2017 Residents

The Residency Program is made possible by the generous support of our funders. In 2017 Asialink Arts awarded residencies to 33 individual artists, supporting 28 Australian arts professionals to Asia. Five inbound residencies were awarded to artists from Japan, Taiwan, India and Korea.


Rui Mizuki is a Kyoto based artist who interprets the urban environment through drawing and sculptural photography. Mizuki will spend three months at RMIT SITUATE, making use of RMITs extensive facilities and presenting new work. This residency is part of a new Creative Industries Exchange between Tokyo Wonder Site and RMIT.

While in residence ceramic artist Alice Lin will experiment with local clays and produce new ceramic sculptures. Her residency is part of the ongoing Fremantle Arts Centre-Taipei Artist Village exchange.

Glass artist Ayano Yoshizumi will be based at Canberra Glassworks for six weeks. Treating her sculptures as three-dimensional canvases, Yoshizumi will combine Fauvist influences with glassblowing techniques to create a series of new objects. Her residency is part of a three-year exchange between Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio, Japan.

Abhishek Hazra will extend his interest in the history of science by conducting a series of biochemical experiments at SymbioticA. Based in Bangalore, Abhishek Hazra has exhibited at high profile institutions and events such as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Science Gallery, Dublin, Reykjavik Art Museum and MAXXI Museum, Rome.

Korean artist Heo Subin’s artistic practice is based around the exploration of light, which he expresses through sculptures, installations and photographic light boxes.  Heo Subin will spend 10 weeks at Art Space before joining Australian artist Khadim Ali at BigCi in the Blue Mountains.


Darwin based musician Dan Davies will spend three months at KAMA as the resident bassist and in-house music producer. Through KAMA, Dan will pursue further collaborations with Cambodian artists looking to record and perform locally and abroad.


David Musgrave is a widely anthologised poet, author and founder of Puncher & Wattmann Publishing House. At The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, David will research  Chinese poetry to inform his new collection, and explore future avenues for publishing partnerships and collaborations.

Kane Forbes is a theatre-maker, facilitator and writer with two decades experience in performance and management. While in Shanghai, Kane will develop resources for artists working between China and Australia as well as a new contemporary theatre production for young people and their families.

Kim Machan is founding director of MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific, developing major curatorial projects in Australia and the Asian region since 1998. While based at the media art and architectural design focused OCAT Shanghai, Kim will explore new project opportunities and develop a new collaborative exhibition in partnership with the museum.

Shian Law will be based at Q-Space in Beijing, a new grassroots collective space dedicated to the empowerment of LGBTQ+ and women through arts and intercultural exchange. The Melbourne based artist will undertake research for a new performance and conduct training at the Academy of Chinese Traditional Opera.

Hong Kong

Owen Leong will conduct archival research into 1950s photographic material while based in Hong Kong. Exploring familial history, the artist will focus on images relating to British colonialism, social change, and mass migration from mainland China to Hong Kong. Based on his research, Owen will produce work for a major solo exhibition in 2018.


Lyn Dickens is a fiction writer and academic; her PhD explored mixed race subjectivity and creolisation in Australian literature. While in India she will work on a novel exploring the effects of political violence and the possibilities of redemption through the lives of two multiracial characters.

Man & Wah Cheung’s collaborative practice involves producing highlydetailed botanical artworks. The pair will engage with Bangalore’s Environment Trust catalogue of restored botanical paintings, illustrations and sketches from the Mysore Kingdom, and investigate transnational plant migration between Australia and India.

Mary Anne Butler is an award winning Darwin based playwright. While in Chennai Mary Anne will work on a memoir based on her childhood interactions with Suni; an Indian national employed by her family in Sri Lanka. The Red Suitcase will be an exploration of innocence, great loss, resilience and survival. Supported by Arts NT

Michael Adams’ project Freedivers and the Blue Planet will involve composing a set of narrative non-fiction essays exploring free diving in relation to place and belonging on our shared blue planet. The essays will be the basis for a book length reflection on diving and oceans, focusing on the concept of grace.


Anna Madeleine works with experimental animation, mixed media and installation to explore poetic intersections between art and science. While at Common Room, she will develop a new experimental immersive installation that explores cultural, artistic and scientific perceptions of anatomy and the body.

Laura Woollett is a Melbourne based writer and editor. Laura’s time at Kommunitas Salihara will be spent on the research and development of West Girl, a collection of personal essays detailing her experiences coming of age in an Asian-Australian blended family, within the broader context of 1990’s Australia.


Agatha Gothe-Snape will present a month long performance program to accompany her  exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, Toyko. Part of a series of exhibitions showcasing prominent emerging talents from around the world, Agatha will be the first Australian artist to hold a solo exhibition at the prestigious museum.

Christy Collins is a Melbourne based fiction writer. At the Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Christy will begin exploratory work on a new piece of long-form fiction inspired, in part, by contemporary Japanese filmmakers including Hirokazu Kore-eda and Rusuke Hamaguchi.

Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano are Melbourne based video artists. At BankART 1929 the duo will work with local experts and performers to develop a body of work informed by the Japanese avant-garde dance Butoh, exploring the representation of gestures and the gendered body through a social and political context.

Interdisciplinary arts worker, educator and artist Hugh Davies will present an exhibition of Australian independent games at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. Part of Asialink’s inaugural Creative Industries exchange, he will develop a reciprocal exhibition of Japanese independent games to exhibit in Australia, with the intention of furthering opportunities for game artists and curators on both sides of the Asia Pacific.

Western Australian writer Madelaine Dickie will be based at Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo to research and draft her second novel, Red Can Origami (working title). Exploring tensions between mining companies and Aboriginal groups, the story will be told from the perspective of a young woman who has witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in generations.

Driven by a desire to express the living natural world in a mass-produced environment, Sui Jackson uses industrial processes and recycled materials to create pieces in glass and ceramic. During his six week residency he will respond to Japanese forms, landscapes and cultural representations of nature, before exhibiting his work at Toyama Glass Art Museum.


Theia Connell will develop a new series of performance-based videos and sculptural works at Incheon Art Platform. She will focus on the unique Korean concepts of ‘kibun’, a word with no English equivalent, but akin to pride, face, mood, or state of mind, and ‘nunchi’, a form of subtle listening and gauging the other person’s mood.

Khadim Ali will be exploring Korean tradition and mythology in relation to contemporary social and cultural issues at MMCA residency Goyang.  The multi-disciplinary artist will then return to NSW to join Korean artist Heo Subin at BigCi in the Blue Mountains.


Halfsound is a contemporary and experimental saxophone duo formed by Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe. The pair will return to Green Papaya Art Projects and work with local artists to develop a project exploring the sonic possibilities of deconstructed instruments, while building upon their existing ties to the arts scene in Manila.

Tess Maunder is a curator, writer and researcher with a strong history of engaging with the Asian region. Her residency will result in public events in Manila and Sydney and a publication containing interviews from artists in Australia and Asia.


Gary Carsley is a Sydney artist who uses the Garden as a means to critically engage with the post-internet, globalised cultural and political economy. While on residency he will respond to the National Gallery of Singapore’s historic buildings and extensive collection of garden based imagery to create a new body of work.

Sharmila is the Curator at FORM, where she develops curatorial platforms and community development through contemporary art and creative practice in Western Australia. At Grey Projects she will broaden her practice by exploring curatorial approaches to community engagement and curating public space.

Shauna Weeks is a professional arts administrator specialising in communications, venues and events management. At Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Shauna will increase her understanding of programming for multiple theatre spaces and look for synergies between Australian and Asian practices.


David Brophy is an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose practice has explored phenomenological, spiritual and cultural relationships with water through the lens of surfing. At TAV David will generate work based on studio and field based research into unseen connections to water through indigenous Taiwanese mysticism and contemporary belief systems stemming from Taiwan's diverse cultural heritage.

Arts conservator Rosie Cook will be based at Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum, working on Chinese glove puppets drawn from the museum’s collections in the lead up to a new international exhibition. The residency will be an opportunity for Rosie to share Australian expertise in heritage conservation and community collaboration, while developing her own materials conservation skills.


Will Stackhouse is a Tasmanian Aboriginal Trawoolway sculptor working in metal, wire, bronze and aluminium. Working actively in Tasmania, he held many successful exhibitions and is a recognised public art contributor. At Muong Studio in Hoa Binh, William will research the cultural similarities between Tasmanian Aboriginal petroglyphs and those of the Muong Hoa valley.