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Dunedin artist recognised by new national award from The Blumhardt Foundation

Dunedin-based jeweller and carver Craig McIntosh is the first recipient of Dame Doreen’s Gift, a brand new $8000 award in the craft/object art sector to an outstanding artist.

Photo of Craig McIntosh is courtesy of the Blumhardt Foundation.

McIntosh is a widely respected artist with an international exhibition track record, recognised for developing a wholly new approach to stone carving, the subject of his recently conferred Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Dunedin School of Art.

McIntosh says: “Dame Doreen’s Gift for me couldn’t have come at a better time. It is enabling me to move forward with projects in a way that would not have been possible without the freedom this gives to invest both time and resources.”

Dame Doreen’s Gift is named after notable New Zealand potter and arts educator, the late Dame Doreen Blumhardt, who established the Blumhardt Foundation in 2003 “to advance the New Zealand craft/object art sector”. McIntosh was selected as the inaugural recipient by Foundation trustees in consultation with a number of national sector leaders.

Examples of Craig's work - image courtesy of the Blumhardt Foundation.

Dame Doreen’s Gift is one of a suite of new initiatives announced by the Foundation that will increase the opportunities for New Zealand craft/object art practitioners and those working in the sector. These include the Blumhardt Residency and the Blumhardt International Residency, the only New Zealand artist residencies for craft /object art practitioners, and a biennial Blumhardt Lecture. The Foundation’s existing funding initiatives – the Blumhardt Foundation Curatorial Internship and the Blumhardt Grants – are ongoing.

Blumhardt Foundation Chair Kaye McKinlay says: “What we’re aiming to do is provide support for individual makers and also to strengthen and enhance the sector that all makers operate in.

The Blumhardt Foundation is New Zealand's only charitable trust dedicated to supporting contemporary craft/object art.  The Dowse Art Museum director Courtney Johnston says: “The Dowse has been working in partnership with the Foundation closely for a decade. Their new initiatives complement all the work we’ve been doing together and fill some real gaps in the sector. It’s tremendously exciting to see support from a philanthropic organisation widen the field of opportunities available to our jewellers, ceramic artists and all craft/object art practitioners.”

The Blumhardt Foundation will present its new funding initiatives at 4pm on 15 September 2016 at the Dunedin School of Art.

Further information

The Blumhardt Foundation’s new initiatives are available at

Blumhardt Foundation

Contact: Kaye McKinlay

021 395 100

Craig McIntosh,

is represented by The National and Masterworks Gallery


Updated on 31st August 2016