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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Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui; Ngāi Te Rangi)

Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2020 and 2021

The 2020 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship recipient Bridget Reweti will return in 2021 to continue projects on history and whenua.

Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui; Ngāi Te Rangi) says continuing the Fellowship next year will allow her to expand her research into indigenous engagement with the land and continue projects that are “steeped in the worlds of history and whenua.”

Her work includes photography and moving images and embraces early media – such as the camera obscura – while also utilising contemporary technologies. Previous projects have focused on customary Māori narratives, names, or fibre and stitching techniques, in conjunction with contemporary communications media.

In addition to working collaboratively with the members of Mata Aho Collective, and until recently as co-chair of the Enjoy Contemporary Art Space Trust, Reweti co-edits the annual peer-reviewed ATE Journal of Māori.

Reweti has had residencies in Singapore, Indonesia and Canada, and throughout Aotearoa, and as the Caselberg Artist in Residence in Broad Bay.

“I have a particular interest in leaning into the complexity of making work in landscapes that I do not whakapapa to, unpacking my position as a manuhiri and resisting developing works that rely on romantic notion of the landscape.

“Having the Fellowship for another year will definitely allow for my work to develop even further. I feel fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Fiona Pardington, the only other Māori woman artist who has held the position for two years.”


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