Design & Social Media – Jennifer Tran
Jen is a Chinese Australian designer and community practitioner born on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation – Footscray. With experience in theatre set design, community engagement and project coordination, at the core of her practice she uses design as a creative problem solving tool to connect people.
She 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). She has collaborated set design with Yumi Umiumare, Platform Youth Theatre and Weave Movement Theatre (disability theatre company); coordinated projects for organisations such as the Centre for Cultural Partnerships (arts-in-education program at Richmond Primary School) and the Public Pedagogies Institute(Footscray Pop Up School community event), and facilitated workshops for the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Cohealth Arts Generator and Melbourne City Council among others.
In 2017, she was one of two lead Asian-Australian artists for Inner Beat: Live, a collaborative public art project that explores the construction of complex identities, as part of the AsiaTOPA festival. She set designed for AMKA: Narratives from the African Diaspora, Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 and produced her first interactive installation called, My Ancestral Roots as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017.
Whilst working part-time at La Mama she is currently developing her own work exploring the art of Chinese calligraphy and her Chinese heritage.