Clive was part of the wood carving school’s first intake in 1967. Arguably one of the most accomplished technical carvers alive, he is still at NZMACI today. “If we lose our arts and crafts, we lose our identity,” explains Clive.
“It’s important that we pass on our art to future generations, to show our unique art form worldwide.”
Clive is optimistic about the future and happy that, thanks to places like NZMACI, “our art and culture will never die out.”
Tommy joined the 36th Intake to NZMACI. He was inspired to join as there was a lack of whakairo (Māori carving) artists in his whānau (family).
Tommy knows he is at the right place. “Here at NZMACI, the carving tutors are recognised as the best in the world,” he says. He hopes his skills will benefit his people – “I’d like to leave behind a legacy for future generations.”
Poai, also known as Alby, graduated with the 8th Intake and was tutored by John Taiapa and Clive Fugill. Alby returned to the National Carving School as Tumu Whakairo in 2019.