|Asialink is a non-profit organization operating with the support of the Myer Foundation (http://www.myerfoundation.org.au/) and the University of Melbourne (http://www.unimelb.edu.au/) with the aim of promoting cultural understanding and cooperation in the areas of business, politics, education and the arts between Australia and the nations of Asia. With offices on the campus of the University of Melbourne the organization serves as a vital provider of information in each of these fields and human resources development aimed at building a network between Australia and Asia.
From its administrative department at the Asialink Centre, the organization facilitates a range of forums for business, government and academia though its Corporate & Public Programs and through its Asia Education Foundation (AEF) it provides schools and teachers in Australia with a range of services to engage young Australians with Asia through studies of Asia. Its third branch of activities is the Arts Program, which provides venues for touring exhibitions and residency programs and other activities to support artists in Australia and the countries of Asia.
Begun in 1990, the Arts Program provides Artist in Residence programs in the visual arts, performing arts, arts management and literature that promote exchange between artists. Australian artists can search for places in the Asian countries where they would like to go for a residency and then they apply to Asialink for support. Depending on the contents of the artist’s proposal, a variety of different types of residencies, usually of four to six weeks or shorter ones of three to four weeks can be planned in which the artist stays in the community. The initial expenses for this residency period are provided as set fees by Asialink to support study/training, work on art works/productions, workshops and seminars.
To date Asialink Arts has provided residencies and study/research for 406 artists through 242 host organizations in 21 Asian countries including: Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, East Timor, Bhutan, Thailand and Vietnam. This residency program is presently continuing exchange efforts on an ongoing basis. The wide range of host organizations include festivals, arts centers, publishing companies, universities, galleries, museums and theaters, and references can be made on Asialink for the following organizations.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament www.theartshouse.com.sg
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore www.lasallesia.edu.sg
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival www.singaporefringe.com
Singapore Writers Festival, The National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC) www.nac.gov.sg/eve/eve02.asp
Teamwork, New Delhi www.teamworkfilms.com
Seoul Performing Arts Festival iSPAFj www.spaf21.com
Paradox Literary Centre, Yogjakarta & Utan Kayu Literary Biennale,
Jakarta Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung
Cultural Centre of the Philippines www.culturalcenter.gov.ph/
Requirements for applying for the residency program include being an Australian citizen or holding permanent resident status in Australia and being an artist or arts manager with at least three years of experience in one’s field of specialization. Applications are accepted every year and ten grants are scheduled for 2007. Applications for 2008 will be accepted from July 2007.
In addition to this residency program, Asialink also has an Australia-Asia Exchange Program that promotes joint organization of exhibitions of Australian contemporary art works or the arts and crafts of Asia. Since 1991, tie-ups with 40 private-sector galleries have resulted in over 60 exhibitions visiting over 200 venues and showing the works of over 400 artists. As special programs, there are also mid- and long-term ones in progress. These include the Australia-Japan Visual Arts Program 2006-2008, the Asialink Japan Dance Exchange, the Australia-Indonesia Arts & Community Program and Arts Management Program and Literary Tour Program. Past programs include a Museum Training Program, the Australia Japan Arts Network (AJAN) and the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition.
Contact the source below for Residency Program inquiries.
Asialink Arts Management Residency Program
The University of Melbourne
Tel: (03) 8344 3581
Fax: (03) 9347 1768
Sponsors of this program include the following:
The Australia Council for the Arts
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Australia-Indonesia Institute
Australia Korea Foundation
The Australian High Commission in Malaysia
The Australia-Thailand Institute