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 committed to the building of critically thinking, culturally conscious, artistic communities. Currently she is Artistic Director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre. Previously (2009-2016), she was Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s then most active independent contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing, China; and from 2001-2007 she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT); key acquisitions for the Contemporary Asian art collection, and other associated gallery programs. Her curatorial referral work is active across Asia-Pacific, working with private collectors and researchers, independent curators and major museums globally. Zoe has been published by Hatje Cantz, Germany; Art Review, London/Hong Kong; Art Asia Pacific, Hong Kong; Independent Curators International, New York; Lalit Kala Akademi, India; Artlink, Australia; Printed Projects, Ireland, JRP-Ringier, Zurich; Routledge, London; Sternberg Press, Berlin, amongst others. Zoe is a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R.Guggenheim, NYC; a member of ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’ of the Asia Society, NYC and in 2015 became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Zoe is also one of the appointed curators of the 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, opening March 2019.

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.

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

Vi Vi Phạm has found her passion for the creative community, especially the bloom of Art in the growth of the local Y generation. This passion turns into the motivation for Vi to begin her career at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre with the goal of enclosing the gap between Artists and Art lovers. Besides being in charge of the communication for all exhibitions and programs at The Factory, she also organizes corporate events. Her recent projects include: Assistant and translation for book ‘Advertising and public memory : social, cultural and historical perspectives on ghost signs’ (2015) with artist Cristina Nualart; translation and coordination for ‘The Silver Room’ project (2017) by Ti-a, content contributor for Word Vietnam (2015-2016); organizing, promoting and coordinating Tết Art Market (2018 – co-organized with Inpages).