Asialink Arts has been working with residency hosts in Malaysia since 1991. Please click on the years below to view past residents’ profiles.

  • 2018

    Allison Russell manages South Australia's History Festival in addition to working with South Australia's community museums teams and with the History Trust of South Australia's museums. Adelaide and George Town are sister cities and while in Malaysia Allison explored the parallels between George Town Festival and South Australia's History festival, looking at the different ways that people interact with history through the festival, and how museums can be made more accessible to a wide variety of visitors.

    Sasi Victoire is an award-winning curator, printmaker, writer and educator. While in Malaysia, Sasi will developed a collaborative performance project, Alice in the Antipathies between Cairns and Malaysia. This work is intended to push the boundaries of the print medium for storytelling to unfold the challenges faced by the diaspora.

  • 2016

    John Mateer is a poet, writer and curator. He has published books in Australia, the UK, Austria and Portugal, and the prose ‘Semar's Cave: an Indonesian Journal and The Quiet Slave’. His most recent book of poems is ‘Unbelievers’, or 'The Moor'. With the Cocos Malay community, he wrote an account of the settlement of the Cocos-Keeling Islands for a sound installation. During his residency at Hotel Penaga, John  researched the historical encounters between the Malay peoples and the Asian and European traders, focusing on the peripheral, Asian characters in the 17th century epic ‘The Conquest of Malacca’.

  • 2015
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      Omar Musa (NSW)

      Hotel Penaga & Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts NSW

    Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. Omar has released three hip hop albums and two poetry books. His work frequently explores his Malaysian-Australian cultural heritage. His first novel, Here Come the Dogs, was published by Penguin Australia in August 2014. Omar will split his residency between Hotel Penaga and Rimbun Dahan to work on his new novel, which combines Malay myths and ghost stories with hard-edged observations of politics, gender, history and religion.

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      Suzanne Howard (QLD)

      Cherrycake Studios

      Supported by Arts Queensland

    Suzanne Howard is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the construction of identity and cross cultural discourse through performance, sculptural intervention and video. Since 2008, she has concentrated on a collaborative practice – producing, scripting, directing and editing large scale video works for well-known Australia artists such as Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell and David M Thomas, which have screened widely in Australia and overseas, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the 2013 Moscow Biennale. Suzanne is a partner in the electronic music collaboration Weekend Immendorf with artist David M Thomas. At Cherrycake Studios Suzanne will develop new large-scale video installations exploring place, architecture and cultural traditions.

  • 2014
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      Andrew Rewald (VIC)

      Cherrycake Studios

      Supported by The Australia-Malaysia Institute

    Andrew Rewald is a visual artist based in Melbourne. His practice explores the centrality of food and ritual in daily life through cookery and food sharing, with a focus on people, agriculture, local industry, and the pervasive effects of consumerism. Andrew recently completed a series of community engagement residency projects in Iceland, Tasmania and Japan as part of the 2012 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial. In Penang, a region renowned for the diversity of its food and heritage, Andrew will undertake a series of documented performances. He hopes to collaborate with Malaysian artist Roslisham Ismail in nearby Kelantan, who also incorporates food into his artistic practice.

  • 2013
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      Caitlin Mackenzie & Gabriel Comerford (QLD)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Supported by Arts Queensland & The Australia-Malaysia Institute

    Caitlin is a dance practitioner, working in performance, installation and choreography and is the co-founder of MakeShift Dance Collective. She has choreographed for QL2 Dance and Queensland University of Technology.  Gabriel is an independent dance performer, choreographer and teacher. He has worked with a range of companies and artists including Dancenorth (Townsville), Compagnie M.A.D.O (New Caledonia), Tami Dance (Brisbane-Tel Aviv), and Lisa Wilson (Brisbane). Gabriel is a founding member of Brisbane’s MakeShift Dance Collective. As a Malaysian-Australian, Gabriel will begin exploring his Malaysian heritage through the residency at Rimbun Dahan. With his partner Caitlin MacKenzie, they will explore Malaysian culture and the concept of identity collision. In collaboration with a local artist, they will create an interdisciplinary performance.

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      Julie Ryder (ACT)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported Arts ACT

    Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who has gained international recognition for her work. Originally specialising in science, Julie re-trained as a textile designer in 1989, and completed a MA of Arts (Visual Arts) degree at ANU in 2004. She has a strong interest in natural dyeing, hand-printing and sustainable practices. She has taught in tertiary institutions and community organisations for over 20 years, and exhibits her work regularly both nationally and overseas.  At Rimbun Dahan Julie will research and work with Malaysian plants alongside traditional textile and fibre techniques to build up an artistic profile of her time in Malaysia.

  • 2012
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      Bec Stephens (TAS)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts Tasmania & The Australia-Malaysia Institute

    Bec Stevens is a Hobart based visual artist whose work is underpinned by studies in architecture and horticulture. Recent exhibitions include Vigorous everfrost at Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania; Faster Stronger Greener at the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, which she co-curated; and LOOKOUT at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Her practice is site-responsive; using photography, drawing, object assemblage and plant matter as a means of engaging with the social and historical nuances of constructed environments. She intends to work directly with the plant inventories maintained at the Garden of Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia and engage with local residents, to build an intimate and idiosyncratic inventory during her time there.

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      Kath Papas (VIC)

      Malaka Arts and Performance Festival

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

    Kath Papas is a creative producer and consultant specialising in dance. Kath is producer of Tony Yap Company (TYC), and works with independent artists. She is consultant producer with Artistic Merit for VicHealth's Arts About Us program, which aims to address race-based discrimination. Kath is passionate about creating opportunities for artists, fostering diversity, and contributing to the development of the sector. Her residency with Melaka Arts and Performance Festival, Malaysia and In the Arts Island Festival, Indonesia will allow her to build on her relationship with both festivals, while also deepening her understanding of these two cultures.

  • 2011
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      Rob McHaffie (VIC)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by the Australia-Malaysia Institute

    A daily practice of diary writing and collecting found and personal imagery form the basis of Rob McHaffie’s drawing, painting and sculptural practice. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002, Rob has participated in exhibitions and residencies in Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA. He is interested in the interconnectedness of humans with nature, and his time at Rimbun Dahan will investigate the local flora and fauna in relation to the text, The Great Tao.

  • 2010
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      Anthony Pelchen (VIC)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by the Australian High Commission-Kuala Lumpur & The Australia Council for the Arts

    Anthony Pelchen works across painting, drawing, video and installation. He has exhibited widely in Melbourne since 1992, as well as undertaking projects in Japan and Denmark. In 2009 he participated in the inaugural Melaka Art and Performance Festival, and will again present work there in late 2010. During his residency at Rimbun Dahan he plans to continue his research on the body and embark on an exploration of Shamanistic trance practices, developing new drawings in response. These drawings will also inform later installation work and ongoing collaborations with performer Tony Yap.

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      Daniel Jaber (SA)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia-Malaysia Institute

    Daniel Jaber joined Gary Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) as a full-time company member while finishing his studies at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Daniel has created roles and performed in ADT works including G, Devolution, Held, Age of Unbeauty, Birdbrain and Vocabulary. Since 2008, Daniel has been working independently in Adelaide and Berlin. Jaber premiered his first full-length solo work Too far again, not far enough... at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2010. During his residency in Malaysia at Rimbun Dahan, Jaber will create a new work with Malaysian dancers to be performed in Malaysia and in Australia.

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      Sean Taylor-Leech (QLD)

      Instant Theatre Café

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

    Sean Taylor is an electronic music producer, broadcast content maker, and arts curator. With a Bachelors Degree in Sound Design and over five years’ experience in production, broadcasting, performance and installation, Taylor creates immersive sound and new media products with global perspectives. He freelances through his own Mute-til-late Productions, specialising in production, performance and management for music, radio, film, and fine arts, with recent clients including Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art and ABC Radio National. Through his residency in Kuala Lumpur, Taylor will collaborate with the Instant Theatre Café to design sound and music for a new Instant Theatre Cafe production entitled Closer.

  • 2009
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      Dean Linguey (VIC)

      Lost Generation Space

      Supported by The Australian High Commission - Kuala Lumpur, and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Dean Linguey’s experiences in sound and performance have flourished under the influence of a visual art education and an ongoing installation practice.  His installations have included elements of sound, objects, video and performance, and have been exhibited in Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. He released a CD of sound compositions in 2009. During his residency in Malaysia, Linguey focused on the improvisations, ingenuity and actions of the street workers and stall owners of Kuala Lumpur. He also worked with local artists and, employing moving image, sound and installation practices, investigated the situation of the clan jetties of Penang (villages built on stilts).

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      Don Henderson (SA)

      Areca Books

      Supported by Arts SA and The Australia Malaysia Institute

    Don Henderson is an author and teacher whose first three novels, Half the Battle (2006), Keepinitreal (2009) and Macbeth, You Idiot! (2009) are aimed at young adult readers. During his residency at Areca Books he worked on a speculative fiction novel (partially set in Asia) that explores the importance of cultural diversity and the dangers of environmental exploitation. While in Malaysia Henderson worked and lived at the historical Penang house of Dr Sun Yat Sen, and presented workshops at various schools.

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      Renee McIntosh & Andrew Hale (WA)

      Instant Theatre Café

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

    Andrew Hale, a graduate from École Jacques Lecoq, and Renée McIntosh, a graduate of West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, formed Happy Dagger Theatre to explore the essence of theatre and its necessity for audiences in a world of blockbuster entertainment. Receiving four Equity Guild Award nominations and recipient of a 2006 Blue Room Award, their style is actor-driven, economical and physical with a reputation for vigorous collaboration and controversy.  Their residency with Instant Café Theatre in Kuala Lumpur exposed them to other collaborative approaches and working methods, especially with regards to traditional physical storytelling, comedy and instant creation from constant chaos.

  • 2008
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      Lina Limosani (SA)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999, Lina Limosani became a member of Garry Stewart's Australian Dance Theatre from 2000-05. During this time she was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by the Adelaide Critics Circle for her works in ADT's in-house choreographic seasons. She has since maintained a performance career both in Australia and New Zealand, and gone on to create her own works independently. Limosani used her residency at Rimbun Dahan to explore and research her own choreographic practice whilst creating a new work, inspired by the forces of rapid modernisation and their juxtaposition with tradition in Malaysia.

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      Tim Silver (NSW)

      Galeri Petronas

      Supported by the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Tim Silver is a Sydney-based artist working across various media, primarily focused on sculptural casting and photography. His work is concerned with the perpetual state of entropy: the theory that all forms and systems are in a constant state of decay or change. This idea permeates both his objects and installations, themselves captured in this process of decomposition through free-falling photo-narratives. At Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Silver researched and developed a new series of cast objects, utilising the processes of rubber production in Malaysia.

  • 2007
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      Tobias Richardson (NT)

      Petronas Gallery

      Supported by Arts NT, the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Tobias Richardson works with broad media including installation, painting, archiving, sculpture and drawing. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and later moved to the Northern Territory to teach in indigenous communities. Exhibiting frequently, Richardson currently lectures at Charles Darwin University and holds positions on local arts boards. His current work concerns the cultural and social values of architecture. At Petronas Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Richardson developed new work on themes relating to travel and the built environment, as well as personal and cultural memory.

  • 2006
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      Glen Clarke (NSW)

      Valentine Willie Fine Art

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts& the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Glen Clarke believes that the world is made of art materials and that any one element can become one of millions of DNA building blocks. During his residency hosted by Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Clarke produced a new body of work and researched contemporary issues in Malaysian art and Islamic aesthetics and culture.

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      Patricia Sykes (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Poet and librettist Patricia Sykes spent her residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia working on the libretto for a full-length opera, The Navigator, a collaborative work with composer Liza Lim. Sykes travelled through Malaysia and to Cambodia's Angkor Wat researching culture and society in order to enrich her libretto and develop the theatrical aspects of the opera. Sykes is the author of two poetry collections and has edited four books of poetry. Her work focuses strongly on the interactions between people and their contexts and her residency helped explore how a host culture nurtures itself, its people and the environment.

  • 2005
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      Suzanne Ingleton (VIC)

      Pusaka Performance Centre

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Suzanne Ingleton has been at the forefront of political cabaret and stand-up comedy since the mid-seventies, touring widely in Australia and overseas, writing and producing for television and community arts projects.  During this residency Ingleton completed a play dealing with the Malayan Emergency of the fifties, Flower of Malaya, and visited local communities in Kelantan to undertake field study and research into shamanism and performance which will feed into her book Being There in Spirit.

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      Victoria Cattoni (NT)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts Northern Territory, the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Victoria Cattoni is a visual artist working in the mediums of video, installation and multimedia.  Cattoni’s practice during the residency focused on dress and its cultural interpretations. The first half of the residency took place at Rimbun Dahan and culminated in the presentation of a collaborative video work TREE.  During this time her work was also screened at the not that balai festival and she presented a public lecture at Galeri Petronas. In the second half of her residency Cattoni completed works for a growing list of exhibition commitments in Malaysia and Indonesia. Since completing the residency Cattoni has participated in the Bali Biennale 2005 with a digital media work titled White Onion:Bali Bride and exhibited new work entitled Kedai Kebaya.

  • 2004
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      Jacqueline Grenfell & Simon Ellis (VIC)

      Hornland Dance Theatre Company

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Dancer/choreographer Simon Ellis and sound designer Jacqueline Grenfell are artists with a particular interest in interdisciplinary work and new media. Their residency with Chen Ing Kuan's Hornland Dance Theatre Company in Sibu, Malaysia enabled them to engage with the local Chinese culture of Sarawak and create a major work Sleep, Wake, Dream, a seminar and a four-day workshop for the public. As a result of the residency Ellis has been invited back to Kuala Lumpur to perform in the Malaysian Dance Festival.

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      Sally Heinrich (SA)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Sally Heinrich has worked as a freelance illustrator for twenty years. As well as writing and illustrating children’s books, her clients have included ad agencies, design studios and government departments. During her residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia, and during side trips to Singapore, Heinrich produced an impressive volume of work, including the completion of the final draft of a YA novel Hungry Ghosts. She also collected much valuable reference material which will aid in polishing the illustrations for another forthcoming book The Most Beautiful Lantern.

  • 2003
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      Eva Wanganeen (QLD)

      Society Atelier Sarawak

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Eva Wanganeen was born in Wallaroo, SA and began silk painting in 1997 while part of Mara Dreaming, a women's group in Salisbury. Since then she has shown in several group exhibitions including Between Remote Regions (touring to Malaysia) and has held two solo exhibitions. During her residency at the Society Atelier Sarawak Wanganeen worked with indigenous Malaysian batik and textile artists to create work which she exhibited at the World Eco-Fibre and Textile Network Forum in September in 2003. Wanganeen also presented a keynote paper to 200 people at this international conference and received invitations to work with Indian, West Malaysian and American artists in the future.

  • 2002
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      Sara Thron (VIC)

      Balai Seni Lukis Negara & Society Atelier

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    With an extensive background working in fashion and textiles, Sara Thorn co-founded her own label in Melbourne which focused on original hand printed collections in 1983. In 1997 she relocated to Paris where she designed customized laces, prints and embroideries for Christian Lacroix. Thorn undertook her residency in Sarawak, Malaysia to study weaving and textiles and was cohosted by Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery) in Kuala Lumpur and Society Atelier in Kuching. There she worked wtih Iban weavers to creative three substantial ikat hangings which blend local myths and Thorn’s own iconography. Thorn  returned to Sarawak to participate in an international textile festival and conference.

  • 2001
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      Lau Siew Mei (QLD)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts Queensland, the Australia Council for the Arts & the Hijjas Foundation, Malaysia

    Lau Siew Mei migrated from Singapore to Australia in 1994. Her first novel Playing Madame Mao, was published in 2000 after the manuscript was shortlisted in the inaugural Queensland Premiers Literary Awards for the Best Emerging Queensland Author. Her short stories have been broadcast on the BBC World Service and published in literary journals in Australia, USA, Canada and the UK. During her residency in Malaysia, she researched Peranakan culture for her new novel. She also appeared at the Singapore Writers Festival.

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      Micheline Yoke Yean Lee (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Northern Territory Department of Arts and Museums & the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Originally a lawyer, Micheline Yoke Yean Lee gave up full-time legal practice to work as an artist. Her work is driven by a strong sense of mortality, passion for the physical world, and a fascination and fear of the supernatural world. Lee's residency produced several works that explored her Chinese-Malay heritage and the interrelationships and contradictions inherent in both east and west culture. The experience culminated in a major exhibition of work titled Memory is a different culture, a highly personal narrative inspired by the artist's return to her country of origin.

  • 2000
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      Adam Broinowski (VIC)


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

    Adam Broinowski is a performer, writer and film maker.  He made the SBS Japanese counter-culture documentary Hell Bento! with Tetrapod and his documentary won the Columbia Film Festival, Hawaii Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival best documentary awards and was awarded the 1998 Age Green Room Award for Best Lead Actor. In Malaysia Broinowski worked with Dramalab as a writer/dramaturg.  The theme of progress and its application through cultural deprogramming and reprogramming within the global regime is the focus of the play No Known Cure that Broinowski wrote during the residency. A reading was held at The Arts Café, National Arts Gallery performed by Albakri and Broinowski with video images by Koen Wastijn.

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      Christine Gillespie (VIC)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Hijjas Foundation, Malaysia

    Christine Gillespie is a Melbourne-based writer who has published short fiction in Australia, India and Paris. She has won a number of competitions and awards and her first play, White Stars, was commissioned by Playbox Theatre, Melbourne and performed in 2000. During her residency Gillespie spent nearly nine months in Malaysia as well as undertaking a research trip to India. Hosted by the Hijjas Foundation at their Rimbun Dahan studios, Gillespie gave talks, readings and workshops at various universities and the Australian High Commission and networked extensively with Malaysian and Indian writers and artists. She completed the first draft of her novel, Ornamental Bodies based on the story of Muddupalani, an Indian dancer and courtesan.

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      Lisa Roet (VIC)

      Balai Seni Lukis Negara

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Lisa Roet has spent much of her career travelling and exhibiting overseas in Europe and the USA. Since 1995 her art practice has led her into the world of zoo entertainment. Her residency was based at Balai Seni Lukis Negara in Kuala Lumpur where she produced a series of work based on the information gathered in Borneo and from her investigations into folklore aspects of the orangutan in traditional Malaysian literature and arts. At the end of the residency she held a drawing seminar/open day and an exhibition of drawings and a video piece featuring orangutan hands and fingers, investigating the genetic closeness we share with these animals as expressed through gesture.

  • 1999
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      Brian Ash (WA)

      Galeri Petronas

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Brian Ash is a sculptor whose work explores the changing nature of Darwin's cityscape and how it’s residents interact with their built environment. He has exhibited overseas and his work is represented in international collections. During his residency at Galeri Petronas Ash took part in the Sekali Lagi: Australian artists revisit Malaysia exhibition. He also delivered a lecture on his own work and contemporary art practice in Darwin as part of the gallery’s education program.

  • 1998
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      Adam Aitken (NSW)

      Supported by the Hijjas Foundation, Malaysia

    Adam Aitken is a NSW based poet and fiction writer who has had two books of poetry published, Letter to Marco Polo and In One House. Adam spent his residency in Malaysia working on his poetry and researching Malaysian cabaret. The resulting collection, Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles, was published to critical acclaim by Brandl and Schlesinger.

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      Gail Fairlamb (SA)

      Panggung Negara

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts SA

    Gail Fairlamb has worked as a magazine and book designer, reporter and as editorial assistant for Reuters International News. At the time of her residency, Fairlamb held the position of Executive Director of the Crafts Council of South Australia with a specific interest in marketing, exhibition development, art in architecture and new media. In Malaysia, Fairlamb worked with the Panggung Negara (the National Theatre), Malaysia and developed a marketing plan for them for their new premises.

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      Matthew Calvert (TAS)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania & the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Matthew Calvert is an installation artist and sculptor, currently working with lighting, petrol etched polystyrene and digital photographic images. He has travelled through Asia previously and has won the prestigious Samstag Award to study at Goldsmiths College at the University of London as well as being awarded a residency at the McCulloch Studio at Cite International des Arts in Paris. In Malaysia Calvert made sculptures from glass shards found buried on a site at Rimbun Dahan where he stayed. He also collaborated with the other artists living at Rimbun Dahan for a group exhibition there. In 1999 Calvert participated in the critically acclaimed exhibition and residency project, Sekali Lagi: Australian Artists Revisit Malaysia.

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      Sandra Appleby-Lake (QLD)

      University of Malaysia

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Sandra Appleby-Lake is a jeweller and designer from Brisbane who was the first of Asialink’s residents to go to Kuching. Based at the University of Malaysia’s Sarawak campus, Appleby-Lake spent four months making jewellery from local spices such as pepper and cloves, working with students on industrial design projects and researching the local crafts of Sarawak.

  • 1997
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      Anne Neil (WA)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Rimbun Dahan

    Anne Neil is a Perth based artist who works in the fields of sculpture, design and public art. Together with her partner Steve Tepper, Neil travelled to Malaysia to undertake a residency based at Rimbun Dahan. During this time Neil produced several series of ephemeral works that she exhibited there and as a collaborative team, Neil and Tepper made significant contacts with Malaysian architects resulting in a commission to produce lights and signage for a new golf course and residential development. In 1999 Neil participated in the critically acclaimed exhibition and residency project, Sekali Lagi: Australian artists revisit Malaysia with seven other past residents.

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      Jan Owen (SA)

      Supported by the Hijjas Foundation, Malaysia

    Jan Owen has had four books of poetry published, including Night Rainbows. During her residency in Malaysia Owen worked on a manuscript of South East Asian poems.

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      Sue Ingleton


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Sue Ingleton is a highly respected and well known performer and writer. She has worked in community theatre, cabaret, mainstream and fringe theatre in most parts of Australia and internationally. Ingleton has written over a dozen scripts including Mythtery and Strip Jack Naked and her play The Passion & Its Deep Connection With Lemon Delicious Pudding has been published by Currency Press. During her residency, Ingleton spent 8 weeks in Malaysia working with KualiWorks, a women’s theatre, television and media company in Kuala Lumpur. She ran workshops with women aged from 20 to in their 60’s to develop a series of one-woman shows. She also performed her own show Slice Of Her Life at the Australian High Commission Theatre.

  • 1996
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      Annette Douglass (VIC)

      Rimbun Dahan

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Annette Douglas spent four months at the Institut Teknologi MARA. She gave several lectures on both her art practice, and art in general to students and staff at ITM, and gave practical demonstrations to sculpture students, as well as interested painting and print making students. She held an exhibition of her installation work at a private gallery and artists residence, Rimbun Dahan, with two other artists, Renee Krall and Enid Ratnam Keese.

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      Steven Gration (QLD)

      Five Arts Centre

      Supported by Arts QLD, Malaysia Australia Foundation & Australian High Commission Malaysia

    Queensland based theatre director, Steven Gration spent four months at the Five Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur. During his residency Gration was invited to work as a director/facilitator on an original Theater in Education performance for secondary school students.

  • 1995
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      Kevin Todd (QLD)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

    Architect and design draftsman Kevin Todd sought a residency with ITM, Malaysia to lecture on, study and research Islamic and Vedic art. Following his residency Todd spent a further four months working with architects Hijjas Kasturi Associates as a consultant artist developing cultural components for the New Kuala Lumpur International Airport and an office tower for Telecom Malaysia.

  • 1993
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      Brigid Cole-Adams (VIC)

      Institut Teknologi MARA

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Brigid Cole-Adams is a sculptor and installation artist. She undertook her residency at the Institut Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. During her residency Cole-Adams worked on her own practice expanding the types of materials she was accustomed to and also worked with the students, becoming involved in critique sessions and a group exhibition at the Australian High Commisssion. In 1999 Cole-Adams participated in the critically acclaimed exhibition and residency project, Sekali Lagi: Australian artists revisit Malaysia with seven other past residents.

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      Rob McLeish (VIC)

      Institut Teknologi MARA

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Rod McLeish is a Melbourne based installation artist with a background in architecture. McLeish spent the first two months of his residency travelling around Malaysia and interacting with the Kuala Lumpur art scene. He spent the second half of his residency based at the Institut Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam where he conducted workshops and lectures for the students. McLeish was able to curate a group exhibition at the ITM gallery and was also granted the opportunity to show his own works, in a critically acclaimed exhibition entitled Culture: In Context, at the Australian High Commission. In 1999 McLeish participated in the exhibition and residency project, Sekali Lagi: Australian artists revisit Malaysia with seven other past residents.

  • 1991
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      David Castle (TAS)

      Institut Teknologi MARA

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    David Castle is a sculptor and jeweller who undertook a four month residency at the Institut Teknologi MARA.  During his residency Castle concentrated on producing a body of work that was exhibited at the ITM Fine Metal Staff Exhibition, at Isetan, Art School Gallery on the ITM campus and at the Australian High Commission building.