22 Mar 2023
Jewellers Neke Moa and Lisa Walker, win in Munich with support from Creative New Zealand.
Three Aotearoa artists were selected to present their work amongst a total of 66 international artists at this year’s prestigious SCHMUCK jewellery exhibition in Munich, part of the annual International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades (Internationale Handwerksmesse München). Considered a highlight of the year for jewellery artists, Creative New Zealand is delighted two New Zealanders have won significant prizes, with Neke Moa winning the Herbert Hoffman prize and Lisa Walker taking out the Bavarian State Prize.
‘This is the 15th year that Creative New Zealand has supported contemporary jewellers to exhibit at SCHMUCK, however this is the first time Aotearoa has had two winners in one year’ says Creative New Zealand Senior Manager International, Amanda Hereaka acknowledging the two wāhine and the significance of the win.
This year Creative New Zealand supported Neke Moa, Lisa Walker and Shelley Norton, as well as Peter Deckers, and Hilda Gascard from Makers 101 to attend.
Peter Deckers from Makers 101 shared that ‘Munich is so important. It is the place to be and Aotearoa has a lot to say on the world stage. There is so much personality that is fresh and new and it’s received so well within the international context that Munich provides.’
All three artists [Neke, Lisa and Shelley] will be involved in Nelson Jewellery Week from the 13-23 April and Makers 101 will be presenting a collaborative exhibition hosting work by Australian, UK-based, and NZ makers from the Handshake programme.’
Aotearoa was also represented by two other jewellers: Te Whanganui-a-Tara based Karl Fritsch, and Tāhuna based Jessica Winchcombe, who each presented work as part of Munich Jewellery Week.
About the winners and their taonga
- Herbert Hoffman Prize 2023: Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Ahuriri, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is an adornment and object artist known for her work with pounamu. Her exhibited taonga at SCHMUCK, ‘Ngāti Pukana’, part of a group of works called ‘rakau whakarawe’ (weapons of the everyday), speaks to the cultural history of Aotearoa – made of driftwood, pounamu and shells, all materials used in traditional Māori jewellery design.
- Bavarian State Prize 2023: Wellington based, Lisa Walker is a contemporary jeweller known for her explorative and expansive use of materials, techniques and influences. Lisa was awarded the Bavarian State prize for her three pieces ‘IT STARTED WITH A MASK THEN SOME DECORATION GOT ADDED’, ‘DRIVING CREEK PENDANT 09’ and ‘DRIVING CREEK PENDANT 10’.
Kei ngā toa whakaihuwaka, kāore i ārikarika ngā whakamānawa ki a kōrua!
Schmuck is one of the exhibitions that features as part of this annual event and is the oldest international jewellery exhibition in the world, having taken place since 1959.
For more information about Nelson Jewellery Week workshops, public talks and other events can be found here
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