Meet the Next Wave of Artists Shaping Aotearoa: The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Party

Meet the Next Wave of Artists Shaping Aotearoa: The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Party

Published: 21 July 2022                 

Presented by: The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Auckland Live and Stuff


Tickets are on sale now for the annual Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate Party – one of the most significant nights of the year for New Zealand’s arts community.

Presented by The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Auckland Live and Stuff, this event brings together New Zealand’s greatest artists, givers, and arts lovers from around the country as the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi reveals and celebrates their 2022 Laureate Award recipients.

Consider this your one-stop shortcut to the arts in Aotearoa! Hang with New Zealand’s greatest artists, get to know the seven 2022 Laureate recipients and party into the night with kai and libations from the best in New Zealand hospitality. Tickets include food, drinks, music – and of course, front row seats for the 2022 Laureate reveal. Everyone is welcome – join us on the night to find out everything you need to know about the arts in Aotearoa right now.



Friday 2 September
The Aotea Centre

6.00pm — late
6.30pm — Kai & Libations
7.30pm — Formal presentation of 7 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureates
9:00pm — Party

Dress: Like you’re away from your screen for the first time since 2020. Like the best going-out version of yourself. In whatever you want, plus your dancing shoes.


“We can’t wait for this opportunity to come together and celebrate New Zealand’s outstanding artists, and the arts in Aotearoa!. It feels particularly special to be gathering at The Aotea Centre; a landmark of creativity in Tāmaki Makaurau and a place that has housed so much of our artists mahi over the years. Personally, this will be my first Laureate Party as Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi kaiwhakahaere / General Manager, and I’m excited to connect with our artist, givers and everyone else who has come along to see what’s going on for the arts in 2022.”   Jessica Palalagi - Kaiwhakahaere/GM



Since 2000, the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate awards have celebrated New Zealand’s greatest artists across the disciplines. Every year, The Arts Foundation recognise up to ten exceptional artists with a $30,000 award, and share their story with New Zealand.

An Arts Foundation Laureate is an artist that is outstanding in their field, and is having impact on their community or practise. This year, seven new artists will be welcomed into the fold – joining a Laureate whānau of 113 household names.  This year’s line-up also includes the inaugural Toi Kō Iriri Queer Laureate; an outstanding artist having a monumental impact on our queer arts communities.

Want to know more about the nation’s most outstanding artists? Go to


The 2022 Arts Foundation Laureate Awards have been funded thanks to the generous support of:

Sir Roger Hall, The Burr/ Tatham Trust, Theresa Gattung, My Art, Jillian Friedlander, Hall Cannon.

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