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Otago Fellows 2021

The University of Otago 2021 Arts Fellows. From left: Heather McQuillan (University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence), Bridget Reweti (Frances Hodgkins Fellow), Kenneth Young (Mozart Fellow), Lucy Marinkovich (Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance), Becky Manawatu (Robert Burns Fellow).

In his editorial notes for the quarterly Landfall in March 1959, Charles Brasch argued that 'part of a university's proper business is to act as nurse to the arts, or, more exactly, to the imagination as it expresses itself in the arts and sciences. Imagination may flourish anywhere. But it should flourish as a matter of course in the university, for it is only through imaginative thinking that society grows, materially and intellectually.'

At the University of Otago we believe that our writers, artists, composers, musicians and dancers have a vital role to play in the health and well-being of our community - not just the University community or the Dunedin community, but the wider community of New Zealand.We look to them to offer us visions we cannot make ourselves; we rely on their craft to generate the experiences which will challenge us, entertain us, provoke and reassure us, and tell us who we are.

The Otago Arts Fellows for 2021 are

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