Paiwan dancer and choreographer and Ramingining songman and multi art form creative are announced as the 2019 Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residents
First Nations’ arts practitioners Aulu Tjibulangan and Bobby Bununggurr have been selected as the 2019 Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residents. Tjibulangan and Bununggurr innovatively fuse traditional and contemporary arts and culture in their practice and will participate in this unique cultural exchange opportunity between the Northern Territory and Rinari, Southern Taiwan.
The exchange aims to promote Indigenous cultures and histories within Australia and Taiwan and provide audiences with contemporary representations of First Nations perspectives through the arts. This year we received entries from all art forms making the selection process difficult, however, the result has seen two dynamic creatives being chosen.
Louise Partos, Executive Officer
The rich cultural fabric and layered histories of Taiwan and Australia will provide the framework for Aulu Tjibulangan, a Paiwan dancer and choreographer and Bobby Bununggurr, a songman and multi art form creative from Ramingining with a platform to build upon their arts practices. The exchange will also enable the artists to engage in different cultural customs and strengthen connections between their respective arts communities.
The 6-week Residence Exchange program for Australian and Taiwanese Indigenous Artists will provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas that will lead to the culmination of new work. A collaboration between Artback NT and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Centre Taiwan, the program is generously supported by the Northern Territory Government, Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Australian Office in Taipei. Formalised with a Memorandum of Collaboration, the program presents a unique opportunity for cultural exchange between First Nations artists.
Each year throughout 2018 and 2019, an Indigenous artist from the Northern Territory and an Indigenous artist from Taiwan will undertake a six-week residency in each other’s respective countries.
The mutual aims of the exchange are to:
- highlight the diversity of First Nations experiences
- promote the unique cultures, languages and histories within Australia and Taiwan
- provide audiences with sophisticated contemporary representations of First Nations perspectives
In 2018 the successful applicants Rachael Wallis and 桑梅絹 Sang Mei-Chuan completed their respective residencies in June-July and August-September. Read about these artists here and head to our ‘Behind the Scenes’ to read their residency reflections – Sang Mei-Chuan and Rachael Wallis.
The six-week residency is based in the community of Rinari, Pingtung County, South Taiwanbetween May – December, 2019 as negotiated with the successful applicant. The residency is open to Indigenous artists based in the Northern Territory working across any art form including visual arts, music theatre and dance.
The program includes:
- Artist fee of $6,000 for the full 6 weeks
- An option to travel with a family member or companion for the duration of the residency
- Travel costs including flights and accommodation
- Appropriate studio space
- Interpretative assistance: English – Chinese
- Assistance to showcase work completed during residency
- Up to $1000 for freight and materials as required
The Taiwan-Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence program is a collaboration between Artback NT and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Centre Taiwan, generously supported by the Northern Territory Government, Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Australian Office in Taipei.
PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801