Eventide Conversations: International Residencies

Tue 29 June 2021, 19:30-21:00 AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney) 17:30-19:00 HKT (Hong Kong)

In partnership with Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, the second of our Eventide Conversations takes place on Tue 29 June. Curated by independent artist Ching Ching Ho and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Ballet Heidi Lee, this program provides opportunities for engagement and knowledge exchange between arts and cultural leaders in Hong Kong and Australia.

New Models: International Residencies
Tue 29 June 7:30pm AEST / 5:30pm HKT via Zoom

Art residencies enable artists to live and work outside their usual environments, providing time and space to reflect, discover and create work. There is a wide variety of organisational models and approaches to offering residencies, but they have objectives in common, such as providing an opportunity for the artist to develop their area of interest; create a new work or project by engaging with a local community or geography; demonstrating how artistic practices can stimulate engagement and positive change in communities; and fostering worldwide cultural exchange.

Our speakers will share their experiences in structuring and supporting residencies, how they engage with residency partners to advocate value, as well as reflecting on how they’ve adapted and responded to changing global circumstances and new forms of mobility.

Hosted by Janice Poon (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), joined by speakers Josephine Wai (Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong) and others to be announced.


The project is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.


Janie Poon – Host

Hong Kong-based theatre artist and cultural practitioner Janice Poon is Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy) and Academic Project Officer in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists. She has been recognised with the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship on her outstanding achievement. She engages in interdisciplinary and intercultural creative work through playwriting, directing, dramaturgy and curating. She is a frequent speaker and workshop master at international theatre conferences and festivals, and her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Taiwan and several Asian countries. Her work And Then, I Float won four major awards and was nominated best play at the Hong Kong Theatre Libre (2014), Small Waisted won the Multicultural Short Plays Competition organised by UNESCO/International Theatre Institute (2016). Online Theatre of Pornography received the Critics Award from the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) on the innovative use of digital platform.

Josephine Wai

Josephine Wai is Director of Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong, responsible for the fellowship programs in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to support talented artists and professionals, and enhance cultural exchange between Asia and the United States.  Ms Wai has over 20 years of experience in arts administration and management.  From 1999 to 2011, she was the Director, Arts Support of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was responsible for the development of arts support policies and grant systems.