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Materialize looks for under-represented artistic talent who are experimenting with ideas and techniques that respond to the world in which we live.



Materialize’ is an ongoing exhibition program, initiated by The Factory in 2017, in response to the great lack of space and opportunity for Vietnamese artists to experiment and display their art in Vietnam. This program seeks artists willing to be challenged with their concepts and materials, who understand that to exhibit their work demands consideration of their audience and how their art is received and understood by a visiting general public.


This program is open for application to artists born and currently living in Vietnam, who are over the age of 25. Artists must submit specific information for consideration, which will be assessed by an appointed jury – Bill Nguyễn (The Factory), Bùi Công Khánh (artist) and Nhung Walsh (Indochina Arts Partnership).


In 2017, 3 artists were successfully selected for the program: Đạt Vũ (August); Hoàng Thanh Vĩnh Phong (October); and Lê Thế Lãm (December).


In 2018 (May onwards), there will be 3 opportunities for 3 artists to undertake a solo show in a particular designated space of The Factory. Each exhibition to be on view for 6-8 weeks. Applications open on 15 December 2017.


The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is pleased to have the support of Indochina Arts Partnership (IAP) for this initiative. ‘By joining ‘Materialize’, Indochina Arts Partnership commits its support to the development of emerging artists in Vietnam and encourages young talents to participate in art and creative projects.’

Deadline for applications: 5 February 2018


How to apply:

    1. Download application form here
    2. Description of proposed exhibition (300 words). Please note any application with more than 300 words will not be accepted.
    3. Provide no more than 5 images of previous work (each image file no larger than 1MB)
    4. Provide no more than 5 images of proposed work for exhibition (each image file no larger than 1MB). If artwork is yet to be produced, please provide detailed sketch of the proposed artwork
    5. Artist CV with up to date exhibition history
    6. Send all of the above to programs@factoryartscentre.com, with subject line: ‘MATERIALIZE APPLICATION’


Who is applicable?

  • Vietnamese artists born and currently living in Vietnam
  • Artists 25 years old and above


What are we looking for in the artist as applicant?

  • Portfolio of work demonstrating experimentation with concept and technique, possessing evidence of making art on a regular basis
  • Artists who have had little opportunity to create exhibitions of their art
  • Willingness to work with a curator in the realization of their exhibition


What are the dimensions of the designated space for this exhibition?

  • 4.1 x 3.4 x 2.8m (please see photos and floor plan of ‘Zone 8’ here, it is a room with 3 walls)
  • 13 x 5.1 x 3.2m (please see photos and floor plan of ‘Zone 6’ here, it is an irregular room with 1 continuous wall only)


What sort of art form is NOT applicable?

  • Performance
  • Dance


What does The Factory provide?

  • VND18,000,000 to cover cost of installation, de-installation, transportation, promotion and opening costs of exhibition. Remaining funds can be used to contribute to artwork production costs.
  • A curator from The Factory to liaise with artist regarding exhibition license approval; generation of promotional text; finalization of exhibition design and installation
  • The Factory owns a limited variety of audio-visual equipment to which we will do our best to provide


What are the responsibilities of the successful applicant?

  • To work effectively with staff from The Factory in the timely provision of requested information on their art for license, budget, promotion and exhibition needs
  • To provide a public program (e.g talk, workshop, lecture, etc.) on their exhibition


What are the opening dates for these exhibitions in 2018?

  • Materialize #4: 18 May 2018
  • Materialize #5: 20 July 2018
  • Materialize #6: 07 December 2018

(Installation would be 3 days before each opening)


For further enquiries, please contact: programs@factoryartscentre.com

The Indochina Arts Partnership
(IAP) is an American non-profit organization that conducts programs of cultural development and artistic exchange between the United States and the countries of Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Vietnam. IAP offers various activities through three core programs: 1) organize exhibitions and promote art education, 2) providing artists’ support through residencies and career development program, and 3) fostering development via partnerships and collaborations. IAP has formed partnership with museums and art institutions, as well as independent art spaces in both the US and Vietnam, to create strong partnerships and support for artists and cultural programs.

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