Swan Lake

There is another chance to see Kristian Fredrikson’s beautiful designs for Graeme Murphy’s ‘Swan Lake’. It opens the Australian Ballet’s 2015 season on 20th of February at The Capital Theatre in Sydney. It was first presented by the Australian Ballet in Melbourne in 2002 and last year made its US West coast premiere in Los Angeles before traveling to San Francisco. The Sydney season is from 20th to 28th of February 2015.

Announcing 2014 Recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in The Performing Arts

The Founding Committee has great pleasure in announcing that West Australian designer Alicia Clements is the 2014 recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts. The official presentation will take place at The Green Room Awards on 28th April at The Comedy Theatre Melbourne.

There will be a display of Alicia’s designs in The Smorgon Family Plaza at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, until 11th of May.

Alicia Clements Biography

Alicia studied Design at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She graduated in 2008 and received the inaugural David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2011 she traveled to Paris to study the design development of menswear as part of an internship and went on to receive several professional development grants from The Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2012 Alicia was made Resident Designer with Black Swan State Theatre Company in Perth. She has designed 11 productions for the company since 2009, and has received three Equity Guild nominations for ‘Best Design’ for her work. Alicia has also collaborated with Barking Gecko Theatre Company designing, the Helpmann Award Nominated productions of Duck, Death and the Tulip and Driving into Walls, and assisting Gypsy Taylor on her Helpmann Award nominated design for The Red Tree.

Alicia has contributed set and costume designs for productions by, Deckchair Theatre Company, STEPS Youth Dance Company and Onward Productions. In 2013 she joined Will O’Mahony in forming The Skeletal System, a theatre company dedicated to new Australian work. The Skeletal System is one of six West Australian independent companies to be awarded the inaugural THEATRE WORKS Grant by the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Alicia is currently working in London, where she is costume supervisor for a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is also assisting designer Isla Shaw on a number of productions which are touring the West End and venues throughout the United Kingdom.

Alicia will return to Australia in June to design a site-specific production of The Emperor of Atlantis for the newly established opera company, Lost and Found. She will also work as designer and producer on a development season of Coma Land, a new play by award-winning writer/director Will O’Mahony.

2014 Scholarship recipient to be announced at The Green Room Awards

Congratulations to designer Anna Cordingley, our 2012 scholarship recipient on her two 2013 Green Room Award Nominations, set and costume design with Romanie Harper for M+M (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) in The Ensemble Category, and set and costume design for The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse Theatre) in The Theatre Company Category.

The 2014 Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship recipient will be announced and presented by Fiona Reilly as part of The Green Room Awards at the Comedy Theatre on April 28th.

Applications Closed

Thank-you for all the applications we received, they are now being assessed.
The selection committee have been very impressed with the high standard of work submitted.
Applicants will be notified in late February.

Applications Open

We are pleased to announce that applications are officially open for the 2014 Scholarship.

Please visit the ‘APPLY’ page on our website and follow the instructions on the downloadable application form.  Please note that applications will close on Monday 2nd December 2013.

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Application Information

The Founding Committee will soon be inviting applications for the 2014 scholarship.  Applications for theatrical designers and makers open October 1st 2013 and close December 1st 2013.  The successful recipient will be announced at The Green Room Awards 2014.

Please check the website closer to applications opening for an updated application form.

New Founding Committee Member

The Founding Committee has pleasure in announcing that Designer Hugh Colman has joined the committee, and we look forward to his valuable contribution to the scholarship.

Previous Recipient Career Update

Anna Cordingley

Since receiving the Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship in March last year, I have worked on the following productions and exhibitions:

The White Night Letters Project by Anna Cordingley, White Night Melbourne, 2013 – Princes Bridge, Melbourne (As Director and Designer). Inside by Frank Woodley & Simon Yates, Token & The Sydney Festival – The Famous Spiegeltent, (As Set and Costume Designer). Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl by Melissa Madden Gray.  The Southbank Centre, London, UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall, (As Set and Costume Designer). An Act of Now by Anouk van Dijk, Chunky Move & Melbourne International Arts Festival – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (As Costume Designer). War Horse & The Breath of Life by Tim Fisher. National Theatre, London & Arts Centre Melbourne, Collections & Exhibitions (As Exhibition Designer & Assistant Curator).

I undertook a reconnaissance mission to the Warburg Institute, London in December of last year and shall return for a series of conferences later in 2013. I am currently engaged in the following projects in Australia before leaving for Germany in August:

Phèdre by Jean Racine, Bell Shakespeare, CUB Malthouse – the Merlyn & Sydney Opera House – the Playhouse. Directed by Peter Evans, (As Set and Costume Designer). Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. Victorian Opera, The Arts Centre, Melbourne – the Playhouse. Directed by Stuart Maunder, (As Set and Costume Designer). The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush by Margaret Marshall & Geoffrey Rush.  The Arts Centre Melbourne, Collections & Exhibitions – Gallery One. Curated by Margaret Marshall, (As Exhibition Designer). The Bloody Chamber By Angela Carter.  Malthouse Theatre, CUB Malthouse - the Merlyn. Directed by Matthew Lutton, (As Set and Costume Designer).

Previous Recipient Career Update

Victoria Lamb

My previous design commissions were Glass Menagerie for State Theatre Company of South Australia and The City for ‘Now, yes, Now (Geordie Brookman). Later this year I will design Maggie Stone for State Theatre Company of South Australia. This year I have also taken over from Mary Moore as design lecturer to the Honours directing students at Flinders University. In a couple of weeks I am travelling to America where I will be running some model making seminars.

Announcing The 2012 Winner of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts

Melbourne based designer Anna Cordingley is the 2012 recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts. Anna graduated from The Victorian College of The Arts where she was awarded The 2003 John Vickery Scholarship. In 2009- 2011 was Artist in Residence, Set and Costume design for Malthouse Theatre. Her recent work includes Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, Julius Caesar for Bell Shakespeare and costume design for Chunky Move’s Connected. She is currently designing Macbeth for The Bell Shakespeare Company. Anna’s travel plans include study at the Akademie der Kunste Berlin, and Warburg Institute in London.

There will be an exhibition of Anna’s designs at the Arts Centre Melbourne in The Smorgon Family Plaza opening on the 13th April. We thank the Arts Centre for their generous support, and in particular staff members Tim Fisher, Theo Strasser, Margot Anderson and Jeremy Vincent. The Malthouse Theatre has kindly allowed us to borrow the costumes featured in this exhibition. We are indebted to their costumier Amanda Carr for her assistance.

The Selection Committee would like to thank all the unsuccessful applicants for their outstanding submissions to The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts. The scholarship saw a particularly strong field of applicants and the final decision was extremely difficult. We would encourage you to reapply in the future. The next round of applications commence October 2013 for the 2014 scholarship.

The scholarship’s previous recipient Victoria Lamb is currently in London and sent the following email.

“Today is my third day in London. In early 2010 I had the great privilege and surprise to be awarded the inaugural KF Scholarship. Part of this is my current visit to the UK. I will be undertaking a placement with designer Lucy Osborne and following her progress through designing “The Recruiting Officer” for the Donmar Warehouse. This is their first production with new artistic director Josie Rourke. I will also be using my time here to meet up with other designers and directors, visit studios, see shows and learn first hand about the work they are doing. My first day was spent with designer Mark Thompson and Director Jamie Lloyd at the NT on the technical rehearsal for “She Stoops to Conquer” and seeing the extraordinary mechanical abilities of the Olivier stage. It has already been an amazing few days. I have loved every jet lagged minute of it. Winning the Scholarship has been quite literally a life changing experience. Aside from the benefit of overseas travel, the unexpected affect it has had on my design career within Australia has been nothing short of meteoric. It has given me access to unexpected professional opportunities and opened doors that I had been knocking on for a long time. In short, I have been so busy designing in my home town of Adelaide and now for the first time, with major companies in Sydney, that it is had taken almost two years for me to find a free window of time in which I could undertake my travel. For this I am very, very grateful”.

We would like to thank Beleura House and Garden and The Tallis Foundation for making it financially possible to advertise the application dates for the scholarship.

Further donations came from designers Hugh Colman, Shaun Gurton, Fiona Reilly and Christina Smith, we thank them for their generosity and ongoing support for the scholarship.