Creating new work for new markets is essential to the ongoing sustainability of the cultural and creative industries. Supported by the Tasmanian Government and developed in partnership with Arts Tasmania, this initiative is designed to support Tasmanian artists and arts organisations to research or create new work for new markets in Singapore and potentially Southeast Asia (SEA).
The development of new markets in the cultural and creative industries has traditionally taken place through touring and in-person visits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international mobility halted, and live presentations and exhibitions paused for considerable lengths of time. This program, designed by Asialink Arts and which evolves incrementally over two years, re-considers and re-starts international engagement. The focus is on sharing insights on platforms and audience engagement, developing connections and supporting partnerships. The program will be delivered through digital and hybrid modes leading to live and face-to-face market opportunities in Singapore in a COVID-safe environment.
We are thrilled to announce that after a competitive multi-stage selection process, Stephanie Jack and Assembly 197 have been selected to work with Asialink Arts to develop networks and collaborations and travel to Singapore in late 2022 and early 2023.
Stephanie Jack is a Singaporean-Chinese/Australian actor, writer and singer, based in Hobart. She has been supported to develop Mixed Feelings, which has been described as an explosive fusion of live performance, digital projection, and music.
With support through this program, Stephanie will work with Asialink Arts to explore Singaporean partnerships, collaborations and markets for the show. Stephanie hopes to secure a Singapore producer for the work and encourage more exchange between Tasmanian and Singaporean presenters and festivals.
Assembly 197 is the home of Tasdance and Situate and is led by Tasmanian artists Adam Wheeler and Emma Porteus.
Assembly 197 has received support through the program to deliver Singapore: Double Seed.
As part of this project, Tasdance Creative Associate Jenni Large will work with artists from Singapore’s Dance Nucleus to develop longer term collaborations. While Adam Wheeler and Emma Porteus will work with Singaporean artists to evolve the Situate model – which supports outstanding early and mid-career artists and creative practitioners to develop new experimental artworks for live performance – for the Singaporean market.
These opportunities will amplify the work of Assembly 197, forging new relationships, developing new markets and lead to the potential for multiple new works in both Tasmania and Singapore.
For the program Asialink Arts has created a layered approach towards developing market outcomes.
ASSEMBLY 197 is the home of TASDANCE (the company), SITUATE (the program), and ARTERY (the outreach). ASSEMBLY 197 knows we make great art when we assemble. ASSEMBLY 197 also hosts Stompin, Mudlark, and Rooke Circus as in-house organisations.
Stephanie Jack 卢恩典 is an Asian Australian actor, singer, and writer based in nipaluna/Hobart. As an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans video, music, and text, Stephanie has completed an M.F.A Acting at Harvard's ART/MXAT Institute, including a semester abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Her credits include Deadloch (Amazon, 2023), Archipelago Productions’ The Maids with Essie Davis and Marta Dusseldorp, and New York Times Critics’ Pick musical, The Light Princess. In 2021, Stephanie was the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s Associate Artist, a vocalist for MONA’s Performance Ensemble, and a Regional Arts Fund Fellowship recipient.
Banner image: Art After Dark festival at Gillman Barracks, courtesy of National Arts Council of Singapore.