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, therefore, 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 enable 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.

To apply

Please supply the following in a single PDF document (no greater than 5mb in total) to exhibitions@tetuhi.art with the subject header Iris Fisher Scholarship. 

  • A completed and signed application form. 
  • A short statement (no more than 300 words) outlining your practice.
  • An exhibition history/CV.
  • Six images of recent work that best profile your practice. JPEGS are best; for moving image or sound work please supply as a URL link to view online.
  • Certified proof of your current postgraduate enrolment status.

If you would like to apply via an alternative method, please phone +64 9 577 0138 or email us here

Applications should arrive at Te Tuhi no later than 9am, Monday 29 June 2020.

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