Te Tuhi are pleased to invite applications for the 2024 Iris Fisher Scholarship, a national award of $5,000 to support an outstanding postgraduate student in the final year of a visual arts/fine arts course of study.

Since 2007, Te Tuhi, in partnership with the Fisher family, have supported the development of emerging Aotearoa New Zealand artists with this annual award. Past recipients of the Iris Fisher Scholarship include Bena Jackson, Susu, Xi Li, Emily Parr, Quishile Charan, Aaron Kong, Christina Pataialii, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila and Erica van Zon.

The scholarship is named after Iris Fisher, who was a founding member of the Pakuranga Arts Society and the driving force behind the creation of the Fisher Gallery, later to become Te Tuhi. Her original bequest has fostered contemporary visual arts practice and art education. It is envisaged that these funds will be put toward fees, materials, travel or a purpose which will enable the recipient to successfully complete their final year of postgraduate study.


The scholarship is to support a student enrolled in a visual arts/fine arts course of study at tertiary level, according to the following requirements:
- Applicants must be in their final year of a postgraduate course of study at an institution accredited by the Tertiary Education Commission. This must be either 4th year (level 700) Honours, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree, or equivalent – both full-time and part-time students are accepted.
- Applicants must provide proof of their current postgraduate enrolment status.

How to Apply
Applicants are requested to provide:

- A statement outlining their practice (300 words)
- An exhibition history/CV
- Six images of recent work that best profile their practice. For moving image or sound work, please supply as a URL link to view online.
- Certified proof of current postgraduate enrolment status in a visual arts/fine arts course of study (both full- and part-time students are eligible). Applicants must be in their final year of study.
- The names and contact details of two referees

This information should be sent by email as a single PDF document (no greater than 5MB in total) to exhibitions@tetuhi.art with the subject header “Iris Fisher Scholarship”.

Applications close 9am, Monday 15 April 2024.
For more information, visit Te Tuhi’s website here.

Image: 2023 Iris Fisher Scholarship recipient Bena Jackson; installation view as part of the exhibition Castle Mall at RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 2023. Photo by Ardit Hoxha.