Charles Southwell Award 2006
Press Release: Charles Southwell Award 2006
The Charles Southwell Award for 2006 has been awarded to the controversial artist Andy Leleisi'uao for his brave work questioning some sacred cows in Samoan society, such as the dominant - and sometimes stultifying - role of the church.
The Charles Southwell Award is given by the NZ Association of Rationalists & Humanists to recognise outstanding work in defence of a tolerant, pluralist and secular society. Past recipients include Dame Cheryll Sotheran on behalf of Te Papa Tongarewa; investigative journalists Brian Rudman and Michael Laws; abortion campaigner Dr Zoe During and champion of voluntary euthanasia Dr Philip Nitschke.
The Rationalists and Humanists hope that Mr Leleisi'uao's bold and thought-provoking art will encourage Pacific people to question the role the church plays in their lives.
The award will be presented to Mr Leleisi'uao at a dinner on June 25 at Rationalist House, 64 Symonds Street, Auckland.