Founder

Tia – Thuỷ Nguyễn started as a young painter with a promising career, she pursued her Master of Fine Art and successfully defended her Doctoral thesis in Ukraine. Tia believes Art is for everyone, which led her to build up The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in her vision. “It’s important to me to build an art network in Vietnam that helps inspire and educate the people by bringing art closer to the community” says founder Tia – Thuỷ Nguyễn. By adding The Factory’s concept to Vietnam’s art scene, her ambition is to provide a multicultural space where ideas can be shared, nourished and grow.

Artistic Director

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer who lives in Vietnam. Her curatorial practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among countries of the global south. Currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s first purpose-built space for contemporary art, Zoe formerly served as Executive Director and Curator, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City (2009–2016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing (2007–2009); and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2001–2007) – this latter post particularly focused on the development of its Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Her work has been published by Hatje Cantz; ArtReview; Independent Curators International; ArtAsiaPacific; Printed Project; Lalit Kala Akademi; JRP-Ringier; Routledge; and Sternberg Press, among others. Her curatorial projects include interdisciplinary dialogue platforms such as Conscious Realities (2013-2016); the online exhibition Embedded South(s) (2016); and group exhibitions of Vietnamese and international artists at various international venues. Recent exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber – Journey Beyond The Arrow, (2019); Empty Forest: Tuan Andrew Nguyen (2018); Spirit of Friendship and Poetic Amnesia: Phan Thao Nguyen (both 2017); Dislocate: Bui Cong Khanh (2016), Conjuring Capital (2015). Zoe is a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2015 was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Curatorial Assistant

Bill Nguyễn is an artist-curator interested in researching and developing an alternative, locally-driven method and platform for curation in Vietnam. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio) from the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University (UK), Bill returned to Hanoi in 2008, re-entering the scene through multiple trajectories in the art community: engaging as an artist, curator and educator. Between 2009 and 2011, he designed educational 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 Manzi Art Space (Hanoi), and started collaborating with Nhà Sàn Collective (Hanoi) as guest curator. Select recent projects include: ‘0395A.ĐC: A solo exhibition by Ly Hoàng Ly’, The Factory (2017), ‘Skylines With Flying People 3′, Nhà Sàn Collective (2016); ‘Into Thin Air’, Manzi (2016). Bill 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; and is currently curatorial assistant at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (Ho Chi Minh City).

Curatorial Assistant

Lê Thuận Uyên is an independent researcher and curator currently living and working in Hanoi. Her work investigates alternative histories of Vietnam, bringing to light personal narratives rendered absent, unknown or undesirable by the official historical record. Her projects often involve close collaboration with artists and investigate current socio-political contexts and their impact on artistic production in Vietnam. From 2014–2016 she was general manager of Nhà Sàn Collective — an artist-founded institution that aims to create room for new forms of expression, production and exchange. Her curatorial projects include: Gang of Five Chancing Modern (Hanoi, 2017), Sindikat Campursari (Jakarta, 2016), Embedded South(s) (2016), Miền Méo Miệng (Umea, 2015), Skylines With Flying People 3 (Hanoi, 2015-17),… Lê holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She was a resident curator at Art in General (NYC) from April–August 2017 through a fellowship with the Asian Cultural Council.

Curatorial Assistant

Van Do (b. 1995, Hanoi) is a curator and writer. After 23 years of living and working in Hanoi, in 2019 she moved to Saigon to curatorially assist The Factory. As a student, she is intellectually indebted to educational informal platforms such as Understanding Vietnam Forum, Autumn School of Development, and Critical & Cultural Theories, among others. When in Hanoi, she has worked with art spaces such as Hanoi Doclab and DomDom and the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE); while producing short films on the side. Her recent projects and collaborations include: Gạo by Mắt Trần Ensemble (2019); Tướng đổi thế rời (2019); Epsilon Runner (directed by Siu Pham, 2019); Even fall (directed by Ta Minh Duc, 2019); Hanoi New Music Festival 2018; Film no. 3 (directed by Ta Minh Duc, 2018); Hanoi Docfest 2017.

Registrar/Designer 

Nhung Lê is the Registrar/Designer of the Arts Centre at The Factory. With near 10 years experience of working as an art handler, designer and registrar, Nhung Lê is one of the few in Vietnam with experience in international shipments of contemporary art, with particular expertise in exhibition design and installation. Previously she was Gallery Assistant and Designer for San Art in Ho Chi Minh City. Her print design work can be found with all San Art publications, such as the ‘Conscious Realities’ reader; and most recently The Factory exhibition catalog for Phan Thảo Nguyên’s ‘Poetic Amnesia’. 

Marketing & Corporate Event Coordinator

Quỳnh Trần started her interest in Vietnamese art in 2014, after 2.5 years worked at an art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, she built her passion to contribute to the local art community by pursuing a career in the creative industry, completing a Bachelor of Arts Management, with Honors, from LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore). Quỳnh’s key concern is to better understand the needs of her local community in Vietnam with regard to their awareness of contemporary art. Quỳnh’s role at The Factory is to take care of marketing and communication for  all exhibitions and programs, alongside corporate event liaison. Her recent projects include: event promoter and coordinator – ‘Xmas Art Market 2019’ (co-organized with Inpages); project assistant – ‘Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Symposium 2017’  (Singapore); project manager – ‘FILTERS Vietnam Contemporary Art Show’ (2015).