NZMAIR: New Zealand’s Maori arts scene is “shining”, but not good enough, says arts adviser, Chris Ebeling.
“The New Zealand art scene is not as bright as the New York art scene, and that’s unfortunate,” he said.
But Ebelings said there was a lot of work to be done, as well as the recognition of the need for better funding and more recognition of New Zealand artists.
The Maori Arts Council was formed in 2011 with the aim of improving Maori culture in New Zealand.
It has received more than $500,000 in funding from the Government and the Government Arts Council to date.
Ebeling said there were many Maori artists who were not performing their art in New York and were not recognised.
For example, the Auckland Museum of Art was unable to make it into the annual NZMAAR gallery exhibition this year, because it had not yet been accepted for the exhibition.
He said there had been “a lot of really good work” in New Britain, but was not sure it had been recognized well.
There are about 700 Maori and Pacific Islanders living in New England, the most of any other ethnic group in the country.
Many of them have been inspired by the arts and are passionate about their art.
However, Ebelling said, he could not see many of them performing in New Yorkers.
And he was worried that a lack of recognition would discourage people from doing their own work.
Auckland Museum of Arts spokeswoman Rebecca Hall said it was not possible to provide an exact figure because it was a voluntary partnership between the museum and the NZMAARI, and the Auckland Maori Council.
Hall said it had recently been granted an additional $300,000 to be able to make more trips to New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts to visit artists.
The NZMAARS annual exhibition will take place from February 5-7, 2019.