17 September 2017
Dame Suzie Moncrieff is the founder of the World of Wearable Art show, a sculptor and arts entrepreneur.
At school, Suzie particularly enjoyed art and sculpting. After returning to sculpting in her 30’s, she found herself disappointed by the high fees the gallery charged to exhibit her art, and decided to open her own gallery in a cottage. It became the site of the first WOW show in 1987.
In 1998, Suzie was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and tourism and was later promoted to Dame Companion of the same order. She was named Wellingtonian of the Year in the arts category in 2011, has been a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year awards, and in 2014 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Massey University.