The University of Otago’s coveted Arts Fellowships for 2018 have been announced.
Otago's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Tony Ballantyne has named the five Fellowship recipients.
The Frances Hodgkins Fellow is Louise Menzies from Auckland, the Robert Burns Fellow is Rhian Gallagher from Dunedin, the Mozart Fellow is Dylan Lardelli from Auckland, the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance is Matthew Smith from Auckland, and the Creative NZ University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence is Raymond Huber from Dunedin.
Professor Ballantyne is delighted with the outstanding calibre of this group of fellows who will take up their fellowships in 2018.
“These Fellows are working at the forefront of their respective creative fields; they have each been selected from a very strong group of applicants,” Professor Ballantyne says.
“Our Arts Fellowships are very important to the University because they are vital to our links with the arts community. Through their work and presence on campus they enable new conversations around the ways in which these creative disciplines illuminate the world that we live in.
“It is always exciting to look forward to the coming year and the music, words, images and performances that these Fellows create.”
The Fellows receive a stipend for between six months and one year, and space on campus to indulge in their creative projects. Past Fellows have created dance performances, orchestral compositions, poetry, novels and children’s books during this time.
The fellowships have produced many luminaries over the years, including writers Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, James K Baxter, Michael King and Maurice Shadbolt, artists Ralph Hotere and Grahame Sydney, and many of New Zealand's leading composers, dancers and children’s book writers.
Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2018 – Louise Menzies
Robert Burns Fellow 2018 - Rhian Gallagher
Mozart Fellow 2018 - Dylan Lardelli
Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance - Matthew Smith