SEAΔ 2020 Deadline extension! FINAL deadline for applications, July 26th at 6pm Indochina Time (Bangkok)
SEAΔ is a program co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council which creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia through their individual and collective leadership.
Each year we will select 10 Fellows from 10 countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
The program has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where Fellows get together. Each gathering takes place in a different country and has a unique purpose: exchange, create, share then reflect.
Dates & Locations
EXCHANGE November 12-16 2020, Hanoi, Vietnam
CREATE Between January and March 2021, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam
SHARE June 14-17 2021, Manila, Philippines
REFLECT September 14-16 2021, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Application deadline: 26 July 2020
MEET THE 2020-21 SEAΔ FELLOWS
Nicola Turner has over 25 years experience of developing creative ideas and people. She is Director of NT Creative Arts, offering arts consultancy, creative project and event development and management, training, facilitation and coaching in the cultural and creative sector. She is based in London and works in the UK and internationally, specialising in leadership, entrepreneurship and strategic creative planning, design and development.
Consultancy includes the design and delivery of leadership programmes such as ACCELERATE Programme for the British Council Australia; International Creative Entrepreneurs (ICE) for Creative Scotland and the SEAΔ Program for the Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council. Event production ranges from the Making Digital Work event at the Library of Birmingham for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts on behalf of Nesta, Arts Council England and AHRC; The ‘D’ Word event for NitroBEAT and the Barbican and major conferences and sharing events for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Facilitation includes policy planning consultation and forum events for Arts for Change for Arts for the British Council Myanmar.
Nicola has been an Associate Tutor on the MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London since 2014, specialising in entrepreneurial development, she teaches in the UK and contributes to external delivery such as the British Council’s Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
She was previously the Assistant Director for the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP), leading on the strategic development of work-based learning and a Programme Manager in the Fellowship Team at Nesta.
Sudebi is a narrative designer, creative facilitator, thinker, educator, writer and singer. She designs experiences, engagement and environment that allow people to think and have dialogue, make their thinking and interaction visible and thus enable them to design their own solutions and narratives using different modes and media. Storytelling is her passion and so is the interface of science, humanities, arts and design.
Sudebi emphasises on socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues while inter-weaving design thinking, imagination, systems thinking, pedagogy, visual and performing arts, oral history, ethnography and research to design possibilities. She has been teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India across undergrad and post-grad for nearly nine years and has co-founded the transdisciplinary design collective d.epicentre.
She focuses on bringing in inquiry driven, participatory, context based design and trans-disciplinarity into her work. Currently her research areas are: re-defining curation, understanding the role of local wisdom through narrative sources in addressing complex problems, finding pedagogical possibilities in places, exploring the ‘body’ as a site of learning and inquiring about the intersections of pedagogy, design and inclusion.
As designer at d.epicentre, she leads many projects with leading international and national organisations where the projects range from designing facilitation, cultural leadership, pedagogical design, exhibition design, archival, curatorial, media-based, visual-spatial communication design to instructional design. She has also started a unique pedagogy, art and design led trans-local initiative called ‘The Archival City-A Site of Learning’.
Janet Pillai is an independent consultant and resource person in the field of arts and culture education and cultural sustainability. Her area of specialization is in cultural mapping and community-engaged arts practice which involves multi- stakeholder partnership with communities, government agencies, artists, academics and professionals. Her work entails programming and training, as well as research and writing about community engaged arts practices in the Asian region. She also serves as an expert resource person with organisations such as UNESCO Bangkok, APCIEU Korea, and GETTY Foundation, USA. Related publications include Community-based Arts & Culture Education: A Resource Kit, Cultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community and Continuity and a regional website Interrogating Community-engaged Arts.
Tran Luong is an independent curator, visual artist, and major figure in creating space for critical contemporary art in Vietnam. His works are grounded in local experience and challenging socio-political legacies and policies that repress individual expression. A generous mentor of youth, Tran Luong goes beyond normal curatorship, encouraging performers to push the boundaries, negotiating censorship with the authorities, and creating exchanges between regions in Vietnam. His moving artworks that critique repression emphasize human resilience and empower the individual through personal action and self-reflection. He is dedicated to developing spaces, initiatives, networks, and communities for performance and video arts, as well as to questioning the dominant norms and supporting alternative visions in a context of censorship and conformity. He is committed to freedom of expression, community enrichment and nurturing younger generations (summarized by the essay of the Prince Claus Award 2014). Tran has joined several Biennales and exhibitions around the world. He co-curated the Singapore Biennale in 2013. Tran was also a member of the renowned ‘Gang of Five,’ an artist collective 1983-1997 and co-founded Nha San Studio (1998-2011).
Marco is an architect and urbanist. He was chair of Jakarta Arts Council, 2006-2010. He was a fellow at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles, in 2008, and at the International House of Japan in 2009, and some others. In 2010, he co-founded and directed till 2017 Rujak Center of Urban Studies (RCUS) which involves arts in investigating urbanity and developing urbanism. RCUS is a think-act tank for social and environmental urban policies.
As an arts manager, she has dedicated to theatre management, cultural project programming and management, festival coordination and teaching over 20 years. In recent years, her passion and focus are advocating sustainable eco-system for cultural industry, social engagement of arts, multiple mechanisms for talent incubation, cross-cultural learning/understanding, and regional cultural exchange and collaboration.