Curatorial Associates Program - Sydney X Ho Chi Minh City

IMAGE CREDIT: Curatorial tour from 'Pollination 2018'. Image courtesy of The Factory

Applications are now closed

Applications close:  7 February 2020, 11:59pm (AEDT)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Role: Curatorial, research, writing, production, artist/organisation liaison

Length of placement: 6 weeks

Dates: April – May 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed with The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre)

Grant amount: $8,000 AUD

Notification: 6 March 2020

About the opportunity

The Australia Council’s Curatorial Associates Program gives Australian curators a unique opportunity to build Asia consciousness and capability, foster relationships with international artists and develop an understanding of alternative curatorial contexts.

We work in partnership with select local hosts and counterparts in South and South East Asia to support a range of experiences.

In 2020 we are offering two associateships for Australian curators in Asia:  

The successful candidate will receive an amount of $8000 AUD and are responsible for their own travel, visas, accommodation, meals and allied expenses for the 6 week period of the program.

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. As an independent organisation, the space is:

  • a ‘factory’ of critical ideas
  • a site of constant physical transformation
  • a network of people who strive to speak about tangible and intangible cultural memories that matter and are indelibly unique. 

The Factory understands the social system that they operate in, but want to challenge its limits, acknowledging artists today as interdisciplinary thinkers who reveal unique ways of conceiving our journey into the 21st Century – artists’ ideas are nurtured and celebrated as constructive observations of our social world.

Zoe Butt serves as the current Artistic Director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and the selected candidate will spend 6 weeks with the team assisting the realisation of ‘Re-Aligning the Cosmos’ project, which will be in production mode from April - November 2020.

In a reciprocal piece, a Vietnamese curator will be hosted for a 6 week period at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Applications for the incoming curator from Vietnam will be managed through 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. 


Please check the general eligibility requirements  on the Australia Council website. 

NB: Vietnamese speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Assessment process

Australia Council staff will consider applications according to the assessment criteria in consultation with the hosts in Australia and Vietnam.

Assessment criteria

You should address the following criteria in your application:

Desirable experience and skills

  • An open mind towards what constitutes curatorial labour
  • Skills in writing, research and artist/organisation liaison
  • Sensitivities toward government regulations surrounding art and culture in Vietnam
  • Interest in contemporary art in Asia

Impact on career

  • How the proposed activity strengthens your professional practice
  • The timeliness of the proposed activity to your curatorial trajectory
  • How the proposed activity enables you to discover and work with new artists in emerging markets
  • How the proposed activity grows your capacity as a curator

Suitability for opportunity

  • Your ability to work effectively across a range of contexts and cultures
  • Your approach to working collaboratively and willingness to do logistical work

Supporting material

  • Additional material can be submitted to help support your application, including a CV and letters of support.
  • You are not required to submit a budget with your application.

Diversity and access

The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas. 

The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.

How to submit an application

Click on the ‘Apply now' button at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system.

Note: applications to International Development Opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application.

A print friendly MS Word file can be accessed here.    


To discuss your application, please contact Nithya Nagarajan, International Market Adviser, South and South East Asia.

Ph: +61 2 9215 9324


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