4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture through research, documentation, development, discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art.
We believe that Asian cultural thinking will have an important impact on the future. 4A’s aim is to ensure contemporary visual art plays a central role in understanding the dynamic relationship between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
4A has a distinctive approach to addressing Australia’s cultural diversity through a dynamic program including local and international exhibitions, public programs, workshops, seminars, symposiums and community activities. These have been recognised locally and internationally as having raised awareness of Asian-Australian art and culture and Australia‘s place in the Asia-Pacific region.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an initiative of the Asian Australian Artists’ Association (4A), a non-profit organisation established in 1996 to present and promote the work of Asian and Asian-Australian artists. This organisation was established by a group of artists who were keen to address the cultural contribution of Asian migration to Australia and to develop Asian and Australian cultural relations.
The Asian Australian Artists’ Association launched Gallery 4A in 1997 on Sussex Street in Sydney’s Chinatown. In 1999 it relocated to larger premises on Liverpool Street with facilities for two galleries. In October 2000 the Asian Australian Artists Association relocated to its current location, the historic Corporation Building, a City of Sydney owned building. In 2009 the organisation was renamed 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Previous Directors include Melissa Chiu (founding Director) and Binghui Huangfu. Early members include: John Young, Vicente Butron, Chris Pang, Kim Moore, Philip O’Toole, Felicia Kan, Victoria Lobregat, Emil Goh, David Lui, Kate Mizrahi, Dacchi Dang, Lindy Lee, Guan Wei, Melissa Chiu, Laurens Tan, Cindy Pan, Hari Ho,Su-Lin Tse and My Lee Thi.
4A in Chinatown
4A plays a critical role in participating in the larger inter-Asian dialogue amongst partner organisations internationally. It has a sustained engagement with the ongoing critical discourse surrounding contemporary art in the Asia-pacific and has recently renewed its commitment to ensuring that this forms the core of its community engagement program. 4A’s strategic location in the heart of Chinatown means that it plays a vital role in shaping the cultural life of Chinatown precinct.