Vietnam

Asialink Arts has been working with residency hosts in Vietnam since 1995. Please click on the years below to view past residents’ profiles.

  • 2017

    Will Stackhouse is a Tasmanian Aboriginal Trawoolway sculptor working in metal, wire, bronze and aluminium. Working actively in Tasmania, he held many successful exhibitions and is a recognised public art contributor. At Muong Studio in Hoa Binh, William will research the cultural similarities between Tasmanian Aboriginal petroglyphs and those of the Muong Hoa valley.

  • 2015

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      Annabelle Collett (SA)

      New Space Arts Foundation

      Supported by Arts SA

    Annabelle Collett has worked as a professional artist, designer and craftsperson for over 30 years, in a constant exploration that has engaged her in a variety of disciplines, applications and collaborations. Annabelle makes sculptural elements using primarily fabric, as well as plastics, mosaic, metal, fibres and found objects. She explores the abstract coverings of both the body and the environment we live in, conveying them as resonators of social history, gender attitude and personal commentary. While at New Space Arts Foundation Annabelle will explore site-specific items in developing sculptural works that explore attitude, sexuality and identity.

  • 2014

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      Andre Dao (VIC)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation

    André Dao’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Monthly, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, Crikey, The New Philosopher, The Conversation, Harvest Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, Arena, and anthologies published by Oxford University Press, Penguin Australia, Wakefield Press and Finch Publishing. He was the winner of Express Media’s Best Non-Fiction Piece in 2012 and a Qantas Spirit Of Youth Award finalist in 2013. Since 2009, André has been the Editor-in-Chief of Right Now, a human rights media organisation for which he was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Young People’s Medal in 2011. At The Gioi Publishers, Andre will research and develop a novel based on his grandfather’s experience as a political prisoner in Hanoi.

  • 2012

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      Kim Huynh (ACT)

      The Gioi

      Supported Arts ACT and The Australia Council for the Arts

    Kim Huynh is lecturer in international relations at the Australian National University. His book about his parents’ lives during the Indochinese Wars, Where the Sea Takes Us was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors Best Book of the Year and the ACT Book of the Year. He co-edited The Culture Wars and has contributed academic articles and essays to various Australian newspapers, the BBC and the ABC. During his residency at The Gioi Publishers in Hanoi, Kim will be Asialinking with a broad cross-section of young people to produce a collection of stories on life, love, and faith in contemporary Vietnam.

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      Sally Breen (QLD)

      The Gioi

      Supported by Arts QLD & the Malcolm Robertson Foundation

    Sally Breen is lecturer in Writing and Publishing at Griffith University and fiction editor of Wet Ink the Magazine for New Writing. She was associate editor of the Griffith REVIEW from 2006 - 2008. Her fiction and non-fiction work have appeared in a variety of publications and collections including Best Australian Stories 2007 and The Australian. In 2011 her memoir, The Casuals was published by Harper Collins who will release her novel Ante Up in September 2012. At the Gioi Publishers Sally will begin a new work of creative non-fiction focusing on the cross generational effects of the Vietnam War.

  • 2011

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      Astra Howard (NSW)

      Hue College of Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Astra Howard is an Action Researcher/Performer who designs interactive projects for public sites. Astra has assisted in developing over 120 works in 5 cities internationally, implanting urban and social theory in the spaces she critiques. During her residency in Vietnam, Astra will work in partnership with Hue College of Arts where she will undertake faculty presentations, workshops with students and collaborate on projects with local communities.

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      Boitran Huynh-Beattie (NSW)

      Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts NSW

    Since 2005 Boitran Huynh-Beattie has researched Vietnam’s Diaspora. From 2009 - 11 she documented Vietnamese literature in Australia for the Australian Literature Resource at the University of Wollongong. She was an adviser in Vietnamese contemporary art for the Singapore Art Museum from 2007 - 2008 and curated several exhibitions relating to Vietnamese culture. At the Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts, Boitran will conduct research for her publication From Saigon to Sydney: Modernist Saigonese Art and Vietnamese Australian Heritage.

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      Patricia Cornelius (VIC)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Patricia Cornelius is a playwright, novelist and screen writer who has written over 25 plays. She has been awarded the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, 3 gold Awgies and the Richard Wherrett Prize. Her novel My Sister Jill and her plays The Berry Man and Do not go gentle… concern the legacy of Australian soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. At Gioi Publishing House Patricia will write a play about international adoption from the viewpoint of within contemporary Vietnam.

  • 2010

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      Shane Strange (ACT)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Shane Strange is a writer and tutor of creative writing at the University of Canberra. His short fiction has appeared in various publications, including Griffith Review, Heat, Verandah and Overland, as well as being collected in Best Australian Stories 2006 and 2007. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in the retail book trade. Strange will use his residency with The Gioi Publishing House to gather material for a series of short fictions around the life of Ho Chi Minh and the effects of globalisation on contemporary Hanoi, and to gain insight into Vietnamese publishing culture.

  • 2009

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      Pam Scott (NSW)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

    Pam Scott has worked in Vietnam for more than a decade, and is the author of Life in Hanoi (2005), Managing for Success in Vietnam (2008), and The Jewels of Halong Bay: A Tale of Adventure in French Indochina (forthcoming). She is also the creator of a 30-minute DVD More Than Boat People: The Vietnamese Migration Experience Through Women’s Eyes, (2007). During her residency in Vietnam with The Gioi Publishing House, Scott conducted in-depth interviews with Vietnamese women exploring the issues facing those who left Vietnam and those who stayed behind. She completed a manuscript which contains their stories, to be published in Vietnam by The Gioi, as well as working on various editing and writing projects for her host.

  • 2008

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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.

  • 2007

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      Thea Baumann (QLD)

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      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Media artist, curator, and producer Thea Baumann has worked as Projects Coordinator for MAAP - Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, and recently curated Manhua Wonderlands, a public exhibition program and education initiative promoting and supporting cross-cultural projects between media artists and Asian-Australian communities. Through her curatorial residency at contemporary art space a little blah blah in Ho Chi Minh City, she coordinated an artist talk programme, screenings, and a multi-arts exhibition, The Last Vestige, which explored concepts of nomadic curatorship. Baumann is now Executive Producer of Aphids.

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      Zoe Butt (QLD)

      San Art

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Queensland

    At the time of her residency Zoe Butt was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery. For over 10 years she has been researching contemporary Asian art, curating exhibitions and contributing to various international art publications. Her knowledge of contemporary Asian art was drawn upon for her residency with the San Art, an independent artist run space, where she curated the exhibition Diary of a Travelling City and  organised a series of workshops by local artists, curators, writers and arts workers as part of the first large-scale contemporary art endeavor of its kind in Vietnam. Butt is now Director of International Programs for the Long March Project and based in China.

  • 2006

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      Cuong Phu Le (NSW)

      Amrita Performing Arts

      Supported by Arts NSW & the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of his residency Cuong Phu Le worked as Asian-Australian Community Cultural Development Officer at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Le spent the first month of his residency at the Amrita Performing Arts in Phnom Penh, participating in a workshop that exposed him to the many different traditional art forms in Cambodia. Le then spent two months with Blue Space Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City working on the 14th International Performance Art Conference, setting up an exhibition by 7 Myanmar artists, undertaking research on fine art since 1975 in Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City and being interviewed by media about his past exhibition I Love Pho.

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      Hoa Pham (VIC)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Victoria

    Hoa Pham is the author of four books, including the novel Vixen which earned her a place in the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Writers 2000 list.  Taking a break from her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, Pham’s residency in Hanoi gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her cultural and spiritual roots. Hosted by The Gioi publishing house, Pham met with Vietnamese publishers, translators and other writers. She was also able to research and write, publishing several articles, completing a collection of short stories and also a play, Silence which will be read at Melbourne’s La Mama theatre.

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      My Le Thi (NSW)

      Buon Ma Thuot

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    My Le Thi's work takes many different forms including mixed/multi-media, installation, painting, sculpture, sound, music and video. In Vietnam she reconnected with her community, learning and sometimes re-learning the culture, arts and music of the Central Highlands. From her experiences and documentation she plans to create a new body of work and develop ongoing projects based on receptive communication between Central Highlanders, the Vietnamese and Australians.

  • 2005

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      Michael Pearce (VIC)

      Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Michael Pearce is a theatre set and costume designer, visual artist and performer and has produced a large body of work with companies throughout Australia and internationally. During Pearce's second Asialink residency in 2005 with the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, he focused on teaching design for dance using three-dimensional models. His students produced 55 set and costume projects based on a Vietnamese version of Romeo and Juliet which was exhibited as part of the Academy's 25th Anniversary. Whilst there, Pearce was able to deepen dialogues and networks with Vietnamese artists and performers he had met from previous visits, all the while collecting drawings and photos of Vietnam for his studio work and a future Vietnam inspired exhibition.

  • 2004

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      Caroline Fry (VIC)

      Museum of Fine Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Caroline Fry has been working as a painting conservator for several years and was employed at The University of Melbourne Art Conservation Centre at the time of her residency.  Fry was based at the Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi, where she worked on the restoration of a nationally significant oil painting, Little Thuy, by Tran Van Can.  She also surveyed the condition of the paintings in the collection and conducted teaching workshops for other conservators, museum personnel and museum studies students.  As a result of her work, Fry was awarded the prestigious Cultural Soldier medal for contribution to the conservation and care of artworks in Vietnam."

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      Rose Moxham (NSW)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency Rose Moxham was a writer and teacher of fiction at UTS.  She has published short stories and two novels, The Brown Ink Diary and Teeth Marks. In Hanoi, Moxham undertook research for a novel based on the early life and poetic vision of General Vo Nguyen Giap. The residency enabled her to meet writers, scholars, farmers, artists, musicians and soldiers and to imagine General Giap's Hanoi of the early and mid 20th century. Working with The Gioi publishing house Moxham was also heavily involved in writing and editing a series of bi-lingual condensed classics, a project she continues to collaborate on.

  • 2003

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      Tania Cleary (QLD)

      About Cafe & Studio

      Supported by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts

    At the time of her residency Tania Cleary worked as a conservator, curator and collections manager for the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Her residency, which was split between Vietnam and Thailand, enabled her to advise on nationally significant art works and on their preservation. In Bangkok she worked with About Cafe & Studio in Bangkok to develop their collection management practices and facilities. The Museum of Fine Art in Hanoi hosted the second part of her residency where she undertook an assessment for the restoration of a significant Vietnamese oil painting Little Thuy by Tran Van Can.

  • 2002

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      Clare Martin (ACT)

      Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology

      Supported Arts ACT and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Clare Martin is a sculptor whose ideas tend to come from scientific fields and adapted images from archaeology, anatomy, botany and museum collections. Her installation work focuses on the way museum conventions simultaneously transform the reading, meaning and aesthetics of their objects. In Vietnam, Martin was hosted by the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology where she studied and re-interpreted items from their collection. Martin’s work resulted in the exhibition, Freedom / Tu+. Do, at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology’s temporary exhibition area.

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      Jane Gibian (NSW)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jane Gibian is a Sydney-based poet whose first collection, The Body's Navigation, was published in 1998. At the time of the residency Gibian was working on her doctorate at the University of Western Sydney. Gibian’s literature residency in Vietnam was undertaken with The Gioi Publishers with the aim of producing a significant number of new works for a second collection of poetry. Gibian also visited the poetry section of the Hoi Nha Van (Vietnamese Writers’ Association) where around 20 to 30 poets meet regularly to read their work, listen to others and exchange copies of poems and books.

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      Stanley Sim Shen (SA)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by Arts SA and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Stanley Sim Shen is a poet whose work has appeared in many Australian and overseas literary magazines. His first collection, City of My Skin was published in 2001. In Vietnam Shen was resident with Gioi Publishers in Hanoi where he assisted with editing and translation work; participated in meetings with poets in Hanoi and Dalat and readings run by the Vietnamese Writers’ Association in Hanoi. Shen undertook a wide-ranging tour to the major cities and regions of Vietnam.

  • 2001

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      Catherine Cole (VIC)

      The Gioi Publishers

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Cathy Cole is the author of two crime novels, Dry Dock and most recently Skin Deep, both published by Harper Collins. Whilst in Hanoi, Cole worked on her novel The Grave at Thu Le, about a French family's connection with the city from 1900 to the present day. As well as chronicling the family's story, the novel explores Hanoi's history, including its colonial past. Hosted by The Gioi Publishing House, Coles Hanoi residency provided her with the opportunity to explore the city, its architecture and its stories and to meet with Vietnamese writers and artists. She volunteered one day a week with the publishing house and continues to assist them with their English translations via email.

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      Craig Walsh (NSW)

      Vietnam Architects' Association

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Craig Walsh has trained in intermedia and sculpture and works as an artist, curator and project manager in the fields of temporal site-specific installation and sculpture in public space. During his residency in Vietnam he explored new forms of cross-cultural collaboration whilst introducing contemporary public art practice to the region. In Hanoi Walsh worked with the Vietnam Architects' Association on a public display involving the video projection of images on to the glass front of the Vietnam Architects' Association.  It was a highly accessible exhibition catching pedestrians in the area by surprise as they watched the front windows of the Architects' Association transform into an enormous aquarium.

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      Richard Jeziorny (VIC)

      College of Theatre and Cinema

    Richard Jeziorny is a Melbourne freelance designer fr a wide variety of theatre, events, exhibitions, film and television. Over the last twenty years he has worked with the Mercury Theatre (NZ), Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Oz Opera, Kooemba Jdarra and the Brisbane Festival. He designed the highly acclaimed Urban Dream Capsule for the 1996 Melbourne International Festival and this show has since enjoyed great success in Ghent, London, Montreal and Wellington. A new Capsule was designed for the 2001 Perth International Festival. Jeziorny will be working with College of Theatre and Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City where he will develop a major project with design students, instruct acting students in basic design principles and workshop an Australian play.

  • 2000

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      Chi Vu (VIC)

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Chi Vu was born in Vietnam and arrived in Australia in 1979. A Bachelor of Arts/Commerce graduate of the University of Melbourne, she has worked as an artist, theatre maker & performer, writer, artistic director, lecturer and artist-in-residence. In 2000, Chi was awarded an Asialink writer’s residency to Vietnam where she wrote Vietnam: a Psychic Guide. In 2003, this text was adapted under the direction of Sandra Long into a bilingual cross-disciplinary performance, performed at the North Melbourne Arts House. Chi’s plays have had professional productions in Melbourne and in Sydney at the Sidetrack Theatre and the Sydney Opera House's Studio. Her short stories have been published in Meanjin, The Age, Refo, and in anthologies by Random House, Picador, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Black Inc and Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

  • 1999

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      Duong Le Quy

      Ho Chi Minh City Theatre Company

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

    Playwright Duong Le Quy is a recipient of degrees from Vietnam’s National Institute of Theatre and Cinema and NIDA. He has translated plays by David Williamson, Stephen Sewell and Alma De Groen into Vietnamese and was awarded the 1997 NSW Writer’s Fellowship for his play Meat Party. During his residency Le Quy worked with the Ho Chi Minh City Theatre Company on Meat Party exploring the interaction between Vietnamese body language and English text while also producing the play A Green Marigold In The Marsh by Luu Quang Vu. Meat Party won the 1999 Playbox/Asialink Asian Playwrighting Competition and was part of Playbox Theatre’s 2000 Season. Other awards include the 1999 Australia Council Literature Fellowship and a Churchill Fellowship to research traditional Vietnamese Theatre forms in 2001.

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      Michael Bullock (VIC)

      Hanoi Arts Design College

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Michael Bullock completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University of Technology and has exhibited widely with sculptural and two-dimensional work exploring tensions between old and new technologies, materials and techniques.  Bullock undertook his residency at the Hanoi Arts Design College in 1999 and followed this by further work at a ceramic village, Bat Trang.  He developed an elegant and well-resolved body of work using fish as a metaphor for the movement of traffic in Hanoi and using materials associated with bicycle repair vendors. The work was exhibited at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi attracting wide press coverage and was further developed in an exhibition called Rubber Fish at Gallery 4A in Sydney.

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      Peter Keelan (WA)

      Hanoi Conservatory of Music

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts WA

    Peter Keelan’s performance, direction and composition ranges from World Music through to experimental. His credits include film soundtracks, community music projects, music theatre and original recordings with instruments such as pan-flute, didgeridoo, percussion and drums. During his residency in Vietnam Keelan worked with the Hanoi Conservatory of Music to collaborate with Vietnamese composers and musicians to construct a multi-media sound sculpture as an installation at the Conservatory.

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      Stephanie Luke (SA)

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

    Stephanie Luke completed an Arts/Law Degree at Sydney University and her first novel, Harm, was short listed for the 1998 Vogel Award and published by Allen & Unwin. During her residency in 1999 she researched material for a new work exploring the differences in the mythology of Vietnam and Australia. Luke is currently developing her second novel based on her Vietnam experiences. She was nominated as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists for 2001.

  • 1998

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      Michael Pearce (VIC)

      Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema

      Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

    Michael Pearce is a set and costume designer, visual artist and occasional performer. His designs for dance, theatre and opera include Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Co, the Australian Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Douglas Wright Co, NZ and many more. During Pearce’ four month performing arts residency he taught design at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema assisting students to design a production of David Williamson’s Travelling North. Upon his return, Pearce designed a cross cultural collaboration Through the Eyes of The Phoenix with the Dance theatre of Vietnam and again in 2000 of 7 new works by Vietnamese choreographers.

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      Pat Hoffie

      Hanoi Fine Arts College

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Pat Hoffie is a painter and installation artist who has exhibited prolifically in Australia and internationally  since the early 1970s. In addition to her own art practice, Pat is recognised as regular commentator in the arts media as well as a curator, teacher and high profile advocate for the arts and Asia related issues in Australia. In 1993 Pat undertook an Asialink residency in the Philippines where she has maintained strong links ever since and has extended her network to involve many other Brisbane artists. In 1998 Pat was the first artist to take up a second residency with Asialink, this time in Vietnam where she occupied a studio at the Hanoi Fine Arts College.

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      Steve Kelen (ACT)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts ACT

    Steve Kelen is a published poet whose titles include Trans-Sumatran Highway & Other Poems, West of Krakatoa,  Dingo Sky and Atomic Bullet. His poems have also been published across a wide range of Australian and International journals. During his residency Steve wrote prolifically, producing a chapbook of poems set in Vietnam which was published by The Gioi Publishers and sold in Hanoi. He also worked on a proposal for a bilingual anthology of contemporary Australian and Vietnamese poetry. In 2000 Five Islands Press published a new collection of Kelen’s poetry, Shimmerings, which includes a large number of works based on his Vietnam experience.

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      Ton-That Quynh-Du (VIC)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria

    Ton-That Quynh-Du is a Victorian literary translator whose translation, The Crystal Messenger by dissident Vietnamese writer Pham Thi Hoai, was received with great acclaim. During his residency in Vietnam he worked on an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese short stories based on the theme of rivers and worked on a translation of the novel Mua Bien Dong.

  • 1997

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      Jenny Watson (QLD)

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Jenny Watson is a high profile Australian artist with a substantial exhibiting reputation overseas, especially in Europe. In 1986 Watson represented Australia and was a gold medalist at the Indian Triennale and in 1993 she was Australia’s sole representative at the Venice Biennale. Her interest in Vietnam was due to a desire on her part to experience a contrasting culture to her own as well as to create work in isolation from her familiar art world. During her time in Vietnam Jenny completed a large body of paintings on local fabrics that she researched and purchased in the local markets. She also travelled to the country on field trips to source materials and to paint water buffaloes.

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      Sasha Soldatow (QLD)

      Vietnam Writers' Association

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Sasha Soldatow, a fiction and non-fiction writer from NSW, has published six books, including Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Christos Tsiolkas. During his residency he spent four months at the Vietnam Writers' Association, Hanoi.

  • 1996

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      Bruce Keller (NSW)

      The Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Theatre Schools and The Foreign Language Publishing House

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    New South Wales based theatre director Bruce Keller spent three months at The Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Theatre Schools and The Foreign Language Publishing House.

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      Debra Porch (QLD)

      Hanoi Fine Art College

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Sculptor and installation artist, Debra Porch spent four months at the Hanoi Fine Art College.

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      Kym Purling (SA)

      Supported by the Cameron Macintosh Foundation

    The residency served as an opportunity for Kym Purling to visit Vietnam and return to his ancestral roots. As a graduate from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz, Purling developed a relationship with the local musicians and performing arts administrators and practitioners.

  • 1995

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      Helga Groves (VIC)

      Hanoi College of Fine Arts

      Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

    Helga Groves holds a Master of Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts and has been exhibiting since 1988. She is represented in most large Australian gallery collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of NSW plus private collections. Career highlights have included winning the Moet & Chandon Art Prize in 1997 with a work inspired by her time in Vietnam during her two-month residency at the Hanoi College of Fine Arts.