The 2017 Asialink Arts International Creative Exchange Program.
Two Canberrans - a digital animator and a glass artist - are among the 33 artists chosen from 297 applicants who have been awarded residencies in the 2017 Asialink Arts International Creative Exchange Program. Five arts professionals from Japan, Korea, India and Taiwan will be based at Australian organisations - one of them a Japanese artist at Canberra Glassworks. The other 28 are Australians who will be based in 11 countries throughout the region.
Asialink, affiliated with the University of Melbourne was established in 1990 to promote public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. Since 1991 it has provided international exchanges, creative projects and professional development for arts professionals throughout the Asian region in all art forms and practises with a focus on the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks.
Coming to Canberra is award-winning glass artist Ayano Yoshizumi. With the support of Arts ACT Canberra Glassworks she will undertake a six-week residency there, coming from Toyama Glass Studio where she works. Treating her sculptures as three-dimensional canvases, Yoshizumi will combine Fauvist influences, emphasising vivid colours anc contours, with glassblowing techniques to create a series of new objects. Her residency is part of a three-year exchange between Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio, Japan.
Going to Toyama Glass Studio from Canberra in April/May will be Sui Jackson, also supported by Arts ACT. Being a glass artist is, he says, "my third career in life": he began as a linesman cable joiner, then became a network engineer. But he had a hobby making glass beads he enjoyed so much more than his regular work he decided to get serious about it.
"What other job do you get to play with fire all day?" he says. He builds the woodfired furnace at the Canberra Glassworks erach year and teaches glassblowing there on the weekends giving hands-on hot glass experiences to the public. He's also worked with Questacon to produce glass experiment displays and educational videos.
Jackson won't reveal his original given name that only his mother is allowed to use - "Sui" comes from a nickname and now he's adopted it full-time. He studied ceramics at Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art (Glass) from the ANU School of Art in 2009. Jackson has been based in Canberra since coming to study here and also exhibited in Shanghai and Singapore and worked as a consulting artist with Art Glass Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. He specialises in hot glass and is based at Australian National Capital Artists. Jackson uses industrial processes and recycled materials to create pieces in glass and ceramics,
"Seventy per cent of my practice is glass, 20 per cent is ceramic, and 10 per cent," Jackson says,
"My artwork tends to be nature-based artwork - trees, flowers, plants," he says. He will be going to Japan during blossom season which will give him the opportunity to study the form of the trees and other flora as well as responding to landscapes and cultural representationms of nature as the basis for his creations during his six weeks in Toyama. The works will be exhibited at Toyama Glass Art Museum.
Anna Madeleine, the other Canberra artist chosen, is also being supported by Arts ACT. She works with experimental animation, mixed media and installation to explore intersections between art and science and will be travelling to Common Room Networks Foundation in Bandung, Indonesia for three months to research south-east Asian shadow puppetry techniques to study the creation of shadows in order to integrate them into her work.
"I'm creating big immersive installation spaces and people's shadows will appear on screen," she says.
"I'm thinking about shadows, music, projection - creating objects with projection. As spectatators move through the space they change it."
Madeleine was born in Canberra and became interested in photomedia at Narrabundah College as well as drawing and collage. She graduated from the ANU School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2007 then moved to Sydney and completed a PhD in Media Arts at UNSW Art and Design in 2014 about SMS. She has exhibited across Australia, in the US and in Asia and extensively in Canberra. In 2016 she was selected for SafARI, the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and received a Project Funding grant from Arts ACT to be a visiting artist at the University of Southern California.
Before she goes to Indonesia in about July she will be taking part in a project in Melbourne, Art + Climate = Change, creating a participatory installation.
"I'll ask people to bring a mobile phone they don't want or need to recycle it. I'm not creating imagery for it - it's more about interaction. In exchange, they get to use a phone booth and record a message and save it into a digital archive."