22 Mar 2012
Māori who are studying the arts, or an arts related field, are encouraged to get their Te Waka Toi Scholarship applications in by next Friday, 30 March.
Every year Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, awards two scholarships to emerging artists who have talent, promise and commitment to the future of Māori arts. Each scholarship is worth $4000.
Applications will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 30 March 2012.
Te Waka Toi Scholarships are open to students of all artforms; media arts, theatre, music, visual arts, dance as well as art-related areas such as curation, arts writing and conservation.
Students must be studying at a formal place of learning including marae, or other institution such as an accredited university, polytechnic or whare wānanga.
All information can be found at www.creativenz.govt.nz/findfunding then select Māori arts.
All scholarship applications are assessed on leadership qualities, the applicant’s involvement with iwi and marae as well as their artistic, cultural and academic merit. Applicants need to submit quality examples of their work and two references from people who support them and their path of study. The applicant must also explain their reasons for wanting a career in Māori arts.
The 2011 scholarship winners were contemporary weaver Karangawai Marsh who is studying for her Masters in Māori Visual Arts at Massey University; and graphic designer and carver Tai Kerekere who runs his own graphic design business with his wife, in Wellington.
Te Waka Toi Scholarship recipients represent both heritage and contemporary artforms; they include Nigel Borell (kaiwhakahaere of Toi o Manukau, Auckland), Te Kohe Tuhaka (actor Michael James Manaia, Shortland Street), contemporary weaver Ngahina Hohaia, internationally exhibited visual artist Kelcy Taratoa and Taryn Beri (apprentice to tohunga tā moko Mark Kopua).
The 2012 Te Waka Toi Scholarships will be presented at an awards evening in September.
For further information contact:
Tumarangai Sciascia, Māori Arts Advisor