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

  • 2018

    The artistic practice of Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro brings together ideas of home, movement and destruction. Their work has been exhibited worldwide, including the inclusion of the installation Life Span as part of the Australian representation at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Based in Sapporo the duo created new work based on the flying machines of Lawrence Hargrave, examining how the successful quest for air travel has been transformed into the mundane realm of mass-transportation.

    Elysha Rei Gould is a Japanese-Australian visual artist, curator and arts manager. Drawing on her heritage, Elysha's work has a Japanese aesthetic. Using symbolic animals, plants and pattern within new environments her practice aims to question notions of 'tradition' and attachment to 'place'. While based in Japan, Elysha created a series of Samurai inspired paper cut studies.

    • Lilian O'Neil (VIC)

      Youkobo Art Space, Japan

      Supported by a Gift to the memory of Masa Hiraoka and Setsu Hiraoka and Yasuko Hiraoka Myer

    Lilian O'Neil is a visual artist who works in large-scale, kaleidoscopic analogue collage. Her work is in the collection of the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Artbank, and the National Gallery of Australia among others. Based in Tokyo, Lilian created a new series of large-scale collages and an artist book using material from the Tokyo National Archives and the Jimbocho second hand book market.

    Harriet Schwarzrock graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 1999 with Honours. Since then she has worked with many of Australia's best glassblowers, developing her skills and technique, finding inspiration for her own work. She is based in Canberra and in 2017 received a New Work Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

    Asialink Arts through its Global Project Space initiative facilitated a visual arts exchange between Japan and Australia in partnership with BigCi, 3331 Arts Chiyoda and Move Arts Japan. Australian artist Anna McMahon spent six weeks in Japan as part of the project. Here, Anna created new works and participated in public programs.

  • 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2016

    Baden Pailthorpe is an Australian contemporary artist. Working predominantly within the field of new media, his work focuses on the growing reach and the subtle operations of contemporary militarism, institutions and power. He has participated in over sixty solo and group exhibitions. During his residency with ultra-technologist collective teamLab in Tokyo, Baden learnt new technical skills, fostered cultural exchange and created new works.

    Leonie Andrews is a visual artist working in textiles and print making. Her work is characterised by its exploration of the themes of location and how, as individuals, we connect to a particular place. Since completing her studies at the Australian National University School of Art she has developed her ‘critically exploratory eye’, to record and draw attention to suburban life. Regular visits to Japan have highlighted both the connections and dis-locations to her own cultural experiences. Leonie was based at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, exploring suburban life in the world’s greatest metropolis.

    Raewyn Hill is an internationally commissioned contemporary dance choreographer, educator and artistic director. In September 2014, Raewyn was appointed the founding Artistic Director of Co3, the Contemporary Dance Company of Western Australia. Her work has been presented worldwide, including the National Art Centre in Tokyo, Hong Kong Arts Festival Asia Dance Platform, and The Juilliard School in New York. During her residency at Tokyo Wonder Site Raewyn reconnected with Japanese visual artist, Naoko Yoshimoto, to explore the intersection of their creative practice and further develop the 'MA Project', conceived by the pair in 2014.

    Reuben Keehan is Curator of Contemporary Asian Art at QAGOMA, Brisbane. With over 15 years’ experience as a curator and writer, he has worked in curatorial roles at MCA Sydney and the Australian Centre for Photography, and was Curator at Artspace, Sydney from 2006 to 2011. His writing has been published in Artforum, Flash Art, Bijutsutecho and Art US, and he is a regular speaker on contemporary art and theory, focusing on recent practice in the Asia-Pacific, with particular expertise in Japanese post-war and contemporary art. At BankART1929 Reuben developed his writing and curatorial practice and reconnected with the art community of Yokohama.

    John White is a visual artist based in Canberra, working with stories of discovery and invention that have shaped and influenced our world throughout history. His work reflects the way his life has taken many paths through achievements in skilled-based trades, his practice grounded in the relationship between the artisan and tools of their trade and practices. The intention in his work is to highlight man’s wonder, creating objects that both express and evoke a sense of marvel. At Toyama Glass Studio, John will developed new works based on research into local inventions and innovations.

    Trained as a painter, Naomi Eller has worked in the medium of clay-based sculpture for over eight years and presented a solo project at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne in 2015. Joanna Bosse has over 15 years’ experience curating and producing exhibitions, most recently as Curator at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. Joanna and Naomi will work with the local Fukuda community to present an exhibition of ceramic sculpture and collage that uses shoreline detritus to explore the effects of globalisation as a force that blends and transforms cultures. This process of transforming the ‘local’ into ‘fusion’ echoes Australia’s response to globalisation, and will be explored by Chef Adam Liaw in his workshop training Fukuda locals in Modern Australian cuisine. Well-known in Australia and Japan, Adam is a unique voice in Australian food. His workshop recipes will be offered at a community-run Ryue Nishizawa designed restaurant for the duration of the Triennale.

  • 2015
    • Dylan Sheridan & Laura Hindmarsh (TAS)

      Kyoto Art Centre

      Supported by Arts Tasmania

    Dylan Sheridan is a composer and sound artist whose works have been performed in concert halls, festivals, art galleries and living rooms in Australia, the USA and Europe. Laura Hindmarsh is a visual artist who uses processes and systems of layering as an ongoing inquiry into the nature of perception and representation. Dylan and Laura combine their varied backgrounds to create immersive installations that challenge traditional viewing conventions. At Kyoto Art Centre they will explore the Jo Ha Kyu structuring and aesthetics of lighting in Noh theatre and early Japanese cinema, whilst exploring similarities between the gothic tradition in Japan and Tasmania.

    • Snuff Puppets (VIC)

      Australia House

      Supported by The Australia-Japan Foundation & The Australian Embassy, Tokyo

    Snuff Puppets is Australia's leading giant puppet experimental theatre company. Founded in 1992, their work transcends language barriers, connects with diverse audiences, and engineers puppet audience collisions that leave all parties breathless. Snuff Puppets combine elements of puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre to create art that is accessible and challenging, visually spectacular and politically incisive. Cultural and artistic explorers, Snuff Puppets have spent most of the last two decades touring outdoor large- scale productions, Cultural Community Development Programs and their unique giant puppet street acts nationally and internationally throughout Asia, Europe and South America. At Australia House Snuff Puppets will run an intensive collaborative workshop with the local community, developing a performative work to be presented as part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

  • 2014
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      Annika Kristensen (NSW)

      3331 Arts Chiyoda

      Supported by The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Annika Kristensen is the Exhibition and Project Coordinator at the Biennale of Sydney and Co-Director of independent curatorial initiative Art Proper. Previously the inaugural Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney, Annika has also held positions at Frieze Art Fair; Artangel and Film and Video Umbrella, London; and Lister Gallery and The West Australian Newspaper, Perth. Annika completed a BA Arts (Communication Studies) at the University of Western Australia, and a MSC Art History, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During an intensive one-month residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Annika will explore the Yokohama Triennale and give a public program that compares her experience of the Biennale of Sydney to the Yokohama one.

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      Chris Bennie (QLD)

      Youkobo Art Space

      Supported by Supported by Arts Queensland & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Chris Bennie was born in Invercargill, New Zealand. He moved to Australia in 1999 and completed his training at Griffith University. His work has been exhibited extensively in Australian institutions including the Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; and The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. He is the winner of the 2012 Gold Coast Art Prize and the 2013 Swell Sculpture Festival. Chris lectures in Fine Art at Griffith University. Following on from his series Kissing Swans, where Chris transformed two flood-affected caravans from Bundaberg devastated by natural disaster, Chris will develop a body of work that converts everyday objects affected by natural disaster in Japan.

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      Jason Kochel (ACT)

      Kyoto Arts Centre

      Supported by Arts ACT & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Jay Kochel is a Canberra based artist and holds a PhD in Visual Art from the Australian National University (ANU). His research examined magical and fetish artefacts in collections such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and the Quai Branly Museum, Paris. Prior to completing an undergraduate in sculpture and interactive media he completed a BA Anthropology/Law. Jay was the recipient of the Anthony Forge Prize for Anthropology, ANU Honour’s Scholarship, ANU CASS PhD Scholarship and Neil Roberts Award. Jay is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Artist Fellow in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. In Kyoto Jay will examine sacred Shinto sites and extract the essences of places through the collection of scents, sounds and images. He aims to create an olfactory catalogue as a means of exploring immaterial aspects of aesthetics.

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      Ken & Julia Yonetani (NSW)

      University of Ryukus

      Supported by The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Ken and Julia Yonetani are an artist duo based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. They are represented by Artereal Gallery, Sydney, and GV Art, London. Ken and Julia’s works frequently reference the environmental impacts of natural and man-made disaster. In Okinawa the pair will collaborate with Associate Professor Joji Otaki, who has gained an international reputation for his research documenting the biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the pale grass butterfly. The project will explore pressing questions about the mutation, adaptation and survival of species in the context of extreme environmental alterations.

    • Kenji Uranishi (QLD)

      Happy Lucky Site & Kou Raku Gama

      Supported by Arts Queensland

    Japanese born artist Kenji Uranishi works predominantly with porcelain - hand building translucent white, architecturally inspired objects. He draws inspiration from the surrounding built and social environment and is influenced by people’s interaction with architecture and nature. Kenji’s works feature in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Newcastle Regional Gallery and Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. Kenji will undertake a residency at Happy Lucky Site, a project directed by the fifth generation head of the Kou Raku Company in Arita, Saga Prefecture - widely considered the birthplace of Japanese porcelain. He will collaborate with the ceramic studio to utilise traditional production techniques and facilities that encourage experimentation.

  • 2013
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      Bennett Miller (WA)

      3331 Arts Chiyoda

      Supported by The Department of Culture and the Arts, WA

    Bennett Miller works across sculpture, installation, video and performance. His practice reflects the relationship between humans and animals as an allegory of human society and culture. A continuing interest of his work is the incorporation of live animals into his artistic process and, in some cases, the finished work. Since 2010 Miller has presented Dachshund UN in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth (AUS), and Birmingham (UK). In 2013 this work will travel to Canada. During his residency, Miller will explore Japan’s unique cultural relationships with animals and in particular the humanisation of pets. He will work with pets as photographic subjects, and as participants in a live performance outside 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

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      Jackson Slattery (VIC)

      Fukutake House Asia Art Platform, Setouchi Triennale 2013

      Supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation, Australian Embassy, Tokyo & the Fukutake Foundation, Japan

    Jackson Slattery lives and works between Montreal, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. He is represented by Sutton Gallery. In 2004 Slattery completed BA Fine Art from RMIT University, majoring in Drawing. The artist has established a reputation for his meticulous watercolour works in 2D and 3D form. In 2010 Slattery’s work was featured in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Between 2008 - 09 he was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. Slattery participated in the 2012 Lenikus Artist in Residence Programme in Vienna, and has just commenced a six-month residency at ISCP in New York.

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      Jess Johnson (VIC)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by Arts Victoria & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Jess Johnson was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Melbourne. Jess’ drawing and installation practice is inspired by the speculative themes of science fiction, mythological cosmology and comic books. Her artwork has been exhibited at public art institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art , Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne;  Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; Artspace, New Zealand and Tate Modern, United Kingdom.  While in Japan, Jess will explore manga techniques and work with local artist groups to create new hybrid channels in her work.

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      Rebecca Giggs (NSW)

      The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

      Supported by the Australian-Japan Foundation & Arts NSW

    Rebecca Giggs is an essayist and story writer, whose first nonfiction book is forthcoming through Scribe Publications. Her work has appeared in literary and cultural journals, and in anthologies, both in Australia and overseas. She currently lectures in eco-criticism at New York University, Sydney, and previously sat on the Board of Fremantle Press in Western Australia. Rebecca’s residency project focuses on comparative environmentalism and animals—subjects she will explore in dialogue with her host organisation, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Japan.

  • 2012
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      Alicia King (TAS)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by Arts Tasmania & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist exploring biological relationships between humans, animals, and that which generally lies outside the everyday category of the ‘living’. Recent works explore relationships between biotech practices and the physical, ethical and ritual body. Alicia has exhibited throughout Australia and beyond, most recently in VISCERAL at Science Gallery, Dublin. Alicia has undertaken various International residencies including Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Foundation BAD, Rotterdam; SymbioticA; and in the Galapagos Islands. At Tokyo Wonder Site Alicia will develop a new visual and conceptual mythology for technologically mediated and transformed flesh, drawing from historic and contemporary Japanese animism.

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      Gretchen Shirm (NSW)

      Aichi Skukutoku University, Nagoya

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Gretchen Shirm's first collection of interwoven short stories Having Cried Wolf was published in 2010, for which she was named one of the 2011 Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists. Her stories have been published in Best Australian Stories, Southerly, Wet Ink and heard on ABC Radio National. She is currently completing her first novel The Forgetting Curve. She will use her residency at Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan to work on the first draft of her second novel that is partly set in Japan, and to research restraint in Japanese fiction.

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      Pia Van-Gelder (NSW)

      Super Deluxe

      Supported by Arts NSW & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Pia is an electronic media performance artist, Dorkbot Sydney Overlord and Director of Serial Space, an artist run initiative for hybrid and interdisciplinary art. Pia works predominantly developing what she calls ‘performing machines’. She investigates her connection to technology by hacking pre-existing media-machines to expose their internal nature and language. At SuperDeluxe, Tokyo Pia aims to collaborate with local electronic artists and musicians and to investigate the unique space that exists between Japanese people and their technologies in performance. She will also work with her host organisation to implement some programming surrounding these investigations.

  • 2011
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      Bianca Looney & Lucas Chirnside (VIC)

      3331 Arts Chiyoda

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Collaborative duo Bianca Looney and Lucas Chirnside (aka SMLWRLD) create research-intensive art and design projects ranging from small handcrafted objects to large-scale architectural works in the urban realm. Recent projects include Polytopia, exhibited at the Design Museum London in 2010. At 3331 Arts CYD in Tokyo SMLWRLD will research patterns of urban life in Tokyo within the framework of their ongoing mapping project Geophil. Looney and Chirnside aim to support a new model of arts engagement beyond the existing gallery and museum system.

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      Matt Crosby (VIC)

      Shinjuku Ryozanpaku

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    After a childhood career in radio, TV, film and theatre, Matt graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981. For the last 20 years he has toured live performance to Europe and Asia. During his second Asialink residency Matt will return to Tokyo tent-theatre company Shinjuku Ryozanpaku to once more collaborate with Director Sujin Kim. Matt will research and develop a bilingual performed story for his performance series Stories 101 and will tour a Ryozanpaku performance to Korea.

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      Sarah Goffman (NSW)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Sarah Goffman specialises in site-specific projects and installations using mixed media. She is the former Co-Director of Elastic Projects, founded in 2000 as well as firstdraft gallery. Sarah recently completed a residency in Tokyo where she collaborated with a group of Japanese dancers called SML. During her residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, Sarah will further her conceptual body of work that focuses on opposing subject matter including garbage and beautification.

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      Tanja Beer (VIC)

      Centre for the Study of World Civilisations, Tokyo Institute of Technology

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Tanja Beer is a theatre designer, lecturer and animateur. Over the last 12 years Tanja has completed designs for major theatre companies in Australia and overseas. During her residency at the Centre for the Study of World Civilisations, Tokyo Institute of Technology Tanja will explore sustainable approaches to theatrical design, and their potential to inform new design aesthetics. Tanja will collaborate with Tokyo’s engineering and artistic communities to investigate the use of recycled materials and found objects in performance spaces.

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      Tom Cho (VIC)

      Aichi Skukutoku University

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Tom Cho is an artist whose collection of fictions Look Who’s Morphing was published in 2009 and shortlisted for various awards including the 2009 Age Fiction Book of the Year. At Aichi Shukutoku University Tom will research representations of robots, various tropes in sexually explicit anime, and other Japanese popular cultural interests. This research will enrich Tom’s use of popular culture in his creative writing practice, and inform his current project, a fictional work that explores the philosophy of religion.

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      Ulanda Blair (VIC)

      Art Front Gallery

      Supported by Arts Victoria & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Ulanda Blair was recently appointed Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. As former Artistic Program Manager, Ulanda oversaw the development and delivery of 15 projects across 2 Next Wave Festivals. In 2010 Ulanda managed three projects at the Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan, which aimed to revitalise remote island communities through the creation of large-scale and site-specific public art projects. In 2011 Ulanda will return to Japan to help develop the 2012 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial.

  • 2010
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      Bic Tieu (NSW)

      Kitamura Koubou

      Supported by Arts NSW & the Australia-Japan Foundation

    Bic Tieu is a Sydney-trained artist and teacher with a special interest in makie, the traditional Japanese technique built up from thin layers of lacquer followed by metallic dustings and rubbings. Tieu’s practice draws inspiration from the colours and sensibility of the seasons inherent in Asian aesthetics. Her work reinterprets these esoteric and ancient crafts within the language of contemporary jewellery and objects. During her residency at the Kitamura Studio in Japan, specific traditional makie techniques will be studied. These will then be reinterpreted and applied in a contemporary Western setting in Australia.

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      Briohny Doyle (VIC)

      Hiroshima City University

      Supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Briohny Doyle has published poetry and essays in Going Down Swinging and Overland and received commissions from The Sydney Festival and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Her obsession with disaster and how we write apocalypse resulted in the monologue ‘Meet me at The End’, first staged in a Melbourne train station tunnel by torchlight. While based at Hiroshima City University, she will contact survivors of atomic attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and investigate the nuclear imagination in Japanese art and literature. This research will inform a collection of prose poems that splice the cinematic image with a poetics of 'The End.'

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      Mark Feary (VIC)

      Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography

      Supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Mark Feary is currently curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, and a lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne. Previous positions have been at West Space, Melbourne, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Feary participated in Korea’s inaugural Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course. His residency will be at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography where he plans to investigate the feasibility of curating an exhibition of Australian work in 2011.

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      Meg McKinlay (WA)

      Aichi Skukutoku University

      Supported by The Department of Culture and the Arts, WA & The Australia-Japan Foundation

    Meg McKinlay is a writer and academic who has taught Creative Writing, Japanese Language and Asian Studies at tertiary and secondary levels. Her debut poetry collection, Cleanskin, was released in 2007 and her children’s fiction, ranging from picture books through to junior novels, is published by Walker Books Australia. During her residency at Aichi Shukutoku University, McKinlay will bring together her academic and creative interests, researching and developing a novel for adults centering on Australian-Japanese cross-cultural negotiations against the backdrop of the Second World War. She will also establish links with Japanese poets and children’s writers.

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      Will French (NSW)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Will French works across a range of media and explores a vast array of themes, from cultural history to rock & roll tragedy, responding to these with playful wit and wry humour. He completed a Masters in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2005 and was the 2008 recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artist Travel Scholarship and 2009 Redlands Westpac Emerging Art Prize. Whilst in residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, French intends to delve into Japanese subcultures, and reflect on the impact spending the majority of his childhood in South East Asia has had on his current art making process. He will also be partaking in an on-site workshop focused on the theme of ‘Creative Dialogue and Commitment to the Environment’.

  • 2009
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      Cass Matthews (NSW)

      Echigo Tsumari Arts Triennial

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

    An arts lawyer, Cass Matthews has advised artists through the Arts Law Centre of Australia for several years. Since undertaking a Masters of Arts Administration at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, she has curated several exhibitions and worked on a number of international projects including The Armory Show in New York and the Biennale of Sydney. Matthews has previously studied at Yamanashi University and returned to Japan to work with the fourth Echigo Tsumari Arts Triennial. The Triennial  focuses on strong community engagement with leading international and local artists and takes place in the rural Echigo Tsumari region north of Tokyo.

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      Hamish McDonald (NSW)

      Temple Uni

      Supported by Supported by Arts NSW and The Australia Council for the Arts

    A journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, Hamish McDonald has spent much of his career working from Asian cities – Jakarta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Beijing – and has won Walkley Awards for his reports. His books are Suharto's Indonesia (1980), The Polyester Prince (1998) and (with Desmond Ball) Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra (2001). McDonald’s writing residency took him to Temple University, where he worked on a narrative involving individuals on both sides of the Pacific war. During his time in Japan he also engaged in current affairs debates in Tokyo around the election, and researched contemporary Japan and its historical interaction with the West since the Meiji period.

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      Lachlan Skipworth (NSW)

      Aura J

      Supported by Arts NSW and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Lachlan Skipworth is a Sydney-based composer, originally from Perth. He has studied composition with Roger Smalley and Anne Boyd, and spent two and a half years in Japan learning shakuhachi with Kakizakai Kaoru and revered master Yokoyama Katsuya. Skipworth was a featured composer and guest conductor at the 2008 World Shakuhachi Festival in Sydney where master performers premiered two of his works. His residency was in Tokyo, hosted by “Aura-J”, an ensemble of traditional Japanese instruments directed by Minoru Miki. He worked with members of the ensemble to produce new works for this exciting combination of instruments.

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      Lucy Bleach (TAS)

      Echigo Tsumari

      Supported by Arts Tasmania and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Lucy Bleach works within an installation–based practice, developing works that explore and reflect the way we engage with the world. Bleach lectures at the Tasmanian School of Art in Sculpture and Core Studies and exhibits both locally and nationally. While in Japan, she was a participating artist in the 2009 Echigo Tsumari Triennial where she worked within the community to explore notions of touch. Researching local domestic, industrial and agricultural materials, Bleach also experimented with ways to inhabit the site of the community and the art Triennial.

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      Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (VIC)

      Future University

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

    Tim Humphrey and Madeleine Flynn are composers, performers and sound designers, with a long-term collaborative practice. Curiosity about sound and artistic expression inspires them to seek partnerships in dance, theatre, installation and film. They combine their artistic and academic expression in directing the megaphone project – an installation concerned with intimate listening in public spaces. Recent collaborations with the tony yap company (tyc) include creating scores with The Necessary Stage, Singapore and Theatre Nottle, Korea. In 2008 they worked on a sonification of data with the Garvan Institute for Medical Research. During their residency they explored distributed networking concepts to map a sonic landscape across Hokkaido, and initiated a connection between Future University in Hokkaido and Griffith University, Queensland.

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      Owen Leong (VIC)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    An inter-disciplinary artist exploring race and transformation, Owen Leong works with photography, video and installation. His practice examines how the body is physically, socially and culturally framed. Leong has held residencies at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester and Cite des Arts, Paris and exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Whilst at Tokyo Wonder Site, he will conduct research on the history of the body and performance in contemporary Japanese art. Leong will then develop a new series of photographic portraits based on his studies of subcultures in Tokyo.

  • 2008
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      Bonny Cassidy (NSW)

      Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo

      Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation

    Bonny Cassidy's poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies. As well as an editor and lecturer, she is chief researcher for The Red Room Company, and Chair of Sydney PEN Young Writers. Following her completion of a PhD on Australian poets Jennifer Rankin and Jennifer Maiden, she developed an experimental prose series while visiting institutions in Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo. Cassidy documented her own writing process and the Zen aesthetics that influenced Rankin's poetics, and explored how place and environment, poetry and painting, Asia and Australia, and writing and experience, overlap for a contemporary Australian poet.

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      Joel Stern (QLD)

      Deterra Arts, Fukuoka

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Joel Stern is one of Australia's foremost practitioners of sound art and regularly performs and curates for Australian and international festivals. Stern co-founded OtherFilm, which has staged three major festivals (2004-07), lectures at Queensland University of Technology, writes for RealTime Magazine and hosts the weekly radio program, Audiopollen, on 4ZZZ. During his residency with multi-arts organisation Deterra Arts in Fukuoka, he will participate in collaborative studio and public performance projects, interview leading Japanese avant-garde composers, and present the work of emerging Australian sound and visual performance artists to Japanese audiences in a touring survey exhibition.

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      Kate Rohde (VIC)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Since graduating in 2001, Kate Rohde has held several solo exhibitions and been involved in numerous group shows. Her work is held in public and private collections across Australia. Rohde's sculptures and installations are comprised of a wide range of craft and hardware material, including resins, fake fur, expanding foam and rice paper, loosely exploring themes surrounding humanity's relationship to nature. While undertaking her residency at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, she gathered research material to inspire and influence a new body of work, particularly drawing on the use of kitsch in Japanese pop-culture.

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      Kieren Meehan (QLD)

      Aichi Shukutoku University

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Kierin Meehan writes for children and young adults, and teaches Japanese language and culture in primary and secondary schools. She has published three novels, two of which were awarded Patricia Wrightson prizes in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2004 and 2006). Her fourth novel, Ten Rules for Detectives, was published in 2008. While at Aichi Shukutoku University, Meehan completed research for and begun writing a young-adult mystery/suspense novel. She also investigated the possibility of creating a games package designed for teaching Japanese language and culture in primary classrooms in Australia.

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      Luke Lickfold (QLD)


      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Luke Lickfold is involved in a wide range of performance projects: performing live sound art, live/pre-composed sound for theatre and dance, and work on interactive multimedia projects. Although varied in context and with a strong desire to experiment, a solid set of production values and keen attention to detail identify Lickfold's work. His residency with multi-media performance unit 66B/Cell (Tokyo) allowed him to further explore an immersive installation/performance format woven from elements of dance, visual projection, lighting, sound and custom speaker design. Lickfold was awarded a BFA in Sound Design/Music Production with Distinction from Queensland University of Technology, and also works as a DJ, producer and sound engineer.

  • 2007
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      Hannah Mathews (WA)

      Arts Initiative Tokyo and Art Front Gallery

      Supported by Arts WA

    With a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne, Hannah Mathews has worked with a wide range of organisations including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Monash University Museum of Art and the Biennale of Sydney. Currently Curator at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, she recently completed a curatorial internship with Creative Time, New York and participated in the Rapt! 20 contemporary artists from Japan project. Mathews returned to Japan to work with Arts Initiative Tokyo and Art Front Gallery to develop alternative models for presenting art projects.

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      James Lynch (VIC)

      Tokyo Wonder Site

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    James Lynch works across various media including drawing, installation, painting and animation and is a founding member of the collaborative group Damp. He has created a series of artworks and animations, based on a collection of people's dreams in which he has appeared, which mediate our often conflicted and ambivalent relationships with the other. Lynch developed an exhibition The Drunken Soldier and Other Melodies that was exhibited at his host organisation Tokyo Wonder Site. He also participated in LIVE - the Tokyo Digital Art Festival.

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      Jane Hindson (VIC)

      Tokyo Performing Arts Market

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Producer/curator Jane Hindson operates across sound/media art and new music, as well as artist management, publicity/project coordination and workshop presentation. She has worked with major new music festivals within Australia and has spent much time in Japan, most recently co-curating View Masters - Remix, a hybrid sound and visual art project. Hindson’s residency saw her placed at the 2007 Tokyo Performing Arts Market where she assisted with coordination of the music/sound art program and facilitated communication between international and Japanese artists.

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      Kirsty Beilharz (NSW)

      International Shakuhachi Training Center

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW

    Kirsty Beilharz is a composer and interactive media designer. Her music has received international performance awards, including a Churchill Fellowship, British Council Music Scholarship, Nouvel Ensemble and Moderne Forum Lauréate. In Japan, Beilharz composed for Japanese instruments, developing her understanding of idiomatic techniques and cultural context, and furthered her studies of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) through collaboration with Kaoru Kakizakai of the International Shakuhachi Training Center. She created a site-specific interactive responsive piece using locally collected sound and images, contemplating the intersection of traditional culture and contemporary, technological life.

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      Linda Luke (NSW)

      Body Weather Farm

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Linda Luke has been working in theatre and dance-performance since 1997. She started performing with De Quincey Co. in 2004 and from 2006 has been facilitating the company's Body Weather‚ training program. She has a wide variety of experience as a performer, dramaturge and co-director for festivals and events in Australia, Greece and the U.A.E. Her residency in Japan at the Body Weather farm, Hakushu, and in Tokyo, enabled Linda to study both the Butoh and Body Weather traditions and participate in the Hakushu Arts Festival.

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      Michael Farrell (VIC)

      Shukutoku University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Michael Farrell has published three books of poetry, 'ode ode', 'BREAK ME OUCH,' and 'a raiders guide'. The second of these contains his own drawings and is influenced by a minimalist style of cartoon. While at Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, Farrell explored the relationship between manga and poetry. Farrell developed over 30 new poems, many including drawings and comic-style frames. He gave three readings, in Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo and met several Japanese poets. His work often uses pop music as a model or starting point and he is interested in karaoke.

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      Sarah Holland-Batt (QLD)

      Aichi Shukutoku University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland

    Sarah Holland-Batt is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland. Her poems have been published widely in Australia’s major literary journals and newspapers, she has been a regular guest at literary festivals, and she has also worked as editor-in-chief of the literary journal Vanguard and national poetry editor of Vibewire. Holland-Batt’s residency at Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, provided the opportunity to work towards the completion of a lyrical poetry manuscript, with poems that explore themes of memory, loss, desire, and the limits of language. Holland-Batt was guest speaker at several University seminars and classes at both Aichi Shukutoku University and Chukyo University.

  • 2006
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      Andrea Kleist (VIC)

      Art Front

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Andrea Kleist combines a theoretical background with diverse art practice. Prior to managing the City of Melbourne's Public Art Program she was Exhibitions Manager at ACMI, Executive Officer, Visual Arts Program at the 1998 and 2000 Adelaide Festivals and has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the International Film Festival Berlin.  In Japan Kleist worked with Art Front Gallery's Artistic Director, Fram Kitagawa, toward the realisation of the 3rd Echigo-Tsumari Triennial.  The residency enabled her to gain insight into the conceptual development and actual staging of the Triennial, a large-scale international and multi-layered event in regional Japan.  Kleist assisted the organisers throughout the event, specifically in the areas of promotion and audience liaison.

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      Ben Morieson (VIC)

      Echigo-Tsumari Triennial

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Victoria

    Ben Morieson has exhibited and created on-site works and installations that seek to engage uninitiated audiences.  By using popular marketing tools, Morieson's work invites the viewer to question the integrity of the very medium through which he seeks to communicate.  He has exhibited in galleries throughout Australia and in Germany, Switzerland, England and China. In Japan, he created a site-specific work involving a giant canvas and remote controlled cars with the assistance of local school children at the Matsudai Snow Agrarian centre as part of the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial.

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      Christie Nieman (VIC)

      Nanzan University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    After her 2003 play Call Me Komachi was a hit at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, receiving wide acclaim, an extended sell-out season, and a Green Room Award Nomination for Most Innovative Drama, Christie Nieman ran away to Sydney to take up an Australian National Playwrights Centre writer-in-residence position. Nieman spent four months at Nanzan University researching kaidan, Japan's traditional ‘scary stories’ where she was able to access to their library and other nearby university libraries and archives. This research resulted in the further development of a playscript concerned with the themes of supernatural storytelling. The residency also allowed Nieman to soak up Japanese culture feeding in to her involvement in intercultural theatre company Lemon Tart.

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      Denis Beaubois (NSW)

      Youkobo Artspace

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts NSW

    Mauritius-born Denis Beaubois’ practice includes performance, video and photography. He has performed with groups such as Post Arrivalist, and Gravity Feed.  Beaubois was artist-in-residence at Artist Unlimited (Germany) and The University of New South Wales.  His residency at Youkobo Artspace Japan resulted in the consolidation, creation and exhibition of three new works from the Terminal Vision project. Another major exhibition is planned in Japan in 2008 along with numerous other opportunities for future engagement with Japanese curators and artists.

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      Michael Fowler (VIC)

      Future University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Michael Fowler is an exponent of contemporary electro-acoustic music and also explores audio design through installation.  As artist-in-residence at the Department of Media Architecture at Hakodate Mirai Daigaku, Future University he met and worked with a number of researchers, academics and students.  Fowler conducted research into Japanese garden design, gave three performances of live electronic music, and presented two guest lectures at the Center for Meaningful Learning.  He also designed and produced an eight-channel ambisonic sound installation, Acoustic Intersections and facilitated a multi-disciplinary investigative project called Avenues of Perception to be conducted between RMIT and FUN in 2007.

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      Paul Gazzola (WA)

      Future University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts WA

    Paul Gazzola’s interdisciplinary practice operates at the interface of art, architecture, performance, theory and curating.  Working within Future University, Gazzola undertook research into the areas of artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems and evolutionary robots and the mental and physical spaces that are anticipated and generated from these technologies.  He continued work on series of video concepts, premiering WALK at the university museum and at the Hakodate Winter Art Festival, as well as writing two articles on his investigations into Japanese spatial concepts.

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      Philip Samartzis (VIC)

      Musashino Art University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Dr Philip Samartzis is coordinator and senior lecturer in Sound within the RMIT School of Art. He has organized three Immersion festivals focusing on the theory and practice of sound spatialisation, as well as Variable Resistance - a series of international sound art presentations for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Podewil Arts Center, Berlin. During his time with Musashino Art University, Samartzis conducted research into Japanese sound art and experimental music and received invitations to perform, record and exhibit.  Key outcomes included invitations to curate sound art projects for four key organisations: Kawasaki City Museum, Inter Communication Centre, Shinohara Fine Art and Artecnico.

  • 2005
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      Joanna Dudley (SA)

      Solo College of the Arts

      Supported by Arts SA & the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Singer, musician, director and performer, Joanna Dudley, works at the Schaubuhne Theatre in Berlin. During her residency in Indonesia with the Solo College of the Arts, Dudley studied the various singing styles of the wayang kulit, Javanese dance techniques from wayang orang and wayang topeng as well as instruments of the gamelan. A result of the residency has been the international touring of the German-Australian co-production of The Scorpionfish, a music theatre piece which was developed during her stay in Solo; the creation of The Geisha Big Band with original arrangements of the Indonesian song styles; and the performance of renowned kroncong singer, Waldjinah and her band from Solo, at WOMAD Festival in Adelaide 2007/2008 and at the House of World Culture, Berlin in 2007.

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      Luke George (VIC)


      Supported by Arts Tasmania & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Luke George was joint Artistic Director of StompinYouth Dance Company at the time of his residency where he produced and choreographed site-specific performance projects with and for young people in Tasmania and interstate.  In Tokyo, George worked as a choreographer on a project with contemporary performance company Nibroll and its artistic director, Mikuni Yanaihara.  Whilst there, he developed new connections to contemporary artists in Tokyo and performed a new work which he created with a Nibroll dancer titled Here, not now over. The work was presented as part of a Japanese contemporary dance season over five nights at Die Prazte Theatre in Kagarazuka, Tokyo.

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      Marele Day (NSW)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Marele Day is an award-winning writer who has contributed to numerous anthologies, edited How to Write Crime and written a bestselling novel, Lambs of God. Day has also published a collection of crime-comedy stories, Mavis Levack, PI, and Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife. During her residency Day researched a novel that features the ama, female deep-sea divers of Japan. The residency allowed Day to explore the remote coast and off shore islands of Mie prefecture, to meet the ama and observe their way of life.

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      Meredith McKinney (NSW)

      Tezukayama University

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Meredith McKinney is a professional literary translator fluent in Japanese.  In 2002 she received a Doctor of Philosophy of Asian Studies from the Australian National University.  She has worked on four books of published translations and is currently a lecturer and tutor in Japanese and Asian Literature at the Australian National University. Whilst on her residency in Japan she undertook two projects. The first project was a book on the poetry and prose of Australian poet Judith Wright. She worked with Professor Sakai Nobuo of Tezukayama University in Osaka to translate the book into Japanese. The second project was the completion of a translation of the tenth century Japanese literary classic The Pillow Book that was published by Penguin Classics in 2006.

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      Sophie O'Brien (NSW)

      Arts Initiative

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency Sophie O’Brien was the Project Manager for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2005, and was previously Exhibition Manager at the Biennale of Sydney and Managing Curator for the Visual Arts Program at the Perth International Arts Festival.  O'Brien undertook a residency based at the Arts Initiative Tokyo, where she researched contemporary Japanese art, investigated alternative curatorial and exhibition models and initiated discussions with several key Japanese curators in order to realise future exhibitions.  Whilst there O’Brien presented a talk on Australian contemporary artists in conjunction with a small postcard and catalogue exhibition.  She has also been invited to work as a project manager on the Singapore Biennale with curator Fumio Nanjo.

  • 2004
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      Joanna Lloyd (VIC)

      Pappa Tarahumara & Nibroll

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    During her residency dancer and choreographer Joanna Lloyd was based in Japan with two Tokyo contemporary dance companies, Pappa Tarahumara and Nibroll.  She collaborated and performed in seven performances of Pappa Tarahumara’s dance/theatre production Street of Crocodiles in Tokyo. Working with Nibroll’s director Mikuni Yanaihara, she conducted a contemporary dance workshop in Yokohama and choreographed a short work for 20 students. Her residency included a collaboration for a performance, Chocolate, at Super Deluxe, Tokyo. Lloyd travelled and attended performances and exhibitions by both Japanese and international companies in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

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      Matthew Condon (QLD)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Queensland

    Matthew Condon is the author of ten novels and story collections, including A Night at the Pink Poodle, winner of the Steele Rudd Award for Short Fiction. Condon has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age and other leading newspapers, magazines and journals. In Japan, Condon conducted in-depth research for a novel based on the life of the controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett. Burchett was the first western journalist to go into Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped and file a first-hand report on the devastation. Condon’s novel will hinge on Burchett’s journey into Hiroshima, his quest for the truth and his at times ‘skewed political fanaticism’.

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      Philip Brophy (VIC)

      Kyushu Institute of Design

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Film director, composer and sound designer Philip Brophy has initiated a range of trans-cultural projects between Australia and Japan.  Brophy’s residency was hosted the Kyushu Institute of Design, Fukuoka where he developed a number of audiovisual projects involving the recording of source sounds around Tokyo as well as shooting extensive background digital footage for future audio-visual video installations and digital animation.  Considerable time was also spent scripting these projects.  Brophy continued his research into Japanese cinema, music and audio vision, which involved much reading, watching and listening to contemporary and historical work.

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      Tory Loudon (NSW)

      Conversation and Co

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

    Tory Loudon was Producer at the Sydney Opera House at the time of her residency. In Japan she was hosted by Conversation and Co, a major producer and presenter of Japanese and international performing arts. Loudon was introduced to many Japanese contemporary dance artists and companies as well as major presenters and producers. She maintains contact with key Japanese presenters and continues to discuss presentation opportunities and collaborative projects between Australia and Japan.

  • 2003
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      Kate Denborough (VIC)

      Dance Box

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Kate Denborough is a dancer and choreographer who co founded Kage Physical Theatre in 1997 with Gerard Van Dyck. In Japan, Denborough was choreographer in residence at Dance Box, Osaka.  Denborough taught a series of workshops, spoke at the Asian Contemporary Dance Festival and was a guest at the Performing Arts Market. A major outcome of the residency was the creation of a new work Ink, developed in collaboration with a Japanese artists, including tattoo specialists. Ink was presented as part of Ancient Futures, the major Australian arts festival in Japan and then reworked and presented through Dancebox in 2006. Following her residency she worked as Director of the Australian Pavillion Resident Company for the World expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

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      Noreen Jones (WA)

      Supported by Arts WA

    Noreen Jones lives in the south west of Western Australia and writes social history. Fremantle Arts Centre Press published Jones’ book, Number 2 Home-A Story of Japanese Pioneers to Australia, in 2002. The residency enabled Jones to research Japanese historical, local, geographical and literary sources for North to Matsumae: Australian Whalers to Japan (University of Western Australia Press, 2008), about the first known contacts between Australians and Japanese when two whaling ships from Australia went to Hokkaido in 1831 and 1850.

  • 2002
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      Amanda Card (NSW)

      Contemporary Dance Network

      Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts

    Amanda Card’s residency was hosted by the Japan Contemporary Dance Network and was part of the Australia Japan Arts Network (AJAN), a program for senior arts managers to develop ongoing networks between key organisations in Australia and Japan.

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      John Mateer (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    John Mateer won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2001. His publications include Loanwords, Barefoot Speech, Anachronism and Burning Swans all published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press. Mateer’s residency in Japan resulted in a folio of poems, The Ancient Capital of Images that was published in English and Japanese. Contacts made with Japanese writers and academics have resulted in an invitation for Mateer to return to Tokyo and Kyoto in 2003 to present bilingual readings from his collection of poems. A reciprocal residency has resulted in his translator visiting Australia to research Australian poetry.

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      Jonathan Dimond (QLD)

      Hosted by Satoko Fujii

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jonathan Dimond is a Queensland jazz educator, and a performer and composer in the areas of jazz, classical, contemporary and Indian music. His activities in Tokyo whilst hosted by composer, pianist Satoko Fujii, included performing in concerts with diverse Japanese artists from traditional Koto masters to contemporary jazz musicians. During this period he wrote and composed new musical material for himself and his band, and produced material for two books on music. Networks forged with key figures in the music industry in Japan led to Dimond being invited by the Tokyo School of Music to return with his band Loops to perform and teach in 2003.

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      Maxine McArthur (ACT)

      Akiyoshidai International Art Village

      Supported Arts ACT and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Maxine McArthur’s first book, Time Future, was the winner of the 1999 George Turner Prize for best-unpublished science fiction/fantasy novel, and was published by Random House. The sequel, Time Past, was published in Australia and the US in 2002. During her Residency McArthur completed one novel and researched her new novel, the story of a painter who lives in an imaginary society which incorporates elements of Japanese and Chinese art and culture. She also accomplished a great deal of research on local history, folk tales and legends, by visiting libraries, folk museums and art galleries in Yamaguchi.

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      Russell Fewster (SA)

      Daisan Erotica

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    South Australian Russell Fewster is a theatre director and lecturer who has worked with state theatre companies, professional companies, community and youth theatres, universities and schools over the last two decades. Fewster had previously spent one week in Japan with avant garde theatre group Daisan Erotica to develop a co-production of The Lost Babylon. The residency enabled him to return for a month to consolidate and further develop the creative partnership with Daisan Erotica. He conducted workshops with the Company and undertook creative development for The Lost Babylon. He returned in April 2003 to complete the project.

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      Suzanne Knight (ACT)

      Nagasawa Art Park

    Printmaker Suzanne Knight extends her practice to drawing and textiles. Knight has worked for a number of years as a lithographic editions printer in Canberra and Darwin, working with Aboriginal, non-Indigenous and Asian artists and completed her Masters degree at the Canberra School of Art in 1996. Her work has been exhibited in Poland, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia. During her residency at Nagasawa Art Park Knight explored techniques of Japanese woodblock printing with master craftspeople. Since returning to Australia she has incorporated her experiences through exploring Japanese advertising and digital media/screen printing as well as continuing practice into Japanese woodblock techniques in a new body of work.

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      Timothy O'Dwyer (VIC)

      Seian University of Visual Arts

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Timothy O'Dwyer is a composer and saxophonist who performs in a wide variety of contexts including improvisation and contemporary classical music. His residency with the Seian University of Visual Arts, Kyoto and the Mssohkan Gallery, Kobe, was an intensely creative and productive period as he collaborated with a vast array of Japanese artists ranging from Butoh dancers, sculptors, contemporary dancers and musicians. In addition he conducted lectures and workshops and performed in and completed a studio recording to be released in Japan in 2003. O’Dwyer will return to Japan to present an installation at the Kyoto Arts Centre  along with concerts with Japanese musicians, and a tour in the Kansai area with an electro- acoustic improvising ensemble that was formed while he stayed in Kobe.

  • 2001
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      Caroline Shaw (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Caroline Shaw’s literary creation, Lenny Aaron, is a private detective and a woman obsessed with Japan. In Shaw’s new book tentatively titled The Pillow Book of Lenny Aaron Lenny will travel to Japan to investigate the disappearance of an Australian English conversation teacher. Along the way she will, of course, solve a murder investigation. Shaw’s residency in Japan provided her with the opportunity to re-familiarise herself with day-to-day life in a Japanese city and to discover the things that cannot be found in the Japanese/English dictionaries or in the guide books: local customs, vernacular Japanese, attitudes.

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      Michael Schlitz (VIC)

      Nagawawa Art Park

      Supported by Arts Tasmania and the Nagasawa Art Park Committee

    Michael Schlitz has a Master of Arts from the Tasmanian School of Art, and has also taught and studied in the ACT and Queensland. He has exhibited as a printmaker since 1991 and is well known for his whimsical etchings. During his 2001 residency in Japan Schlitz undertook an intensive study of traditional woodblock printing with master printmakers on Awaji Island at Nagawawa Art Park. The artist also established several valuable connections with local artists and residency participants and continued to work collaboratively with artist Hiroke Satake on a book of woodblock imagery and text.

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      Paola Bilbrough (VIC)

      Keio University

      Supported by Arts Victoria, the Australian Embassy, Tokyo & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Paola Bilbrough published her first collection of poetry Bell Tongue, in 1999.  Her poetry, fiction and reviews have appeared in literary journals such as Heat, Cordite, Imago, Westerly, The London Magazine Stand, Landfall and Sport.  During her residency in Japan, Bilbrough was hosted by Keio University in Tokyo where she designed and delivered weekly lectures for 'Australian Text & Culture', a course looking at Australian culture through the mediums of literature, newspaper items and film. She also worked on her first novel, The Currency of Beauty, set in Prague, Warsaw and Kobe just prior to WWII, revising the whole manuscript and writing 25, 000 new words.

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      Peter Wilson (ACT)

      Urinko Theatre

      Supported Arts ACT and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Peter Wilson is recognised for his valuable contribution to the changing face of puppet and visual theatre nationwide. In 1997 he was presented with the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his outstanding contribution to puppetry in Australia. Wilson was a founding member of Handspan Theatre and was Puppetry Director, Consultant and Head Puppeteer on the ABC/ACTF series Lift-Off. He was also a Segment Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was appointed Associate Director and Puppeteer for The Theft of Sita which premiered at the 2000 Adelaide Festival and opened the arts festival at World Expo in Hanover. During his residency Wilson worked with Urinko Theatre, a young people’s theatre company in Nagoya and Theatre Kazenoko in Kyoto to introduce his puppetry / visual style of work creating a new work with them.

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      Rakini Devi

      Keiko Takaya Contemporary Dance Company

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Rakini Devi trained in Indian Classical Dance before emigrating to Australia. Devi’s work involves hybrid theatre, dance, choreography, and spoken word texts based on her own cross-cultural identity. Her background in Indian classical dance and ritual worship of the Goddess Kali have been the subject of many of her internationally presented works. During her residency Devi worked with the Keiko Takaya Contemporary Dance Company, now known as Dance 01 in Tokyo. She choreographed with the Company, performed and conducted workshops.

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      Sally Couacaud (NSW)

      Art Front Gallery

      Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts

    Sally Couacaud is a curator and project manager and former Curator of the Sydney Open Museum where she commissioned and managed the City of Sydney's public art collection, including the Sculpture Walk. Based at the Art Front Gallery in Tokyo, well known for its commissioning of site-specific art works and the close collaboration between artists, town planners and architects, Couacaud spent the three months of her residency working on a number of projects including the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial.

  • 2000
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      Matthew Crosby (VIC)

      Shinjuku Ryozanpaku

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Matthew Crosby has worked in film, TV, Radio and Theatre as a performer, director, writer, designer and manager. He began performing at age seven in such productions as Mame for JC Williamsons, Blue Hills for ABC Radio and The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Crosby was a member of the SCOT/Playbox project involving training in Toga with Tadashi Suzuki in his performance method, culminating in touring production of Suzuki’s adaptation of Macbeth. Crosby has formed the actors furniture group along a style derived from his earlier training. In Tokyo he worked with Shinjuku Ryozanpaku, one of Japan’s leading modern theatre companies performing in two contemporary Japanese productions.

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      Philip Samartzis (VIC)

      Showa University Of Music

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Academic and composer of experimental music, Philip Samartzis has organized three Immersion festivals focusing on the theory and practice of sound spatialisation, as well as Variable Resistance - a series of international sound art presentations for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Podewil Arts Center, Berlin. As a solo artist he has performed widely in Australia and internationally including presentations at the Andy Warhol Museum, Cartier Foundation and Mori Arts Museum. During his residency in Japan spent three months working at Showa University Of Music.

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      Rebecca Edwards (QLD)

      Keio University

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Japan Cultural Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Rebecca Edwards is a Queensland poet with two published collections of work, Eating the Experience and Scar Country. Edwards’ award-winning work has also appeared in various journals and anthologies including the Oxford Anthology of Australian Verse and Two Hundred Years of Australian Poetry. During the residency Edwards was hosted by prestigious Keio University,Tokyo, where she taught a course on Australian culture. She used her residency to develop ideas and research for a range of poems set in both Japan and Australia and wrote short stories and essays. She also held an exhibition of her art work at a commercial gallery in Tokyo and gave a number of public talks. Edward's next book is titled Holiday Coast Medusa.

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      Rhana Davenport (QLD)

      Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Rhana Devenport has worked extensively in the area of contemporary Asian arts as Senior Project Officer with the Queensland Art Gallery’s Second and Third Asia-Pacific Triennials. In 1997 she curated the exhibition Contemporary Vessels and Jewels: Australian Fine Metalwork for the new Shanghai Museum and Regional Queensland venues. Hosted by the Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum, Devenport’s residency focus was on major recurring contemporary Asian art events such as the Fukuoka Trienniale and also on the curating and collecting of Japanese art.

  • 1999
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      Gillian Rubinstein (SA)

      Supported by Arts SA & the Japan Cultural Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Gillian Rubinstein is one of Australia’s best-known writers for young people. She is the author of nearly 30 books, including the best-selling Space Demons trilogy, and the award-winning Beyond the Labyrinth and Foxspell. Rubinstein has also written eight plays, the most recent, Wake Baby, touring internationally. During her residency Rubinstein worked on a new fantasy novel, Across the Nightingale Floor, based on Japanese history and culture. She also developed a children’s play with Urinko Children’s Theatre and is planning a Japanese Australian co-production. A serialised story by Rubenstein ran in the Asahi Weekly from July to December 2000.

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      Keiko Aoki (VIC)

      Tadashi Suzuki, Theatre Olympics

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

    Keiko Aoki was born in Japan and studied TV and film production in the USA. Since moving to Australia she has worked in the area of film, TV and various Japanese-Australian collaborations such as The Floating World for the Melbourne International Festival, and the Greenmill World Dance Alliance. Aoki has set up the Global Japan Network to promote cross-cultural exchange between Japan and Australia. During her residency she worked with Tadashi Suzuki on the second Theatre Olympics in Shizuoka and toured Japan with three international companies.

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      Keith Thompson (NSW)

      Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Keith Thompson is an award-winning TV screenwriter for popular programs such as Halifax F.P, Wildside, and G.P., and episodes of Seven Deadly Sins. He has also been a producer and script editor for numerous films and TV programs and taught screenwriting. In Japan Thompson researched an original feature film screenplay about the surprisingly close relationships that developed between Australian soldiers and the local Japanese in Hiroshima during the occupation.

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      Michael Snelling (NSW)

      The Fukuoka Art Museum

      Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts

    Michael Snelling's residency was hosted by The Fukuoka Art Museum and was part of the Australia Japan Arts Network (AJAN), a program for senior arts managers to develop ongoing networks between key organisations in Australia and Japan.

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      Sandra Parker (VIC)

      Kei Takei's Moving Earth Orient Sphere

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    At the time of the residency Sandra Parker was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Dance Works. Parker has extensive experience as a teacher, dancer, choreographer and producer of contemporary dance and has worked in Australia and internationally. In Japan, Parker was based with renowned Japanese choreographer Kei Takei and her company Kei Takei's Moving Earth Orient Sphere.  During her residency Parker focused on new contemporary performance as well as the work of Kei Takei.

  • 1998
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      Anne Farren (WA)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency, Anne Farren was Project Manager, Textile Exchange Project; Community Arts Officer, City of Melville. Farren helped establish the Textile Exchange Project with the aim of encouraging the development of opportunities for Western Australian fibre and textile artists with a focus on creating links with the Japanese textile industry. In 1995, she was appointed to the position of Community Arts Officer for the City of Melville, as well as being elected as the inaugural chairperson of the Western Australian Fibre & Textile Association. Along with these responsibilities, Anne continued her work as Project Officer for the Textile Exchange Project.

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      Anthony Lawrence (TAS)

      Supported by Arts Tasmania and the Japan Cultural Program, Department of Foreign and Trade

    Anthony Lawrence is an award-winning poet whose publications include The Viewfinder Cold Wires of Rain, The Darkwood Aquarium and most recently Skinned by Light: New & Selected Poems. During his residency Lawrence worked on his new novel, completing 50,000 words and gaving a number of talks and lectures to the local community and in Tokyo.

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      Cate Fowler (SA)

      Gekidan Urinko Theatre Troupe

      Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Australia Council for the Arts

    The Australia Japan Arts Network was a program for Senior Arts Managers to develop ongoing networks between key organisations in Australia and Japan. At the time of her residency Cate Fowler was the Artistic Director of Windmill Performing Arts Company in Adelaide. Her residency that was based with Gekidan Urinko Theatre Troupe, has resulted in numerous cultural exchange initiatives. She has brought out Theatre Kazenoko to tour Melbourne and Regional Queensland and facilitated the visit by 27 members of Kyushu Kodomo Gekijo groups (audience development for children's works) to the Out of the Box Festival in Brisbane.

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      Jodi Glass (SA)

      Setagaya Public Theatre

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

    Formerly of production company Reckless Moments, Jodi Glass spent three months at the Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo.

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      Paddy O'Reilly (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Japan Cultural Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    At the time of her residency at Tamagawa University Tokyo, Paddy O’Reilly was working on her first novel set in Japan. Paddy has translated Japanese plays and worked with theatre groups in Japan. She has published many stories in Australian journals and anthologies and her stories of Japan have been published in Meanjin.

  • 1996
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      Jim Franklin

      Kunitachi College of Music

      Supported by the  Australia Council for the Arts

    Jim Franklin is a composer/musician working with the new technologies who spent three months as composer/performer in residence with the Centre For Computer Music and Music Technology at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Franklin used state-of-the-art facilities for music technology in combination with Japanese traditional instruments for composition and collaborated with Japanese musicians to present the work.