Res Artis counts 14% of its members in Asia without having enough insight into these members’ needs and concerns. Together with Asialink, we applied in 2013 for a Creative Encounter grant with the Asia-Europe Foundation to change that. Our project was successfully selected out of 50 application proposals.

We then decided to go to Australia to learn more about the role of artist residencies in Asia, Australia and Europe, the way they create and exchange information about the field, and how mobility is being funded in and among these continents. All of which lead up to the creation of the ‘Asia Australia Europe Creative Residency Network’.

The two-parted meeting was organized by Res Artis, in partnership with Asialink and the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA), and took place at the University of Melbourne on May 9 and 12, 2014.

Mapping and Assessment

On May 9, we brought together around 15 experts from Asia, Europe and Australia to discuss mapping strategies as a powerful exercise in order to learn more about a residency field’s dynamics in a new part of the world, or even one’s own regional residency context. Mapping is also an effective tool to provide data to future residents and other stakeholders in the field.

Please read more about this meeting in our report on May 9.

Funding schemes and mobility

On the second day of our meeting we brought together residency experts from Asia, Australia and Europe to talk with funding bodies for and in these areas. This discussion was initiated by On The Move: It is becoming more and more obvious that many funding schemes today are not reciprocal, and that opportunities for cultural professionals to work and learn elsewhere are unevenly dispersed between the three continents, as well as within each one of them.

Public and private funders present their funding schemes to the residency field and mobility experts.

Please read more about the May 12  meeting in the report.

Read an article about the conference in ‘Mapping Residencies’ magazine here.

Find video of the meeting here.

IETM Asian Satellite Panel

It was especially fruitful to convene a weighty group of funders for the exchange on May 12 due to the fact that a large IETM Asia Satellite gathering began later on the same day. The conversation that we started in the morning was carried into the IETM panels.

Equally, Res Artis was invited by IETM to host a panel on innovative residency programmes. A crowd of cultural professionals from all over the world was eager to get information out of our seven experienced speakers.

IETM Panel: Res Artis members and experts talk about latest trends in the residency field, May 14.

The ‘Asia Australia Europe Creative Residency Network’ network

Both meetings convened experts to discuss the role of artist residencies in cultural mobility between Asia, Europe and Australia, and to reflect on the goals and future sustainability of developing the ‘Asia Australia Europe Creative Residency Network’ for the three regions.

The network discussion was contributed by:

Eliza Roberts – Asialink (Australia)
Lesley Always – Asialink (Australia)
Marie Le Sourd – On The Move (Belgium)
Mella Jaarsma – Cemeti Art House (Indonesia)
Brianna Munting – National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA) (Australia)
Margaret Shiu – Bamboo Curtain (Taiwan)
Crystal Ruth Bell – China Residencies (China/US)
Marie Fol – DutchCulture / TransArtists (Amsterdam)
Lillian Fellmann – Res Artis (Amsterdam)
Mario A. Caro – Res Artis (US)
Sachiko Kanno – AIR Network Japan (working title); AIR_J (Japan)
Lea O’Loughlin – Acme Studios (UK)
Valentina Riccardi – Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore)
Monica Turner – Asia New Zealand Foundation (New Zealand)
Kira Simon-Kennedy – China Residencies (China/US)
Julie Spatt – The Australia Council for the Arts (Australia)

Teiko Hinuma –  AIR Network Japan (working title); Joshiba University of Art and Design