Australia-Thailand Intstitute

ATI Funded Grant Projects

Culture and the Arts

Brisbane Multi-Cultural Arts Centre- Thailand and Australia film exchange 2012

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,995

This project will support the involvement of three Thai film industry professionals in a series of events around the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Queensland. The project will help create opportunities for collaboration between Australians and Thais at the highest level of the film industry and highlight the cultural achievements of the Thai filmmakers in the region's most prestigious awards.

The project is due for completion in March 2013 with a full acquittal report submitted to the ATI by April 2013

'Roots of Thai Art' Book Launch

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $8,000

The ATI provided a grant for the book launch of 'Roots of Thai Art' by Piriya Krairiksh. The book was originally published in Thai in 2009 following 30 years of research by its author who is also an eminent historian. This grant was to partly fund the launch of the English version of the book, being hosted by the Darling Foundation, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Thailand. The event was held in Sydney on the 30th of May and was attended by ATI board members.

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'Little OZ' Reciprocal art installation in Thailand

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $4,800

Little Oz is an art project that aims to broaden and deepen the cultural understanding between Australia and Thailand. It is an interactive art exhibition that provides a visual narrative of Australian culture though the experiences and memories of Australians living in Thailand. This project follows on from the "Thai na Town" project dealing with exploring and communicating with Thai expats in Sydney, which was funded by the Institute in 2011

The 'Little Oz' project is due for completion in January 2013 with a full acquittal report to be submitted to the institute by February 2013

Biennale of Sydney, 18th Biennale of Sydney

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,500

The 18th Biennale of Sydney exhibition, entitled 'All Our Relations', will be held from 27 June — 16 September 2012 and will include the work of seven significant Thai artists presented alongside the work of key Australian and international artists. Events, artist talks, public and education programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition across all venues.

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Australian National University, Thai Music Festival and Symposium

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $7,150

The Thai Music Festival and Symposium will promote transnational awareness of Thai music and culture from past to present, and will showcase the finest musical artists to have emerged from Thailand to date. Located in Canberra, this festival will be held from 25 — 29 February 2012 and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Australia's diplomatic relationship with Thailand.

Access Arts, Polyphonic: Many Voices, Many Styles

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,500

This international exhibition will showcase works from 25 Australian artists experiencing a disability at the 11th Asia Pacific Wastaboshi Music Festival in Bangkok during the month of November 2011. The exhibition will be curated by Access Arts and will develop long term collaborative partnerships between the Network of Music and Arts of Persons with Disabilities (NMAD) Thailand and Access Arts Australia.

Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation University of Melbourne, The Conservation of Cultural Materials in Tropical Climates Symposium

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $9,900

A four day symposium to address regionally relevant issues relating to the conservation of material culture where the ageing of artworks in tropical climates and individual artists choice of materials are the key factors influencing the preservation of vast collections of cultural heritage in tropical Southeast Asia. The symposium will present the collaborative conservation programs between the Centre of Cultural Materials Conservation and the Materials Research Centre of Art and Design at Silpakorn University. This project is due for completion in March 2012 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of April 2012.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Wandering Moon Shadow Puppet Theatre Residency

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,500

The Wandering Moon Shadow Puppet Theatre Company of Thailand was invited by Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin to share their culture and artistry with the Darwin arts community. The two week residency provided puppetry, kite making, and story telling workshops for young people between the ages of 5 and 16. There were two streams of workshops – general community workshops for any young person who registers an interest, and specific workshops held for refugee children in conjunction with the 'Bridging Cultures' program. The project developed and strengthened ongoing links between Northern Territory and Thai artists with two Australian artists invited to work with the Wandering Moon Shadow Puppet Theatre Company in Chiang Mai in 2012.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Thai-na-town

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $7,782.50

Melbourne based Thai artist Vipoo Srivilasa will produce a series of ceramic works reflecting the experience and memory of local Thai community members that will be displayed in the shopfronts along Campbell Street in the Haymarket district of Sydney. Members of the public will be able to exchange these works for objects of sentimental value to them, celebrating Thai-Australian culture and a visual narrative of cultural exchange and understanding. Vipoo Srivilasa will then travel to Thailand to work with the Art Centre at Chulalongkorn University, creating the same body of work in Thailand, but one that reflects Australian culture and heritage. This project is due for completion in April 2012 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by May 2012.