Creative Exchanges Announced

Asialink Arts through its Global Project Space (GPS) initiative announces a suite of phenomenal creative exchange projects for 2018. The selected artists and arts professionals were chosen from a national open call for proposals.

Asialink Arts is awarding global creative exchange opportunities to 32 individual artists and arts professionals, including 27 Australian artists to Asia and five Asian-based artists who will be coming to Australia through a targeted exchange program.

Director, Sarah Bond says of the initiative, “Reflected in the 2018 awardees is an acknowledgement of the diversity and strength of the Australian creative sector. Thematically a large percentage of the projects explore environmental and societal issues such as global warming or social and personal histories, through the diverse platforms of film, performance, sound, visual art and writing. Through tangible cultural encounters with and in Asia, the work being undertaken by the selected 2018 artists offers a subtle experiential approach to global engagement and alternate ways to look at everyday things anew.

Through the GPS initiative, artists and arts professionals are given the opportunity to tell their stories, strengthen their practice and Australia’s creative reputation whilst on exchange in Asia. They have the chance to stretch their thinking whilst in new cultural contexts, to develop new works, expand their professional networks and seed long term cultural outcomes.

Each recipient has been linked with one of over 40 global collaborators working with Asialink Arts; ranging from publishing houses, private galleries, theatres, universities and dedicated arts residency spaces.

Throughout 2018 GPS will share the journeys of our selected artists and the outcomes of their projects and initiatives through online platforms, public forums and festival presentations.

Applications for the 2019 program will be invited in September.


As the final part of a three-year dedicated glass exchange program Canberra based artist Harriet Schwarzrock will travel to Japan to develop new work at the Toyama Glass Studio, and Japanese artist Chisa Kobayashi will take up residence at Canberra Glassworks. Supported by Arts ACT.


Visual Artist Cherine Fahd and writer Suneeta Peres da Costa will head to India, ClubAte (Bhenji Ra & Justin Shoulder) to the Philippines and visual artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro to Japan. Supported by Create NSW.

As part of our inaugural Tulis writing exchange with Indonesia, Sydney based writer Annee Lawrence will travel to Jakarta to work on her new novel and participate in the Ubud Reader and Writers Festival. Indonesian based writer Dias Novita Wuri will take up residency at Varuna National Writers House and WestWords and participate in the Sydney Writers Festival. Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute.


Paper artist Amee Porter and film maker Naina Sen will both be based in India and Louise Partos from Artback NT will spend time in Singapore. Supported by Arts NT.


Visual Artist Elysha Rei Gould will travel to Japan, Stella Prize longlisted writer Mirandi Riwoe will be based in Shanghai and multimedia artist Sasi Victoire will head to Malaysia.

Supported by Arts Queensland & a Gift to the memory of Masa Hiraoka and Setsu Hiraoka and Yasuko Hiraoka Myer.


History Festival Manager Allison Russell and poet Kate Larsen from South Australia will be based in Hong Kong and Malaysia respectively. As part of a new targeted South East Asian curatorial program between Adelaide and Manila, curator Gillian Brown from Samstag Museum (Adelaide) will spend time working at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Manila) and in turn Manila based curator Paula Acuin will come to Adelaide for a placement at Samstag. Supported by Arts SA.


Visual artist Adam John Cullen will be going to Taiwan, Writer Miles Allinson will be going to India, choreographer Melanie Lane to Indonesia, visual artist Lillian O’Neil to Japan and collaborative experimental artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey will go to Korea. Supported by Creative Victoria & a Gift to the memory of Masa Hiraoka and Setsu Hiraoka and Yasuko Hiraoka Myer.

In a continuation of 2018’s partnership with Next Wave which saw physical theatre performer Skye Gellmann’s participating in the Awaji Arts Circus Festival on Awaji Island in Japan, Next Wave will be bringing a Japanese artist to Australia as part of their programming. Supported by the Australia Japan Foundation.


Writers Josephine Wilson and Sally Murphy from Western Australia will be based in China and Vietnam respectively.

As part of a 2018 targeted exchange Perth based artist Matthew McVeigh will travel to Taiwan to take up residence at AIR Taipei and Taiwanese artist Hsian Jung Chen will head to Freemantle Arts Centre.

Supported by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, WA.

View the full list of 2018 creative exchange recipients here.

Image: Club Ate Photographed by Jack Mannix, edited by Justin Shoulder 2016

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