We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award for 2024 has been awarded to the remarkably talented Tuihana Smith. Her captivating piece, "Whispers of the Land," has not only captured the essence of Aotearoa's stunning landscapes but has also eloquently woven the rich tapestry of our cultural narratives and environmental concerns. Smith's work stood out among a highly competitive field of entries, showcasing her unique ability to engage and challenge the viewer with her deep, thoughtful exploration of our connection to the land and each other.
The Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award was established to celebrate and nurture the extraordinary talent within our artistic community, and Tuihana Smith's achievement is a testament to the vibrant and diverse creativity that thrives across Aotearoa. As the first recipient of this prestigious award, Smith not only receives a significant monetary prize but also the opportunity to exhibit her work in leading galleries nationwide, offering her a platform to inspire and influence both the art world and the wider community. We eagerly anticipate seeing how her career will unfold and the impact her voice will have on the future of New Zealand art.