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 in the Masters of Arts (Arts Management) program for the School of Art. 

                                                                                                                                                                                 CURRENT PROJECTS
Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists
Chinese Museum, Melbourne, May - August, 2018

The Waipo (Grandmothers) exhibition features artists Nicholas Chin, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Judy Leong, Yinghong Li, and Xiao Yu Ba, curated by Joyce Agee and Nicholas Chin. Two Wongs Making a White imagines a relationship between my Grandmother and myself which never existed. The work shines a light on the impact of 'White Australia' when the migration of Chinese wives were often denied, resulting in families being separated. Stories of my Grandmother have often haunted me, leading to producing a work that cares for her narrative and creates a place for her in our family through imagining the offering of a meal, a way of feeding my 'hungry ghost'. This exhibition is part of collaborative project by the Multicultural Museums Victoria which includes Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, the Hellenic Museum, the Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. Image: Two Wongs Making a White, mixed media installation, 2018, Photograph: Shane Hulbert.


An exhibition presented by The Substation, Newport
March 22 - April 21, 2018

An exhibition of contemporary art by Victorian-Asian artists navigating the hyphenated space between cultures

Co-curated by By Phuong Ngo and Tammy Wong Hulbert
Artists: Rushdi Anwar, Sofi Basseghi and Ehsan Khoshnami, Andy Butler, Rhett D’Costa, Tammy Wong Hulbert, 
Nikki Lam, Eugenia Lim, Slippage, Vipoo Srivilasa and Hoang Tran Nguyen 

Presented by The Substation and supported by RMIT CAST, MAV and Peril

This exhibition brings together the works of artists of Asian-Australian backgrounds based in Victoria. The exhibition explores the hyphenated space between cultures and how this informs the perspectives of artists who identify with several cultural outlooks.

Image: Still...what is left, Nikki Lam, video, 2017, from The Substation website. 


RMIT CAST/MAV Artists Panel Discussion

Wed 28 March, 2018, 5-7pm, Storey Hall

Artists Rushdi Anwar, Sofi Basseghi and Ehsan Khoshnami, Andy Butler, Rhett D’Costa, Tammy Wong Hulbert, 
Nikki Lam, Phuong Ngo, Vipoo Srivilasa and Hoang Tran Nguyen presented their approaches to their work in the exhibition Hyphenated. Artists presented their diverse perspectives, critiquing their position in the Australian context, leading to a rich conversation of how living between cultural spaces informs one's sense of self and cultural outlook. The panel was presented by RMIT Contemporary Art and Social Transformation and Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), hosted by Andy Miller, General Manager, MAV. Image: Panel speakers in action - Rushdi Anwar, Sofi Basseghi and Ehsan Khoshnami, Andy Butler, Rhett D’Costa (top) and Hoang Tran Nguyen, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Phuong Ngo, Nikki Lam, Vipoo Srivilasa and Andy Miller of MAV (bottom).



Working with the St Andrews, Victoria community, Dec 2017 - March 2018

Anonymous Sojourners in the Australian Bush is a socially engaged public art project with the St Andrews community of Melbourne and Nillumbik Shire as part of their Living in the Landscape Public Arts Incubator. The project looks back in time, investigating the unknown history of anonymous Chinese miners from the 1850s. The project focuses on how contemporary art can reimagine and reconnect with a forgotten migrant community history and is developed in collaboration with the St Andrews Men's Shed. The project has now been decommissioned. Two of the lanterns remain inside at the Wadambuk Community Centre and four will be become part of the St Andrews Primary School community.


A collaborative public art project with Vicseg Social Health Group, April 2016

Belonging and the Transient Home was a project building on my interest in how art can play a role in encouraging inclusive cities and communities. The project emerged from my earlier work in Glenroy, Victoria on the Artists Incubator project. Building on an existing relationship with the Vicseg Asylum Seekers Social Health Group, this project was specifically developed with the Iranian family playgroup, based in the northern suburb of Broadmeadows, Melbourne. The project explored ways in which an art based project, can be developed with newly arrived migrant communities, with the aim of encouraging participation in creativity, through a public outcome. This project explores the overarching theme of belonging in a new urban society, explored through the sharing of culture, themes of mobility, which encourage a rethinking of our relationship with the ever increasingly complex idea of home.  Read my recent journal article reflecting on this work in the International Journal of Practice Based Humanities published in Volume 2, January, 2018.

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.