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Holly Mathieson
Holly Mathieson
A look at what's happening in the world of art this week.

Conductor to London

Dunedin-born conductor Holly Mathieson will take up the position of orchestral librarian for the Philharmonia Orchestra, in London, in August. She says her new position with the Philharmonia will mean "no conducting for a while" but she will be at all of the Philharmonia rehearsals, "so will be learning a lot of repertoire from the side lines".

Mathieson completed a first-class honours degree at Otago University and two years later graduated with a Masters in orchestral conducting from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, under the tutelage of Prof John Hopkins.

Since 2004, she has been based in New Zealand working as a freelance conductor and writing a PhD on Music Iconography.

She is the current artistic director of the Solid Energy Chorus of Southern Opera.

Her conducting experience includes several productions with Opera Otago, including its well-received season of Cosi fan Tutte at the 2008 Otago Festival of the Arts, and the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie's The God Boy (2004).

Lemalu at Buxton Festival

Jonathan Lemalu will appear as Abdul Hassan in The Barber of Baghdad at the Buxton Festival, in England, today and on July 19 and 24.

Between performances of The Barber of Baghdad, he plays the Oberpriester in Idomeneo, at the festival on July 17 and 23.

All performances are at the Opera House, Water St, Buxton, Derbyshire.

Sculptors on Waiheke

Three Dunedin artists are among 40 selected for Waiheke Island's Sculpture On The Gulf exhibition next year.

The outdoor sculpture exhibition "headland 2011" will feature new contemporary sculptures along Waiheke's 2km coastal walkway from January 28 to February 20.

The Dunedin artists involved are Ali Bramwell, Scott Eady and Chris Meder.

Doc residencies open

Wild Creations residencies are a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Creative New Zealand.

The six-week residencies are open to artists in any art form or cultural tradition.

Applications for the 2011 residencies are now open.

Sites for the 2011 residencies are - Bay Of Plenty: Rotorua Lakes; Canterbury: O Tu Wharekai / Ashburton Lakes; Central Otago: Bannockburn, Naseby; Otago: Kingston; West Coast: South Westland; Rakiura/Stewart Island: Mason Bay.

They are chosen from more than 20 significant conservation sites throughout New Zealand.

Contact Felicity Birch, ph (04) 498-0735 or for more information or visit the Department of Conservation's website

Calling creative Central

The Creative Communities Scheme, a partnership between Creative NZ and local authorities, funds arts projects with broad community involvement, as well as projects that enable young people (under 18 years) to participate in the arts.

Applications for the first Central Otago funding round of the 2010-11 year are available from the Cromwell Service Centre and the Cromwell Library.

Applications close on August 20.

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