9 Aug 2011

NZ artist awarded artist-in-residency in Samoa

12:59 pm on 9 August 2011

New Zealand installation artist Tiffany Singh will begin a three-month artist-in-residency in Samoa next week.

Ms Singh has been awarded the Creative New Zealand and the National University of Samoa artist in residence for 2011.

The partnership was established between Creative New Zealand and the university in 2006, and provides up to twelve-thousand-US-dollars for the artist's expenses.

Ms Singh plans to convert an abandoned site into an artistic space for cultural performance, meditation and prayer.

"I'm hoping to make prayer flags with tapa cloth, and stupas and plaster Marys, and have the community help me decorate them. I'm also really interested in traditional mythology of Samoa and traditional healing practice. So, I'd quite like to dedicate an area of that space to growing medicinal herbs and medicines."

Ms Singh says the residency is an opportunity to connect with her Samoan heritage.