Mimi Tong is a mid-career artist working across drawing and installation based in Sydney, Australia.
In September 2018, Mimi undertook a 20 day live drawing project set in a constructed artist studio at Galerie Pompom, Sydney. In Time set out to manufacture the time and focus stepping into alternate life away from the home, family and teaching to create a series of observational drawings in response to a hand made Calendar and Hourglass. The project enabled Mimi to think through making and converse with visitors about the role of time linked to creative practice.
Recent projects include: Vintage Enamelware, ArtMoves, Transport for NSW, Kingsford (2017); www II Julian Dashper & Girlfriends, Glovebox, Auckland (2017); Formation (Winter), Breezeblock, Sydney (2014). She has also exhibited in St Paul St Gallery, Auckland (2011); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2011), Grantpirrie, Sydney (2010), UTS Gallery, Sydney (2009), Kelvin Grove Road Billboard, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane (2008/09), RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2009), Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore (2008) and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney (2006/07) and Artspace, Sydney (2007, 2005 & 2000).
Residency projects include the inaugural Spaced: Art out of Place biennial (2012), showcasing the 6 m long concertina folded drawing “View of Albany from Princess Royal Harbour Western Australia, c. December 2009‘ which was made in response to the IASKA socially engaged residency program (2009/10); Asialink/ OCAT Residency, Shenzhen China (2009) and Red Gate Gallery residency, Beijing China (2007).
She is the recipient of Australia Council New Work Grants (2007 and 2004); The Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship (2006); NAVA NSW Artists Marketing Grant (2008); and was a finalist in the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award (2004 and 2008) and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (2004, 2005 and 2006).
Mimi Tong is a casual tutor in Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney teaching architectural sketching & drawing and first year Studio. She completed a Masters of Visual Arts by Research at Sydney College of the Arts in 2004, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours at the College of Fine Arts in 2000. Mimi is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in the Visual Arts, UNSW Sydney.
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