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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Richard Streitmatter-Tran

Residency period

4 September – 31 October 2017


Richard Streitmatter-Tran (b. 1972, Vietnam) lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City. Since 2013, his practice has shifted from performance and new media to sculpture, painting, and drawings. This “return to craft” is fueled by a preoccupation with material knowledge over concept and is framed by a deep-rooted interest into modes of learning that used to be passed down through generations and are now being erased by the diffusion of new technologies.

His solo and collaborative works have been exhibited internationally including Hong Kong Arts Centre (2017), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015), Singapore Art Museum (2016, 2012, 2009), Asia Triennial, Manchester, United Kingdom (2011), Singapore Biennale (2008, 2006), among many others. Streitmatter-Tran has also been involved in numerous writing, education, and curatorial projects. In 2010, he established DIA/PROJECTS, an experimental art space in Ho Chi Minh City. He also co-curated with Russell Storer the exhibition The Mekong at The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2009) that was part of the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial.


Furthering his own interests into the histories and properties of materials, during the residency Richard Streitmatter-Tran plans to engage with an active studio practice and to experiment with both animate and inanimate materials from Southeast Asia to develop new skills and focus on the next steps of his production.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN: Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations
22 Sep 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist’s studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN takes place on the occasion of Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations, and features Chun Kaifeng (Singapore), Sonya Lacey (New Zealand), Kartik Sood (India), and Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam).