The role of Asialink Arts is to develop opportunities for cultural exchange between Australia and Asia. Our programs aim to improve the knowledge, skills and networks of the cultural sector based on partnerships, collaboration and reciprocity. We are a key advocate for promoting policy and debate about cultural engagement with Asia, and deliver a range of public programs in the region across all art forms.
Since 1991 Asialink's Arts Residency Program has provided professional development opportunities for arts professionals working in and across artforms, in exchange for the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with local host communities. Asialink Arts Residencies are innovative, flexible and supportive, and are grounded in personal and enduring relationships. The program promotes sustained cross-cultural dialogue by facilitating reciprocal residencies and trialing new models of engagement.
Asialink Arts is a key organisation for the creation and presentation of contemporary Australian art in Asia. We foster excellence and innovation in contemporary art and culture through research, development and presentation of visual art projects in collaboration with Australian and Asian partners. Contemporary art projects are conceived in partnership with museums, galleries and biennales in Asia and Australia to engage audiences in understanding the dynamic relationship that exists between Australia and Asia. These varied projects also provide valuable opportunities for artistic exchange and professional development for Australian artists, curators and arts managers.
In fulfilling its twin purposes of Asia engagement and international capability, Asialink Arts delivers a range of other projects including public programs, research, and publications. These activities, which occur in both Australia and Asia, are designed to provide additional creative opportunities and engage Australian and Asian audiences. Our resources are available for download, and provide access to information and networks to arts professionals and the general public.