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2016 Arts Fellows named

Friday 11 September 2015 11:13am

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The 2016 Otago Arts Fellows (clockwise from top left) Mozart Fellow Dr Chris Gendall, Burns Fellow Victor Rodger, Frances Hodgkins Fellow Miranda Parkes, Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance Val Smith and College of Education/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence Barbara Else.

The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.

The Robert Burns Fellow is Victor Rodger, of Auckland; the Frances Hodgkins Fellow is Miranda Parkes, of Christchurch; the Mozart Fellow, Dr Chris Gendall, of Wellington; and the College of Education/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence is Barbara Else, of Lower Hutt. The Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance is Val Smith, of Auckland.

The recipients were announced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne at the September meeting of the University Council.

“I warmly congratulate all of next year’s recipients and I look forward to seeing and reading their work, performances and installations, as they take their place among a long line of distinguished arts fellows at Otago.”

Former fellows include literary luminaries Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, James K Baxter, Michael King and Maurice Shadbolt, the artists Ralph Hotere and Grahame Sydney, not to mention many of New Zealand's significant composers, dancers and children’s book writers.

The Fellows receive a stipend for between six months and one year and space on campus to indulge in their creative projects.

For more about the recipients and the fellowships read the full announcement.