Artist Profile: Jacob Scott



Ngati Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngati Raukawa
Innovator/Designer/Mixed Media Artist

Jacob Scott – Principal of Scott Design, former Director Te Kura Toi o Te Wananga o Aotearoa and founder and Head of EITs Art & Design School, is one of our countries pioneers in contemporary Maori Art and Maori Arts Education. Highly regarded as an architectural designer and artist Jacob led the development, accreditation and establishment of the Maunga Kura Toi Degree – New Zealand’s first degree level programme in whakairo (maori carving) and raranga (maori weaving). As a past member of the whakaruruhau whakairo (national educational development committee for maori carving) and honorary holder of the Toi Iho Mark (mark of authenticity and quality for maori artists) – Jacob is frequently called upon to assist with the development, delivery and review of Maori arts programmes throughout the country.

Jacob is a renowned Maori artist, carver, designer and educator and was awarded Te Ara Whakarei lifetime membership of Toi Iho by peers for works of quality and authenticity.

“Maori first made marks using stone on their precious items such as tools, buildings and sailing craft. Telling stories and adding dimension to things they valued. Pounamu (greenstone) that could be sharpened and hold an edge, furnished fine results on timber and soft stone. Technology evolved and specially forged steel edged tools and cuts were designed to establish abstracted narratives on timbers that were durable and cut well. Now in 2014 these materials are in short supply. Architects and designers now specify new materials to build with thus culture evolves.”

“An innovative culture responds to new situations and consciously steps into the world, making sustainable connections between people, place, histories and futures. It is important for Maori to develop our arts, as this is one of our primary cultural health indicators. For this culture to be left to viewed as an antiquity is not an option” – Jacob Scott