An artistic take on a confronting issue by artist Sukena Shah has seen the student win this year’s George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship.
The Year 13 New Plymouth Girls’ High School student took out the $3000 scholarship, managed by NPDC’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, for her work To be a Brown Woman.
The piece is the artist’s critical examination of the experience of women in post-colonization South Asia.
Sukena hopes to attend the University of Auckland next year to do a conjoint degree in law and the Fine Arts and says art can play a significant role in shining a light on situations people are going through.
“I hope this will help me change the lives of women in South Asia who suffer at the hand of uneducated men.
“Fortunately for me, my parents encourage me to participate in the arts (Visual Art and Drama) and to use it as a tool to expose the archaic mindsets that still linger in South Asia today.”
Administered by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery the scholarship encourages young artists that are not only academic achievers but also those who demonstrates drive and motivation towards a career in visual arts.
Students submit one piece from their school portfolio accompanied by a statement from the artist, the decision made by a selection panel.
Find out more about the George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship, as well as Sukena’s full artist statement and previous recipients at https://govettbrewster.com/schools/scholarship.
Caption: 2022 George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship recipient Sukena Shah.
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