UC Fine Arts graduate wins inaugural national Springboard award

01 May 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) 2019 Fine Arts graduate Min-Young Her starts this week with a $15,000 gift and a new mentor to support her next stage of innovative creative output, thanks to an Arts Foundation Springboard Award.

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    One of six inaugural Springboard winners, UC graduate Min-Young Her. Photo credit: Min-Young Her.

The inaugural award recognised six artists from across Aotearoa who have shown outstanding potential in a variety of disciplines at an early stage of their career. 

Her is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Ōtautahi who works with fabric, beautifully crafted installations and video performance.

She won UC’s SELECT 19 prize last year, with fellow UC School of Fine Arts graduates Liam Krijgsman and Christian Lamont. Each of the winners contributed an artwork to the UC art collection.

The young artist is excited about working with mentor Tiffany Singh, a senior artist of Indian and Pasifika descent, who pioneered social arts practice in Aotearoa, and who works in interdisciplinary site-specific, installation-based practice exploring cultural preservation and social discourse.

“This acknowledgement has had me at a loss for words, but one thing I can say with confidence is that I am unbelievably grateful and honoured to be able work with the Arts Foundation and Tiffany Singh,” Her said.

Springboard called for award nominations in November 2019, and an independent selection panel reviewed 450 submissions. The selection panel included Arts Foundation awards alumni Professor Heather Galbraith, Nigel Borell, Andrea Daly, Tusiata Avia, Daniel Belton, Briar Monro and Kerry Warkia.

Springboard is supported by the Edgar Family, the Todd Trust and the 2019 New Zealand Arts Ball.

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