Tribal Affiliations: Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu
Priscilla was born and raised in Te Waipounamu. Priscilla Cowie works as a painter, sculptor and designer – Māori culture is the backbone of her art practice. She has completed several public art commissions, for Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu, including seven bronze eels situated outside "Te Hononga," the Christchurch Civic building. In 2013, Priscilla created designs to adorn shade sails, that are installed in a public Māori garden, at Les Jardins de Fruitiers de Laquenexy, near Mez, France. In 2014, thanks to the generous support from Creative New Zealand Priscilla was able to participate in the Artists in Residence – Vallauris, France. With support from Creative New Zealand Priscilla returned to Paris in September 2015 to be mentored by Marian Fountain in the creation of bronze medals. Recently Priscilla completed integrated art designs and painting commissions for CERA (Central Earthquake Recovery Authority) at Tākaro ā Poi, Margret Mahy Family Park, Christchurch, New Zealand. Priscilla is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts. She has extended her art practice by attending international art workshops and festivals with other Māori and Indigenous artists.
"It is an honour and a privledge to be a new committee member of Te Atinga. I am excited to be engaged in creating opportunities for contemporary Māori artists and art in Te Waipounamu, Nationally and Internationally. I am passionate about sharing the beauty, depth, diversity and spirit of Contemporary Māori art and culture with our wider communities, creating connections across cultures."
He pūhoro o mua. He pūhoro ki tua