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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Project Summaries 2018-19

Presentation of Australian artists at Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) by UNSW Art & Design

UNSW Art & Design, with Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) and Beijing Design Week (BJDW), will showcase the compelling work of Australian artists exploring the erosion of certainty around binary oppositions in art and science in the 21st century. Welcoming large numbers of local and international visitors over 40 days, BMAB will be co-curated with the organising committee of the internationally acclaimed UNSW Art & Design curator Dr. Fenner and media artist and educator Brad Miller working with established and emerging artists presenting newly commissioned and existing works.

Full Spectrum: An immersive multi-coloured lighting design installation at London Design Biennale 2018

Flynn Talbot, a leading lighting designer, will create an engaging design installation in response to London Design Biennale (LDB) theme of 'Emotional States' to be the official Australian pavilion at the LDB 2018. Talbot will explore the emotion "Love" which is inspired by Australia recent legalisation of same-sex marriage

Shaun Parker and Company “The King”

Shaun Parker and Company will undertake a large cultural exchange project featuring performances of new work "KING" and critically acclaimed work "Happy as Larry" across the Middle East and Western Europe. The acclaimed Australian dance company will host a range of exchange activities including workshops and artist forums to support on-going relationships with local dancers, sharing skills and knowledge with contemporary dancers in the Middle East, Western Europe and Australia.

Matthew Keygan “Three Seas Project” India Tour

The Three Seas is an international, inter-cultural music project that fuses modern Australian jazz with West Bengali folk music to create a unique and soulful sonic imprint that radiates joy. The Three Seas will tour India as part of the Australian High Commission’s OZFEST and perform in theatres and festivals in New Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Chennai, Shanti Niketan and Darjeeling.

The Commute: Connecting Indigenous Culture across the Pacific

Drawing from the experiences of commuting cultures, this exhibition curated by Queensland’s Institute of Modern Art encompasses a series of commissioned projects by artists located around the Great Ocean, also known as the Pacific Rim, who assert complex, wide-ranging, contemporary Indigenous experiences inclusive of both ancestral knowledge and global connections.

Light, Sound, Art Film

The Australian Nepali Film Exchange brings together leading filmmakers from Australia and Nepal. The inaugural edition of the exchange features Jen Peedom from Australia and Kesang Tseten from Nepal. Jen and Kesang will screen their films as part of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. Each filmmaker will conduct a masterclass in conjunction with the screenings, and engage in discussion panels around the different challenges, solutions and motivations for filmmaking in each country.

Say No more

Say No More brings 26 women artists from Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia together to share truths, debunk myths and expose the lies of being women. Audiences will experience films, music and art installations which unravel very particular intimate personal stories of struggle, defeat, triumph, and survival within a highly unusual nuptial setting, and performances which reveal how marriage influences and shapes the social and cultural circumstances of women. As a multicultural, multi arts event created by women artists with and without a disability, Say No More is accessible to the widest possible audience.

Australian-Indonesian Fast Track Film Co-Production Initiative

A film development initiative designed to match six of the best key creatives and film professionals from both Indonesia and Australia together to accelerate opportunities for feature film and television co-productions from the ideas stage to full production. The project builds on cross-cultural film collaboration that has been instigated by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and will dramatically accelerate the potential of successful film collaboration between Australia and Indonesia.

Marregeku Inc “‘Le Dernier Appel’

Centre Culturel Tjibaou presents Marrugeku’s Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry, a new multilingual, trans-Indigenous dance theatre work made in Nouméa and Sydney. Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry explores recuperation in aftermaths of colonisation, seeking what to embrace of the new and what to let fall.

Last Updated: 15 October 2018