Asialink Arts has been working with residency hosts in Indonesia since 1992. Please click on the years below to view past residents’ profiles.

  • 2018

    Choreographer Melanie Lane has showcased her work at dance festivals worldwide. In 2015 Melanie was resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. and has been commissioned by Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company and Schauspeil Leipzig. An Australian-Indonesian artist, Melanie used this opportunity to research and develop new work, exploring the influence of her Indonesian heritage on her choreographic practice.

    Rosie Clynes is an emerging writer and performer whose work explores ancestry and identity. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, her psychedelic, jazz-infused work has been Greenroom Award nominated and won Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe 2016. While in Jakarta Rosie created a new theatre work exploring Australia's complex relationship with multiculturalism.

    Annee Lawrence's novel, The Colour of Dissonance, set in Sydney and Central Java is currently under consideration with One World publishers (UK). At Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta, Annee undertook research for a novel about Australian Molly Bondan (nee Warner). Dondan is known for her involvement in the Indonesian independence movement, her husband Mohamad Bondan was an Indonesian Nationalist exiled to Australia following his arrest as a political prisoner of the Netherlands East Indies. As part of her exchange Annee participated in panel discussions.Insert New Container

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2016

    Natalie Sprite was short-listed for the 2002 Australia/Vogel Literary Award for her novel ‘Gracenotes’ and appeared at the 2004 Sydney Writers’ Festival showcase of Best New Regional Writers. Natalie is recipient of a number of literary prizes, including the ABC Open Short Fiction Prize and the 2013 and 2014 NT Literary Awards. Her stories have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including Meanjin, Bruno’s Song and Australian Award Winning Writing. In 2014 she was awarded a Literature Board grant to write her novel, ‘Ripe’. At Saritaksu Editions in Bali, Natalie wrote a collection of stories exploring the tension between belonging and dislocation in Bali.

    Willoh S. Weiland is an artist, writer, curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids. Her trilogy of works ‘Forever Now’, ‘Void Love’ and ‘Yelling at Stars’ (2008-2015) explores the relationship between art and infinity. She is interested in creating impossible premises and then fulfilling them, and working with non-artists to create contemporary artworks. She has made work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, and won the 2015 International Live Art Prize. During her residency with Yes No Klub, Willoh collaborated with local artists on a new performance titled ‘Dead/Alive’.

    Over the past 10 years Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary visibility and critical acclaim for his practice that combines text, video, drawing, painting, and three-dimensional objects. Examining the legacy of racial and cultural misrepresentation, particularly of Australia’s Aboriginal people, Tony has developed a universal language that seeks to rewrite historical mistruths and injustice. In 2014 Tony was awarded the Basil Sellers Art Prize and the NATSIAA. In 2015 he conducted a prestigious residency at the ISCP, New York. Tony is represented by Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney.

  • 2015
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      Dan Mackinlay (WA)

      Common Room Networks Foundation

      Supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts, WA

    Dan MacKinlay is a musician specialising in the integration of modern and traditional musical forms into new hybrids. Trained traditionally in piano, mathematics and machine learning, Dan integrates these skills into a collaborative practice centred on building automatic electronic systems to interact with traditional instrument players in live performance. He has a record of working with musicians from diverse backgrounds in Europe, Australia and South East Asia, and will return to Indonesia in 2015 to work with Common Room Networks Foundation on their own unique fusion of modern and traditional forms.

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      Jake Mulligan (TAS)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by the New Colombo Plan, Melbourne Global Mobility

    Jake Mulligan is an aspiring writer and journalist from Tasmania. Before undertaking study at the University of Melbourne, he completed a diploma in Screen Studies at Academy of the Arts Inveresk. His writing interests include travel journalism, politics, film criticism and fiction. This year Jake had his first fiction piece published in the LGBTIQ Alex Zine Project. He also has a strong interest in South East Asia and is confident that his internship at Cemeti Art House will build on his professional development skills. He hopes that the pilot internship program will foster further collaborative practices between Australia and Indonesia, by connecting with fellow art-lovers through critical discussion and the implementation of projects.

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      Louise Choi (VIC)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by the New Colombo Plan, Melbourne Global Mobility

    Louise is an Art History and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. Having spent her life split between Australia and Hong Kong, she has been drawn to art practices that engage in cross-cultural storytelling. Her interests often return to the memories and emotional minutia that connect people to places.  She has worked for Time Out HK, a charity called KELY Support Group and at RTIST Gallery in Prahran. Louise mostly writes around themes of in-betweenness and empathy, dark humour and heartbreak, and the absurdity of trauma. At Cemeti Art House, she is hoping to work with oral histories and to find platforms beyond the written word to create and explore concepts like emotional architecture and "delirious humour.

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      Sally Smart (VIC)

      Black Goat Studios & Entang Wiharso

      Supported by Creative Victoria

    Sally Smart has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and is represented in galleries and collections throughout Australia and internationally. She is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Sally will undertake a residency with renowned Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso at his Black Goat Studios in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, culminating in a joint exhibition at the National Museum of Jakarta in 2015.

  • 2014
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      Joshua Lowe (TAS)

      Institut Seni Indonesia

      Supported by Arts Tasmania

    Joshua Lowe is a Tasmanian born dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. Most recently Joshua worked for Tasmania’s flagship dance company, Tasdance, as co-choreographer for the 2013 education performance project, and the in-school residency program, DanceNET. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Joshua formed his own project-based youth dance company, DRILL Performance Company in 2007. Joshua works extensively with youth, including Program Producer for Yellow Wheel in Melbourne, and Stompin’ in Launceston. In 2010, Joshua was awarded the Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contribution, and had his work Fy nominated for an Australian Dance Award. At Institut Seni Indonesia, a public university located in West Sumatra, Joshua will replicate the Tasdance Education Performance Project within a local context.

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      Katie Lee (VIC)


      Supported by Creative Victoria

    Katie Lee graduated from RMIT with a MA Visual Arts in 2009 and has also studied postgraduate education and urban planning. Lee’s practice is interdisciplinary and is often an exploration of the physical and psychological consequences of the built environment. Her sculptural installations incorporate the performative, balancing the visual language of institutions with a sideways humour that challenges their function. Lee has exhibited widely in various Asian countries including Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. She has been a board member of Melbourne artist run spaces including Conical Inc. and West Space. At Hyphen in Yogyakarta, Katie will collaborate with Indonesian artist Handwirman Saputra, who runs workshops teaching artists to develop an interdisciplinary practice.

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      Keg De Souza (NSW)

      Kunci Cultural Studies Centre

      Supported by Arts NSW

    Keg de Souza is an interdisciplinary visual artist working across video, artist’s books, printmaking, dialogical projects, inflatable architecture, installation, and drawing. For the last ten years she has been self-publishing her own hand-bound books and zines under the name All Thumbs Press. One of the key themes in Keg’s work is an investigation of spatial politics, influenced by her formal educational background in architecture and informal squatting one. At self-initiated host KUNCI, a not for profit organisation that focuses on research based practice, Keg will create an inflatable ghost house with residents of the Ratmakan and Jagalan kampungs, which are built on former graveyards.

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      Lucas Abela (NSW)

      Yes No Klub

      Supported by Arts NSW

    Initially classed as a turntablist, Lucas Abela’s work rarely resembled anything in the field. As an experimental sound and installation artist, he has been known to extract sound from everyday objects including shards of glass and sewing machine motors. Recent works Vinyl Rally and Pinball Pianola highlight his desire to create interactive installations for musical play. In Yogyakarta Lucas will build Gamelan Wizard, a musical instrument/pinball machine hybrid. Other sound makers will come into play to make up the Gamelan Orchestra. Lucas will conduct a performance night at Yes/No Klub’s monthly performance at the Yogyakarta National Museum and will collaborate with local musicians and instrument builders to record an album.

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      Michael Hornblow (VIC)

      Wayang Ukur

      Supported by Creative Victoria

    Michael’s interdisciplinary practice incorporates performance, video, installation and creative direction, alongside academic research in media production, philosophy, and architecture. He has presented and curated work in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, Canada, and Europe. Recently, Michael was Creative Producer and Video Artist for an Australia-Indonesia collaboration of Grobak Padi at Melbourne Festival 2012, and ISEA 2013 in Sydney. At Sahabat Wayang Ukur, an organisation focused on the synergies between traditional and contemporary artforms, Michael will develop new participatory methods for interaction and will further his research into animist phenomena and urban flux.

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      Reko Rennie (VIC)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by The Australian Government through The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program, an initiative of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, & Arts NT

    Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Reko’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments. At Cemeti Art House in Yokyakarta, Reko will create an installation piece representing his experiences of ‘initiation’ and ‘ceremony’ from an urban Aboriginal perspective. He will hold a public talk about the representation of symbols and iconography throughout his work. Reko will collaborate with an Indonesian artist to complete some murals and videos that document the process of using street art as a medium to cross cultural boundaries.

  • 2013
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      Kieren Sanderson (NT)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts NT & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Kieren Sanderson is a creative producer of projects, people and ideas and has worked as an artistic director, media artist, writer, visual artist, arts worker, curator and photographer. Kieren is inspired by site, public space, language, identity and new ways to view, access, create and share contemporary arts. In 2012 Kieren worked on the delivery of Oz Fest, Australia’s Cultural Festival in India to gain international experience delivering large-scale cross-cultural programs. Kieren wants to investigate the transcontinental pilgrimages of the Asia Pacific through stories, ideas and songs and how this has shaped our contemporary identities and relations. During her time with Cemeti Art House, Kieren will explore open-community methodology and develop a collaboration that builds dialogue across cultures and communities.

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      Tony Yap (VIC)

      Arts Island Festival and Javanese Dancework

      Supported by The Australia-Indonesia Institute & Arts Victoria

    Tony's background is in the visual arts, physical theatre and dance. He is committed to the creation of an individual dance theatre language informed by three interconnecting forms: psycho-physical; Asian shamanistic trance; and butoh. Tony will return to Indonesia to deepen his understanding of these traditional forms. He will undertake masterclasses with R.Ay Sri Kadarjati Ywandjana to incorporate philosophical ideas into his own dance practice. He will facilitate workshops to investigate the bridging of existing traditional/contemporary dichotomies; and psycho-physical ‘raw’ trance practices in East Java.

  • 2012
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      Ade Suharto (SA)

      Mugi Dance

      Supported by Arts SA & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Ade Suharto is an independent choreographer and performer. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, Ade also studied classical Javanese dance with Sri Sutjiati Djoko Suhardjo and Theresa Sri Kurniati in Solo. Ade’s performance career includes Gumarang Sakti Dance Company in Indonesia and Lemi Ponifasio’s MAU Dance Company, New Zealand. She has performed in Indonesia, the United States, France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark and Germany. Her collaboration In Lieu with composer David Kotlowy was commissioned for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2011. During her residency at Mugi Dance, Ade will continue to recontextualise traditional forms such as wayang and classical Javanese dance for contemporary performance.

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      Alex Cuffe (QLD)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts QLD and The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Alex Cuffe is a Queensland artist working across interdisciplinary platforms. He explores phenomenon around sound, light, image and construction, often blending these concepts with obtuse humour. He is also an instrument builder and videographer. He is currently developing work for the 2012 Next Wave Festival with Ben Kolaitis under the nameCreo Novaand recently received the Jeremy Hynes Award from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. During his residency at Cemeti Art House Alex will be engaging in several collaborations with local Indonesian and international artists, including Wukir Suryadi who is a well known traditional and experimental instrument builder.

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      Ali Donnelan (QLD)

      Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

      Supported by Arts QLD and The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Ali Donnellan is the Cultural Partnerships Manager of Brisbane Powerhouse where she is creating new models of cultural engagement, particularly in the areas of partnerships and collaboration. Ali has worked in the community, arts, and cultural development sectors both in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Her most recent role was working as Managing Director of an annual three day music, arts and cultural festival where she established an arts and cultural exchange program with the local community. During her residency with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Ali will support the development of international networks, partnerships, cultural exchange programs and organisational capacity building.

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      Bambang Nurchayadi (NSW)


      Supported by Arts NSW & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Bambang is a media artist who has worked primarily with digital media for over 12 years. Bambang seeks to explore the boundaries of the digital medium by combining live performance and the realm of digital technology through his favourite themes of identity, women, and the human struggle. As part of his Asialink residency, Bambang will work with INSIST organisation in Yogyakarta to explore interdisciplinary approaches to art making through community participation processes that examine social issues.

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      Lisa Dempster (VIC)

      Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

      Supported by Arts Victoria & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Lisa Dempster is the Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival. In 2011 Lisa participated in The Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Development Program, and was shortlisted for the British Council Realise Your Dream Award for outstanding creative achievement. Lisa is a professional writer and editor with 5 book titles including travel narrative Neon Pilgrim and The Melbourne Veg Food Guide. In Indonesia Lisa will share her knowledge of managing writing festivals with the staff of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. In exchange Lisa will gain valuable skills to use towards the Emerging Writers’ Festival in the future.

  • 2011
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      Andrew McLellan (QLD)

      Performance Klub

      Supported by Arts Queensland & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Andrew McLellan is a sonic artist who creates live performances and compositions using self-made instruments and field recordings. He operates under his own name and the pseudonym Cured Pink. Site-specific performances play a key role in Andrew’s work as he utilises surrounding materials to create instruments and music. At Performance Klub Andrew will explore Jogjakarta’s unique sonic ecology. He will collaborate with artists, both in the field of traditional Javanese gamelan, and contemporary Indonesian underground and experimental music.

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      Gai Anderson (TAS)


      Supported by Art TAS

    Gai Anderson has worked as a creative producer, performer, writer and director in theatre, festival and community cultural development contexts for 20 years. With a passion for community festivals as outpourings of creativity, and a long-term connection with Indonesia, Gai will collaborate with development organisation Lualemba on Rote in the creation of a Community Arts Festival. During Gai’s residency she will act as a mentor for local creative producers, and will facilitate the reinvigoration of traditional art forms.

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      Max Lane (VIC)

      Historia Magazine Group

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Max Lane is a writer and translator with an interest in Indonesian and Southeast Asian affairs. He has translated five Pramoedya Ananta Toer novels including the Buru Tetralogy, starting with This Earth of Mankind. His latest books include Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto and Catastrophe in Indonesia. At Historia Magazine Group Max will write a dramatised semi-fictional tale of the conception, birth and career of Toer's This Earth of Mankind and its sequels.

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      Nathan Gray (VIC)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts Victoria & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Nathan Gray is an artist and musician whose practice spans these two fields and plays with notions of composition. His work is installation-based and informed by site-specific research. In 2009 Nathan created a work titled An Infinity of Traces that focused on the gamelan.  The composition of Nathan’s installation spatially recreated the clusters and timing shifts present in gamelan music. During his residency at Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta Nathan hopes to continue his fascination with Indonesian music, arts and culture.

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      Nicola Morton (QLD)

      Performance Klub

      Supported by Arts Queensland & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    As a performing artist of Asian heritage Nicola Morton is motivated to focus her new works on bicultural studies, emphasising cultural displacement and the Asian supernatural. At Performance Klub Nicola will connect with Javanese village arts and urban street culture. Her residency will provide a framework of idea exchange, re-contextualisation of Asian supernatural phenomena, participatory musical performances and critical theory workshops.

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      Stephen Conte (NSW)

      Komunitas Salihara

      Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation

    Steven Conte is the author of The Zookeeper's War, which in 2008 won the inaugural Prime Minister's Award for Fiction and has been published in Britain and translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Steven also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. At Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta he aims to forge connections with authors, journalists and intellectuals, and to conduct research for a novel partly set in Indonesia.

  • 2010
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      Agnes Michelet (WA)


      Supported by the WA Department of Culture and the Arts

    Agnès Michelet worked as an arts manager with Paris-based Friches Théâtre Urbain (FTU) before coming to the Perth International Arts Festival with FTU in 1998 and 1999, and migrating to Perth in 2000 where she worked with Ausdance WA. She is currently the Director of STRUT dance. Michelet will undertake residencies in Jakarta with the Kelola Foundation, and in Berlin supported by the Goethe Institut, to develop dance exchange programs between Australia, Indonesia and Europe.

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      Ellen Kent (ACT)


      Supported by Arts ACT and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Ellen Kent works in education and public programs at the National Portrait Gallery, developing and delivering programs for children and families. Kent has lived and studied in Indonesia, and undertook an internship at Cemeti Art House. During her residency with the Indonesian Visual Arts Archive, Kent will be investigating formal and informal arts learning for children and families in Indonesia, and researching contemporary Indonesian portraiture.

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      Julie Clark (NSW)

      Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

      Supported by Arts NSW & The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Julie Clark is an arts manager and journalist with 20 years’ experience in the creative industries in Australia and the UK. Since 2008 she has worked as Communications and Arts Development Officer for Arts Northern Rivers regional arts board, as well as consulting across a range of local arts initiatives in northern NSW. During her residency with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival she aims to establish an Indonesian-Australian exchange for writers and poets, in conjunction with the annual Northern Rivers-based Byron Bay Writers Festival.

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      Peter Wilson (VIC)

      Made Sidia

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

    Melbourne artist Peter Wilson has been working in puppetry for the past 35 years as a director, writer, puppeteer, producer and teacher. He co-founded Handspan Theatre in 1977 and was Artistic Director for Company Skylark during the 1990s. Large-scale works have included The Sydney 2000 Olympics and The Asian Games, Doha and Commonwealth Games, 2006. Wilson established the Postgraduate Puppetry Program at the VCA in 2004. He has worked extensively throughout Asia with an Asialink residency in 2002 in Japan. For his residency in Bali he will work with Master Puppeteer Made Sidia, with whom he has previously worked on The Theft of Sita to extend their collaboration with a view to developing a new production.

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      Rod Cooper (VIC)

      Principle of South

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Rod Cooper is a Melbourne-based sound artist working in the area of instrument building and performance. He transforms traditional instrument designs into new metallic hybrids. His instruments incorporate percussion, strings, bowing mechanisms, and resonant springs. Cooper has performed in America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. During his residency in Java, he will focus on his passion for gamelan and the instrument-building practices of the Javanese metal workers. Through his host Principle of South, Cooper also hopes to use his teaching experience to conduct instrument building workshops with the local community of Yogyakarta.

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      Sally Sussman (NSW)


      Supported by Arts NSW & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Sally Sussman is Artistic Director of Australian Performance Exchange, a company devoted to creating intercultural theatre projects that respond to issues of identity, politics and social justice, with artists from Asia and Australia. She trained at The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatorium of Music. In 2007 she collaborated with Ram Prapanca, artists from Teater Kita Makassar (TKM) and Indigenous artists to create The Eyes of Marege, which was presented at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OZAsia Festival and The Studio, Sydney Opera House. During her residency at TKM, she aims to learn more about their approach to making work, to deepen the relationship between the two companies, and improve her skills in intercultural performance practice by collaboratively developing a work around the idea of asylum.

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      Tim Woodward (QLD)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Tim Woodward employs diverse media forms including sculpture, photography, video and installation. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours, completed at the Queensland University of Technology. As well as exhibiting nationally and internationally, he is a co-director of the Brisbane artist-run-initiative Boxcopy. During his residency at Cemeti Art House, Woodward will conduct research on the street vending culture of Yogyakarta, in particular the Alun-Alun centres where a highly creative, resourceful and tactical approach to street vending is performed. Woodward will develop a series of sculptural works in response to the social mechanics of communal space.

  • 2009
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      Anna Lowendahl (VIC)

      Paper Moon

      Supported by The Australia Indonesia Institute and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Theatre director, animateur and performer, Anna Loewendahl is Co-director of TransVision Arts, an organisation dedicated to social change through performance. Loewendahl has worked with YSpace aerial dance, social theatre in Zimbabwe, and teaches dance to youth at risk. She directs and performs Play at Being, investigating philosophical questions through multimedia performance. Loewendahl’s residency at Paper Moon was a temporary departure from an arts and theatre practice that uses a relatively fixed set of tools and strategies, to an opportunity to engage in Yogyakarta’s unique culture, exchanging creative ideas that challenge her existing theatre-making praxis.

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      Cassandra Shultz (QLD)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Indonesia Institute

    Cassandra Schultz is a multi-disciplinary Brisbane-based visual artist who creates diverse, expressive work along humanitarian, environmental and activist themes. Her previous work has dealt with collecting, and specifically the shifts in value and meaning embodied by objects that serve as vessels of containment and regeneration. Schultz’s practice delves into process of commodification and exchange that deepens these cultural and economic investments. Furthering this theme, she used her residency at Cemeti Art House to explore the history of colonial trade in the region and investigate the subsequent impact of the rising demand for cheap mass-produced products on traditional craft practices.

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      Kate Ben-Tovim (VIC)

      Yayasan Bagong Kussudiardja

      Supported by The Australia Indonesia Institute and The Australia Council for the Arts

    With an academic background in classical music performance and international relations, Kate Ben-Tovim has combined her interest in arts and cultural exchange with projects in Australia, London, China and Papua New Guinea over the last ten years. She is a producer with specialist experience in music-based projects and cross-cultural collaborations. In her current role with Arts House, Melbourne, Ben-Tovim has produced two award-winning intercultural music projects that have toured nationally and internationally. She undertake her residency in Yogyakarta at the non-profit arts centre Padepokan Seni.

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      Laura Wills (SA)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts SA and The Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Based in Adelaide, Laura Wills is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, installation, media arts, performance and community work. The basis of Wills’ expansive art practice is a keen interest in ecological and social issues, themes she explores in her work using a variety of found materials – including maps and other ephemera. Wills has exhibited nationally and internationally in a variety of contexts, including artist-run spaces and on community and collaborative projects. She used her residency with Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta to develop a new body of drawing-based work on materials sourced in Indonesia, and continued her research into site-specific cross-cultural installation projects.

  • 2008
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      David Thomas (QLD)

      Indonesian Visual Art Archive

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Arts Queensland

    David Thomas is an inter-disciplinary artist, with critical interests in photography, installation, sound, painting, video, performance and collaborative works. Hosted by the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta, his residency provided an opportunity to explore how the 'self' operates in a highly communal culture. Thomas was the co-founder and manager of CBD Gallery (Sydney) and has also curated exhibitions for the Art Gallery of NSW, the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) and Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

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      Melitta Firth (NSW)

      Selasar Sunaryo Art Space

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Melitta Firth is Visual Arts Network Coordinator for Arts Northern Rivers, New South Wales, managing this initiative that supports professional artists in the region, and Exhibitions Coordinator at Lismore Regional Gallery. In addition to recent work curating group shows and travelling exhibitions. Firth's international experience has included a curatorial internship at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  She used her residency with Selasar Sunaryo Art Space to further her networks in the Indonesian contemporary art scene, and developing an exhibition that will explore Australian and Indonesian concepts and depictions of oceans, borders and islands for eventual touring in both countries.

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      Zanny Begg & Keg de Souza (NSW)

      Indonesian Visual Art Archive

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Zanny Begg recently conducted an artistic study on gentrification in Hong Kong as part of an Australia-China Council Residency. She is completing her PhD in Art Theory and writes for a wide range of publications. Keg de Souza, a bookbinder and active member of the zine community, studied architecture and fine arts, and has pursued an on-going interest in the politics of space. Begg and de Souza work as a curatorial team and have a long-term collaborative work - the 2016: Archive Project. At the Indonesian Visual Art Archive in Yogyakarta they created an archive of photographs, drawings and interviews exploring the gentrification of street vendors.

  • 2007
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      Carlos Gomes (NSW)

      Komunitas CCL

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Arts NSW "

    Theatre director, designer and performer Carlos Gomes trained in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Australia and has been involved in theatre for the past 15 years. Most of his work has been in visual and physical based theatre and his projects have demonstrated an interest in collaborative and hybrid forms of theatre. His residency with theatre company Komunitas CCL, consisted of working with the company, its performance students and the local community in a practical exchange of physical training, theatrical conception and performance design, resulting in the performance The Tangled Garden.

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      Hal Judge (ACT)

      Paradox Literary Centre

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Supported Arts ACT

    Recently appointed Development Officer with the ACT Writers Centre, Hal Judge is a versatile creative writer of plays and screenplays and award-winning poet. Over the last decade he has produced many cabaret and poetry slams at top live entertainment venues and has featured at the Tasmanian, ACT, Northern Territory and Ubud writers' festivals. During the residency, Judge assisted the Paradox Literary Centre to become a viable resource centre for writers throughout Indonesia.

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      Joanna Barrkman (NT)

      Babaran Segaragunung Cultural House

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Arts NT

    Joanna Barrkman is the Curator, Southeast Asian Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Barrkman has specialised in the study of Asian textiles.  Her residency in Yogyakarta, hosted by Babaran Segaragunung Cultural House, allowed her to work on a cultural development project focused on the revitalisation of the ancient Giriloyo batik traditions. Through a collaborative process involving the Giriloyo batik artisans, she documented and interpreted the technical batik process, the batik motif symbolism and the artisan's histories.  This provided the basis for a public exhibition which aimed to heighten awareness of the preservation of this ancient craft.

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      Julie Janson (NSW)

      Perempuan Perkeja Theatre Company

      Supported by Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Julie Janson works as a playwright, screenwriter, producer, script editor and assessor. She has worked on many cross-cultural projects enabling artists to express the connections and clashes between traditional forms and contemporary sensibilities, particularly between Asia, indigenous and non-indigenous Australia. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, has made several short films and had a number of her plays produced at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre and overseas. Janson worked with the Perempuan Perkeja theatre company toward the presentation of her play Tsunami Tsunami.

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      Kristin Phillips (SA)

      Sonobudoyo Museum

      Supported by Arts SA

    Kristin Phillips is a textile conservator at Artlab Australia. Artlab undertakes conservation work for the major state institutions in Adelaide including a large collection of Asian textiles at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The residency enabled Phillips to travel to Yogyakarta to visit the many textile collections in the area, in particular at Sonobudoyo Museum, allowing her to expand her knowledge of textile conservation practices in the region and to present workshops on different aspects of textile conservation.

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      Wanda Gillespie (VIC)

      Galerie Soemardja

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Wanda Gillespie works in installation, sculpture, photography, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited widely in artist run spaces, at the Contemporary Centre for Photography and the National Gallery of Australia. Gillespie's recent exhibition, the Museum of Lost worlds and the Kingdom of Wandaland, traced findings of a lost kingdom off the coast of re-bun-to, north of Hokkaido, Japan. Artefacts retrieved from an air wreck in Wandaland confirmed its existence. Based at Bandung’s Galerie Soemardja, Gillespie created three new works including Olah Rasa – A Testing Ground for Truth - a series of performance and installation-based photographs, inspired by Javanese mysticism and local modern Indonesian culture.

  • 2006
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      Andrish Saint-Clare (NT)

      I Made Sidia

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute & Arts NT

    Andrish Saint-Clare began his professional work as an actor and musician with Rex Cramphorne's Performance Syndicate, a seminal Australian theatre company working with performance styles from diverse cultures. In recent years, he has collaborated with practitioners in remote indigenous communities, which has resulted in major stage productions at festivals in Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Makassar, Indonesia. Saint-Clare headed to Indonesia to collaborate with the Balinese dalang I Made Sidia. While there he explored traditional forms of Balinese performance and shadow puppetry, using contemporary concepts and production techniques.

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      Finley Smith (NT)

      Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute & Arts NT

    During her time at the Northern Territory Writers' Centre, Finley Smith co-devised, developed and managed WordStorm, the Northern Territory Writers' Festival.  She has a long association with Indonesia and returned to Bali to resume her collaboration with the Ubud Writers' and Readers’ Festival.  She helped to strengthen relationships between the literary communities of Australia and South East Asia, establishing new administrative systems for the festival and mentoring Balinese festival staff in festival management.  A key outcome was her instigation of the publication Asia Literary Review 2006 Ubud Festival Edition and her promotion of Indonesian and non-Indonesian writers. She has since been offered an ongoing position as Festival Manager.

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      Jan Cornall (NSW)

      Teater Utan Kayu

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute & Arts NSW

    Jan Cornall is a scriptwriter and performance artist who has written 10 plays and a feature film. Since 2004, Cornall has been travelling to Indonesia, teaching, writing and meeting with Indonesian writers. Her residency was hosted by Teater Utan Kayu, Jakarta where she held numerous workshops and presentations and participated in Perfurbance Performance Festival. Cornall also attended the Ubud Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, produced a CD of collaborative works with poet Sitok Srengenge, composed and sung by herself, as well as publishing a book of writing in English and Indonesian.

  • 2005
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      Andy Fuller (VIC)

      Lontar Foundation

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Andy Fuller is an Indonesia scholar, translator and author of short fiction, essays and poetry. During his residency at the Lontar Foundation in Jakarta, Fuller worked on editing, compiling and translating works of contemporary Indonesian short fiction for The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Fiction, which aims to provide readers access to modern Indonesian cultural and philosophical thought. Throughout his residency Fuller also wrote extensively - inspired by his surroundings he completed many 'definition poems' from observations of Jakarta, which he hopes to work into a collection larger pieces. Fuller's translation skills were also further developed by subtitling the film Serambi, and he produced a small collection of his translations entitled Water Exits from Skin.

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      Danius Kesminas (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute & Arts Victoria

    Danius Kesminas' practice is conceptual, project-based and highly collaborative. The work is non-media specific and he engages the traditional disciplines of sculpture, painting and print making, together with video, film, installation, architectural and site-based interventions, performance and the application of incendiary devices. For over a decade he has investigated the interface between art and music. In 1998 he co-formed the art/music collective Slave Pianos, a group devoted to the collection, analysis and performance of sound work by visual artists. Slave Pianos have presented exhibitions and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kassel, Aachen, Edinburgh, and throughout Australasia. Kesminas has also taught in various tertiary faculties in the areas of painting, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, and in 2002-3 he was the Australian artist-in-residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

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      Malcolm Smith (NT)

      Cemeti Art House

      Supported by Arts NT & the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Arts Manager Malcolm Smith spent a total of six months in Indonesia immersed in the new media arts scene, working with video artists and artist-run initiatives. His main project while hosted by Cemeti Art House/Foundation, Yogyakarta, involved researching and building a DIY (Do It Yourself) Video Projector, as a way of investigating new approaches to the presentation of video art. Additionally he presented workshops and talks on a range of topics including practical DIY projector, Australian video art and arts management issues for artist-run initiatives. Ongoing outcomes include an online discussion group about Indonesian artist-run initiatives and several screenings of Indonesian video art in Australia. Following his residency Smith worked as Exhibitions Coordinator at Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney.

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      Rob Finlayson (WA)

      Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

      Supported by Arts WA & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Rob Finlayson works as an arts administrator, writer and community cultural development practitioner. He has led the Western Australia State Literature Centre Inc, worked in local government as an arts officer, community development officer and writer-in-community. In Indonesia Finlayson worked to implement best practice for an international writers' festival while based at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali. He continued working for the festival, despite the second Bali bombing that occurred just prior to the festival opening. The Festival proved successful in spite of the tragedy, with double the attendances of 2005 and extremely positive feedback from audiences and participants alike.  Following the residency Finlayson went on to work with Arts WA.

  • 2004
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      David Young (VIC)

      Bengkel Theater

      Supported by Arts Victoria & the Australia Indonesia Institute

    David Young is a renowned composer whose music is performed in Australia, Europe and Asia in contexts ranging from concerts to music theatre and installation. At the time of his residency Young was Artistic Director of Aphids. In Indonesia Young  was mentored by Rendra, Indonesia’s foremost poet and playwright and founder of Bengkel Theater. He also had the opportunity to work with Teater Gadja Mada and Teater Garasi in Yogjakarta, and with various musicians, artists and individuals in Sumatra and Bali to develop new ways of composing and creating collaborative performance art.

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      Gabrielle Lord (NSW)

      Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Gabrielle Lord’s award winning career spans a quarter of a century, and includes work on several screenplays, a book on meditation and 12 novels including Fortress, Tooth & Claw, Jumbo, and Lethal Factor, the second novel about Dr Jack McCain, forensic analyst with the Australian Federal Police. The third book in this series, dealing with the trafficking of human beings, takes Dr McCain to Indonesia where Lord undertook her residency. She spent two months researching her novel, giving talks, lectures and workshops at universities and colleges across Java. During the residency Lord met writer Stefani Hid whose novels deal with contemporary Indonesian women’s concerns around feminism, sex and social services. She is currently facilitating the translation and publication of Hid’s second novel into English.

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      Kim Portlock (TAS)

      Sika Contemporary Art Gallery

      Supported by Australia-Indonesia Institute and Arts Tasmania

    Kim Portlock is an artist whose work sits between painting and photography.  She has worked on multicultural art projects as an artist, coordinator and curator.  During Portlock’s residency at Sika Contemporary Art Gallery in Ubud she continued work that explored mortality and the fragility of human experience using locally made banana and pineapple papers to make ink and wash drawings.

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      Rendra Freestone (NSW)

      Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Rendra Freestone is a musician who has studied and performed original music throughout Australia, Japan and Indonesia. At the time of his residency he was Artistic Director of Australian percussion ensemble The Rhythm Hunters and resident musician for West Sumatran ensemble Musik Kabau. Freestone’s residency was part of the Sumatralia project involving travel to remote cultural strongholds in Sumatra to record traditional musicians and study their music. Over 30 diverse groups were recorded on these field trips and the resulting new compositions were compiled onto a CD which includes educational material on culture, instrumentation, and stories on life in Sumatra.

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      Tony Yap (VIC)

      Teatre Garasi & Bimo Dance

      Supported by Arts Victoria, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Tony Yap is a dancer, director, choreographer and visual artist. Yap's residency, was based with dance/theatre companies Teatre Garasi and Bimo Dance in Yogyakarta and Rivergrass Dance Theatre in Malaysia. In Indonesia Yap conducted workshops to introduce his unique Grotowski and Butoh influenced training methods, culminating in a performace entitled Pulse. In Malaysia Yap collaborated with Rivergrass to create The Light in the Shadow that was presented at Malaysia’s premier dance festival. Since his residency, Yap has invited Indonesian dance artist Agung Gunawan to Australia to conduct workshops on classical Javanese dance and to take part in the BB05-Beyond Butoh Mini Festival at Dancehouse.

  • 2003
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      Fiona Carter (NT)

      Yayasan Kelola

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Fiona Carter was the Marketing Manager for artsMARK in Darwin when selected for a residency. In Indonesia Carter was based with Kelola, a non-government arts organisation in Solo, which provides nation-wide expertise and services to the arts sector in Indonesia. During her residency she provided marketing assistance to Kelola’s operations, focussed on sponsorship and marketing with Gedung Kesenian (Jakarta Arts Centre) and developing contacts and future links between Indonesian and the Northern Territory arts organisations.

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      Lindy Allen (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Initially a performing artist, Lindy Allen has worked her way through a variety of positions including Festival Director and General Manager, Mallacoota Festival, Artistic Director, Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival and Sponsorship Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company. Allen’s belief in the importance of the expression of local cultural identity to the maintenance of vibrant communities took her to Indonesia for two months to study community art practice in a non-funded environment. She used this experience to develop Common Ground, a major international regional arts residency program for regional Victorian festivals, which took place between 2006-2007. Lindy Allen went on to a position as Director of Regional Arts Victoria following her residency.

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      William Lines (ACT)

      Petra University

      Supported Arts ACT and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Bill Lines graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1973 then spent several years backpacking around the world. His first book, Taming the Great South Land, was published in Australia and in the United States in 1991. Lines' most recent book, Open Air: Essays, was released in September 2001. Lines currently lives in Canberra where he is researching the history of the modern conservation movement in Australia. Lines will spend time at Petra University whilst researching two new books. A non-fiction book, Nature Fear, investigates attitudes and practices towards nature and conservation in Australia and Indonesia. The second is a novel, Loose Stones which explores issues of connectedness between people and looks at this through the prism of Indonesian culture.

  • 2002
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      Kirsty Ellem (VIC)

      Kelola Foundation

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Kirsty Ellem, previously the Manager of the Wellington Entertainment Centre in Sale, Victoria spent two months working with the Kelola Foundation in Solo towards meeting their aim of providing learning opportunities, funding and access to information to Indonesian arts organisations. Over the course of the residency she presented four workshops, two on business partnering and two on arts management practices. This was complemented by extensive travel throughout Indonesia and to Singapore, which allowed her to build a greater knowledge of the diversity of the arts across Indonesia and networks with Indonesian arts managers and performers.

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      Stuart Koop (VIC)

      Cemeti Art Foundation

      Supported by Arts Victoria, the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Stuart Koop has developed diverse skills across a range of art and cultural contexts, while serving in positions such as Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography and with the Ewing and George Paton Galleries at the University of Melbourne. In Indonesia Koop worked with the Cemeti Art Foundation in Yogyakarta, initially to collaborate on a textiles exhibition but also contributed ideas and models to the discussion of industry developments in Indonesia. The outcomes of his residency were considerable: two exhibitions, two catalogue essays, two reviews, three screenings, one professional development workshop, two lectures, two forums and several translations.

  • 2001
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      Cindy South Czabania (NSW)

      Benda Gallery & Cemeti Art House

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute, Arts South Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Cindy South Czabania began woodcarving in order to expand her existing range of skills that include textile design, figurative sculpture and jewellery. This also enabled her to experiment and expand her sculpture into the area of puppetry. As part of her residency Czabania exhibited puppets in both Bali and Java and conducted puppetry workshops and performances with local artists and children at the Benda Gallery, Yogyakarta, in collaboration with the Cemeti Foundation. The masks were subsequently exhibited in the International Mask Exhibition at the Palace Exhibition Hall. She also participated in a three-day event on recycling, organised by environmental group AIKON, during which she demonstatrated paper mache techniques.

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      Julie Janson (NT)

      Petra University

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Julie Janson began writing plays with the Australian Aboriginal community while living in Arnhemland in the Northern Territory. She writes plays that have an international and inter-cultural focus. During her residency in Indonesia Janson workshopped her new work, The Crocodile Hotel, set in the Northern Territory in the 1970s and Sulawesi in 1920. Janson maintained a busy schedule visiting theatres and arts organisations across Java, Sumatra and Bali. She was also hosted by Petra University in Surabaya where she was warmly welcomed by staff and students and gave a number of lectures and workshops.

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      Mitzi Zaphir (NSW)

      Kelola Foundation

      Supported by the NSW Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Indonesia Institute & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Mitzi Zaphir has extensive experience in theatre company management, and at the time of the residency was Project Co-ordinator in Cultural Affairs with the City of Sydney where the focus of her work was the organising of large-scale cultural events. During her residency, Zaphir was based at the Kelola Foundation in Solo, Central Java. She assisted with a number of projects including workshops and briefings for Indonesian arts managers seconded to Australia, the workshop program for local artists and arts managers, grant making workshops and the research project into the management means for traditional arts in Indonesia. In 2002 she was a Program Manager for the Timor-Leste Independence Day Celebrations.

  • 2000
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      Grisha Dolgopolov (NSW)


      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Grisha Dolgopolov is a first generation Russian-Australian director, writer and performer. He has worked in cross-cultural performance and research exploring the hybrid combinations of Russian, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian and Asian cultures. His recent productions, which include Vibes, Bombs & Suitcases and Black Russians, are examples of his hybrid, cross-cultural collaborations. In Indonesia Dolgopolov worked with STSI, Bandung as a dramaturg and developed a cross-cultural, dance-musical theatre adaptation of The Demon, a Russian epic poem.

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      Megan Kirwan-Ward (WA)

      Institute Ikap Padang

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Arts Western Australia

    Megan Kirwan-Ward is a textiles based craftsperson who also works as an arts administrator. Kirwan-Ward has collaborated with textile workers in Padang, Sumatra in the past and during this residency set up her own experimental textile workshop making resist dyed and stitched quilts and printed and stitched lengths of silk organza which she hopes to exhibit in Padang, Bukittinggi and Perth. Following her residency, Kirwan-Ward exhibited some of the works produced during the residency in Fremantle and Melbourne. She returned to Indonesia in 2001 to maintain the workshop and to establish links between it and the Art Department of IKEP Padang as well as to organise an exhibition in Jakarta.

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      Simon Wellington (TAS)


      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Simon Wellington was the General Manager of the Salamanca Theatre Company (STC) in Tasmania prior to undertaking his residency with Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta Arts Centre). With previous experience in the areas of venue and events management, Simon has also concentrated on marketing and audience development initiatives. His residency at TIM proved to be more of a springboard into the life of Jakarta and much of what he learned was unexpected. His frustrations with the management style at TIM made him think in new ways about management - both in Australia and Indonesia and to see the dynamism of work that took place outside of the institutions.

  • 1999
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      Arif Hidayat (NSW)

      Farabi Music School

      Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    As producer of Arimba Cultural Exchange, Arif Hidayat has managed various Australian and Indonesian cultural exchange projects beginning with Bengkel Theatre Rendra’s Australian tour in 1992 and most recently the jazz fusion group Krakatau. During his residency with the Farabi Music School Hidayat sourced sponsorship possibilities and facilitated new opportunities for cultural exchange through working with arts organisations, sponsors and government bodies. He has been assisting other artists to strengthen their links with Indonesia, including Performing Lines and the Adelaide Festival project The Theft of Sita. He also organised a tour of the Jakarta-based jazz fusion band, Krakatau in October 2000.

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      Melissa Lucashenko (NSW)

      University of Indonesia & Petra Christian University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Melissa Lucashenko is a novelist and writer for young adults. She is the author of Steam Pigs, winner of the 1998 Dobbie Award, Killing Darcy and Arms Full of Flies. In 1997 Lukashenko spent a year living in Tonga and she was keen to further develop her understanding of the connections between her Indigenous culture and that of Polynesia and Indonesia. During her residency she spent time at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta and Petra Christian University in Surabaya where she gave talks and lectures to staff and students.

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      Nigel Jamieson (NSW)

      Tedung Agung

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts

    Nigel Jamieson has worked with the Royal National Theatre and the acclaimed Trickster Theatre Company in London.  He has directed productions for organisations such as the Adelaide Festival, Legs On The Wall and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus.  During his residency Jamieson was hosted by Tedung Agung in Bali focusing on traditions like Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) and spent his residency developing The Theft of Sita for the 2000 Adelaide Festival; a work combining Balinese artists, animation, a 40-piece gamelan orchestra and the Australian Art Orchestra.  Jamieson went on to direct a segment for the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony and work on the National Corroboree.

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      Peter Adsett (NT)

      Supported by the Northern Territory Government Department of Arts and Museums, the Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Peter Adsett is a Northern Territorian artist born in New Zealand in 1959. Prior to this residency Adsett had participated in the Australasian Print Project which included Filipino, Indonesian and Aboriginal artists. This centred around the Meeting of Waters through which the artists explored a visual language for understanding ‘Place/Site’. Working with Ardiyanto Pranata, a batik painter and designer from Yogyakarta, Adsett began to compare ideas of land/site as a sacred area. In Indonesia Adsett, with his wife and two small children, lived in a village house overlooking Mt Merapi. This active volcano was the inspiration for his series of works entitled Seven Winds of Merapi which were exhibited at Galeri Ardiyanto in December 1999.  Adsett has been invited by the custodians of Mt Lawu to return to paint the sacred cloud there in 2001.

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      Wendy McPhee (TAS)

      Institut Seni Indonesia

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute, Arts Tasmania & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Wendy McPhee is an experienced performer, teacher and choreographer. She has worked with national and international dance companies since 1982. In 1995 she formed the Tasmanian company Two Turns, in order to pursue her interests in performance. McPhee completed half of her residency based at the Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta and during this time she taught and took part in traditional and western technique workshops while also attending performances during the Yogyakarta Arts Festival.  McPhee returned home early due to the reformasi upheavals and completed the residency in late 2000 when she worked on a new dance production with the ISI students.

  • 1998
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      Amanda Johnson (VIC)

      Institut Teknologi Bandung

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Amanda Johnson is a Melbourne based teacher, curator, writer, arts administrator and costume designer and artist.  Her artwork is concerned with the impact of Western imagery and landscape legacies on traditional art forms in Java and Bali.  During her residency in Indonesia Johnson continued this research in the Bandung region as well as taking an active role at Institut Teknologi Bandung, teaching and learning from the students and staff.

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      Christine Clark (ACT)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland & the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Christine Clark is a graduate of the master of Business Administration course at Griffith University and at the time of her residency was National Manager, Musica Viva In Schools, Musica Viva Australia and Project Officer, Asia-Pacific Triennial. Based in Bandung and Yogyakarta, Clark coordinated and presented a four day practical Art Project Management Workshop. She also presented lectures, assisted in the international promotion for the newly opened Cemeti Art House and undertook follow-up with artists and writers for the Indonesian component of the Asia-Pacific Triennial.

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      Damon Moon (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Damon Moon’s arts background began in ceramics but has extended further into digital design technology and theoretical research into exploration and mapping. His residency in Yogyakarta began with an interest in Abel Tasman’s famous map of parts of the coast of Australia and Indonesia, but was soon disrupted by the ‘reformasi’ movement. As a curator as well as an artist, Moon then developed an exhibition, Awas!, with partners, Mella Jaarsma, Cemeti Gallery and Dwi Marianto from the Institute Seni Indonesia to explore the role of political reform in contemporary art. The exhibiton then toured in Australia, Japan and Europe from 1999 until 2001.

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      Javant Biarujia (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Javant Biarujia is a poet, playwright and essayist. His play Comfort won the Irene Mitchell Short Play Competition and his poetry has been widely published in journals across Australia. During his residency, Javant gave lectures and talks in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya. Despite being somewhat overwhelmed by the political and social upheaval in Indonesia, he was able to complete his Java Suite of poems, included in his collection Low/Life, which was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year award in 2003.

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      Monica Wulff (NSW)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australia Indonesia Institute and NSW Ministry for the Arts

    Monica Wulff is a freelance dancer and contemporary performer with a strong interest in traditional Indonesian mask dance. A founding member of Balai South East Asian Dance Ensemble, she has also performed with Sidetrack Performance Group as well as in numerous independent performances. During her residency in Indonesia, Wulff worked with Ibu Sawitri in an intensive study of Losari mask dancing, focussing on the Rumiyang and Patih mask dances. She also undertook to document the work of Ibu Sawitri and to make an audio recording of the gamelan music which accompanies the dance.

  • 1997
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      Adam Rish (NSW)

      Insitut Kesenian Jakarta

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Adam Rish has held 28 one-man exhibitions around Australia over the past 25 years.  His interest is in cross cultural collaboration as ""world art"" (like ""world music"") to affirm indigenous culture, regional diversity and the possibility of productive inter-cultural relations. During his residency Rish was based at the Insitut Kesenian Jakarta.  There he produced a series of linocuts about Jakarta ""Taksidrivers"" based on Wayang Kulit characters. He  lectured at IKJ and also ITB in Bandung on his textile collaborations in Turkey and Sumba and about Australian contemporary art.

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      Clare Mendes (VIC)

      Universitas Indonesia

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Clare Mendes is the author of three novels. Drift won the 1995 Angus & Robertson Fiction Prize for first fiction and was followed by A Race Across Burning Soil in 1997 and Streets and Curtain Raiser in 1998 published by Flamingo. In 1997 Clare spent four months at the Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta. There she researched material for a novel set in Indonesia.

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      Indija Mahjoeddin (QLD)

      Aski Padang Panjang & Randai Folk Theatre Troupe

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Queensland based choreographer/performer, Indija Mahjoeddin spent three months at the Aski Padang Panjang and Randai Folk Theatre Troupe.

  • 1996
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      Deborah Pollard (NSW)

      Teater Asdrafi

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Deborah Pollard is a performer and director who was the Artistic Director of Salamanca Theatre Company in Hobart from 1997 to 2000. Since 1993 Deborah has been working in collaboration with Indonesian performance and installation artists. She spent three months at the Teater Asdrafi.

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      Laurel Frank (VIC)


      Supported by the Visual Arts Craft Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Laurel Frank is a costume designer who produces theatre costumes. She spent four months at ASKI, the Institute for the Arts in Padang Pandjang, West Sumatra. She was invited to design some new costumes for RANDI, a dance-drama form dating back to the 1930's.

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      Ron Reeves

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Ron Reeves has been playing, studying and working throughout Asia and Europe for nearly 20 years and is a diverse, dynamic multi-instrumentalist. During the residency he was able to fulfill a five-year dream to form Earth Music, a collaborative band fusing jazz and traditional Sundanese music. The band performed and gave workshops in Jakarta and Bandung, and recorded an album that was subsequently released in Australia, Europe and the USA. The aim was to create new music and foster new understandings through a broad mixture of Australian/Indonesian traditional and non-traditional approaches, both for the artists involved and the wider audience.

  • 1994
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      Janis Somerville (Shanghai)

      Institut Teknologi Bandung

      Supported by the Visual Arts Craft Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Painter Janis Somerville spent four months at the Institut Teknologi Bandung.

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      Margaret Roberts (NSW)

      Institut Seni Indonesia

      Supported by the Visual Arts Craft Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Installation artist, Margaret Roberts spent four months at the Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta.

  • 1992
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      Greer Taylor

      Institut Kesenian Jakarta

      Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute

    Greer Taylor spent one month at the Institut Kesenian Jakarta. During her residency Taylor revitalised IKJ’s textile studio and gave lectures and presentations to students.