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16 February 2017

A range of exciting projects by Victorian artists, or by artists based in Victoria, are among the 33 to be supported through the 2017 Asialink Arts Residency program.

Since 1991 Asialink's Arts Residency Program has provided opportunities for international exchange, creative projects and professional development for arts professionals throughout the Asian region. Encompassing all art forms and practices, Asialink Arts residencies focus on the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with local host communities.

Announced today, the 2017 program will send 28 Australian arts professionals to 11 countries in the region while welcoming five arts professionals from Japan, India, Korea and Taiwan to residencies in Australia.

Each year, Creative Victoria partners with Asialink to support projects either by Victorian artists or those that bring international artists to our state. The following projects will be realised with the support of Creative Victoria:

Rui Mizuki (Japan), RMIT, VIC
Rui Mizuki is a Kyoto based artist who interprets the urban environment through drawing and sculptural photography. Mizuki will spend three months at RMIT , making use of RMITs extensive facilities and presenting new work. This residency is part of a new Creative Industries Exchange between Tokyo Wonder Site – a contemporary art and cultural centre in the heart of Tokyo - and RMIT.

Hugh Davies (VIC), Tokyo Wonder Site, Toyko, Japan
Interdisciplinary arts worker, educator and artist Hugh Davies will present an exhibition of Australian independent games at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. Part of Asialink's inaugural Creative Industries exchange, he will develop a reciprocal exhibition of Japanese independent games to exhibit in Australia, with the intention of furthering opportunities for game artists and curators on both sides of the Asia Pacific.

Shian Law (VIC), Q-Space, Beijing, China
Shian Law will be based at Q-Space in Beijing, a new grassroots collective space dedicated to the empowerment of LGBTQ+ and women through arts and intercultural exchange. The Melbourne based performance artist will undertake research for a new performance and conduct training at the Academy of Chinese Traditional Opera.

Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano (VIC), BankART1929, Yokohama, Japan 
Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano are Melbourne based video artists. At BankART1929 the duo will work with local experts and performers to develop a body of work informed by the Japanese avant-garde dance Butoh, exploring the representation of gestures and the gender in different social and political contexts.

Halfsound – artists Alex Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe  (VIC), Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, the Philippines
Halfsound is a contemporary and experimental saxophone duo formed by Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe.  The pair will return to Green Papaya Art Projects and work with local artists to develop a project exploring the sonic possibilities of deconstructed instruments, while building upon their existing ties to the arts scene in Manila.

Rosie Cook (VIC), Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Arts conservator Rosie Cook will be based at Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum, working on Chinese glove puppets drawn from the museum's collections in the lead up to a new international exhibition. The residency will be an opportunity for Rosie to share Australian expertise in heritage conservation and community collaboration, while developing her own materials conservation skills.

Other Victorians who will take up 2017 Asialiank Arts Residencies include Kane Forbes (The Art Space for Kids Shanghai), Laura Woollett (Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta) and Christy Collins (Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo).

Visit the Asialink website for a full list of 2017 residencies and projects