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Are you a Vietnamese artist with art experiments in your studio you have not had the opportunity to exhibit in Vietnam?

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre 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 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 Nguyen, Bui Cong Khanh and Nhung Walsh (see below for further info)


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


In 2018 (March onwards), there will be 5 opportunities for 5 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 DATE.


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.’


Applications for 2018 due date and application method will be updated soon

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


How to apply:

1. Download application form here


2.Provide description of proposed exhibition (300 words) and sketch of exhibition layout (see layout plans of designated gallery space below). 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?




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 2017?
(Installation would be 3 days before each opening)

•4 August

•22 September

•24 November


Who is on the jury assessing these applications?

Bui Cong Khanh (artist, Hoi An)
Born in 1972 in Danang, Bui Cong Khanh is an artist deeply fascinated with social assumptions of cultural heritage. As one of the first local artists to gain an international reputation in the 1990s, with his performances questioning restrictions of individual expression in Communist Vietnam, Bùi’s multifarious practice has since embraced painting, sculpture, installation, video and drawing with significant showcase across the South East Asian region and beyond. Bùi is a poetically provocative artist, whose art continues to grow with depth afforded by historical research, a marriage of the plastic arts with conceptual method not taught within the educational system of Vietnam. Recent projects include: ‘An Atlas of Mirrors – Singapore Biennale 2016’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2016; ‘Dislocate’ (solo), San Art and The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, 2016; ‘Fortress Temple’ (solo), 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015; ‘The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from South East Asia’, Arter, Istanbul, 2014; ‘Concept, Context, Contestation: Art and the Collective in South East Asia’, BACC, Bangkok (touring), 2013-2015; 6thAsia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2009. He currently lives and works in Hoi An, Vietnam.


Bill Nguyen (Curatorial Assistant, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City; co-founder of Manzi Art Space, Hanoi)
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio) from the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, UK, Bill Nguyen (b.1988, Hanoi) returned to Hanoi in 2008, re-entering the city through multiple trajectories in the art community: engaging as an artist, curator, educator, and writer of incisive reviews of contemporary art. Between 2009 and 2011, he designed workshops for Hanoi DOCLAB – Centre for Experimental video and documentary filmmaking. In 2012, he co-led the education program ARTLAB focusing on cross-pollinating art and other creative fields for undergraduates and young artists. In the same year he co-founded and became the curator of Manzi, a not-for-profit hybrid space hosting visual art exhibitions, music concerts, video screenings and discussions. Since 2013 Bill has been collaborating with Nha San Collective as guest curator, co-curating the interdisciplinary art project Skylines With Flying People 3 (2014-2017), which explored and reviewed the role of art in relation to Vietnam’s past and present socio-political contexts. Bill is currently curatorial assistant at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. He is an alumnus of the 8th Berlin Biennial Young Curators Workshop and a participating curator of the CuratorsLAB initiated by the Goethe Institut South East Asia.


Nhung Walsh (Indochina Arts Partnership)
Nhung Walsh is an independent curator and art professional from Vietnam. She has participated in cultural programs at UNESCO and worked on Vietnamese cultural heritage and development projects in northern and central Vietnam. Walsh has also worked in projects with museums, institutions, and independent art spaces in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and the US. She holds masters degrees in international studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, history from The University of Alabama, and art administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research and curatorial projects explore subjects of anti-narratives in the politics of war memories; the unconscious influences of daily images and its relationship with censorship; and technologies as medium and languages in new media art. Her projects in Vietnam aim at building a new generation of audience who contribute to the conversations that widen the boundaries of art and other disciplines. Currently, Walsh is director of Indochina Arts Partnership, a non-profit organization that supports exchanges and develops art education programs in Vietnam and countries of Southeast Asia.


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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