19 May 2011

Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards open

8:57 am on 19 May 2011

Nominations are open for the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.

The annual awards are an opportunity to recognise excellence among established and emerging artists who characterise the richness and diversity of their Pacific culture in their art form.

The five categories for the awards recognising a senior artist, heritage and contemporary arts, the Iosefa Enari Memorial award for classical and opera, and an emerging artist.

Makerita Urale is Creative New Zealand's Senior Programme Adviser, Pacific Arts, who says the calibre of entries is usually quite high, but strongly encourages applicants from any eligible artist.

"It's really for the Pasifika people, and the Pasifika communities in New Zealand, and all the different artforms and different categories, recognising and celebrating their excellence in the arts."

Makerita Urale says this year's entries close on June the 24th.