November 20, 2018
Past informs future for Māori arts
Art born of tradition but opening up new paths was the theme that emerged from this year's Te Waka Toi Art Awards.
The supreme award went to Dunedin-based printmaker Marilyn Webb, with other senior artists including Sandy Adsett, Lyonel Grant and even Tā Tipene O'Regan picking up tohu.
Arts Council Maori Committee chair Suzanne Ellison says the artists were keen to acknowledge those who set them on their path, including Gordon Tovey who picked artists like Webb, Adsett, the late Ralph Hotere and Cliff Whiting to work as art advisors in schools in the 1950s and 60s.
"There was a bit of a theme, perhaps inadvertant, but it was there about where they had come from in their mahi and it complemented Marilyn Webb's origins and contribution as well so Sandy (Adsett), Lyonel (Grant) and our wonderful weavers in the Tā Kingi Ihaka Awards: Parekowhai Whaitiri, Ranui Ngarimu from my afear (Te Waipounamu) and Mere Walker," she says.
She was also pleased to see writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop acknowledged for his work sharing the stories of Aotearoa and making them relevant to a new generation of children.
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