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Welcome to Asialink Arts 2015 Year in Review

'Disruption' in all its guises has certainly been the buzzword of the year - digital, economic, social, and cultural. The arts certainly had its share of disruptions in 2015. Dealing with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity is now the norm for most organisations, but it has always been the lifeblood of the arts - taking risks, exploring unknown territories, creating new platforms for discussion and debate. These endeavours have certainly characterised Asialink Arts' projects in this highly productive year.

Throughout 2015 Asialink Arts' residents explored new ideas, communities and collaborations from East Timor to Turkey. The exhibition touring program exposed contemporary Australian artists to new audiences of almost one million across India, Japan and Turkey. We partnered with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, M Pavilion, Monash University of Modern Art, Institute of Modern Art, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria, and the Australia Council for the Arts to host various delegations, forums, sector round tables and performances.

We are grateful to all our partners and supporters, particularly the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, state and territory arts ministries, the University of Melbourne and various philanthropic funds, in assisting in our work.

We hope you enjoy this overview of our projects and adventures this year, and wish everyone a safe and joyous festive season.

- Lesley Alway, Director, Asialink Arts


Asialink Arts operates Australia’s largest and longest running international touring program. The program partners with Asian cultural institutions and major arts events to deliver exhibitions and collaborative projects. The 2015 Exhibition Touring Program focused on India, Turkey and Japan with collaborative exhibitions at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Nakanojo Biennale as well as participation in DFAT’s Year of Australia in Turkey.  
Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd: Kochi-Muziris Biennale
12 Dec 2014 – 29 Mar 2015
Durbar Hall, Kochi, India

Building on Asialink Arts involvement at the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012 with artist Dylan Martorell, in 2014 Asialink Arts worked with artist Daniel Boyd to deliver an installation of new works at Durbar Hall, Kochi. Boyd joined 93 artists from 30 countries.


14 Aug – 12 Sept 2015
Gaia Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Touring to Turkey during the DFAT’s ‘Year of Australia in Turkey’, Neverwhere featured the work of eight contemporary Australian artists. The exhibition demonstrated the current state of contemporary art in Australia by questioning Australian society and future directions. 

Jamie North Concrete

Jamie North: Concrete
29 Aug  6 Sept 2015
Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center / Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, Istanbul, Turkey

Asialink Arts partnered with Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) to support artist Jamie North’s participation in Concrete, an exhibition curated by Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow which was shown in Melbourne in 2014.

Juan Ford

Juan Ford: 5th Nakanojo Biennale
12 Sept - 12 Oct 2015
Gunma Prefecture, Japa

The 2015 Nakanojo Biennale took place in the Gunma Prefecture and included the work of 132 groups of artists and collaborators. Melbourne based-artist Juan Ford joined 19 artists from 6 countries in the Tomasz Wendland curated project Empty Garden as a key international program of the 2015 edition.  


Since 1991 Asialink's Arts Residency Program has provided professional development opportunities for over 800 Australian arts professionals across all art forms, in exchange for the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with host communities in Asia. In 2015, the program sent a total of 36 individual arts professionals. Here are some of the highlights for this year.

David Finnigan

David Finnigan (ACT)
Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Manila, Philippines

David developed a new participatory theatre performance, Gobyerno or ‘Government’, in which audiences created a documentary about their ideal nation. A prototype was presented at Festival B:om in Korea and Karnabal Festival in Manila.

Nicholas Verso

Nicholas Verso (VIC)
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China

In Beijing Nicholas wrote a first draft of his fantasy feature film, ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC. He researched robotics towards creating design prototypes for the film, and explored the abandoned city of Ordos and Zhangye desert as potential locations for key sequences.

Dan Mackinlay

Dan Mackinlay (WA)
Common Room Networks Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia

Dan worked with contemporary classical composer and death metal bass player, Robi Rusdiana and the death metal supergroup choir, Ensemble Tikoro, to develop a new operetta that compliments wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance.

Sally Richardson (WA) and Hsu Yenting (Taipei), Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan and Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

Perth writer, choreographer and arts manager, Sally Richardson, traded places with Taiwanese sound artist, Hsu Yenting. Sally developed The Ghost Project with Taiwanese artists working across the mediums of dance, theatre, film and photography. Yenting exhibited Waterland, which explored cultural effects on the perception of sound.

Snuff Puppets

Regional Revitalisation in Japan: Australia House, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan 2015, Snuff Puppets: Andy Freer, Stephane Hisler, Rosalind Hall, Nick Wilson (VIC)

In Japan the Snuff Puppets collaborated with the Urada community to build giant puppets based on local folk tales. The community performed in Niigata prefecture and Honjima Island, together with a major performance as part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.


Kerjasama: Reciprocal Residency between Australia and Indonesia, Karla Dickens (NSW) and Doni Maulistya (Yogyakarta), Artback NT, Alice Springs and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta

Australian Indigenous artist Karla Dickens and Indonesian artist Doni Maulistya undertook a 6 week residency in Alice Springs, followed by a further 6 week residency in Yogyakarta.

Partnerships, Public Programs & Publications

In fulfilling its twin purposes of Asia engagement and capability, Asialink Arts undertakes a range of other projects designed to provide additional creative opportunities, engage Australian and Asian audiences and provide access to information and networks to arts professionals and the general public.
Chinese Performing Arts Roundtable

Round table: Australia-China Contemporary Performing Arts Engagement

13 Mar. Asialink Arts and The Australia Council for the Arts hosted a discussion with a delegation of Chinese performing arts managers on practical issues around performing arts engagement with China.    

Round table: Singapore Youth Arts Attachment Program

12 Jun. On behalf of National Arts Council Singapore, Asialink Arts hosted a round table information session and discussion on the Singapore Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme in Australia.
RAQS lecture

Boiler Room Lecture: Raqs Media Collective

7 Jul. MUMA in partnership with Asialink Arts and IMA co-presented a keynote lecture by Raqs Media Collective members Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, convened by Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, VCA/Senior Curator MPavilion.

Curatorial Seminar: Raqs Media Collective

8 Jul. Asialink Arts in partnership with MADA Curatorial Practice co-hosted a seminar with Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective, who visited Australia courtesy of Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for the 'Imaginary Accord' exhibition.

Pauline Yao

Culture & Ideas: Pauline Yao, M+ Hong Kong

9 Jul. Hosted by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, M+ curator Pauline Yao presented a behind-the-scenes preview of the museum’s architecture and curatorial vision. Pauline then visited a number of cultural institutions in Melbourne which was co-hosted by Asialink Arts.
Japan Delegation

Asia-Capability Delegation for VIC Multi-Arts professionals: Tokyo and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

9-17 Aug. Asialink facilitated a delegation for Victorian arts professionals to Tokyo and ETAT to research and develop professional networks and partnerships culminating in a series of reciprocal projects for future delivery.

China Delegation

Asialink Arts: Delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Culture

25 Sept. Asialink Arts hosted a roundtable lunch for a visiting delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and presented on Asialink Arts' activities and engagement with China.
Joselina Cruz

IVP Round table: Joselina Cruz

24 Nov. Asialink Arts hosted an industry lunch for Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila

Anida Yoeu Ali

Anida Yoeu Ali: In Conversation @ MPavillion

26 Nov. Following her performances at the 8th APT in Brisbane, Cambodian artist Anida Yoeu Ali came to Melbourne for an in-depth discussion with Sarah Bond, Director of Visual Arts, Asialink Arts. 

The Barberettes

The Barberettes @ Asialink Chairman's Dinner

3 Dec. 'Time travelling girl group from South Korea', The Barberettes were invited to perform at Asialink Chairman's Dinner during their visit to Melbourne, courtesy of Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of Mapping Melbourne.

Residencies Newsletter

The Bookwallah  featured in Improbable Libraries

The Bookwallah (2012), travelling library across India by train has been featured in Improbable Libraries by Thames and Hudson.

Arts Residencies Newsletter

Asialink Arts Residencies Newsletter 2015   

In 2015, the program sent a total of 36 individual arts professionals, including three reciprocal residencies and two residency laboratories.

Arts Videos

Asialink Arts STORIES is a series of videos which documents the powerful anecdotes behind many of the Asialink Arts projects over the last 25 years.  

STORIES: Bindi Cole Chocka

Artist Bindi Cole Chocka recounts her involvement in Shadowlife, Asialink Arts touring exhibition curated by Djon Mundine OAM and Natalie King, which toured to Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore in 2012-13.  

STORIES: Marisia Lukaszewski

Marisia Lukaszewski (Curator, aestheticAlliance*) provides insights into her curatorial project, The Abandoned Boudoir, an exhibition on Australian art and design which toured to Bangkok, Beijing, Taipei in 2010-11.


Tony Yap (dancer, choreographer) discusses his residency experiences in Indonesia; first in 2005 (Teatre Garasi, Yogyakarta), and second in 2013 (Agung Gunawan, In the Arts Island Festival and Javanese Dancework, Java), and how this has influenced his performing arts career today.

STORIES: Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law (writer, journalist, columnist & screenwriter) recounts his residency experience at Peking University, China (2010) which he spent researching ‘Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East’ (published in 2013). Law also discusses his participation in The Bookwallah, an Asialink Arts writing program which toured to India in 2012.

STORIES: Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray (author of fiction for children and young adults) discusses her residency experience at University of Madras, India (2007) and her participation in The Bookwallah, an Asialink Arts writing program which toured to India in 2012.


Artist Kate Daw recounts her residency experience at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India (1995), and her ongoing relationship with India which has had a significant influence in her career.    

STORIES: Juan Ford

Juan Ford

Melbourne-based artist Juan Ford discusses his experience at the 2015 Nakanojo Biennale where he presented Flock Propagation as part of Empty Garden, an international exhibition component for the 2015 edition.

ABC News: Kate Blackmore

Kate Blackmore

Prior to embarking on her Asialink residency to Varanasi, India, Kate Blackmore spoke to ABC's 'The World' about her plans to work with a group of women who were trying to fight back against deeply entrenched domestic violence.