Australia-Thailand Intstitute

ATI Funded Grant Projects

Culture and the Arts

QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Toes on the Edge


A contemporary dance cultural exchange between QL2 Centre for Youth Dance and Bangkok Dance Academy. Nine young dancers from QL2 travelled to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Khon Kaen during January 2011, performing a piece choreographed partly in Australia and Thailand in conjunction with dancers from the Bangkok Dance Academy. The performance, Toes on the Edge, explored cultural boundaries and how young people choose to respect or transgress those boundaries. Workshops for students were also held in each city. This was a highly successful project with QL2 and Bangkok Dance Academy set to continue their relationship through future exchanges.

QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Toes on the Edge

Adelaide International Film Festival, Thai Cinema Strand


The ATI provided a small amount of funding to the Adelaide Film Festival to showcase the work of Cannes Palm D'Or winner Apichatapong Weerasethakul. Mr Weerasethakul conducted a SKYPE interview with film festival attendees following the screening of his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This event was pivotal in providing the space to promote, screen, discuss and celebrate Thai films and filmmakers.

Adelaide International Film Festival, Thai Cinema Strand

Australian Catholic University, Vejjasala (Place of Healing) Buddhist Art and Community Development Project


With the assistance of ATI funding the Australian Catholic University's Mr Lachlan Warner travelled to Chiang Mai to observe and participate in the activities of the Land Foundation and work with the local art community, particularly at Chiang Mai University. Mr Warner developed working models and processes for an active contemporary artists' community and work centre, based on Buddhist customs and principles. He developed ongoing contacts for future exchanges between Chiang Mai artists and artists of the Vejjasala Centre, Australia. Mr Warner also developed links between the Fine Art Department, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Rajamangula Lanna University of Technology, and Chiang Mai Art on Paper, particularly in the areas of sculpture, installation and printmaking.

Helen Stacey Fine Art Productions, Border Crossing Art Project


A collaborative, cross-cultural, visual art project incorporating an exhibition and collaborative research program. The project was launched at The Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. It then toured to the Adelaide College of Arts and then on to tour New Zealand in 2011. At each location there was an exhibition, workshops, a forum and a seminar involving tertiary institutions and the public. This project developed a model of cross-cultural engagement through the medium of visual arts in order to link artists and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

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Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc, Thai Culture and Food Festivals, Melbourne and Brisbane 2010


These festivals showcase Thailand to the wider community through performances of Thai dance, music, Muay Thai and cooking demonstrations, a beauty contest, Thai restaurant and product stalls. This event was held in Brisbane for the first time in 2010 following the enormous success of the Thai Culture and Food Festival held annually in Melbourne. Over 63,000 people attended these events, bringing a greater awareness of Thai culture to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc


Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends a number of Australian artists to live and work in countries throughout Asia. The ATI provided funding to send artists to Thailand for three to four months based at an arts organisation, institution or university, to work on a project of their choice. The 2011 program funded three arts residents to Thailand: Ms Zoe Scrogings, Ms Irene Hanenbergh and Mr Akos Armont.

Ms Zoe Scrogings

Zoe worked with the Makhampom Foundation as an Arts Management resident from July - November 2011. He role focused on the Makhampom Reunion/Exchange and Interantional People's Theatre Forum in October 2011, a 13 day celebration of workshops, performance making, exchange and dialogue. Zoe also collaborated with the Asia Pacific Network for Sex Workers on the project "About Us, Not Without Us", developing art works for Art for AIDS Asia.

The Water Fight A performance devised as part of the Cultural Soup Project Reunion Exchange and International People's Theatre Forum. L-R Takako Iwasawa Hokkaido University and Bhumin Phanaketpisan, Makhampom

Ms Irene Hanenbergh

Irene investigated symbolic phenomena and architectural references. She immersed herself within the the daily routine of the Faculty of Visual Art and Design at Naresuan University, developing ideas and producing new work on site. In this resiency she focussed on producing large scale ink drawings and also facilitated student workshops such as Autmoatic Drawing, the Exquisite Corpse, Stop-motion animation and contemporary collaborative drawing practices.

2011 Presentation and workshop media arts classes led by Irene Hanenbergh and Noraset Vaisayakul for third year Naresuan University students

Mr Akos Armont

Akos undertook a Performing Arts residency with a number of small not-for-profit organisations working on the frontlines of illegal migration along the borders of Thailand and Myanmar in Kanchanaburi province. Working in association with Circus Action International, Arteca Onlus and ustralian teachers specialising in learning support, Akso helped to develop teaching programs and supplemental learning material to aid Arteca's volunteer tutors.