Design & Social Media – Jennifer Tran
Jen is a Chinese Australian designer and community practitioner who was born on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation – Footscray. With experience and local knowledge in theatre set design, community engagement and project coordination, at the core of Jen’s practice is the connection between people and place in time. Jen has a postgraduate qualification in Arts and Community Engagement from the VCA, and undergraduate degrees in both Interior Design (RMIT) and Industrial Design (Honours)(Swinburne University). Jen has collaborated designed sets with Yumi Umiumare, Platform Youth Theatre and Weave Movement Theatre; coordinated projects for organisations such as the Centre for Cultural Partnerships and the Public Pedagogies Institute, and facilitated workshops for the Footscray Community Arts Centre and Cohealth Arts Generator, among others. Jen made her debut as a public artist in 2015 with the City of Maribyrnong and was more recently one of two lead Asian-Australian artists for Inner Beat: Live, a collaborative public art project that explores the construction of complex identities of young culturally diverse artists from Melbourne’s West, as part of the 2017 AsiaTOPA Festival. Whilst is working at La Mama Theatre as the Design and Social Media Coordinator, she is developing her own work exploring the art of Chinese calligraphy and her Chinese heritage.