2 Feb 2010
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New Zealand-born performance and installation artist Alicia Frankovich will receive the 2010/11 Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
The biennial 12-month residency is an opportunity for visual artists to work on an approved project, gain professional development, build international networks and help raise awareness of New Zealand visual arts.
Alicia will take up the residency in August and will use the time to create a new body of work, focusing on sculpture and performance.
“This will involve intensive work production and criticism and allow for visibility and discussion within the Bethanien and wider Europe. This opportunity would allow for further engagement with international art audiences,” said Alicia.
Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright said the residency was a great chance for visual artists to dedicate twelve months to the development of their chosen project.
“Alicia will also be at the centre of a creative hub with all the opportunities that offers for career development,” he said.
Christoph Tannert, director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, said Alicia was selected on the strength of her “outstanding work in the field of performance and installation.”
About Alicia Frankovich
Alicia is a Melbourne-based artist who has exhibited extensively in Europe, Croatia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand since graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from Auckland University of Technology in 2002. She is one of the featured artists in Picturing the Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this month. Alicia is represented by Starkwhite Gallery in Auckland.
Previous New Zealand recipients of the residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien are Peter Robinson (2000), Michael Stevenson (2002), Ronnie van Hout (2004), Mladen Bizumic (2006) and Sara Hughes (2008). The Berlin residency is one of a number of international artist residencies offered by Creative New Zealand to provide opportunities for New Zealand artists to develop their practice and build international networks.