Senior Lecturer Steve Rood has won the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award and a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where we will continue work on his research project.
As part of his research practice, Steve investigates photography and design with connection with emerging technologies; “My research seeks to expand notions of the photographic. I am particularly interested in how contemporary technologies and social contexts may enable new forms of photographic practice,” Steve explained.
Steve has spent more than 20 years in the creative industries as a designer and photographer. He studied photography at the Royal Academy in Holland and did his masters at AUT with a focus on photography and digital media. Working in Europe as a photographer for a number of years, his practice developed into a designer’s role specializing in digital media. He is currently a senior lecturer on the Bachelor of Media Design program at Media Design School.
The Annual Wallace Art Awards were created by philanthropist and art collector Sir James Wallace in 1992 to assist emerging artists through both patronage and promotion through exhibitions. These awards are now the longest surviving and richest annual art awards of their kind in Australasia, granting more than $190,000 USD per year. In 2013, the Wallace Arts Trust received 475 entries and 49 finalists were recognized. The 2013 Awards were judged by prominent art practitioners Warwick Brown MNZM, Rhana Devenport, Peter Panyoczki, Terry Stringer ONZM and Robin Woodward – as well as Carole Shepheard ONZM and Scott Optican who were joined by Warwick and Peter for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust.