Canberra artists to participate in 2016 Asialink Arts Residency Program
Textile artist, Leonie Andrews and glass artist, John White will travel to Japan as part in Aisalink’s 2016 Residency Program.
Leonie Andrews - Youkobo Art Space (Japan)
Leonie will be hosted by the Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, where she will be able to focus on creating new textile works. Said she is looking forward to meeting Japanese artists and visiting their studios.
“Asialink is an amazing opportunity that allows me to meet and work alongside local Japanese artists, by making direct connections into the local artistic community through my host organisation,” Ms Andrews said.
“As an avid museum goer I will also be spending time exploring Japanese museums looking at examples of historic textiles for techniques and inspiration that I can use in my own work.”
Reciprocal Residency Program: John White – Toyama Glass Studio (Japan) and Takeyoshi Mitsui – Canberra Glasswork (Australia)
This year the ACT Government has been able to build on Canberra’s involvement in Asialink Arts Residency Program by participating in the Reciprocal Residency Program for the first time, and supporting Asialink’s first ever craft-focused residency.
John White, a studio artist at Canberra Glassworks, will be hosted by Toyama Glass Studio for 6 weeks from 8 April - 22 May 2016. Canberra Glassworks will host Takeyoshi Mitsui 6 weeks from 13 June to 25 July 2016.
“I am honoured to be awarded the first Asialink reciprocal residency between Toyama Japan and the Canberra Glassworks. This residency will provide a wonderful exciting opportunity in the development of my professional practice,” John said.
“I would like to explore these culturally significant innovations, visit places of artists, inventors and architects. Most important to me is the exchange of information the sharing of cultures and to continue and these exchanges on my return to Australia.”
"While at Canberra Glassworks, Mr Takeyoshi Mitsui will be have the opportunity to exhibit and speak about his work, which will be inspired by Australian flora and fauna. He will also have the opportunity to meet with Canberra artists."
Minister congratulates successful Canberra artists
Minister for Small Business and the Arts, Chris Bourke, congratulated Ms Andrews and Mr White saying: “Fourteen talented artists from the ACT applied for the 2016 program, so congratulations must go to Ms Andrews and Mr White, who were selected from a strong field of innovative and creative Canberrans.”
Minister Bourke highlighted the importance these residencies to the development of the Canberra arts ecology and foster links between Australia and Japan, saying: “these residencies are another example of the strong links between our two nations, and the goodwill and creative exchange between us. It demonstrates the dynamic and diverse nature of the Canberra arts sector that is valued locally and has a global reach.”
“I’d like to wish both Ms Andrews and Mr White all the best with their residencies this year, and I look forward to seeing the outstanding work they produce. I am also looking forward to welcoming Mr Mitsui to our city later this year, and continuing the great tradition of artistic and cultural exchange between Canberra and Japan.”