Hong Kong

Asialink Arts has been working with residency hosts in Hong Kong since 1996. Please click on the years below to view past residents’ profiles.

  • 2018

    Kate Larsen is a writer, arts manager and a social media poet. For nearly a decade her alter ego Katie Keys has written and tweeted a daily poem as @tinylittlepoems. Her work has been published in anthologies, magazines and blogs within Australia, Singapore and the UK. Including 'Kill Your Darlings' and 'Overland Journal'. In Hong Kong Kate created a new collection of poetry, her work explored how local writers use social media as a tool for creativity and collaboration.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2016

    Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is art duo Dan and Dominique Angeloro. Working with sampled material they create rogue histories and counter-mythologies in the form of video installations and live video essays. Recent exhibitions have been held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), Pioneer Works (NYC), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) and Whitworth Gallery (Manchester). They are fellows of Asialink Arts (2008) and other international programs including K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, FACT, Liverpool, and ISCP, New York. During their residency at Videotage, Soda_Jerk conducted research and collected Hong Kong cyber sci-fi cinema for their film project ‘Netsploits’.

  • 2014
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      Joon-Yee Kwok (QLD)

      Hong Kong Fringe Club

      Supported by Arts Queensland

    Joon is a creative producer and experience designer with over 15 years of experience in the arts, entertainment, events and creative industries. She has produced events, festivals, major celebrations, public space activations, and industry development program and activities across not-for-profit, corporate, government and independent sectors. Her portfolio includes work across a range of art forms including: theatre, music, dance, visual arts, writing, film, animation, television, gaming, and interaction design. She is currently the Mastermind behind the Australian Bureau of Asian Creatives. At Hong Kong Fringe Club, Joon is keen to run a workshop on how to enhance Hong Kong Fringe Club’s venue design experience and develop a program or project for a future Hong Kong-Australia creative collaboration.

  • 2013
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      Peter Alwast (NSW)


      Supported by Arts NSW & by The Australia-China Council

    Peter Alwast completed his undergraduate studies at QUT in Brisbane and in 2001 received a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York. Since that time he has exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Peter's practice employs a range of media including video, computer graphics, painting and drawing.  His video works and drawings fold together different layers of representation, interchanging between real and virtual constructions of space. During his residency Peter will be researching and creating a series of new video works responding directly to the high density urban environment of Hong Kong.

  • 2011
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      Joel Mu & Megan Robson (NSW)

      Asia Art Archive

      Supported by Arts NSW & The Australia-China Council

    Joel Mu is a curator and art history researcher currently researching the history of exhibitions at the Power Institute, University of Sydney. Megan Robson is currently the Curatorial Assistant, Exhibition Programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. During their collaborative residency at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, Joel and Megan will develop and support the curatorial project Measure, which maps the development of Asian and Australian contemporary art through an investigation of 20 key arts projects from 1970-2010.

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      Lauren Ellis (SA)

      Sovereign Art Foundation

      Supported by Arts SA

    Lauren Ellis has almost 10 years experience in arts and cultural programming. She recently spent 2 years in Laos where she developed public programs for the newly established Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Prior to that she worked at Museums Victoria and at Artists for Kids’ Culture, a philanthropic community cultural development organisation based in Melbourne. Lauren’s residency with Sovereign Art Foundation in Hong Kong will develop her knowledge of arts philanthropy, grant making models and community cultural development programming.

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      Melinda Rackham (VIC)


      Supported by Arts SA & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Melinda Rackham is an artist, writer, arts manager, and currently Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. In 1995 she co-curated WWWO, the first exhibition of women’s art online in Australia. In 2003–04 she worked as Curator of Networked Art at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.  She recently curated DreamWorlds: Australian Moving Image, an exhibition launched in Beijing. At Videotage in Hong Kong Melinda will determine suitable Chinese and Korean artists for cross a cultural exhibition in China, Korea and Australia.

  • 2010

    Currently Creative Producer at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company in Adelaide, Fuller has been involved in producing performance for the past 15 years, working in a variety of festivals throughout Australia. As the Creative Producer for three Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Fuller began working as an independent producer. She produces Sydney’s Brown Council and The Format Collective in Adelaide with BIG! During her residency at the Hong Kong Fringe Club Fuller will work on a program of performances for the City Festival.

  • 2009
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      Frank Madrid (ACT)

      Hong Kong Fringe Club

      Supported by The Australia China Council and Arts ACT

    Frank Madrid has over a decade of arts management experience working closely with several international and Australian organisations in areas of audience development, arts and education, multicultural marketing, networking and strategic planning. He has delivered artistic content to major festivals in Australia and overseas with direct responsibility for the selecting of programming, and devising effective communications strategies and marketing campaigns. Madrid’s residency at the Hong Kong Fringe Club will allow further expansion of networks and development of platforms for exchange, and sharing of knowledge and expertise.

  • 2008
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      Keiko Aoki (VIC)

      Hong Kong Arts Festival and Hong Kong Fringe Club

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    In 2008, Keiko Aoki celebrated 10 years as Director of Global Japan Network, an organization dedicated to producing cross-cultural arts projects by Australian and Asian artists. Aoki has worked in a wide array of media and with many different events including the Aichi World Expo (Japan) in 2005 and the Mix It Up program at the Arts Centre (Melbourne) in 2006. During her time with Hong Kong Arts Festival and Hong Kong Fringe Club Aoki organised a symposium on international arts funding models, gave a presentation on contemporary Australian dance and began the development of collaboration and exchange programs between performers and venues in Hong Kong and Australia.

  • 2007
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      Vanessa Van Ooyen (nee McRae) (QLD)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Vanessa McRae is Exhibitions Manager at the Institute of Modern Art where she recently curated the national touring exhibition Supercharged. Her arts management experience spans over 10 years and includes work as an Arts Coordinator in remote Aboriginal communities, manager of the National Exhibition Touring Services for the Northern Territory and Curator at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Vanessa used her residency with Videotage in Hong Kong to research alternative models for the presentation of new media art and develop exchange projects between Chinese and Australian artists.

  • 2006
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      Steve Mayhew (SA)

      Hong Kong Fringe Club

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts SA

    Steve Mayhew has worked widely across the spectrum in arts management and in the creation of new theatre works as a director, writer, designer, composer, dramaturge and creative producer. His time with the Hong Kong Fringe Club gave him a broader understanding of producing, programming and presenting works and an insight into Hong Kong’s current cultural discussions, preoccupations, artistic strengths and perceived weaknesses. During his residency Mayhew worked on two key events, the City Festival Press Launch and the Opening Night Launch, and post residency was guest curator of the Australia On Stage component of the 2008 Hong Kong City Festival.

  • 2005
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      Lena Nahlous (NSW)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency Lena Nahlous was Director of Information & Cultural Exchange, an organisation working at the intersection of arts, culture, technology and community. During her time in Hong Kong, Nahlous worked closely with new media arts organisation Videotage within the Cattle Depot Artist Village. She participated in Videotage’s activities and assisted with events, submissions and research. In addition she attended arts and new media training, exhibitions, performances and events, and undertook research for Kowloon Stories, an oral history/storytelling/mapping project. Using Videotage as a base, she met with and interviewed a broad range of key people working within the arts and cultural sectors and talked about community cultural development and digital media in a NSW and Australian context.

  • 2004
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      Sarah Miller (WA)

      Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC)

      Supported by Arts WA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Sarah Miller is a producer, curator, teacher, and artistic and executive director across the visual, performing, hybrid and new media arts.

  • 2003
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      Christina Soong (VIC)

      Hong Kong Fringe Club

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Prior to her residency Christina Soong worked as the Marketing and Development Manager of Chunky Move Dance Company. Soong undertook her residency with the Hong Kong Fringe Club in the weeks leading up to and during its annual City Fringe Festival.  She programmed a series of contemporary dance films and was invited to Guangzhou by the City Contemporary Dance Company to take part in a regional contemporary dance forum.  Major outcomes from her residency include the promotion of Chunky Move to Hong Kong organisations and the extension of her marketing/fundraising skills into the new area of programming.

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      Stephen Noonan (SA)

      Hong Kong Art Centre

      Supported by Arts South Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Stephen Noonan has worked in the area of physical theatre, as a performer and artistic director for over ten years and has performed throughout Australia and overseas. The Hong Kong Art Centre Art School hosted Noonan and gave him the opportunity to extended his work as an arts educator by working with local artists and companies to create performances and dance theatre for students and young people. Noonan ran workshops with over nine organisations.  He further joined the City Contemporary Dance Company on a short tour to Gungzhou. As a result of such extensive collaborations with companies Noonan has been asked to return to Hong Kong for further work.

  • 2002
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      Tony Strachan (NSW)

      Theatre of Silence

      Supported by the NSW Ministry of the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Tony Strachan is Artistic Director for The Australian Theatre of the Deaf. He has directed for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sidetrack and Death Defying Theatre. Strachan's residency in Hong Kong was based with the Arts with the Disabled Association, where he worked with six deaf actors. Strachan developed a theatre work Untie the Boat from the Ugly Wharf, using physical gestures and visual performance modes. The show was very successful with seven performances in Hong Kong and Macau. It also toured to Montreal in July 2003 representing Hong Kong at the World Federation of the Deaf.

  • 2001
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      Hellen Sky & John McCormick (WA)

      Hong Kong Arts Centre

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Hellen Sky and John McCormick founded Company in Space in 1992 to explore the potential of communication technologies for new pathways between image, sound and the human body. Sky’s practice has evolved through performance: movement, text, and image making extended through new technologies. During their combined residency with the Hong Kong Arts Centre they developed the infrastructure and conceptual ideas for using the internet as a mechanism for collaborative exchange of live performance practice between China and Australia.

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      Stephen Eastaugh (WA)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Over the past 20 years Stephen Eastaugh has fused art with a great deal of travel. This wanderlust has led him to numerous locations, some insanely hyperactive (Bangkok, Lagos, Amsterdam) others serene (Ladakh, Sahara desert, Antarctica). During his residency in Hong Kong, Eastaugh held a solo exhibition of paintings based on his Antarctic travels and developed a new body of work for a group exhibition - Bundles of Paper 2 based on his observations and experiences of Hong Kong. The artist also established several valuable connections with a number of contemporary Asian artists during the residency and plans for future collaborative projects are underway.

  • 2000
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      Santha Press (VIC)

      Hong Kong City Festival

      Supported by the Australia China Council and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Santha Press is an accomplished event organiser and performer with ten years experience covering every aspect of events from conception and creative development through to the co-ordination of production. She has co-ordinated events in various capacities at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, St Kilda, Canberra and Woodford Folk Festivals, and has musically directed and composed for large scale outdoor comunity events. As a performer she has toured her award winning one-woman show Song For A Siren to the 1999 Hong Kong City Festival and the 2000 Adelaide Fringe Festival. During her residency Press returned to the Hong Kong City Festival as an arts manager to assist with the co-ordination of its outdoor events program in 2000/2001.

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      Virginia Hyam (NSW)

      Hong Kong Arts Centre

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency, Virginia Hyam was the Executive Producer of the Studio Space at The Sydney Opera House. She has previously been Director of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and has also worked in the youth arts sector in program development and Festival project management. During her residency Hyam worked with the Hong Kong Arts Centre on an international conference program as well as on the development of the 2001 Little Asia Exchange project, which involved the touring performance works between key Asian centres, including Tokyo, Manila, Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Shanghai. This widened her engagement with a diverse range of artists, organisations and producers across Asia working in multimedia, dance and theatre.

  • 1999
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      Anna Marsden (QLD)

      Hong Kong Fringe

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland

    At the time of her residency Anna Marsden was the Administrator at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. She had previously worked with performing arts companies and festivals in Queensland such as Renegade Theatre Company, Brisbane Film Festival and the Brisbane Biennial of Music and as co-host of the 4ZZZ radio program Art To Lunch. During her residency, Marsden worked with the Hong Kong Fringe on the 2000 Star Alliance City Festival, particularly in the area of marketing, and made contact with various artists and managers across art forms.

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      Jaime Redfern (QLD)

      The City Contemporary Dance Company

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jaime Redfern is a dancer and choreographer. He has danced with the Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet, has choreographed his own works, A State Of Grace and One Foot Lifted Caught Stepping Forward, and collaborated with Maggi Sietsma on Under Her Breath, Adam In Wonderland, Alone Together and Direct Heat for Expressions Dance. During his residency Redfern spent two months at The City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong.

  • 1998
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      Loren Felicetti (VIC)

      Urban Council of Hong Kong

      Supported by the the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Arts Victoria

    At the time of her residency, Lorena Felicetti was the Cultural Development & Marketing Program Manager, Acting Youth Planning Officer, City of Melbourne. Felicetti has extensive administrative and management experience in the field of arts and culture. Specialising in heritage, community arts and public art with an emphasis on visual and performing arts, Felicetti has worked predominantly at local government level. During her residency she worked with the Urban Council of Hong Kong in the Festivals Office.

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      Simone Lourey (VIC)

      Hong Kong Fringe Festival

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Simone Lourey is an arts manager with a background in publicity, public relations and marketing. Following a cadetship as a journalist with Leader newspapers in 1990, she worked as an Administrative Assistant with the Melbourne Writers Festival and a Programming Assistant with the Victorian Arts Centre. Between 1993 and 1995, Simone was editor of StopPress, the Arts Industry Council Journal, and Artspeak, the National Campaign for Arts Australia journal. During her residency she worked with the Hong Kong Fringe Festival in a number of marketing capacities and ran the Spotlight on Melbourne program with great success.

  • 1997
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      Alison Bennett (VIC)

      Hong Kong Museum Of Art

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    At the time of her residency Alison Bennett was with Craft Victoria. She spent three months at the Hong Kong Museum Of Art.

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      Geraldine Tyson (ACT)

      Hong Kong Fringe Festival

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency Geraldine Tyson was with 24 Hour Art in the Northern Territory. She spent three months at the Hong Kong Fringe Festival.

  • 1996
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      Nadeyn Barbieri (QLD)

      The Urban Council Of Hong Kong

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland

    At the time of the residency Nadeyn Barbieri worked at the Bemac Centre in Queensland. Barbieri spent six months at The Urban Council Of Hong Kong working on the Hong Kong Arts Festival and International Arts Carnival.