Asialink Arts 2019 Creative Exchanges Announced

Asialink Arts announces a suite of creative engagements throughout Asia for 2019. The selected artists and arts professionals were chosen from an open call for proposals.

Asialink Arts is awarding global creative exchange opportunities to 23 individual artists and arts professionals, including 22 Australian artists to Asia and one Asian-based artist who will be coming to Australia through the exchange program.

The program supports and inspires artists and arts professionals to create work, explore new ideas and expand their professional networks. The recipients work within new cultural contexts seeding long term creative outcomes and partnerships.

Dr Pippa Dickson, Asialink Arts Director says, “The reverberations of the program are long lasting and transformational for artists and the cultural sector in Australia.”

Over a 28 year history Asialink Arts has pioneered opportunities and been a bedrock for many internationally focused careers throughout the Asian region.

Asialink Arts currently works with over 40 partner organisations throughout Asia ranging from publishing houses, private galleries, theatres, universities and dedicated arts residency spaces.

“Consolidated platforms for connections and collaborations throughout the region are critical given the social, economic and political shifts from west to east and the creative capital, scale and dynamism of our neighbours.” Dickson said.

In 2019 and beyond Asialink Arts will illuminate the experiences and outcomes of the selected artists through online platforms, public forums and festival presentations. The Asialink Arts alumni now extends to over 850 individuals from across Australia and Asia.

Applications for the 2020 program will be invited in September.


Artistic Director of M.O.V.E Theatre Sally Sussman will head to Taiwan; sound artist Alexandra Spence to Hong Kong;

contemporary-flamenco choreographer and performer Annalouise Paul to Malaysia; performer, choreographer and festival director Liz Lea to Singapore and writer Stephanie Bishop to Japan. Supported by Create NSW.

As part of the 2019 Emerging Writer Exchange Mona Zahra Attamini will travel to Indonesia, supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.


Visual artists Aly de Groot, Annabel Amagula and Maicie Lalara will travel to Indonesia and writer Courtney Collins to India. Supported by Arts NT.


Artist, curator and writer Christine Morrow will travel to Hong Kong. Cross-artform artist and producer Tammy Brennan and visual artist Sancintya Mohini Simpson will each travel to India. Supported by Arts Queensland.


Writer Andy Butler will travel to the Philippines; Danius Kesminas to Cambodia; writer and producer Joshua Allen and collaborative duo Eugene Ughetti and Thomas Meadowcroft will travel to Indonesia. Supported by Creative Victoria.


Visual artist Jacobus Capone and Cabaret performer Tomas Ford from Western Australia will be based in Japan and Malaysia respectively.

As part of a 2019 targeted exchange Perth based artist Alisa Blakeney will travel to Taiwan for a residency at Taipei Artist Village and Taiwanese artist Lee Dai-Rong will head to Freemantle Arts Centre.

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

For interviews please contact:

Kerrii Cavanagh, Project Manager

T:         +61 3 9035 4432


Asialink Arts made this happen with support from:

Image: 'Mother Tongue' presented by Annalouise Paul Dance Theatre. Choreography, concept and direction by Annalouise Paul. Photo Shane Rozario. Project was supported by CreateNSW, Ausdance NSW and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

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