News - March 11 2021

PICA Interdisciplinary Lab


Led by Joel Bray and Eugenia Lim In partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts PICA and the Australia Council for the Arts are […]

Led by Joel Bray and Eugenia Lim
In partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts

PICA and the Australia Council for the Arts are pleased to announce artists selected for the PICA Interdisciplinary Lab.

In 2021, PICA will host the first of a three-year artist exchange and professional development program between Australian, South Asian and Southeast Asian artists. The program will focus on interdisciplinary and intercultural practice through discussion, practice sharing and workshops led by Australian artists Joel Bray and Eugenia Lim.

Taking place across three stages in March (Encounter), August (Practice) and November (Play), the labs will be an experiment in finding innovative ways of fostering togetherness and embodied practice, even when we must remain physically separated.

Through a highly competitive selection process, 8 artists were selected from a total of 71 applicants.


South Asia
Ranjana Dave (India)
Sheelasha Rajbhandari (Nepal)

Southeast Asia
Ferial Afiff (Indonesia)
Natasha Tontey (Indonesia)

Tiyan Baker (NSW)
Daley Rangi (WA)
Emma McManus (ACT/VIC)
Ade Suharto (ACT)

The selection panel featured lab co-devisers and facilitators Joel Bray and Eugenia Lim, Nithya Nagarajan and Grey Yeoh from the Australia Council for the Arts and Tim Carter from PICA. The panelists were impressed with the range of applications and their overall quality. 

We are so excited by the breadth and depth of experimentation in the practices of the 8 selected artists. With international travel out of reach for now, the chance to connect, share, listen and learn with an inspiring group of artist peers across South and Southeast Asia and Australia is precious and critical. We look forward to spending this next year working together through the PICA lab and seeing the long-term impact of this opportunity on regional artistic practice and collaborations.” – Eugenia Lim & Joel Bray. 

“For Australia Council, the three year exchange in the form of a hybrid lab presents a new model of international engagement. We are delighted to partner with PICA on delivering this timely initiative which is artist-led, regionally focused and recognises the importance  of visibility and inclusion. The 8 selected artists bring rigour in interdisciplinary practice and a depth of experience working collaboratively in the Asia-Pacific region.” – Jade Lillie, Head of Sector Development, Australia Council for the Arts.

“PICA is thrilled to embark on this new program that connects artists across regions and disciplines. This is an exciting adventure for us as an international host, who will support the growth of these relationships, practices and ideas. We are expecting rich and multifaceted dialogue, which will contribute to new possibilities for making meaningful art in this region.” – Amy Barrett-Lennard, PICA Director.

Further details of the labs will be shared throughout the year.


Image: Aphids, HOWL, 2018. Photo by Aaron Claringbold.

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