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Chanelle Carrick. Chanelle Carrick
Student
Art History and Anthropology

From Chanelle's point of view, the type of work she has in mind for her career is a "natural progression from the art review assignments that are part of the course".

Chanelle Carrick is a big fan of contemporary New Zealand art and photography. But it's the artists themselves she's keen to work with.

About to start her Honours year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Anthropology, Chanelle already has plans to do a Masters degree in Art History before working to promote New Zealand artists. Whether it is as a review writer for art journals, or a curator or manager in a gallery, Chanelle says, because of New Zealand's size, there are better opportunities here to get to know the artists.

Studying Archaeology for her combined Honours degree, Chanelle says she also hopes to work on excavations as a side-interest once she's completed her degree.

From Chanelle's point of view, the type of work she has in mind for her career is a "natural progression from the art review assignments that are part of the course".

"And it's helped by the fact the University of Otago, and Dunedin in general, provide many great resources, including the Hocken Library and Dunedin Public Art Gallery and numerous private galleries."

Very much involved in the local art scene, Chanelle volunteers in a gallery and helped instigate the formation of the University's Art History Association in 2007. As president, and busy fundraising, she is planning to take a group of students to the 2008 Sydney Biennale, a contemporary art festival.

One last question - Who's your favourite New Zealand artist? "Ben Cauchi. He's a contemporary photographer working in mid-nineteenth-century techniques. I like his work because it has a hazy, dream-like quality."