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Celebrating 20 Years of our Visiting Artists Programme

2 December 2014

This summer the Gallery has a number of exhibitions featuring work produced as part of our Visiting Artist Programme.

Supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, the Visiting Artist Programme offers artists the opportunity to spend time in Dunedin, the time and resources to create new work and hold an exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The Programme began in 1995 and, from the outset, the goal was to host annually one New Zealand artist and one international artist. Year one featured a residency and subsequent exhibition by Ani O’Neill (New Zealand) and was followed later the same year with a further residency by the Australian artist Mikala Dwyer.

To mark the 20th year of the Programme, a trio of exhibitions opened at the Gallery on Saturday 29 December featuring works by artists who have been Visiting Artists: Erica van Zon (New Zealand), Fiona Connor (Los Angeles) , Alicia Frankovich (Berlin), Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano (Australia).

Erica van Zon’s Dogwood Days and Gabriella and Silvana Mangano’s Visible Structures present the outcomes of their time as 2014 Visiting Artists, while Floating Studio presents works made by Alicia Frankovich and Fiona Connor during their individual residencies here in 2010 and 2012.

In addition, the exhibition Belonging features a suite of photographs created by another Dunedin Public Art Gallery visiting artist – Nina Katchadourian, made while the artist was en route from New York for her residency here in 2011.

There has really never been a better time to experience work by artists from around the globe - Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Australia and New Zealand - all on show now and inspired, in part, by time spent in Dunedin.

image above: ALICIA FRANKOVICH  Pas de Deux (Step of Two), Cornucopia of Spoons with Dancing birds in Outdoor Pool 2010 PVC, water, plastic, gold plated dinner spoons, chain, bottles, pump, PVC tubing, cord and plug. Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. 

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