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 in particular, art education. The Iris Fisher Scholarship has been created to encourage and assist an excellent postgraduate visual art student with their studies.

The scholarship

The Iris Fisher Scholarship is awarded to one recipient annually. The award is $5,000 and is payable in one lump sum. It is envisaged that these funds will be put toward fees, materials, travel or a purpose which will support the recipient to successfully complete their final year of tertiary 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.
  • The Iris Fisher Scholarship is not available to any person who has an employment contract with Te Tuhi.

2021 Iris Fisher Scholarship

To apply, please provide:

  1. This completed application form.
  2. A statement outlining your practice (maximum 300 words).
  3. An exhibition history/CV.
  4. Six images of recent work that best profile your practice. For moving image or sound work, please supply as a URL link to view online.
  5. Certified proof of your current postgraduate enrolment status in a visual arts/fine arts course of study.

Email as a single PDF document (no greater than 5MB in total) to exhibitions@tetuhi.art with the subject header Iris Fisher Scholarship by 9am, Monday 3 May 2021.

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