Asialink Arts Residencies 2012-2013: Supporting Australian Artists' Journey to China
The Australia-China Council has been a proud supporter of Asialink Arts Residencies for a number of years.
The program enables Australian artists and arts administrators to spend up to three months at a host organization in China or Taiwan, and collaborate with local cultural institutions and artists. Australian residents act as Ambassadors for Australian culture, creativity and innovation through the presentation of productions, exhibitions, written work and performances. Residents also participate in public events highlighting Australia as creative, engaged and culturally diverse nation and regional partner.
Christopher Cobilis (Performing Arts) undertook his residency at MOVE Theatre, Taipei. As resident composer, Chris held workshops, rehearsals and developmental meetings with theatre staff and collaborators. A major outcome of the residency was the collaborative performance piece 'Force Quit'. Tickets to the shows sold out, with the 3 performances receiving positive feedback from critics and audience members.
Visual Arts Resident Stephen Eastaugh spent two months at the 24HR Art International Residency Program, located in Huantei Art City, Beijing. Stephen focussed on new work, completing 40 drawings and capturing film footage. Stephen presented an exhibition of his work at Li Space, 798 Art district in Beijing, where he engaged with audience members in conversation about Australian art. The research and work conducted by the artist will continue developing after the residency, with possible future shows being negotiated in Shanghai and Shandong in 2013-14.
Writer Toni Jordan spent three months at China’s elite Peking University in Beijing. As well as beginning a novel, she work-shopped ideas that may develop into a new work. She met with English teachers, translators, historians, booksellers and publishers, and discovered Chinese writing in translation by classic and modern authors. She hosted a discussion focusing on Australian literature, and immersed herself in the experience of being in an unfamiliar physical and cultural setting.
Cath Brophy (Visual Arts) NSW
Residency at AIR Taipei (Taiwan)
Cath Brophy’s drawing installations explore the experience of constructed space evoked by our everyday interaction with architecture - referencing its scale and formal elements, while creating a complex, disrupted illusion of space. Brisbane-born, Cath studied in London and Sydney and has exhibited in solo and group shows in both England and Australia. During her residency at Taipei Artists Village, Cath intends to delve into the complex history of Taiwan, encapsulated in both the traditional Chinese and colonial influences on the architecture of the island. She plans to create a body of work based on the structural components of this blend of building styles and the unique overlay of ornamental elements, indicative of the diverse influences on Taiwanese culture.
Peter Alwast (Visual Arts) NSW
Residency at Videotage, Hong Kong
Peter Alwast completed his undergraduate studies at QUT in Brisbane and in 2001 received a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York. Since that time he has exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Peter's practice employs a range of media including video, computer graphics, painting and drawing. His video works and drawings fold together different layers of representation, interchanging between real and virtual constructions of space. During his residency Peter will be researching and creating a series of new video works responding directly to the high density urban environment of Hong Kong.