2017 Whitecliffe MFA graduate Hikalu Clarke has just been awarded the prestigious Gasworks Residency in London, which he will take up in October of this year.
The residency is open to early/mid-career New Zealand artists (previous winners include Dane Mitchell and Sriwhana Spong) and provides an opportunity to work in London, fully funded, for three months.
Building on the research he developed into counter-terrorist architecture during his MFA, Hikalu intends to use his time in London to extend his research into the systems of control behind the architecture of public spaces. Hikalu says “New Zealand has a lot of these issues, but they are kind of a ‘lite’ version. London has more and at a larger scale, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to nerd out on them for a few months.”
This award comes on the back of several notable successes, including:
• A commissioned work (curated by Gabriella Salgado and Francis McWhannell and commissioned by Lexus NZ) as part of Projects at the Auckland Art Fair in May 2018
• Inclusion in two national emerging artists’ exhibitions: The Tomorrow People, curated by Christina Barton, Stephen Cleland and Simon Gennard at the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2017) and New Perspectives at Artspace, Auckland, curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz and Simon Denny, (2016)
• Two Solo Exhibitions: Necessary Threat, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, and It’s a Pond Not a Moat, Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington, both in 2017.
Hikalu was also featured in the New Zealand Herald as one of the ‘art world’s bright, young things’, interviewed by Anthony Byrt about his commission for the 2018 Auckland Art Fair.
We congratulate Hikalu on his success and wish him all the best for London.