Aaron Seeto – Director
Aaron Seeto is a curator of contemporary Asian and Asian-Australian art. Aaron Seeto’s curatorial work revolves around the Asia-Pacific region and the impact and experience of migration and globalisation on contemporary art practice. He has developed significant projects and exhibitions with some of the key Asian artists working in Australia and internationally.
He has also curated some large-scale projects for other cultural institutions (as co-curator) – Edge of Elsewhere (2010-2012) at Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; News from Islands (2007) an Asia-Pacific survey exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre; and Primavera (2006), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
He sits on the Executive Committee of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, is a Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and sits on the Advisory Panel for the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. In 2010 he was appointed Curator for the City of Sydney Chinatown Public Art Plan.
Pedro de Almeida – Program Manager
Pedro de Almeida previously held the position of Program Coordinator at Campbelltown Arts Centre where he coordinated the delivery of aspects of the Centre’s multidisciplinary and community engaged cultural program and project managed large-scale exhibition projects and publications, including Gallery A Sydney 1964-1983 (2009) and Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12). He recently curated EXCAVATION: The Armory Exhibition, Sydney Olympic Park (2012); Gary Deirmendjian: MICROVIDS, Artereal Gallery (2012); and the forthcoming Felicia: South Australia 1973-1978, a solo exhibition of work by Ian North with an accompanying monograph for the Australian Centre for Photography (2013). Pedro has a First Class Honours Degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. In 2012 he received an Australia Council for the Arts Skills & Arts Development grant to undertake curatorial research locally and internationally. He is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Art & Australia, Art Monthly Australia and other publications.
Toby Chapman – Assistant Curator
Toby Chapman graduated from the University of Sydney with an Honours degree in Art History and Theory in 2009. He has since worked at regional institutions including the Casula Powerhouse, where he worked as a curatorial assistant for the exhibition, Nam Bang!. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the NAVA Emerging Curators Grant, which facilitated a year-long intensive mentorship program, working on C3West – a strategic program that aims to develop relationships between artists, communities and businesses in Greater Sydney. More recently Toby was appointed Assistant Curator for Edge of Elsewhere, a three-year community-engaged project across both 4A and Campbelltown Arts Centre, and was the Assistant Curator on The Floating Eye – The Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale. Toby has also curated a number of exhibitions independently, including Soft Glue (co-curated by Joel Mu), 2009, Black and Blue Gallery, Sydney and Rear Space, Melbourne; and THE BRIGHT END OF THE WORLD, 2012, Alaska Project Space, Sydney.
Yu Ye Wu – Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Yu Ye Wu graduated from the University of Sydney with a First Class Honours degree in Art History and Theory and English Literature in 2008. She began at 4A as an intern and has been 4A’s communications assistant since 2010. She has also previously worked in arts administration, marketing and communications at Information and Cultural Exchange from 2010-2012.
Samuel Zammit – Program Coordinator
Our current interns include Lorraine Chung, Adrian Clement and Min Yu Leong.
Caroline Choy – President
Caroline Choy is a Property Business Development Manager for AMP Capital Shopping Centres. She has a keen interest in the arts and has worked previously on projects for the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
John Choi – Vice President
John Choi is a founding partner of Choi Ropiha Fighera. In 1996, Choi graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours in Architecture. Together with Tai Ropiha, he founded Choi Ropiha in 2000 following their win in the international competition for the re-design of the TKTS booth in Times Square, New York.
Adrian Williams – Treasurer
Adrian Williams has 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting within large Australian and global organisations. He is currently Head of Finance for AMP Capital Shopping Centres. Throughout his career, Adrian has led large finance teams through periods of significant cultural, system and organisational change. Emphases on continuous improvement and awareness of trends in the external market place have also been cornerstones of his approach.
Lisa Corsi – Public Officer
Lisa Corsi is founder and Managing Director of ARTCELL, an independent agency that provides project and collection management services for the visual arts industry, including public and private institutions, private collectors, commercial galleries and artists. She has worked with international intergovernmental organisations and with local, national and international Artist Run Initiatives, galleries and museums. She is also co-founder and co-curator for SafARI, a community based and alternative exhibition of unrepresented and emerging artists in Artist Run Initiatives in Sydney. From 2000 – 2006, Lisa was Curatorial and Collections Manager at Sherman Galleries, Sydney.
Sharon Chen ( 陈壬 )
Sharon Chen is the Director of Artzone and is currently Chief Art Editor of Oriental BQ weekly and Art columnist of Austar International Media Group. She was born in China and moved to Australia in 1999. She has 10 years of experience working in advertising, and over the last four years has dedicated herself to the arts, specifically working with the Australian-Chinese community to raise awareness of art and culture through education.
Her passion is to connect leading Chinese and Australian artists with the Chinese and Australian business community, creating networks and connections between China, Australia and the rest of Asia. She sits on a number of non-profit boards and is Executive Chair of Australia China Culture Council; Vice-president of Australia Art Collectors Association; Vice-president of Western Australia Oriental Culture & Art Association and the Director of Artzone.
Hannah Skrzynski is the Founder of Creative Asia, an arts management consultancy focused on building cross-cultural collaborations between Australia and China. She has extensive experience working in the Australia China cultural field. She is a Mandarin speaker.
John Young was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1967. Since his first exhibition in 1979, John has exhibited extensively with his works being shown in major exhibitions both nationally and internationally, at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and museums and institutions in North America, Europe, North and South East Asia.
4A ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Visual Arts Advisory Group
Dr Thomas Berghuis, Gary Carsley, Simryn Gill, George Poonkhin Khut
Brooke Aitken, Lyndell Droga, Phillip Haw, Mike Hsu, Mark Hughes, Belinda Lai, Louisa Lee-Reizes, Monica Levy, Paris Neilson, Beata Orzel, Martin O’Sullivan