depth of thinking and consistency that gives their work strength.

The Arts Awards enable us to recognise some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary creators in front of their families, peers and country, says the Arts Foundation’s Executive Director, Simon Bowden.

A total sum of $480,000 will be awarded to the recipients at the New Zealand Arts Awards event night on Wednesday 23 November.

Read the Arts Foundation’s announcement here.




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