Creative Connections Resident 2018 – Justin Spiers

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Creative Connections Resident 2018 – Justin Spiers

We are pleased to announce today that our Creative Connections resident in 2018 will be Dunedin based photographer Justin Spiers.

Spiers was the Supreme Winner at the Cleveland National Art Awards 2017, and has previously been a finalist at the Wallace Art Awards and the National Contemporary Art Awards. He graduated from Dunedin School of Art in 2013, and was the Director of the Perth Centre for Photography between 2004 and 2007.

The Caselberg Trust is delighted that the Creative Connections residency in 2018 is being co-sponsored by Creative NZ for the first time. “This is a real vote of confidence for the work of the Caselberg Trust, and for the growing reputation of our Creative Connections residency” said Caselberg Trust Chairperson Dr Janet Downs.

The Trust have confirmed that the number of applications for the Creative Connections residency grows each year as the residency becomes established. The residency is unique in New Zealand as it is open to any creative media ie. visual arts, music, literature, performance.

Spiers 3-month residency at the Caselberg House in Broad Bay Dunedin comes with a $6000 stipend and $2000 funding for residency related expenses. A start date for the residency will be confirmed later in 2017.

Spiers is planning two projects during his residency – The Black Swan of Trespass, and Pet Photo Booth.

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Spiers says of The Black Swan of Trespass project “Swans are abundant in popular culture (Swan Lake, The Ugly Duckling, Leda and the Swan etc) and in most stories a shadow figure is prevalent. The creature is often subjected to being given another form, often demonic. This interests me as well as the bird’s transformation from a white cygnet to a black adult. The images that I propose to create will allude to the unknowableness of animals, and the barriers humans construct with animals.”

Of his Pet Photo Booth project Spiers says “This would be the first South Island outing of a ten-year long project that has been to every corner of Australia and been exhibited in prominent Australian galleries including the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Australian Centre for Photography. In this project Pet owners are photographed with their beloved pets in front of colourful, gloriously kitsch vintage photo wall backdrops. Beyond its colourful surface the project is a wonderful way to make portraits of people who may otherwise shy from the camera but are willing to be photographed for their pets.”

The Caselberg Trust Creative Connections residency is specifically targeted for projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, and professional disciplines, and/or to communities relevant to the planned project. Previous Creative Connections Residents have been Megan Jane Campbell (2012), Pacific Underground (2013), Alex Taylor (2015), Becky Cameron (2016), Victoria McIntosh (2017).

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