For 2019 the opportunities offered are;
Exchanges are with Asialink Arts Global Collaborators. Please note, the Exchanges are state specific opportunities for arts professionals and creatives and where you live will determine your eligibility.
2. Targeted Exchanges
Targeted Exchanges are project-based and co-curated by Asialink Art and the Asian-based Global Collaborator. There are two Targeted Exchanges offered in 2019;
Eligibility and funding
Proposals are invited from Australian arts professionals and creatives who meet the following criteria. If you do not meet these criteria, you are ineligible to apply:
- Australian citizens or those who have Permanent Residency status.
- A proven record of professional artistic activity over at least three years.
- Exchanges are not for academic study or research, paid study leave or ARC-affiliated projects. Students enrolled in tertiary institutions at the time of their proposed residency are not eligible to apply. Students cannot defer their studies to undertake Asialink Arts Residencies. This applies to PhD candidates. You can only apply if the course you are undertaking will be complete at the time of your proposed residency.
- Applicants can submit only one application in any given year.
The Exchange program is supported by state and territory government art departments. To be eligible for the program, applicants must also meet the 'place of residence' eligibility criteria defined by these departments, as outlined in the State/Territory Eligibility Guidelines. Asialink seeks eligibility feedback from the state and territory government funding bodies/agencies during the assessment process. If you have any questions relating to their eligibility criteria, please contact your state/territory funding body for clarification.
Funding for Asialink Arts programs and projects is sourced through our partnerships with various Australian Federal, State and Territory arts funding agencies, country specific agencies of the Department of Foreign and Trade and philanthropic organisations or benefactors.
Our programming, commissions and exchange opportunities, is made possible through these funding partnerships which are tied to specific and targeted project outcomes. Therefore, your eligibility for support through our programs may be affected by your location if we do not have a partnership in place to fund opportunities where you live.
Asialink Arts is a program area of Asialink, which is an affiliate of The University of Melbourne.
Successful applicants are offered a grant between $6,000-$12,000 for 6-12 week creative exchange.
We also accept applications from artists working collaboratively. Applicants should only apply for a collaborative exchange if their practice is reliant on the input and practice of another individual/s. To apply for a collaborative exchange, all collaborators can work on one application using the same login details as long as only one person is working at a time. Please note that not all our collaborators can support collaborative exchanges. Refer to the Asialink Arts Global Collaborators section on our website for more details.
Process and selection criteria
Applications are made via Smarty Grants portal and are assessed by a Peer Selection Committee. A link to each online form will become active on the opening date via the Exchanges page.
Please note opening dates, see below:
Exchange type Opening date Closing date Global Collaborator Exchange (QLD and NT) Late September Late October Global Collaborator Exchange (NSW and other states to follow) Late September Late October AIR Taipei/ Freemantle Arts Centre Exchange (for WA residents only) TBC Early October Late October Emerging Writer Program (Open nationally) Early October Late October
Choosing an Exchange
Applicants can only submit one application each round, and can select from only one of the following opportunities:
Exchanges are with Asialink Arts Global Collaborators. The Exchanges are state specific opportunities for arts professionals and creatives. Where you live will determine your eligibility. We recommend you carefully read about and consider all of our collaborators on offer to determine the best fit for your proposal. Keep in mind Japan is often our most sought after destination and therefore could be more competitive. Should you wish to discuss the best collaborator for your proposal or if your preferred destination is not a current collaborator please contact Asialink Arts to discuss.
2. Targeted Exchanges
Targeted Exchanges are project-based and co-curated by Asialink Art and the Asia-based Global Collaborator. There are four Targeted Exchanges offered in 2018;
A selection panel made up of national and international artists, curators and peers will assess all proposals to the program. Using their expertise, the panel will recommend which proposals are supported based on the evidence you provide, including support material. Each proposal will be considered on individual merit and viability using following four key selection criteria:
- the overall potential of the project
- the potential of the applicant to fulfill the intended outcome
- realistic and achievable planning, resource use and self-evaluation
- relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
- the skills and creative ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity
3. Impact on Career
- how the proposed activity strengthens the applicant’s creative practice
- how the proposal enables the development of new markets, or fulfills existing demands
- how the proposed activity strengthens the applicant’s creative professional capacity
4. Broader cultural impact
- how the project fits into the Australian and global cultural landscape
- how the proposed activity strengthens Australia’s creative reputation
- potential for leveraging future opportunities locally and globally
All applicants to Asialink's Arts Exchange Program must submit the following material:
1. Proposal (500 words max.)
- Response is embedded within the application form and does not require a separate attachment
- Must address the Selection Criteria set out in the Application Process guidelines on Asialink's website
2. CV (2 pages max.) in collated PDF format
3. Headshot in JPEG format
4. Practice-specific Support Material (please see below for more information)
All uploads on SmartyGrants must not exceed 25MB each. We recommend keeping files to a maximum of 5MB - the larger the file, the longer the upload time.
Applicants should prepare, test and attach support material well in advance of the application due date. Asialink and SmartyGrants are unable to help with any technical difficulties that you may experience with uploading support materials after the application deadline.
Collated PDF Files
All uploads should be in Collated PDF format. This means one PDF per attachment that can be multiple pages (e.g. 6 images in 1x6-page PDF).
This ensures the Asialink Selection Committee can access and review your support material in the fastest and easiest way possible.
You will need Adobe Acrobat on your computer to do this.
Download Adobe Acrobat:
Convert images to PDF format:
1. Save your images in JPEG format first
2. Save your JPEG's in PDF format:
1. Open the image in 'Preview'
2. Go to 'File' and select 'Save As'
3. Select 'Format' to 'PDF' and click 'Save'
1. You can use an online service or a PDF Writer.
Convert Word documents to PDF format:
MAC and PC
Collate multiple PDF files into one single PDF:
MAC and PC
Practice-specific support material
Applicants can choose to submit one OR a combination of two or all the following support material categories:
2. URL to Video/Audio
3. Writing Sample/s
All applicants must choose which support material categories best demonstrate their creative practice and proposal.
Asialink recommends a 'less is more' approach and appreciates succinct and carefully considered applications. For example, an arts manager may choose to include images of an exhibition they have curated, accompanied by an essay about the same exhibition.
All support material must be accompanied by a Captions List which will enable Asialink to identify and get a brief description of each of your separate support materials.
A detailed explanation of each support material category follows:
Six (6) images in collated PDF format, one image per page
2. URL to Video/Audio
- One (1) URL to online video/audio support material
- Video/Audio material can comprise one individual sample or collated samples
- Video/Audio material must be no longer than 3 minutes duration
- URL can link to material on applicant's website; YouTube; Vimeo, etc. but this should meet the above requirements
3. Writing Sample/s
- Maximum 1,500 words of one individual piece or extract; or a variety of writing samples saved in collated PDF format
- Font size must be 12p, with 1.5 line spacing
- Samples can include a combination of published short stories; excerpts from published work; work in progress; an act from a play or script; published poems; a selection of published illustration work; or short essay/s.
Requirements for captions list
- The captions list must be in collated PDF format
- It must not exceed one (1) page per support material category above. I.e. If submitting all 3 support material categories of 'Images', 'URL to Video/Audio' and 'Writing Sample/s', the caption list will be a maximum of three (3) pages.
- The order of the caption list should correspond with the order of your support material. You might like to use a numbering system to achieve this.
- All captions should include a couple of sentences explaining what the support material is, correct titles, dates, dimensions, media of your work/s or sample/s, and publication information where relevant
Sample captions lists
Frankie Scott – Image Captions
1. Frankie Scott
Sunrise Surprise 2010
oil on canvas 40 x 70 cm
Sunrise Surprise is a painting that I developed during a residency in Sri Lanka in 2010. The title and subject matter of the painting play on my experience at a local art market where I was surprised to see so many paintings of the same subject matter.
2. URL to Video/Audio
Scarlet Brown – Video Captions
My Pinball Everything 2013
3 channel HD video animation
3 minutes excerpt, total 7 minutes duration
This video animation was exhibited in Primavera 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. I am currently in discussion with my gallery about showing it at the next Art Basel in Hong Kong as part of their emerging artists program.
3. Writing samples
Lucinda Biano – Writing Samples
Tears in Sicily
short story from the anthology Home Sweet Home Bedrock Publishing, 2009
Tears in Sicily merges travel writing and auto-biography and recounts my first visit back to Italy after migrating to Australia in 1973. It forms part of a wider anthology by migrant Australian writers that explores the concept of 'home'.
Collaborative applications should include the following support material:
- 1 x shared Proposal between all collaborators
- Individual 2 page CV's for each collaborator
- 1 x shared set of practice-specific support material between all collaborators
The Selection Panel is multi-artform and comprises experts in their fields ranging from authors, editors, performing artists, musicians and visual artists to curators, arts managers and academics. The committee is drawn from across Australia and the Asian region.
Applicants applying for an Asialink Reciprocal Exchange should be aware that the selection process is slightly different and requires a shortlist of 3 applicants to be submitted for final selection to the Asian Global Collaborator. Notification will still take place by mid-December 2018.
Funding Partners and Global Collaborators
Asialink is required to confirm with our funding partners if our selected artists are eligible under their funding criteria. For example artists with outstanding acquittals or already receiving support for their proposed project may be deemed in-eligible.
Asialink art provides our Global Collaborators with the proposals and support material of selected artists to confirm their placements prior to applicants being notified. Applicants should not contact global collaborators directly regarding their application. All queries should be directed to Asialink Arts.
If successful you will be contacted by Asialink Arts prior to 21 December 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Due to the volume of applications Asialink staff have limited capacity to offer feedback on applications.