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

  • 2018


    • Louise Partos (NT)

      Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

      Supported by Arts NT

    Louise Partos has been the Executive Officier of Artback NT for ten years and is committed to developing strong working relationships between the NT arts sector and Asia. She has an extensive background in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector including project management and cross-cultural development. She has previously worked at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre, Melbourne Museum, Museum Victoria, Menabella Arts and Bula'bula Arts in Ramingining.

  • 2017


    Gary Carsley is a Sydney artist who uses the Garden as a means to critically engage with the post-internet, globalised cultural and political economy. While on residency he will respond to the National Gallery of Singapore’s historic buildings and extensive collection of garden based imagery to create a new body of work.

    Sharmila is the Curator at FORM, where she develops curatorial platforms and community development through contemporary art and creative practice in Western Australia. At Grey Projects she will broaden her practice by exploring curatorial approaches to community engagement and curating public space.

    Shauna Weeks is a professional arts administrator specialising in communications, venues and events management. At Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Shauna will increase her understanding of programming for multiple theatre spaces and look for synergies between Australian and Asian practices.

  • 2016

    Stephanie Lai is a Chinese-Australian writer and occasional translator. She has been published nationally and internationally in Peril Magazine, the Toast, the Lifted Brow and Overland. In 2015 Stephanie has had works published in the anthologies Companion Piece and Cranky Ladies of History. She is an amateur infrastructure nerd and has a professional interest in climate change adaptation and sustainability. At Grey Projects in Singapore, Stephanie explored the impacts of climate change on cultural traditions.

    Rachel Ogle is a dance artist with an extensive career spanning 14 years as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts worker. Her practice encompasses artistic roles in company and independent dance, international residencies and exchange projects, tertiary lecturing, and a dedication to long-term projects within disability arts and remote communities. Her choreographic work has been presented in Australia, France, the Netherlands and Nigeria. Her independently produced full-length work 'precipice' premiered to critical acclaim, receiving nominations for a Helpmann Award and an Australian Dance Award in 2015. At Maya Dance Theatre in Singapore, Rachel worked with local dancers to create a new work for the Theatre’s 2016 showcase.

  • 2015
    • Danny Lacy (VIC)

      Arts Incubator

      Supported by Creative Victoria

    Danny Lacy is a curator, writer and current Director of West Space in Melbourne. He holds an MA in Visual Culture from Monash University, and was Curator at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) from 2010-2012. Since 2002 he has had an active independent curatorial practice, organising over 30 exhibitions across a wide range of artist-run and contemporary art spaces. Recent projects include The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum (2014), Nick Selenitsch: Play at SAM (2014) and Raafat Ishak & Tom Nicholson: Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (2012). At The Art Incubator Danny will research emerging contemporary Singaporean artists and current trends in artistic practice for future curatorial projects.

  • 2014
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      Kyla McFarlane (VIC)

      The Art Incubator

      Supported by Arts Victoria

    Kyla McFarlane is a curator and writer, and currently Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne. She holds a PhD in visual culture from Monash University. Recent curatorial projects at CCP include True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works, 2013, CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things 2012 and Without Words, 2011. She has edited un Magazine and Flash and written extensively on contemporary art since 1996, specialising in lens-based practice. At The Art Incubator in Singapore, Kyla will build on CCP’s existing relationship with its’ Founder and Director, Charmaine Toh.

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      Shelley McCuaig (VIC)

      Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay

      Supported by Arts Victoria

    Shelley McCuaig has extensive experience in producing arts events and festivals, and is currently Executive Producer at Insite Arts. Prior to this she was Executive Producer at Chamber Made Opera, and spent three years as Associate Producer with Insite Arts working on MONA FOMA (2011-2013), Hamer Hall Re-Opening Concerts (Arts Centre Melbourne, 2012) and Synaesthesia: Music of Colour and Mind (MONA/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, 2012). Shelley has also worked for Melbourne Writers Festival, Ten Days on the Island and Penguin Australia. At Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Shelley will work with the programming team to realize their calendar of arts and cultural festivals including Pesta Raya and Moonfest.

  • 2013
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      Dave Brown (SA)

      Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay

      Supported by Arts SA

    Dave has been Artistic Director of Patch Theatre Company for 17 years, specialising in creating distinctive professional theatre for 4-8 year old children that tours nationally and internationally.  Dave’s Asialink residency will take him to Singapore, where he will be hosted by the Esplanade for 6 weeks to develop relationships and an understanding of culture and the arts in preparation for a collaborative children’s theatre project that he hopes will be presented in Asia and Australia in 2015.  He looks forward to learning about the lives of families and children and their engagement with theatre and the arts in Singapore.

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      Talei Howell-Price (WA)

      Wild Rice

      Supported by The Department of Culture and the Arts, WA

    Talei Howell-Price works in arts marketing and management and is herself an independent producer and actor.  Currently she is Director of Stages WA, a playwrights’ support organisation.  She has worked at the Department of Culture and the Arts, WA; State Theatre of WA; Strut dance; Screenwest; Film and Television Institute; Perth International Arts Festival; and Barking Gecko Theatre. Her residency with Wild Rice Theatre will enable her to deepen her understanding of the theatre sector in Singapore, and allow her to instigate and establish artistic connections and cross-fertilisation between Australian and Singaporean independent theatre artists, theatre companies, and presenting partners with the aim of creating works to tour Australasia.

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      Vikki Woods (VIC)

      Arts House Singapore

      Supported by Arts Victoria

    Vikki Woods is the Events Coordinator at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Vikki has an extensive background in the arts, having worked in music management, both in Australia and the UK, and having overseen the musical careers of a range of artists including Dan Kelly and Blur. She has worked for many years in event management, running high profile programs and events. During her residency at The Arts House in Singapore, Vikki will share her knowledge and skills by taking on an artist liaison and logistics role for the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival, and a project management role for 10 year anniversary celebrations of The Arts House, planned for 2014. In exchange, Vikki will gain valuable experience from the international arts community.

  • 2011
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      Jasmin Stephens (NSW)

      Singapore Biennale

      Supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts, Wa & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Curator Jasmin Stephens has held positions with Australian arts organisations such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art, Artbank, and Art Gallery of New South Wales. During her residency with the Singapore Biennale 2011, Jasmin will learn more about the potential of recurrent exhibitions for cultural development. Jasmin will research how exhibitions are evolving to accommodate the aspirations of artists working with emerging technologies, and will foster closer links between Western Australian and Singaporean artists.

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      Sarah Kaur (VIC)

      Maya Dance Theatre

      Supported Arts ACT

    Sarah Kaur is a videographer, photographer and installation artist interested in intersections between visual and performing arts. In 2009 Sarah worked with emerging choreographers towards the National Gallery of Australia’s Exhibitionism, which explored responses to visual art through dance. Sarah is currently working with Opera Australia to create a series of 'mini operas' with Western Sydney communities for Internet release. At Maya Dance Theatre Sarah will create dance films that explore individuals navigating or neglecting their assigned ethnic identities.

  • 2010
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      Adelaide Jaspa Wood (TAS)

      Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay

      Supported by Arts Tasmania & the Australia Council for the Arts

    Adelaide Jaspa Wood’s career in arts and events management spans a decade and includes work on festivals, 3D, visual and performing arts. She currently holds the position of Festival Director for Festival of Voices, Tasmania’s premier winter arts event. During her residency with Esplanade Theatres by the Bay in Singapore she will explore programming in a different cultural context with the Esplanade Dance Festival, and be involved in the design of a new event to be launched by Esplanade in December 2010.

  • 2009
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      Jacqueline Felstead (VIC)

      Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Filmmaking

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

    Jacqueline Felstead is a photo-media artist working with digital and experimental photo formats. Currently completing her MFA she also holds Bachelor degrees in Media Art and Social Science. She was awarded a studio residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, in 2005 and has participated in numerous exhibitions Australia-wide, including recently commissioned works for Melbourne’s City Museum in 2008. To date the exploration of shared personal insecurities forms the lynchpin of Felstead’s art practice. During her Objectifs residency in Singapore she developed new photo-media works that intersect illuminated handwritten text with cityscapes, in a response to the country’s experience of industrialisation.

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      Rebecca Pearce (SA)

      Singapore Arts Festival

      Supported by Arts SA and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Rebecca Pearce is the Program Executive for the International Theatre and Dance seasons at the Adelaide Festival Centre in South Australia. She has worked on a variety of international events including the OZAsia Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, WOMADelaide, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Australian International Documentary Conference, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and the Adelaide Film Festival, in areas such as programming, marketing and publicity, and project and event management. Her residency at The Singapore Arts Festival was be spent in the programming department.

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      Sohan Ariel Hayes (WA)

      Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Filmmaking

      Supported by The Department of Culture and The Arts, WA and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award-winning animator and visual artist working across a variety of media. Based in Perth, he has developed animated films, illustrations, public art sculptures, computer games and projections for theatre and still photography. Recurrent themes in Hayes’ work include the physics of perception, time, love, deity, the unbearable grief of separation and its manifest symptoms in the mind and body, as well as the fantastic imagery of dreams and hallucinations. During his residency at Objectifs in Singapore Hayes collaborated with writer and theorist Laetitia Wilson on DATADRUM - a digital filmmaking percussion instrument. Artists using DATADRUM can create palettes of images/sequences, which can be edited or remixed in real-time by DATADRUM players.

  • 2008
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      Caroline Farmer (VIC)

      Arts Network Asia

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Caroline Farmer has worked in the contemporary visual arts, film and new media sectors for over 13 years as an artist, curator and arts manager. She has been the Executive Director of Experimenta Media Arts, a Melbourne based organization that delivers an ambitious program of commissions and exhibitions of new media and digital art. Farmer was based with Arts Network Asia, a diverse collective of people and organisations throughout the region with a commitment to collaboration across culture and across artistic practices. She assisted with the development of a transcultural, inter-disciplinary, long-term research and development program consisting of performances, screenings, conversations, laboratories, workshops, talks and engagement with local communities that focused on Cambodia.

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      Deborah Pollard (NSW)

      72-13 TheatreWorks

      Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Deborah Pollard is artist, performer and director based in Sydney. Her work focuses on hybrid collaborations with arts and non-arts practitioners. Since 1993 she has created a number of installation and performance works in collaboration with Indonesian artists. Pollard was the Artistic Director of Salamanca Theatre Company from 1997-2000 and interim Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects in 2006/07. Her residency at 72-13 TheatreWorks allowed opportunities for working with emerging and experienced practitioners, experimentation, creative dialogue and the seeding of new works.

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      Spiros Panigirakis (VIC)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Spiros Panigirakis is a Melbourne-based visual artist whose art practice involves working with groups in both curatorial and collaborative capacities. Panigirakis is interested in how curatorial frameworks and presentational devices work in the visual arts. He recently explored these issues in two publications - Enjoy's (Wellington, NZ) Critical Publics and Fiona Macdonald's publication Gratuitous Intent. He has presented projects at a range of artist-run initiatives including Loose projects, 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space and CLUBSprojects. Anecdotes about food captivate him and Panigirakis used this energy in a project regarding hawker cuisines at p-10 in Singapore.

  • 2007
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      Lisa Kelly (NSW)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Lisa Kelly’s practice involves art making, writing, collaboration and organisation. She has been involved in local, interstate and overseas exhibitions and projects and published critical essays and reviews in a range of arts and artist publications. Recent practice includes being a coordinating member of Loose projects and participation in the residency-driven project It's a new day. During her residency at p-10, Kelly developed a site responsive installation work – “Attention Seekers_____Drawings with Invisible Objects.” Kelly also developed a new collaborative dialogue with artist Dennis Tan of “The Other House”.

  • 2006
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      Alan Cruikshank (SA)

      Asia Contemporary

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts SA

    At the time of the residency, Alan Cruickshank was Director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and Editor of Contemporary Visual Art+ Broadsheet magazine. Cruickshank undertook a residency at Asia Contemporary in Singapore where he worked as media partner to the inaugural 2006 Singapore Biennale. Broadsheet magazine, edited by Cruickshank, was presented to South East Asian cultural associations and funding authorities as a model for a regional multi-lingual publication that embraces and engages regional cultures and current contemporary arts issues. This project took him to Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City, and culminated in his participation in the Comparative Contemporaries Conference at The Substation arts centre, Singapore.

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      Cat Hope (WA)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts WA

    Cat Hope is an accomplished sound artist, performer, composer and songwriter whose interdisciplinary practice crosses over into video, performance and installation.  Hope was artist in residence at Theatreworks in Singapore where she developed and presented Voyeurages in conjunction with local artists.  Meeting with other musicians and artists, Hope hosted a film night, took part in a conference and made contacts with universities in Singapore.  Projects arising from her residency include a musical collaboration with performance artist Chris Xo, a project with artist/writer Dana Lam, and involvement in the next Future of Imagination Performance Art Festival.

  • 2004
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      Jacinta Thompson (SA)

      The Esplanade

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jacinta Thompson was Program Executive of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival when selected for a residency. Prior to this she had worked in the areas of programming, project management and presentation of festivals, special projects and youth programs. Thompson’s four-month residency was spent in the programming department at The Esplanade in Singapore where she worked on the Malay (Pesta Raya) and Indian (Kalaa Utsayam) Festival. Working at the Esplanade gave Thompson insight into the Singapore arts industry, the opportunity to view works not necessarily accessible in Australia and to explore further the notion of cross-cultural presentations.  As part of her residency she travelled to Hong Kong and to Shanghai, where she participated in the Shanghai Arts Fair/Festival.

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      Terry Jaensch (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Terry Jaensch studied acting for two years in New York at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Herbert Berghof Studio. His one-man show, Kissing Myself, was short-listed for the 1995 Wal Cherry Award and subsequently produced by St Martin’s Theatre. His first volume of poetry Buoy, was published in 2001 and Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Anne Elder Award. During his residency in Singapore Jaensch worked with poet Cyril Wong on a volume of poetry referencing the lives of castrati opera singers, as a commentary on contemporary gay culture in both Singapore and Australia.

  • 2003
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      Louise Paramor (VIC)

      La Salle

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Since 1988 Louise Paramor has exhibited extensively throughtout Australia and overseas. She has held twenty-six solo exhibitions, including The Love Artist at Breitengraser - room for contemporary sculpture, Berlin, and Outback Heat at the Kunstverein Langenhagen, Hannover. Her work was included in the group shows Oblique Shadows in Sculpture Square, Singapore, 2000; Satellit (2000) at Berliner Pavilion, Berlin, 2000; and National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in 2001. During her residency Paramor worked at La Salle SIA in Singapore for three months prior to and during a major exhibition she was invited to stage at the Esplanade Arts Complex in October and November 2003.

  • 2001
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      Andrew Ross (QLD)

      Singapore Symphony Orchestra

      Supported by Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Andrew Ross was the Marketing and Development Manager of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the time of his residency.  Hosted by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Ross used his time in Singapore to examine the rapid development of Supported Arts ACTivity in Singapore, with particular emphasis on audience development. He was also able to develop links between the Australian orchestral network and others in the Asia Pacific region.

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      Rebecca Youdell & Russel Milledge (QLD)


      Supported by Arts Queensland, the Australia Council for the Arts & the Australian High Commission, Singapore

    ‘Bonemap’ is a creative partnership between Youdell and visual artist and performer, Russell Milledge. On their combined residency they worked with the Substation in Singapore for four months, developing site-specific works with local artists. As an interdisciplinary residency across visual and performing arts, Youdell & Milledge interacted with a wide range of institutions, artists and events. They presented four major works at three venues: The Substation; Plastique Kinetic Worms Gallery; and the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Video and animation works made during the residency were documented on CDRom and VCD.

  • 2000
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      Guan Wei (NSW)

      La Salle College of the Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Guan Wei is a Chinese born artist who emigrated to Australia in 1989. His painting focuses on east/west interactions, often with humor and whimsy but also with political critique. This residency was Guan Wei’s first visit to Singapore and resulted from a request from La Salle College of the Arts for him to exhibit at their Earl Lu Gallery in February 2000. There he worked with students giving lectures, talks and open studios as well as completing two large bodies of work.

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      Helen Herbertson (VIC)


      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Helen Herbertson is a Melbourne based choreographer, director and performer with 30 years experience in developing new performance works for traditional theatre settings, outdoor sites and non theatre venues. As Artistic Director of the Melbourne based Danceworks (1989-97) Herbertson choreographed 16 new works including the award winning Descansos...resting places. Her latest work DELERIUM, developed in collaboration with Jenny Kemp, Trevor Patrick, Ben Cobham and Livia Ruzic, recently won the 1999 Green Room Award for Outstanding Creative Collaboration. During her residency Herbertson worked with Singapore’s Theatreworks as a collaborator on Spirits by Kuo Pao Kun. Directed by Ong Keng Sen, the piece involved nine visual artists from Japan and 5 Singaporean performers.

  • 1999
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      Tanya Cawthorne (VIC)

      National Arts Council

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Tanya Cawthorne has worked as a film dubber, radio journalist, theatre director and as an arts manager with a variety of Melbourne arts organisations including Performing Arts Projects, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Multicultural Supported by Arts Victoria and most recently with the Melbourne Festival. During her residency Cawthorne was hosted by the National Arts Council of Singapore to work on the Singapore Festival.

  • 1998
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      Bernadette McNamara (NSW)

      National Institute of Education

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

    Bernadette McNamara is a graduate of the Diploma in Music Education, NSW Conservatorium of Music, Graduate Diploma in Arts management, University of Technology, Sydney and at the time of her residency was National Manager, Musica Viva In Schools, Musica Viva.  Her residency with the National Institute of Education in Singapore facilitated the implementation of the Musica Viva in Schools education program in schools throughout Singapore.  She was able to observe teacher professional training and learn more about the needs of Singaporean schools so that the Musica Viva In Schools program could be refined to complement some of these requirements.

  • 1997
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      Cheryle Yin-Lo (NSW)


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

    At the time of her residency, Cheryle Yin-Lo was Multicultural Audience Development Specialist with the Museum and Galleries Foundation of NSW. Yin-Lo has lived in Peru and in Bangladesh from 1989-1992 where she co-founded Drik Picture Library for Third World photographers. In 1994 she founded the Asian Womens Artists Group and organised the exhibition, Fragments of Origin.  During her residency Yin-Lo went to Singapore to work with Theatreworks.

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      Fotis Kapetopoulos

      National Arts Council & the Festival of Asian Performing Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    At the time of his residency Fotis Kapetopoulos was the Executive Officer of Multicultural Arts Victoria. He has a Graduate Diploma in Tourism from Monash University National Centre for Australia Studies and was a Research Fellow at the center of Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kapetopoulos’ residency in Singapore with the National Arts Council and the Festival of Asian Performing Arts was as much a ‘mission’ as a residency due to the heat felt in the region by Pauline Hanson’s reported comments in the region’s press. A major outcome of his residency was that Kapetopoulos spearheaded a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Arts Victoria and the National Arts Council of Singapore.

  • 1996
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      Dean Hills (SA)


      Supported by the Australia Council for the Artsand Arts SA

    South Australian based designer Dean Hills spent 3 months as a set designer with the TheatreWorks Singapore Company.