The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962 to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an interest in the Arts within the University. It was named after Dunedin-born Frances Hodgkins, one of New Zealand's most distinguished painters.

The annual, 12-month Fellowship provides a studio/office space and not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer. It is open to artists who are normally resident in New Zealand and who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, have executed work that demonstrates their talent, and would benefit from holding the Fellowship.

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Imogen Taylor

Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2019

After holding the McCahon House Artists’ Residency in 2017, working as a studio artist at Corban Estate Art Centre, and having two successful solo shows at both Artspace and the Michael Lett gallery, in Auckland, in recent years, she is looking forward to developing a “substantial body of work” towards her first significant solo exhibition in the South Island.

She feels “amazed” to have been awarded such a prestigious Fellowship and is looking forward to relocating to Dunedin.

“I’ve always come away from Dunedin feeling particularly enriched by the art and music scenes, which are unlike anything else in New Zealand.”

Since graduating from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2010, she has become known for the flattened geometric configurations of her paintings. Her work has primarily focused on balancing abstraction and representation, referencing Modernist art movements such as Cubism and the Bauhaus, and New Zealand Regionalism.

“I’m at a really exciting point with my painting where it’s increasingly intersecting queer theory, modernism and process-driven abstraction. I’m intending to explore these collisions further, utilising the resources of Otago University and collaborating with local architects and artists,” she says.


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