Aaron Seeto – Introduction to New Century Garden: Talking About Public Art in Chinatown

New Century Garden: Talking About Public Art in Chinatown, produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with City of Sydney, examined the role of public space in Chinatown, using the specific idea of a garden as an initial proposal for a public art project.

In his introduction Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, articulates his principle aim for the forum as a means to begin a public discussion on ideas, processes and concerns regarding new approaches to public art – and specifically the idea of a ‘new century garden’ in the proposed site of Thomas Street – particularly in regards to multidisciplinary ways of working that may allow for artists, designers, architects, planners and communities to come together in innovative and mutually rewarding contexts. In addition, Aaron touches upon the cultural context of Chinatown, its inhabitants, topography, and his personal connections to the area.

New Century Garden: Talking About Public Art in Chinatown was presented at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art on Friday 21 October 2011