New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art

Fred Graham receiving Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu from Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy and Steven Wainwright, Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand.

Congratulations to Fred Graham from Waiuku for being a recipient in the 2018 New Years Honours list – ONZM, To be Officers of the said Order: Fred Graham for services to Māori art.

Mr Frederick Graham has been involved in New Zealand art since the 1950s and has contributed to the growth, development and promotion of Māori art throughout New Zealand and abroad.

From 1951 to 1954 Mr Graham served as an art adviser to Māori primary schools throughout Rotorua and Northland. He has been the Head of the Art Department at various schools throughout the North Island and he has played a key role in inspiring and developing the next generation of artistic talent. He was a pioneer of the Contemporary Māori Art Movement and in 1966 he was a key figure in organising one of the first exhibitions of contemporary Māori painting and sculptures in Hamilton. He has represented New Zealand at many international exhibitions throughout his career, including the 1986 ‘Te Ao Marama’ (‘Seven Māori Artists’) exhibition that toured Australia and a 1992 tour of the United States that showcased contemporary Māori art. Since 1996 he has served on the Haerewa (Māori Cultural Advisory Group) at the Auckland Art Gallery. He continues to provide mentoring to young sculptors and artists. Mr Graham’s contributions have resulted in a number of sculptures that are displayed in many New Zealand cities and towns, as well as galleries in Seattle, Vancouver and South Korea.

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