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.

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