TAMMY  WONG  HULBERT   黄雪慧

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                           ARTIST - CURATOR - ACADEMIC


Tammy Wong Hulbert is a visual artist, curator and academic focused on exploring the complex and often fragmented spaces between cultures in a globalising world. She expresses these ideas through her artistic and curatorial projects, which focus on socially engaged practices working with various urban communities. Her broader area of research focuses on curating the inclusive city and how this can contribute towards dialogues on the right to the city, expanding from her doctoral research on The City as a Curated Space, completed in 2011 at RMIT University, Melbourne. Tammy's career has spanned working as an artist, curating, lecturing and researching in the field of contemporary art. Tammy lives and works in Melbourne, Australia and currently lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne in Curating Contemporary Art & Expanded Curating in the Masters of Arts (Arts Management) program for the School of Art. 
                                                                                                                                                                NEWS & CURRENT PROJECTS 
INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AWARD
Australian Council of University Art and Design (ACUDS)
November 2021

This month I received a national research award from ACUADS in recognition of innovative research in art and design fields. I was really grateful to receive the award for my continued development of creative and curatorial projects involving under represented culturally diverse communities. The award is encouraging and motivates me to continue working in a collaborative way with diverse communities in the arts. The last two years of pandemic has been a difficult time in not being able to build relationships through collaborations in the traditional way and has really been challenging in terms of the limitations of digital relationships. In considering these set back, the experience has allowed me to reflect upon and reconsider methodologies used in my research, hopefully with improving approaches taken in future research projects. 

VITAL ARTS: YOUNG PEOPLE AND SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

ARC Linkage Project Success
September 2021


It is with great pleasure I am able to announce that with fellow investigators Professor Anna Hickey-Moody (CI), Professor Peter Kelly (CI), Associate Professor Scott Brook (CI), Dr Rimi Khan (PI), Ms Lesley Giles (PI), Dr Christen Cornell (PI) we have been awarded $900 000 over three years for an Australian Research (ARC) Linkage project. The skills and experiences of young people in arts programs will be captured and accredited as part of a new collaborative research project funded by the Australian Research Council. “Vital arts: Young people and skills for their future” is a joint project with researchers at RMIT, RMIT Vietnam, and The Australia Council of the Arts that will engage with a range of partners across the youth arts sector to build micro-credentials that recognise the employable skills developed through youth arts activities, creating new pathways to employment in the COVID-19 recession.  

Industry Partners include: Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Theatre for Young People, The Push, Future Foundation, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Back to Back Theatre and Work Advance. 

THE REGION

Digital Symposium

September-October 2021

Hosted by West Space, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Para Site and Western Front & CAST


It's been my pleasure to be part of the team producing the digital symposium The Region. Co-created and presented by four of the longest-standing artist organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, The Region is a digital symposium that examines pressing questions of power and precarity, with a focus on artist self-organisation. It considers the objectives, freedoms and responsibilities of small institutions as they exist across contemporary contexts of urban gentrification and Western hegemony, whose shared futures are informed by local and specific histories, and which are expressed today through new forms of curating and collectivity.


THE JOURNAL OF PUBLIC SPACE

Special Issue: Art & Activism in Public Space

Launched in September 2021

Edited by Luisa Bravo, Maggie McCormick and Fiona Hillary


Our article #unmaskedselfiesinsolidarity From Digital Artivism to the Collective Care of Social Art in Public Space by Klare Lanson, Marnie Badham and Tammy Wong Hulbert was launched in the special edition of The Journal of Public Space on Art & Activism in Public Space. The article reflected upon the socially engaged project #unmaskedselfiesinsolidarity (2020) as a form of digital activism to support our International Chinese students community, the first international group to be banned from travelling to Australia during the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic. The Journal of Public Space is a research project developed by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Italy, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, based in Kenya and an international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space.


WHO WE ARE

The Chinese Museum, Melbourne & The Australian Embassy Beijing, China

May 2021


Earlier in the year I took part in being interviewed as a Chinese-Australian citizen to express my perspective as part of the community. The Chinese Museum produced this 8 part series of short videos focusing on Chinese-Australians experiences of social life in Australia to give audiences a taste of the diversity of experiences of people with Chinese ancestry in Australia and recognises the on-going deep people to people relationships between Australian and Chinese communities. The series has been released via social media via the Australian Embassy in Beijing over the May-July 2021. 

DANCING PLACE: CORHANWARRABUL

Pedestrian Poetics for Public Space

Mt Corhanwarrabul/Burke's Lookout Reserve, Mt Dandenong

Marnie Badham and Tammy Wong Hulbert

November-December 2020


Corhanwarrabul has long been a place of dance and ceremony, as a site for gatherings of the Wurundjeri people and other Kulin Nation tribes. Curated by Gretel Taylor, Dancing Place: Corhanwarrabul is a program of public performances, walks and workshops in relation to this place, now known as Mt Dandenong. Pedestrian Poetics for Public Space draws on Fluxus methods of creative intervention. Viewers are instructed to use their senses, emotions, imaginations and bodies to interpret the social and cultural histories of the site. At a time of heightened social anxieties, the work encourages viewers to experience the natural world beyond themselves in new ways by interacting with some or all of the seven temporary whimsical ‘traffic signs’ to navigate Corhanwarrabul at Mt Corhanwarrabul/Burkes Lookout Reserve.


RMIT Gallery, RMIT Vietnam, CAST, VICAS and Vietcraft
November 9, 2020

This project was developed with RMIT Vietnam and the Vietnam Creativity Festival 2020, to strengthen and build our relationship between our art, craft and design communities and campuses in Melbourne and Hanoi. Skilled Hands, Shared Culture explores the important role art, craft and design practices play in sustaining culture and community in Australia and Vietnam. Vietnamese and Australian designers, artists and crafts people come together in this RMIT Gallery online exhibition highlighting artists whose work contributes to supporting vibrant, sustainable communities. While artists may not necessarily consider themselves agents of social change, the nature of their work has the power to foster a community spirit that creates a sense of belonging and self-worth and deeply impacts communities, economies, and creative expression. Artists – Vietnam: Le Giang, Nguyễn Tấn Phát, Nguyễn Thị Dũng, Nguyễn Văn Lợi, Phạm Thị Ngọc Trâm, Thư Kim Vũ , Văn Ngô Trọng - Artists – Australia: Claire Tracey, Grace Lillian Lee, Lindy de Wijn, Michelle Hamer, Muhubo Salieman, Slow Art Collective (Dylan Martorell & Chaco Kato), Vermin (Lia Tabrah & Perina Drummond), Vicki Couzens, Vipoo Srivilasa, Yu Fang Chi, Kieren Karritpul. Exhibition Creative Teams (Vietnam) Ha Nguyen, Khoi Nguyen, Le Ba Ngoc; (Australia) Monica Do, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Zai Lat Naw, Grace McQuilten, Vinisha Mulani, Thao Nguyen, Helen Rayment, Carlin Stephenson, Evelyn Tsitas.

THE NEW (AB)NORMAL launches

RMIT Gallery & the School of Art

June 18, 2020

Curated by Helen Rayment & Tammy Wong Hulbert


RMIT Gallery’s inaugural online exhibition The new (ab)normal provides a real-time snapshot of how artists are responding to their new working conditions and circumstances during the COVID-19 global health crisis. The exhibition is presented in partnership with RMIT’s School of Art with creative responses from more than 40 School of Art staff, HDR students, and industry partners. The project honours the value of the work of those who teach and study at RMIT at this time of deep disruption. They have been invited to contribute both written and visual artworks reflecting the impact of their locked down experience. More info

#unmaskedselfiesinsolidarity 

RMIT University, School of Art, Melbourne

March, 2020

#unmaskedselfiesinsolidarity (2020) was a collaborative participatory art project responding to the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis and associated travel ban on Chinese nationals, impacting on our international Chinese students returning to Australia in 2020. The circumstances highlighted the unseen barriers and complexities transnational individuals continue to face in Australia. The project gave a platform to those affected to express themselves and for our wider community to show empathy and solidarity in this time of global crisis. Through Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Weibo we collected images which contributed to our Unmasked Selfie Wall in Building 2 and an exhibition in the Rey Area in the School of Art. The project team included students and staff - Isabella Capezio, Marnie Badham, Klare Lansen, Sherry Liu, Wilson Yeung, Jan Sze Wing Ting, Rosina Yuan and Tammy Wong Hulbert. This project was an RMIT School of Art Belonging initiative. In May 2020 an adaption of the work is being presented at The Bowery Theatre by the Curatorial Collective in Life in the time of Corona (Virus) curated by Mara Braun. 

                     

FAR FLUNG: CONNECTING INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILIES LAUNCHES

Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster

November, 2019


The Far Flung exhibition was finally launched in Manningham on November 13, 2019 with the families who participated in this project. The participants included Alice Moon & Jeong Min Lee (Julia), Camila Cavadid & Karen Cavadid, Candy Li & Di (Brian) Li, Charlene Chen & Hsin-Hui (Rita) Mitic, Doanh (Andrea) Lu & Han Lu, Jialin (Dora) Ke & Yu Xialin, Li Xuan (Alfred) Feng & Chau Man (Nancy) Tsoi, Matthew Huang (Yurui) & Lily Zhou (Zhijuan), Milano Zhang & Chi Zhang, Neena Lim & Kavitha Doraimanickam, Yi Chen Zhang (Eason) & Yehong Zhang (Vicky) and the 'Social-Artists-in-Residence Team' comprised of Tammy Wong Hulbert (lead artist), Sofi Basseghi, Katayoun Javan, Ai Yamamoto (video, photography and sound) and Rongping Jiang (family support & translator) supported by the City of Manningham, funded by Creative Victoria's Creative Suburbs program in partnership with Birralee Primary School, Chinese Community Social Services, The Chinese Museum and RMIT University Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST) running from Nov 13 until Dec 14, 2019.

TWO WONGS MAKING A WHITE

Hidden Rookwood Sculpture Walk

September, 2019

Two Wongs Making a White was installed as part of the Hidden Rookwood Sculpture Walk for this year's exhibition. This site-specific public art exhibition is in it's 11th annual year and is curated by Dr Kath Fries. Rookwood is a fascinating cemetery and is officially known as a necropolis, a city of the dead. It is also a significant site to my family, as it is where most of my family on my Father's side is buried, except for my absent Grandmother, who this work is about. There are many firsts with this project. The first time I have shown in a cemetery (where some of my family rests), the first time I was curated into a site specific exhibition, bringing new layers of meaning to the work. I feel greatly satisfied with the challenge of working in this context. 


GARLAND MAGAZINE: ANCIENT NOW - CHINA ISSUE

June, 2019

Garland Magazine is the World's Crafts Council - Australia's magazine, an on-line magazine which covers the contemporary art and craft activities of the Indo-Pacific region and is edited by RMIT Adjunct Professor Kevin Murray. For the Ancient Now issue focusing on China, I was invited to curate the on-line exhibition on the same theme. It was my first on-line exhibition experience, which we used as an opportunity to connect with RMIT postgraduate art students. Leading up to the opening of submissions, we invited our students to present on how they related to their own practice to the theme of Ancient Now. Through a workshopping of their projects, the students presented an artwork alongside an image of the ancient, which inspired them. The event resulted in a enriching discussing of how the ancient still plays a relevant and engaging influence for these practitioners. Continuing on from this workshop, artists were invited from around the world to submit works also responding to the theme, resulting in the exhibition. On Saturday 22 June, 2019 the Ancient Now symposium at the NGV took place, launching this new issue of the magazine. I spoke about how the symbolism of the dragon continues to inspire and connect new generations in the diaspora, in particular speaking on artist Claire Tracey's Water Dragon (2012) which I curated whilst working at the Chinese Museum, Melbourne. 


FAR FLUNG: CONNECTING INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILIES

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MANNINGHAM COUNCIL
SUPPORTED BY CREATIVE VICTORIA'S CREATIVE SUBURBS PROGRAM

In development through 2019


As the suburbs of Melbourne grow, transform and renew, migration from all around the world transforms our local sense of place and how we perceive it. The middle ring suburb of Doncaster is no exception, with many new apartments and urban infrastructure being built to accomodate new families in an expanding Melbourne. During this project, we have have engaged 11 local families of varied cultural backgrounds. We are well into our sessions with our families, spending many weeks getting to know each other and now building our project, to be ready for our exhibition. Each week has been challenging in developing strategies, as we are constantly refining and rethinking our approaches. We are reviewing and reflecting on our approaches as a community and learning and engaging with ourselves and each other. 


FORCE OF NATURE LAUNCHES

Curated by Gretel Taylor, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale

September 8 - October 14, 2018


Force of Nature was an exhibition exploring a range of artists responses to the natural environment through various media such video, installation and performance. Artists include Marnie Badham and Tammy Wong Hulbert, Peter Fraser, Myfanwy Hunter, Gabrielle New, Jill Orr, Gulsen Ozer, Laki Sideris, Melinda Smith, Gretel Taylor and Tony Yap


For this exhibition I collaborated with artist and academic Marnie Badham on Five Weeks in Spring: An emotional map of Lilydale, a mapping of local people's emotional responses to place and environment, making reference to the work of legendary new genre public artist Suzanne Lacy's 1977 work Three Weeks in May. As artists in residence at the museum during the exhibition, responses from the public were collected to gain a sense of the emotional attachments locals and visitors have to Lilydale and surrounds.


Images at the top: 

1. Flavours of Glenroy, (in collaboration with artist Rowena Booth), artwork, public art intervention, Glenroy, Victoria, 2013-15
2. Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City, co-curated with Shane Hulbert, Clare Leporati & Geoff Hogg, Suzhou, China, 2012

3. Public Sleepers, (in collaboration with artist Shao Xiong Chia), artwork, public art project, Sile, Turkey, 2010.


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