Kristian Fredrikson scholarship won by Anna Cordingley

The Melbourne based designer Anna Cordingley has been awarded the 2012 Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts.

She is the second winner of the scholarship following Victoria Lamb who won in 2010 and is now in London completing a secondment with the London designer, Lucy Osbourne.

The $10,000 biennial travel scholarship, a lasting memorial to Fredrikson who died in 2005, gives a designer or theatrical maker the opportunity to further their career overseas.

Cordingley plans to study at the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, and Warburg Institute in London.

She studied at the Victorian College of The Arts where she was awarded the 2003 John Vickery Scholarship.

In 2009- 2011 she was artist in residence, set and costume design, for Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre.

Cordingley’s dance designs include Chunky Move’s Connected and Lucy Guerin’s Human Interest Story.

Last week I was lucky to see her designs for Bell Shakespeare Company’s new production of Macbeth which opens at the Sydney Opera House on 30 March and will travel to Canberra and Melbourne in May and June.

The director is Bell’s associate artistic director, Peter Evans. The two also worked together on his production of Julius Caesar.

Cordingley’s olive green costume, pictured left, for a witch in Macbeth is designed to look as though the dress grew organically from the soil.

The 1940s/army influence is obvious in her design for Lady Macbeth.

Her designs can be seen at an exhibition opening on 13 April at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Witch’s costume for Macbeth, Bell Shakespeare Company, 2012

Lady Macbeth’s costume, Macbeth, Bell Shakespeare Company 2012

A drawing from Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, directed by Michael Kantor, Malthouse Theatre 2009. Photograph by Jeff Busby.

A costume / set drawing from The Story of Mary Maclane by Herself by Bojana Novakovic, directed by Tanya Goldberg, Malthouse Theatre and Ride On Theatre, 2011.

Sappho in 9 Fragments, Malthouse Theatre, 2010, written and performed by Jane Montgomery Griffiths, staged by Marion Potts