Residency Laboratory

Asialink's Arts Residency Laboratory is a platform for testing new models of artistic and cultural exchange. The Laboratory, launched in 2012, has trialled 9 exciting models to date that have resulted in engaged and sustained residency experiences. Each year Asialink works to offer new residency models.

Learn about the inaugural Asialink Roving Residency recipient - Goa-based artist Nikhil Chopra

Learn about the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform, Setouchi Triennale 2013

Learn about the pilot 2014 Kerjasama: Indigenous Arts Residencies in Regional Australia and Indonesia exchange

Learn about the pilot New Colombo Mobility Program in 2014

Applicants can apply to participate in only one of the four Residency Laboratory models outlined below:

1. 'Intensive Residency': offers a special one-month residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, where the emphasis is on networking and kick-starting outcomes in Japan. Applications are open to Visual Artists and Arts Managers.

2. 'Kerjasama: Reciprocal Residency between Australia and Indonesia': sees an Indigenous-Australian and Indonesian artist undertake a 6 week residency in Alice Springs; followed by a 6 week residency in Yogyakarta.

3. 'Fukutake House Art Asia Platform, Setouchi Triennale 2016' is a year-long arts residency project culminating in participation in the Setouchi Triennale 2016. The successful arts manager, artist and chef will work with Asialink in developing and delivering the project. It involves community engagement and widespread collaborations between Asian arts residency centres, the local community and Triennale participants.

4. 'SymbioticA: The Science of Arts Residencies': explores the exciting realm of Biological Arts and the intersections between art and science. Hosted by SymbioticA, based at the University of Western Australia, this residency model is open to Chinese nationals only.

Intensive Residency

Asialink offers applicants the option of a special one-month intensive residency. This will prove a time of rigorous networking with local and International artists and arts professionals in the community. A public outcome is expected, such as a talk, workshop or small exhibition.

3331 Arts Chiyoda - Tokyo

3331 Arts Chiyoda 3331 Arts Chiyoda is dedicated to creating a space where people of all backgrounds and interests are able to come together in a creative environment, and as part of this mission we are proud to be able to offer a unique residency program open to artists, curators and creative practitioners internationally. This includes not only the visual arts but also practitioners in design, architecture, dance and music. With a full range of facilities including accommodation, studio and gallery, creative practitioners have the exceptional opportunity to extend their artistic engagement in the heart of Tokyo. We are pleased to be able to offer these facilities to artists who can contribute to the diverse creative expressions of this cosmopolitan metropolis and engage its inhabitants in new ways.
Art Form/s Visual Arts, Arts Management
Collaborative accepted? No
Preferred host dates N/A
Potential opportunities Artist talk, workshop, exhibition
Location and transport CBD; 1 minute to shops and 1 minute to metro station
Facilities Internet, private studio/study room, translation/language service at events; gallery
Accommodation provided? Yes on site; separate living and working area
Fees JPY 200,000 for the month. Asialink will pay the successful resident $6,000 in total for the residency
Partners/ families permitted? Yes, if suitable accommodation is available and at extra cost
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Kerjasama: Reciprocal Residency between Australia and Indonesia

'Kerjasama' or 'Collaborate' launched in 2014, and in 2016 Asialink will again partner with Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta and Artback NT in Alice Springs to offer this opportunity. Kerjasama is a crucial platform for Asialink to increase awareness of the Arts Residency Program to Indigenous applicants, and a means of supporting reciprocal residencies for Indonesian artists to Australia who have no governmental support. The program was also developed in response to the significant interest expressed by Asian artists to experience the Australian desert and increase their understanding of Indigenous and regional communities. The successful Indigenous and Indonesian artists selected for 2016 will undertake a residency in Alice Springs for a 6 week period. Later in the year they will conduct a residency in Yogyakarta for a further 6 weeks. The two artists will be housed together where they are welcome to explore their surroundings together and collaborate, but there are no expectations of this.

 Applications accepted from Indonesian artists only. The application round for Indigenous Australians has closed.

Cemeti Art House - Yogyakarta

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Since 1988, Cemeti Art House has been actively communicating and stimulating the art practices of contemporary Indonesians, as well as International artists. The organisation's mission is to empower and develop visual arts infrastructure in Indonesia and as such is an important centre for contemporary visual arts practice in Yogyakarta. Artists will be expected to give occasional lectures and workshops and to work with Indonesian curators and artists.

Art Form/s Visual Arts
Collaborative accepted? No
Preferred host dates 6 weeks in September/October 2016
Potential opportunities Artist talks, workshops, lectures, collaborations and exhibitions.
Location and transport City; artists are provided with a bicycle. Taxi, becak and bus services nearby
Facilities Internet, shared studio, translation service/language service, gallery/theatre, assistant for 25 hours a week.
Accommodation provided? Yes on site; includes private bedroom; shared kitchen and bathroom.
Fees As this is a reciprocal residency, the successful resident receives in-kind accommodation, studio and support. Asialink will award the resident $9,000 for the entire 12 week exchange in Indonesia and Alice Springs for this reciprocal residency model. Freight costs additional if applicable.
Partners/ families permitted? The host prefers residents not to bring partners as they find the exchange is interrupted. Children are not permitted.

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Artback NT - Alice Springs

Artback NT

Artback NT is the Northern Territory's visual and performing arts touring agency. We work with individuals, groups and arts based organisations to develop, present and tour a dynamic and exciting range of arts experiences across the Territory and nationally. There are two visual arts residencies offered each year. One to an international artist; the other to an Australian artist. These programs afford artists the opportunity to create new work, increase their professional profile and build networks with Northern Territory arts organisations and artists.

Art Form/s Visual Arts
Collaborative accepted? No
Preferred host dates 6 weeks (18 May - 26 June)
Potential opportunities Public Program opportunities for both artists (eg. Open Studio, artist talk, workshop etc). This will be a rich opportunity to develop Northern Territory Arts industry networks.
Location and transport 30 minute walk from the city and supermarket shops. Bicycle and motorbike provided to artists (must be over 25 to drive motorbike and have a motorbike license). Taxi and public bus service available.
Facilities Internet, shared studio, gallery
Accommodation provided? Yes - Folk Club Cottage on the Araluen Arts Precinct with private bedrooms; shared bathroom, kitchen and living area. Please note, the two successful artists will share the cottage at the same time for a six week period. Artists will have their own bedroom but will share a kitchen, bathroom and living area. Some cooperation between artists will be required since the accommodation is outside of the CBD area.
Fees As this is a reciprocal residency, the successful resident receives in-kind accommodation, studio and support. Asialink will award the resident $9,000 for the entire 12 week exchange in Indonesia and Alice Springs for this reciprocal residency model. Freight costs additional if applicable.
Partners/ families permitted? No

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Fukutake House Asia Art Platform, Setouchi Triennale 2016

Setouchi Triennale

2016 marks the third incarnation of the Setouchi Triennale, a contemporary international arts festival held every three years across 12 islands of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan.

The islands and coast surrounding the Seto Inland Sea make up the Setouchi region, once a trading hot spot with Asia. In today's globalised environment many of these islands are losing their unique characteristics and facing issues of ageing populations and declining economies.

The Setouchi Triennale aims to use art, food and architecture to encourage a new generation of visitors to the islands. The Triennale promotes new and sustainable local industries, and gives the local population a sense of ownership and participation.  

Fukutake House Asia Art Platform

Fukutake House Asia Art Platform was developed by the General Director of the Setouchi Triennale, Fram Kitagawa and Mr Soichiro Fukutake, Chairman of the Fukutake Foundation.

Building on our participation in the Setouchi Triennale 2013, Asialink Arts has been invited to participate in Fukutake House Asia Art Platform, Setouchi Triennale 2016, along with six Asian arts residency centres:

  • Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Korea
  • Jim Thompson Art Centre, Thailand
  • The Substation, Singapore
  • Institute for Historical Resources Management, Taiwan
  • Cemeti Art House, Indonesia

The project comprises a residency for an Australian arts manager and artist on the island of Shodoshima that culminates in an exhibition at the abandoned Fukuda Elementary School; public programs and participation in a symposium. An Australian chef will conduct a workshop with local community members, who will deliver the menu at Fukuda Asian Diner.


Curatorial Brief

The concept of the broader Setouchi Triennale concerns Restoration of the Sea. For the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform specifically, each country has been asked to respond to the theme How have we, Asian regions, faced the globalization?

This year the participating Asian arts residency centres have developed a curatorial brief to ensure a common thread for the resulting exhibition that links the art and chef projects:

Participating artists should address the theme of food and how their region is confronting the homogenizing wave of globalization, while drawing comparisons to the local situation in Shodoshima and wider Setouchi. Concerns that might be considered include historical, political, economic and social aspects of food; the role of food in identity, memory, community and ritual.

Fukutake House - Setouchi Triennale

Jackson Slattery, Monument Within A Sculpture: Part 1 (installation view), caretaker's lodgings maple plywood, acrylic paint, fibreglass, balsa wood, resin and found vase. Photo: Kanagawa Shingo 

Art Form/s

1 x Arts Manager (Visual Arts or Multidisciplinary) who will propose 1 x Artist (Visual Arts or Multidisciplinary) by submitting a collaborative residency application in this grant round.

Both recipients must demonstrate capacity for community engagement.

All applicants must respond to the Curatorial Brief above.
Collaborative accepted? No
Preferred host dates

Key dates:

March 2016: Site Visit to Shodoshima and preparation meetings (anticipated one week duration)

June 2016: Artist and Arts Manager residency (anticipated one month duration) & Chef Workshop

July 18: Opening Fukutake House Asia Art Platform exhibition and public programs

November 6: Closing Fukutake House Asia Art Platform
Potential opportunities Working with Asialink on a key project, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage with six other residency centres and artists from Asia, the local community and visitors to the Triennale.
Location and transport Located in Fukuda Port on the island of Shodoshima in the Setouchi region; a small coastal village with shops and restaurants nearby.
Facilities The successful applicants will be housed in Shodoshima and will have access to venues for public programs related to the residency and community volunteers.
Accommodation provided? The successful applicants will be housed in Shodoshima in disused houses owned by local residents.

Asialink will award the successful Arts Manager and Artist a grant of AUD$6,000 each for residency-related expenses. The artist will receive in-kind support towards in-country production costs of up to JPY1,000,000 from the Fukutake Foundation.

Some other project expenses will be paid for by Asialink and our supporting partners the Australia-Japan Foundation and the Australian Embassy, Tokyo.

Please note: the successful arts manager may be required to work with Asialink to raise additional funding.
Partners/ families permitted? No

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SymbioticA: The Science of Arts Residencies

In 2015 Asialink launched the pilot residency model 'SymbioticA: the Science of Arts Residencies', awarding the successful artist from Japan a three month residency at SymbioticA. This unique opportunity has evolved into a 'roving' residency, with Asialink and SymbioticA working with various like-minded partners, and will again be offered in 2016.
Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA is the world leader for art and biology research, scholarship and collaborative work. Through this residency model, SymbioticA welcomes approaches to artistic research in the life sciences by non-western practitioners whose cultural framework may reveal new perspectives about how we understand life.

In 2016, Asialink and SymbioticA will partner with Chronus Art Centre in Shanghai to bring a Chinese National to SymbioticA for a three month residency. Chronus Art Centre (CAC) is China's first nonprofit art organisation dedicated to the presentation, research/creation and scholarship of media art. With its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, CAC creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context. CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.

This is an invitational residency. Please do not apply through Asialink's annual grant round.
 This is an invitational residency. Please do not apply through Asialink's annual grant round.


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Established in 2000, SymbioticA is a unique artistic research centre dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement of the life sciences. It is the first research laboratory of its kind in the world, in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department. SymbioticA offers a new means of artistic inquiry, one in which artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them, but also to explore their possibilities. As a mark of international recognition of its activities, SymbioticA was awarded the inaugural Golden Nica for Hybrid Arts in the Prix Ars Electronica in 2007. Their focus on artistic research and experimental engagement with life is realised through residencies, mentorships, workshops, academic courses and public engagement in exhibitions and forums.

Art Form/s SymbioticA is flexible with any field of research. All art forms are accepted. No scientific background necessary.
Collaborative accepted? No
Preferred host dates TBC
Potential opportunities

Public talks, symposia and networking opportunities with scientific advisors/mentors and other artists working with the Life Sciences.

Location and transport 5 minutes to the city, supermarket/shops. Bus available nearby.
Facilities Shared studio and work space, internet, library/archive/research resources, access to laboratories
Accommodation provided? Private on-campus or near-campus accommodation will be provided by SymbioticA – however if not available SymbioticA will assist successful resident in sourcing suitable accommodation
Fees The successful resident will receive in-kind accommodation, studio and support.
Partners/ families permitted? Yes, but the host organisation does not provide accommodation for partners/families.
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