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THE NEW GENERATION

~ Warren Maxwell, Tze Ming Mok, Joe Sheehan, Eve Armstrong and Taika Waititi. ~

The inaugural New Generation Awards were presented on Wednesday, 22 November, at the Westpac St James Theatre in Wellington. This new Awards programme will distribute $125,000 biennially to up and coming New Zealand artists from any art form, and is a joint initiative between the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and Freemasons New Zealand. With five donations of $25,000 each, made to artists who have demonstrated excellence in the early stages of their careers, this Award will allow the recipients to invest in the development of their careers, through the creation of new work or other opportunities that will enrich their practice.

New Generation Artists ARE:

~ Backdrop, commissioned for SCAPE 2006. ~ Photo by Dean McKenzie

Eve Armstrong – a visual artist who prefers to bring objects and ideas back into circulation through the research, collection and reconstruction of recycled materials. Objects and images of material refuse are organised into sculptural stacks, piles, collages and assemblages within layered packaging tape landscapes. Eve will use her New Generation Award to research and create new work, and to sustain and further her art practice. The initiative to support a young talented artist such as Eve–especially at such a crucial point in her career –is so encouraging. The opportunity to work closely with Eve, and to help her to realise increasingly ambitious projects is exciting. Michael Lett



~ Photo by Pat Shepard ~

Warren Maxwell – Ngai Tuhoe, grew up in Whangarei and is the driving force behind many music-based projects. Warren is former frontman of TrinityRoots, a saxophonist for Fat Freddy’s Drop and leader of psychedelic blues quartet Little Bushman. What musical marvels he’ll produce in the next few decades is anyone’s guess, but I’ve no doubt they’ll be powerful expressions of what it means to be living in this country at this time. Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times

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~ Yellow Peril, the webblog of Tze Ming Mok ~ Photo courtesy of the artist

Tze Ming Mok – lists the following top six interests in order of internet link entry frequency: politics, literature, evil, language, tools, humanity, in her online bookmark library “del.icio.us”. A first-generation New Zealandborn Chinese, holding an MA in Political Studies from the University of Auckland, Tze Ming writes a popular Public Address weblog Yellow Peril. She also writes poetry, fiction, reviews, features and opinions.

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