06 Jun Lois Perry, QSM
We would like to congratulate former Head of Art, Lois Perry on being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to art and governance. Ms Perry has actively promoted education and engagement of local communities with art in Pakuranga and the wider Auckland region for more than 40 years.
Ms Perry began her career as an art teacher at Pakuranga College where she was the Head of the Art Department for 11 years and her civic roles since have focused on art education. In 1975, she assisted the Pakuranga Arts Society with the establishment of the Pakuranga Arts Centre, New Zealand’s first purpose-built contemporary arts centre. She volunteered as the Society’s Founding President from 1981 to 1985, as a committee member from 1985 to 2002, and then in leadership and governance roles until 2017.
Since its establishment in 2000, she has played a pivotal role in the development of Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, a contemporary arts space in Pakuranga with an education facility and dedicated exhibition space. She was Chair of the Centre from 2002 to 2007, and remained as a Trustee of Te Tuhi’s governing Trusts, the Contemporary Art Foundation and the Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust. In 2004 Ms Perry established the ART TODAY programme at Te Tuhi, which continues to teach contemporary art to adult students to the present day.