Creative Exchanges: 2008

  • Australia
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    Abdul Hakim (Indonesia) Frankston Arts Centre and ASSITEJ

    Supported by the Ford Foundation, Jakarta

    Abdul Hakim, chairman, director and scriptwriter of Singkole Theatre Community, was hosted by Footscray Community Arts Centre and Polyglot Puppet Theatre in April & May 2008. Abdul embraced the opportunity to work with people with disabilities at Footscray's ArtLife program, which encompasses music, theatre, art and cooking, and immediately began thinking of ways to incorporate members of the South Sulawesi disabled community into projects. With Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Abdul performed at Frankston Arts Centre and also ASSITEJ in Adelaide, where he also participated in a number of forums. Abdul looks forward to continuing his relationship with both organisations and possible future collaborations.

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    Bambang Witjaksono (Indonesia) Darwin University's Printmaking Studio

    Supported by the Ford Foundation, Jakarta

    Bambang Witjaksono is a visual artist, working primarily in the field of printmaking. He has exhibited widely in Indonesia and overseas, including Malaysia, China, India, France and Switzerland. He works as a lecturer at the Indonesian Arts Institute, Yogyakarta and is a founding member of the Jogja Print Network. His residency at Charles Darwin University's Printmaking Studio in August/September 2008 offered the opportunity to learn about current Australian management practices in relation to printmaking studios. Witjaksono's visit coincided with the Darwin Festival, facilitating many meetings and extending his network of professional contacts considerable. He also visited the Sydney Biennale during his time in Australia, and held a solo exhibition at Darwin Experimental Art Foundation Space.

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    Hsu Su-chen (Taiwan) The National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens

    Supported by Taipei Culture Foundation and The Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government

    Taiwanese artist Hsu Su-chen is an inter-disciplinary artist whose recent work has encompassed themes of migration, gender issues in multicultural environements, biological imperialism and environmental ethics concepts in relation to biochemical technology. From September - December 2008, Su-chen was be hosted by the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She investigated plants as the subject of and evidence for migrations in island geography, leading to an exhibition at Domain House in December 2008.

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    Nunuk Ambarwati (Indonesia) Nomad Art Gallery

    Supported by the Ford Foundation, Jakarta

    Nunuk Ambarwati works in visual arts management at Jogja Gallery. For her residency in Australia, Nunuk chose to look at the different ways commercial and public art galleries work in Australia. Based in Darwin, she worked initially with Nomad Art Gallery, a small organisation that deals with indigenous and non-indigenous contemporary art. This offered her the chance to work across a wide variety of tasks and gain an insight into the operations of a small business. She also spent time at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, looking at their exhibition program and collections, and visited the Sydney Biennale, where she met numerous artists, curators and arts managers.

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    Wiwid Setya (Indonesia) Atlab, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Sydney Film Festival

    Supported by the Ford Foundation, Jakarta

    Tri Wiwid Setyaningsih (Wiwid Setya) shared her residency period among three host organisations: Atlab, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Sydney Film Festival. Working within the festival's programming department, Wiwid pre-assessed films for the festival's selection committee offering her the opportunity to view a wide range of films in relation to the festival's programming guidelines. At AFTRS, Wiwid worked within the Screen Content Department and joined the participants of several courses, and at Atlab, she was able to observe cutting edge post-production techniques. Wiwid hopes to develop an Indonesian/Australian co-production in the future, start a discussion focus group amongst colleages at the Jakarta Institute of Arts' Film Faculty and create a network of Indonesian graduate filmmakers across both countries.

  • Cambodia

    Jude Gun (VIC) Amrita Performing Arts

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Program Producer at Arts House, Melbourne, Jude Gun began working in the arts managing the Melbourne Fringe Festival's Independent Program eventually freelancing as a producer and artist liaison. Gun's interest in cultural sustainability has informed her previous work with the St Kilda Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. The presentation of Weyreap's Battle at the 2005 MIAF brought Gun into contact with Amrita Performing Arts, a company working towards the renewal and preservation of Cambodia's cultural heritage. Gun spent her residency assisting the company to explore opportunities for international and regional presentations and collaborations.

  • China
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    Alice Pung (VIC) Peking University

    Supported by Arts Victoria, Australia-China Council and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Alice Pung is a writer, journalist and lawyer. Her book, Unpolished Gem, won the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Australian Book Industry Awards, and is studied as a secondary and tertiary education text in schools nationally. Pung has edited an anthology of stories about growing up of Asian background in Australia, and she also writes frequently for national journals and newspapers. During her residency at Peking University Pung wrote about the migrant experience in a new country, and researched, in preparation for her next book, why her grandparents left China to start their adult working lives in Cambodia.

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    David Pledger (VIC) Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    David Pledger works as a director, producer, designer, writer, choreographer and dramaturg in theatre, dance, opera, television and media arts. He has gained wide acclaim for building new artworks that combine physical languages, video, sound and special effects into an organic system in which media are elevated from their existing role and integrated into the structure and theme of the artwork. He is the founding artistic director of not yet it's difficult (NYID). At Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Pledger's work on multimedia theatre and the development of international collaborations was the starting point for long-term discussions for exchange.

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    James Stuart (NSW) The Bookworm

    Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Poet, editor and new media artist James Stuart’s residency at The Bookworm, Chengdu, resulted in two strands of literary work: a series of poems exploring a loosely mythological reaction to Chinese history, culture and language; and a collaborative translation project, Conversions, which brought the work of three Chinese ethnic nationality poets into English. Conversions saw Stuart coordinate and mentor a team of first-time translators who worked closely with the poets. The final translations and original poems were printed as large-scale banners (designed by Stuart) and mounted on Chinese scrolls as part of Chengdu’s first ‘poetry exhibition’. Conversions will tour The Bookworm's venues in Beijing and Suzhou before exhibiting in Australia.

    Lucas Abela (NSW) Sub Jam Production

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    What's been described as ""a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe"" is in fact the highly unique audio works of Lucas Abela, a maverick musician who has a fascination with playing sheets of broken glass. By pressing his face against the glass and employing a range of vocal techniques he creates a variety of noises that are simultaneously cacophonous and musical. Although principally a solo performer, Abela used his time with Sub Jam Production in Beijing to form a band with local musicians, and record and release an album before touring the new act around Asia.

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    Melody Willis (NSW) Beijing Art Academy

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

    Linda Judge studied fashion design at RMIT in the early 1980s, and spent several years working in the industry before completing a BA majoring in painting at VCA. Judges’s monochromatic, stencilled works reflect her interest in early photography.  Judge has held eight solo shows in Australia, the two most recent with Smyrnios Gallery. During her residency at Beijing Art Academy, Judge exhibited work made at Renmin University in the Australian Studies Department in an exhibition entitled few thinkings.

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    Zheng-Ting Wang (VIC) Tianjin Conservatory

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Zheng-Ting Wang is a composer and master performer of the sheng (Chinese mouth organ). He graduated from Shanghai Music Conservatory, received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Melbourne and is an honorary research associate at Monash University. He is the founding member and director of the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble and has been active in collaborations with non-Chinese musicians to create Australian cross-cultural music. Zheng-Ting Wang's residency at Tianjin Conservatory enabled him to work with professors and master musicians, develop contacts with festivals, radio stations and arts agencies, and to lecture on Chinese migration musical culture in Australia.

  • Hong Kong
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    Keiko Aoki (VIC) Hong Kong Arts Festival and Hong Kong Fringe Club

    Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

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

  • India
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    Aimee Smith (VIC) Darpana Academy

    Supported by the Australia-India Council and the Department of Culture and the Arts, WA

    Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Aimee Smith has been involved in dance opportunities around the world including performances in Germany, Canada, Belgium and the UK, and the premiere of her performance installation Press Play at the Next Wave Festival (Melbourne). In addition to creating works independently, Smith is an active member of STRUT dance, has received commissions from Buzz Dance Theatre and WAAPA, and recently received the WA Dance Award for Emerging Artist. During her residency with the Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad, she continued her exploration and work in arts for social change.

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    Christine Williams (QLD) University of Madras

    Supported by the Australia-India Council and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Christine Williams has published four biographical works in Australia, England and India. Her subjects have included the Australian novelist, Christina Stead, and the Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Following a NSW History Fellowship prize, Williams's work on major environmentalists in Australia, Green Power, won a National Trust of Australia award for Cultural Heritage in 2007. Her residency with the University of Madras gave Williams the opportunity to further her research for an upcoming biography of the Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, in the context of the strong bond between Australia and India in their mutual love of cricket.

    Soda_Jerk (QLD) 1. Shanthi Road

    Supported by the Australia-India Council and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Soda_Jerk (Dan and Dominique Angeloro) are Sydney-based remix artists who work across the media of video, photo-collage and installation. Working exclusively with found material, their practice involves reconfiguring fragments of screen culture and vintage print media into new constellations. In addition to their collaborative work as artists, writers and curators, Dan Angeloro is completing a PhD on remix practices and Dominique Angeloro is a freelance arts writer. During their residency at 1 Shanthi Rd, Bangalore, Soda_Jerk researched Bollywood cinema culture and modes of spectatorship. They also collected DVD and print material for a new video remix work and a suite of photo-collages.

    Jayne Boase & Casey Van Sebille (SA) Teamwork

    Supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Programs Manager for the Leaders Institute of South Australia, Jayne Boase, has extensive experience in arts management specialising in community cultural development and disability arts. Casey van Sebille has 30 years international professional experience as an awarded designer/theatre worker and is currently head of the Design Department at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. During their residency in New Delhi with  an international production company that has roots in the performing arts and social action, they engaged in discussions on the communication of cultural identity, expanded on design generation processes which will lead to outcomes in Australia.

    Ken Spillman (WA) Sanskriti Kendra

    Supported by the Australia-India Council and The Department of Culture and the Arts, WA.

    Ken Spillman is an award-winning author whose work spans the genres of history, novels for young adults and children, short fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and criticism. He is the author of 19 books and has compiled five collections of writing. Spillman's work is represented in many anthologies, and the US reference Contemporary Authors has compiled a detailed entry on his career. During his residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Spillman completed No Boundaries, a lively 'young adult' novel set partly in New Delhi. He also researched the compilation of a cross-cultural anthology for schools.

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    Linda Jaivin (NSW) The Bookworm

    Supported by The Australia-China Council

    Linda Jaivin is the internationally best-selling author of five novels and two works of non-fiction, including the comic-erotic Eat Me, the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon and her most recent novel An Infernal Optimist, a dark comedy set in an immigration detention centre. Jaivin is a fluent Mandarin speaker who lived in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for nine years and has done literary and film translation as well as arts writing on China. While at The Bookworm, Beijing, she worked on a new novel set in China as well as projects touching on Chinese history, biography and the arts.

  • Indonesia
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    David Thomas (QLD) Indonesian Visual Art Archive

    Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute and Arts Queensland

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


    Melitta Firth (NSW) Selasar Sunaryo Art Space

    Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute

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

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    Zanny Begg & Keg de Souza (NSW) Indonesian Visual Art Archive

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

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

  • Japan
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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) 66B/Cell

    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.

  • Malaysia
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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.

  • Mongolia
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    Marcus Schutenko (VIC) Arts Council of Mongolia

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Having managed a theatre venue, freelanced as a performance manager and lighting designer, and produced and directed a feature film, Marcus Schutenko is the Coordinator: Festivals and Events Grants Program at the  Victorian Multicultural Commission. Schutenko worked with the Arts Council of Mongolia during that country's biggest cultural festival, Naadam. He also worked in consultation with the Artist Development Program Coordinator on the review of the 2008 Grants Competition and other aspects of the Artist Development Program. In addition Shutenko worked on cultural activities undertaken by ACM across the Festival period and assisted with the evaluation of the programs after the Festival was complete.

  • Singapore
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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.


    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) p-10

    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.

  • South Korea
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    Ash Keating (VIC) Ssamzie Space

    Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Ash Keating is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who integrates environmental issues within his art strategies. These vary from process-based projects, public art, performance, video, painting, photography and installations. Recent projects include Parched (2007) in Melbourne and Pascua Lama (2006) in Santiago, Chile. The focus of his residency at Ssamzie Space in Seoul involved being attentive to relevant environmental and ecological issues including exploring the aftermath and effects of the Heibei Spirit spilling 10,000 tons of oil off South Korea's west coast in late 2007. He aimed for the artwork to be unique and to raise awareness politically and environmentally.

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    Lesley Buckley (NSW) Andong

    Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    With 25 years in the arts, Lesley Buckley combines skills as a practising performing artist with professional experience in arts management, project development, event co-ordination and cultural planning. For the past decade, she has worked in local government and won the inaugural Brendan Hartnett Award, which recognizes distinguished effort in working with communities. Buckley was based in Andong, a centre of Korean culture and folk traditions, and hosted by the local tourism foundation to assist in the production of the Andong Maskdance Festival, which is one of Korea's premier arts events. She used this opportunity to seed the inclusion of Australian and Pacific Island region content in future festival programs.

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    Todd MacDonald (VIC) Wuturi Players

    Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    As a director, producer and (primarily) as a performer Todd MacDonald has worked across a number of different media including theatre, film, television and dance. MacDonald is the co-founder of The Store Room Theatre Workshop and is a company member of the company not yet it's difficult (NYID). The residency will allow him to witness the genesis of original work, universal in character but borne from a rich mix of traditional arts and contemporary practice. MacDonald was hosted by the Wuturi Players, a company dedicated to creating new forms of traditional theatre, and while there he gained an understanding of how they generate and structure their working process.

  • Taiwan
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    Jayne Dyer (NSW) Taipei Artist Village

    Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jayne Dyer's practice is multi-disciplined with an installation focus. Extensive national and international exhibitions and awards include regular participation in curated exhibitions and projects in Asia; residencies in Hong Kong (Lingnan University), Beijing (Asialink), Paris (Art Gallery of NSW) and Italy (Monash University) and commissions for the 2006/7 Sydney Writers Festival. In 2005 she received an Australian Public Service Medal for contributions to the arts and education. At Taipei Artist Village Dyer developed new work for the projects Treasured Possessions and I Wish – photographic and text essays addressing perception and identity through intersecting personal narratives from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China.

  • Thailand
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    Alex Kershaw (NSW) Chulalongkorn University and Wat Mahathat monastery

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

    Alex Kershaw is a photographic and video artist examining the symbolism and ritual associated with people and their territories. His work addresses ideas of identity, memory and relation. In residency at Chulalongkorn University Kershaw worked closely with members of the Wat Mahathat monastery in Bangkok. He also traveled to Dan Sai in Northern Thailand for the Phi Ta Khon Festival, in order to research the festival's rites and incantations and their relationship with theatrical interventions. Kershaw teaches at the Australian Catholic University and the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

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    Georgina Davill (SA) Makhampom Foundation

    Supported by the Australia-Thailand Institute and Arts SA

    After initially training as an actor Georgina Davill worked in project coordination and management, training, facilitation, marketing and as a performer. She has worked with a range of cultural action troupes including Mindanao Cultural Theatre Network (Philippines), Yuyachkani Theatre (Peru), and Theatre Simple (USA). Davill is the Program Officer for Industry Development, Carclew Youth Arts Centre, Adelaide. During her residency with the Makhampom Foundation, Davill focused on the management systems of their integrated strategy of theatre for community cultural development. This encompassed their Performance, Education Theatre, Community Theatre and International Programs, and the company's newly established venues in Chiang Dao and Bangkok.

  • Vietnam
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    Emily Maguire (NSW) The Gioi Publishers

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Emily Maguire is the author of the novels The Gospel According to Luke (2006) and Taming the Beast (2004) with her first non-fiction book being published in 2008. Maguire's articles and essays have been published widely including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Griffith Review and The Age. Maguire worked with The Gioi Publishers to translate works and spent her time in Vietnam working on a new novel set in several locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The as yet unnamed novel will explore the problem of connectedness - how one retains an authentic sense of self while also becoming part of something.