Singapore Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme (YAOAP)
In 2016 the National Arts Council Singapore (NAC) and Asialink Arts have partnered to deliver the Singapore Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme (YAOAP) for the first time in Australia.
Through an open call, two successful Singaporean youth arts participants, Jasmine Choe and Safiah Sulaiman, were selected to participate in a three-month attachment programme with Melbourne’s The Push and Next Wave.
The Singapore Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme (YAOAP) is part of National Art Council’s on-going efforts to develop Singapore’s cultural landscape by identifying the need to look at next generation of arts leaders and Singapore’s youth arts community. The aim of the attachment is for Singaporean youth arts professionals to develop skills, knowledge and networks from their Australian counterparts. Through participation in the attachments hosted by participating youth-focused organisations in Victoria, participants will be able to learn from first-hand experience. Following their attachments, participants will return to Singapore to implement youth programs. It is anticipated that new Singaporean programs will reach out to marginalised communities and continue links with Australian host organisations.
Participants: Jasmine Choe (Melbourne's The Push) and Safiah Sulaiman (Next Wave Festival)
Jasmine Choe is an arts manager with an interest in marketing and organisational management for arts groups. With 10 years of experience in various professional roles in performing arts production, Jasmine’s desire is to support artists in ways less popular, albeit necessary, among people in the arts.
Jasmine was once part of the National Arts Council, pursuing her passion for the support of budding young people – matching them with professionals for mentorship and providing project management guidance. Beyond that, she is proud to continuously be working with the street art, music and theatre scenes in Singapore.
As part of the Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme, Jasmine worked with The Push on a number of projects including ‘Walk this Way’, ‘Squad’, and ‘Art of Fresh’, a hip hop workshop program developed for youths at The Mirabel Foundation, Ringwood.
Jasmine Choe was hosted by The Push from 22 February – 13 May 2016
Passionate in working with art forms of all kinds and with different communities, Safiah Sulaiman’s areas of interest include youth arts education, critical discourse on socially engaged art, and exploring themes on cross cultural communication in relation to time-space and environment.
A former Education and Outreach Executive in The Necessary Stage (TNS), Safiah was also part of the organising committee for the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Most recently, she had assisted in the 10th anniversary of da:ns Festival, one of the key festivals in Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, as Festival Assistant (Arts Marketing).
Safiah was part of the curatorial team for Skammdegi Festival 2016 in Ólafsfjörður, North Iceland, under Listhús Artspace. Her latest curatorial project, i thought about you when i was here, collaborated with artists from UK, Brazil, Spain, and young people from Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga, Iceland.
As part of the Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme, Safiah worked for Next Wave Festival as curatorial assistant. She hopes her stint in Next Wave, with the guidance from the Artistic Director, would provide her with more insight and experience, as well as to further hone her skills in curating. www.safiahsulaiman.com
Safiah Sulaiman was hosted by Next Wave from 7 March – 27 May 2016
Lisa Roet: Golden Monkey
On the occasion of Beijing Design Week 2016 and China’s Golden Week, and to coincide with the Year of The Monkey, acclaimed Australian visual artist Lisa Roet will present a selection of sculptural work in heart of Beijing.
Known for her exploration of the connections between humans and primates, Roet’s multidisciplinary practice takes a range of forms that include sculpture, drawing, photography and film.
For this presentation, Roet’s installation will centre around the award-winning Opposite House Hotel in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping and dining hub in the central Chaoyang District. Embracing the architecturally designed facade with an ambitious 10 metre high inflatable “Golden Monkey” that will hug the structure’s exterior, the work will engage the general public by day and night with its LED illumination. Positioned 30 metres above ground level, the radiating golden form will take the shape of the endangered Chinese snub-nosed monkey and enter into discourse concerning the contrast of urban and natural environments, our human connection to nature, and issues of sustainability and deforestation.
The sculpture will be complemented with a curated series of Roet’s custom designed precious “Skin Jewellery” inspired by primate shapes and skin textures, in addition to her iconic chimpanzee busts that display a range of facial expressions. Her thought provoking work aims to raise notion of likeness and humanness.
Dates: 22 September - 31 October 2016.
Venue: The Opposite Hotel, Beijing
Thursday 22 September, 6:30pm
To be opened by the Deputy Head of Mission to China (People's Republic of), Mr Justin Hayhurst
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The "Golden Monkey" Project is supported by Asialink Arts, The Victoria Government through Creative Victoria, The Opposite House Beijing, The City of Melbourne.
Meaning ‘collaborate’ in Indonesian, Kerjasama was a three-year creative exchange initiated by Asialink Arts, and delivered in partnership with Artback NT, Alice Springs and Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society, Indonesia.
Open to Australian Aboriginal and Indonesian artists interested in exploring an international residency opportunity, the initiative also responded to sustained interest from artists in experiencing the Australian desert and Indigenous cultures.
Working in partnership with Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society, and Artback NT, Asialink Art's role was as a catalyst and a connector, initiating and managing the exchange, while our host collaborators connected the artists within their respective communities.
Over the three years of the project between 2014 and 2016 residencies were awarded to Reko Rennie (AU) + Akiq AW (IN), Karla Dickens (AU) + Doni Maulistya (IN) and Tony Albert(AU) + Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (IN).
Residencies often have a ripple effect, initial connections, research and creative developments evolve and expand exponentially and Kerjasama was no exception. Karla Dickens has visited Indonesia since her residency and has another trip planned. Timoteus Anggawan Kusno and Tony Albert presented a joint exhibition in Singapore based on work created during their residency, and Reko Rennie has an international exhibition in development with an artist he collaborated with in Indonesia.
Since the Kerjasama exchange the artists have continued to build their careers in extraordinary ways, working within both a local and specific context while achieving national and international success. All three Aboriginal Australian artists were included in the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial ‘Defying Empire’ in 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia
Indonesian artist Akiq Aw’s 2014 Kerjasama residency in Alice Springs culminated with an exhibition called ‘Border’ at Northern Territory’s Watch This Space gallery. In a subsequent solo show ‘Border 2’, Akiq AW extended his survey of everyday borders to his hometown of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, using the same approaches as he did in Alice Springs. Timoteus Anggawan Kusno and Tony Albert continued their collaboration, exhibiting together at Sydney Contemporary in September 2017.
These six extraordinary Indonesian and Australian Aboriginal artists took inspiration from immersing themselves in new cultural contexts. They formed influential collaborative relationships that have extended well beyond the three-year Asialink Arts Kerjasama Creative Exchange (2014-2016).
Asialink Arts, in partnership with McClelland Sculpture Park+ Gallery presents Colourshift: Ross Manning+Kit Webster to South Korean audiences. Colourshift is an exhibition of new work by leading Australian new media artists Ross Manning and Kit Webster whose divergent practices are connected by a number of intriguing parallels
Artists: Ross Manning+Kit Webster
Curator: Penny Teale, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery
Exhibition producer: KIM, Sung woo, Chief Curator of Amado Art Space
Exhibition space and venue: 29 April – 5 June 2016, LOOP Alternative Space, South Korea
Colourshift: Ross Manning+Kit Webster is an Asialink Arts/ McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery touring exhibition. The exhibition has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
2016 Kuandu Biennale
Asialink Arts in collaboration with Australian curator Glenn Barkley and artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will participate in the 2016 Kuandu Biennale this September in Taipei. This biennale adopts an original format where 10 curators, from 10 countries each curate an artist/collective into the biennale. This structure provides an Australian curator and artist the opportunity to work in an international biennale context with other professionals from across the region and includes a 1-day forum where curators and artists are invited to present on various panels.
Glenn and Ramesh’s involvement in the Kuandu Biennale provides a new voice for ceramics, confirming Australia as a producer of significant and innovative ceramics, unbridled by traditions and technical limitations.
Artist: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Curator: Glenn Barkley
Exhibition dates and venue:
30 September - 11 December 2016, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
2016 KUANDU BIENNALE
Participating Artists & Curators:
1. Australia GLENN BARKLEY (Curator) + RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN (Artist)
2. China ZHANG PEILI (Artist) + LU MINGJUN (Curator)
3. Indonesia ASIKIN HASAN (Curator) [Curator in National Gallery, Indonesia] + TROMARAMA (Artist)
4. Japan TSUBAKI NOBORU (Artist) [Professor in Kyoto University of Design & Art] + MOGI KENICHIRO (Curator) [Brain scientist, Senior Researcher in Sony Computer Science Laboratories]
5. Korea LEE DAE-HYUNG (Curator) [Hyundai Motor Company Art Director] + AHN KYUCHUL (Artist)
6. Malaysia NUR HANIM (Curator) + SAMSUDIN WAHAB (Artist)
7. Singapore LEE WENG-CHOY (Curator) [President of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics] + LIM TZAY CHUEN (Artist)
8. Vietnam NGUYEN NHU HUY (Curator) [Founder of Zero Station] + NGUYEN PHOUNG LINH (Artist) [Founder of Nha San Collective]
9. Taiwan LU MING-TE (Artist) [Former Director of Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University] + LAI YING-YING (Curator) [Professor in Graduate School of Art Management & Culture Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts]
10. Taiwan ZHANG XU-ZHAN (Artist) + GONG JOW-JIUN (Curator) [Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory, Tainan National University of the Arts]
The exhibition has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
2016 Setouchi Triennale
Asialink Arts is proud to participate in the Setouchi Triennale, 2016. The arts festival takes place across 12 islands located in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Artist Naomi Eller has developed a site specific project to coincide with the official summer festival launched on the 18th of July, exhibiting work alongside artists from Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Naomi's exhibition has been curated by fellow 2016 Asialink Arts Resident Joanna Bosse.
Artist: Naomi Eller
Curator: Joanna Bosse
Exhibition dates and venue:
CHEF WORKSHOP AT FUKUTAKE HOUSE ASIA ART PLATFORM
As part of Asialink Arts’ participation in the Setouchi Triennale, Australian Chef Adam Liaw fused Australian ideas with Japanese ingredients in a special Chef's Workshop on the island of Shodoshima, Japan.
Prior to the workshop Adam Liaw spent time sourcing local ingredients on Shodoshima, visiting local producers including a soy sauce factory, farmers market and olive plantation. Based on the ingredients he found, the well-known chef devised a menu of fusion dishes that combined Japanese and Modern Australian cuisine.
Three dishes were demonstrated to 20 local participants at the Community Centre as part of the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform. Participants of all ages were taught Adam's recipes, which were eaten together in a celebratory meal at the end of the workshop.
The menu Adam taught the workshop participants included a variety of unique dishes:
AUSTRALIAN SALT AND PEPPER SQUID AND SCHOOL PRAWNS
Inspired by the abundance of amazing seafood in the region, this recipe was a nod to the prevalence of salt and pepper squid on pub, cafe and restaurant menus across Australia. The name for school prawns in Japanese is 'Koebi' - the same name given to the team of Setouchi Triennale volunteers.
SOMEN WITH TOMATO WATER AND OLIVE OIL
This Japanese take on Australia's love of Italian food was made using locally produced somen noodles. The meal also used olive oil produced on Shodoshima, which is nicknamed 'The Olive Island' due to its mediterranean climate and abundance of olives.
UDON DAMPER WITH SHOYU MARMALADE SYRUP
Adams version of classic Australian 'damper' was made using Udon flour, referencing the famous udon noodles of the Setouchi region. After a visit to a soy sauce factory (where he enjoyed a soy sauce ice-cream) Adam combined locally produced soy sauce with home-made citrus marmalade to create a syrup for the damper.
It is hoped that Adam Liaw's dishes will be rolled out at the Fukuda Asian Diner run by the locals for the duration of the Triennale, alongside dishes from the other participating Asian countries.
Following the workshop Adam visited the 2016 Fukutake House Asia Art Platform exhibition, including the project by Asialink residents Naomi Eller and Joanna Bosse and 'Art Island' of Naoshima. To read more about Asialink Arts' project please click here.
Project supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation & the Australia Embassy, Tokyo