4A Emerging Writer’s Program – 2017

4A is pleased to announce that the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program 2017 program recipient is Mitana Arbon, current Honours student in Asian Studies at ANU. Mitiana will be travelling to Samoa in late 2017 to undertake research and build engagement with local artistic communities in Upolu and Savai’i.

Mitiana Arbon is an Honours student at the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University. His research thesis examines how institutions curate and articulate an understanding of the Pacific as a cohesive art region through art. It draws upon a case study of the Pacific Collection at the National Gallery of Australia examining how its narrow curatorial focus on ‘traditional’ art pieces as reflective of Pacific Cultures, has limited a broader creative and aesthetic understanding of the current reality of multi-sited and diverse contemporary community practices.

Mitiana has a wide range of creative and personal interests in the Pacific region that stems from his dual academic engagement with the Pacific and his Samoan family, from the village of Tafua tai, Savai’i. He is also a Research Officer on Labour Mobility and Migration at the Development Policy Centre and an avid blogger on Pacific topics. His research interests include contemporary regional issues of development, politics, social change and heritage management.


4A Program Manager and Editor of the 4A Papers, Pedro de Almeida says,

“In its second year, 4A’s Emerging Writer’s Program attracted applicants from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. This year the Program was offered to emerging writers who are also current tertiary students at honours and postgraduate level. Additionally, in 2017 4A decided to put a focus on facilitating writers’ engagement with Pacific nations, cultures and artists. Applicants came from a variety of research areas including arts, art history, curatorial studies and Asian studies. 4A was impressed that the majority of the applicants had demonstrated a keen interest in and knowledge of the region, proposing fieldwork in Hawai’i, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu with subjects ranging from the development of private collections and museums to the visual culture that emanates from Vanuatu’s reggae music scene.”

2017 Emerging Writer’s Program judge Lisa McDonald (Associate Curator, Human History (Maori and Pacific) at Canterbury Museum and Adjunct Fellow with the School of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury) said:

“Mitiana’s project reflects his deep commitment to the field of Pacific studies. His proposal was of the highest merit and clearly demonstrated his academic engagement with current research methodologies. Privileging the agency of indigenous artists based in Samoa, his project will no doubt provide insightful analysis of the creative practices of contemporary makers. I congratulate Mitiana on his award and wish him every future success in both his professional and personal pursuits.”

Art Monthly Australasia Editor and 2017 Emerging Writer’s Program judge, Micheal Fitzgerald, said:

Art Monthly Australasia is excited to be involved again with the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program, inaugurated last year with the ‘Sea Pearl White Cloud’ project in Guangzhou, and commends this year’s initiative in sending an emerging writer into the Pacific. Mitiana’s winning submission to conduct research with a number of contemporary artists based in Samoa was a stand-out proposal and promises to deepen this important new engagement with the region.”


About the judging panel:

Michael Fitzgerald was the arts editor for the South Pacific edition of Time magazine (1997-2007) before becoming managing editor of Art & Australia (2008-12) and helping relaunch Photofile magazine for the Australian Centre for Photography in 2013. He has been editor of Art Monthly Australasia since 2014.

Dr Lisa McDonald is Associate Curator, Human History (Maori and Pacific) at Canterbury Museum and Adjunct Fellow with the School of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury. Her research focuses on contemporary art from Melanesia, with emphasis on makers based in Port Vila and Port Moresby.

Pedro de Almeida is an arts manager, curator and writer, joining 4A as Program Manager in 2012. Over the past decade he has developed and delivered a broad range of artistic and cultural projects in partnership with local and international organisations that have been distinguished by their engagement with culturally and socially diverse artists, communities and audiences.


ABOUT THE 4A EMERGING WRITER’S PROGRAM

DEADLINE:                Friday 30 June 2017

TRAVEL DATES:       September 2017   

 

Following the inaugural offering in 2016, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program that will support an emerging Australian writer to travel to the Pacific in September 2017 to realise two publication outcomes.

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program is open to Australian students currently undertaking a degree at honours or postgraduate level in art, history or related fields of study at an Australian tertiary institution. This program will be rigorous and is specifically designed for tertiary students with a keen interest in fieldwork research in art and culture, and someone who can demonstrate a flair and passion for writing.

The selected writer will undertake a one-week research trip to a Pacific nation in September 2017. Facilitated by 4A and its networks, the writer will be asked to conceive and deliver two writing outcomes for publication in 4A Papers and Program supporter Art Monthly Australasia. This may include a critical essay, historical research, interview, review, profile, or feature with accompanying online audio-visual content.

The writer will be supported by the team at 4A and in particular by Pedro de Almeida, Editor, 4A Papers and Michael Fitzgerald, Editor, Art Monthly Australasia.

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program has been developed as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s broader professional development program for early career arts professionals. Together with the annual 4A Beijing Studio Program and the biannual 4A Curators’ Intensive, the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program supports emerging Australian talent to work within the Asia-Pacific region.

 

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program has been made possible with the support of 4A Patrons Richard Funston & Kiong Lee.

 

KEY DATES

Applications open:                   Monday 3 April 2017

Sydney Info Night:                  Friday 26 May 2017 – RSVP here.

Applications close:                  Friday 30 June 2017 (5.00pm)

Samoa travel dates:                September 2017

(exact dates of one-week itinerary to be determined in consultation with 4A).

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The selected writer must be:

  • Over the age of 18 years.
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident who is enrolled in a degree at honours or postgraduate level in art, history or related fields of study at an Australian tertiary institution at the time of application.
  • The definition of “emerging” is a writer who has not previously published more than 12 texts in any subject, in print or online (blogs or self-published platforms excluded).

4A will provide the selected writer with:

  • Return airfare from the recipient’s nearest state capital city to chosen Pacific nation.
  • Accommodation, per diems and travel insurance for the period of the trip.
  • An honourarium.

To apply, submit a single PDF document including:

  • A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number, email address and evidence of current tertiary enrolment (student ID card or similar).
  • A Letter of Intent addressing your interest in participating in the Program, articulating your specific area of interest in the Pacific and which nation you propose to travel to; how it will be beneficial to you; and how it will contribute to the development of your research and writing practice. Maximum one page.
  • A Statement that outlines your current writing or research focuses and interests. Maximum one page.
  • A CV illustrating relevant study and work experience, previously published texts, personal projects and achievements. Maximum one page.
  • A Writing Sample of up to 1,000 words (this can be unpublished and preferably in a professional writing style rather than academic in tone).
  • A Proposed Collection of Writings that you would produce as part of this project. Maximum one page.
  • Shortlisted writers will be asked to provide evidence of Australian permanent residency status, current enrolment at honours or postgraduate level at an Australian tertiary institution, and date of birth.

 

Applications should be submitted via email, post or in person to:

Pedro de Almeida

Program Manager / Editor, 4A Papers

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

 

In person: 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000

Post: PO Box K1312, Haymarket NSW 1240

Email: pedro.de-almeida@4a.com.au

 

Applications closed 5.00PM Friday 30 June 2017.

Applications were assessed by a panel and the selected writer notified within two weeks following the submission deadline.

 

If you have any questions in relation to the program or how to apply please contact Pedro de Almeida on (02) 9212 0380 or pedro.de-almeida@4a.com.au

 

The 4A Emerging Writer’s Program is supported by Art Monthly Australasia, and made possible with the generous support of 4A Patrons Richard Funston & Kiong Lee.

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Image: Observation Society from the street during the install of Sea Pearl White Cloud, part of the 2016 4A Emerging Writers Program, May 2016. Photo: Pedro de Almeida.

Over two weeks spanning late May and early June 2016, Minerva Inwald, 4A’s 2016 Emerging Writers Program participant, traveled to Guangzhou, China, to experience the lead up to Sea Pearl White Cloud 海珠白雲, a collaborative two-stage exhibition project produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and local independent contemporary art space, Observation Society, that saw presentations in Guangzhou and Sydney. Sea Pearl White Cloud presented new works by Australian artist Lucas Ihlein and Hong Kong-based artist Trevor Yeung that are informed by questions of temporality, exchange and poetics while reflecting on the urban condition in the twenty-first century. Read her piece for the 4A Papers here.

 

 

Beijing Studio Program 2016

Applications Call Out

DEADLINE: THURSDAY 12 MAY 2016 AT 6PM AEST

Three early or mid-career artists will embark on a month-long intensive studio program in September 2016 (exact dates to be announced) at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin, located in Huairou District on the outskirts of Beijing.

The 4A Beijing Studio Program provides a unique opportunity for artists to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in the Asia region. On their return to Australia the artists will be invited to present their experiences in a public forum and make a proposal for an exhibition at 4A. If successful they will be mentored by 4A in the development of an exhibition in 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year that the program has been running.

The Program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, the cost of travel/medical insurance and a small stipend. It will provide an ongoing professional mentorship, cross-cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China.

ABOUT SHEN SHAOMIN

Over the last twenty years Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental, conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing, and having spent over a decade in Australia, Shen’s work spans a number of mediums and explores individual and collective experiences of humanity and their impacts on our natural and constructed surroundings. Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A in The Floating Eye, Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); and presented the solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). His work has been included in Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include, Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.

Please read APPLICATION GUIDELINES below and download a 4A BEIJING STUDIO PROGRAM_APPLICATION FORM_2016 for full details.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

Application is open to visual artists who are currently Australian permanent residents with less than ten years’ continuous professional experience (including postgraduate studies), or who consider themselves early or mid-career for other reasons.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last two years. 

PROGRAM PERIOD

Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, for one month in the beginning of September 2016 (exact dates to be announced). Once set, dates are not negotiable. The selected artists will be travelling at the same time.

CRITERIA

Successful artists will be chosen based on the quality of their works, reasons for participation, viability of their participation and the potential benefits to the applicant’s artistic development.

REQUIRED INFORMATION

To apply for the 4A Beijing Studio Program please download a copy of the 4A BEIJING STUDIO PROGRAM_APPLICATION FORM_2016 and include the following:

1. A statement of interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Studio Program and how you will benefit from it. Maximum 1 page.

2. A current CV. Maximum 1 page.

3. Support material material comprising a Powerpoint document with 10 images OR video material (10 minutes maximum) supplied as URL link to uploaded content.

Please do not send us original material and note that submitted material will not be returned.

Applications should be submitted via email, post or in person to:

Toby Chapman – Curator

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

In person: Shop 3/181-187 Hay Street Haymarket NSW 2000

Postal address: PO Box K1312 Haymarket Sydney NSW 1240

Email: toby.chapman@4a.com.au

Applications for the 4A Beijing Studio Program 2016 close 6PM AEST Thursday 12 May 2016.

SUPPORT MATERIAL

Please supply images in Powerpoint or PDF at 72-dpi res with your application. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.

AMENITIES

Accommodation and facilities are housed in Shen Shaomin’s studio, 52km from Beijing city centre (approximately 60 mins drive). These are newly built residences. In addition to a stipend, the studio will provide meals daily as well as a driver/translator available for a limited number of days to explore surrounding artists’ studios, galleries and other locations.

Chinese language skills are not necessary.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Artists are responsible for obtaining necessary visas for entry into China and appropriate travel/medical insurance.
  • Artists are responsible for any excess baggage or freight to/from the Studio Program.
  • Artists will be asked to sign an agreement outlining the terms of the Program and their travel.
  • Artists will be asked to provide a public presentation of their trip on their return. 

ENQUIRIES

Toby Chapman
Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9212 0380
toby.chapman@4a.com.au

Job opportunity: Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (FULL TIME)

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is seeking a Director to lead this vital organisation.

The Director of 4A will have a passion for and deep knowledge of contemporary Asian and Australian arts and culture. He or she will be an inspiring leader and an entrepreneurial thinker, with the ability to collaborate and to work independently. This position reports directly to the board of the Asian Australian Artists Association (4A).

The Director provides the creative vision, strategic leadership, management expertise, and financial oversight of the 4A Program. The Director leverages 4A’s historical leadership in Australia and its global networks to extend its impact.

The Director oversees a small team, leads the program vision and maintains excellent working relationships with stakeholders.

Critical to the Director’s success is their ability to approach resource building with inventiveness and clarity of purpose, and the capacity to fundraise effectively. The director will work with the board to increase and diversify financial support from individual donors, foundations, sponsors and government funders. He or she will have management and financial responsibility, and a clear understanding of budgets.

Additionally, the Director will lead a dedicated professional staff that includes a Program Manager, Assistant Curator, Communications Coordinator, and casual front-of-house staff.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program

  • Developing and implementing a world-class program of exhibitions, public programs and other programs
  • Leading discussions of contemporary Asian art and culture in Australia
  • Formulating strategic and artistic visions that maintain and grow 4A’s leadership

Management

  • Provide effective management of physical, financial and human resources
  • Lead and manage 4A staff, interns and volunteers
  • Manage the financial affairs of 4A
  • Support and report effectively to the Board and its committees

Fundraising

  • Identify and develop private sector support
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with government agencies to ensure continued funding for 4A activities
  • Initiate and implement fundraising programs and events as necessary
  • Secure financial and in-kind support for 4A’s activities from government and non-government sources including sponsors, foundations and private donors.

Leadership/Strategic

  • Develop and monitor 4A’s strategic plan
  • Develop strategies to increase membership
  • Build new working relationships and enhance existing ones with respect to program, funding and cultural advocacy
  • Maintain excellent relationships with other arts organisations nationally and internationally to ensure 4A’s continued leadership in the field
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders including government funding agencies; all tiers of government; donors and foundations, and corporate partners

Communications/Advocacy

  • Present a visible and accessible public face and represent 4A in the public domain
  • Communicate 4A and its mission nationally and internationally in a range of different forums
  • Work collaboratively with other cultural organisations; develop networks and relationships with both local and international stakeholders
  • Present and liaise with media to promote 4A’s programs and mission

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS ROLE 

 

 

Actions for Tomorrow – Yangjiang Group Launch

Photos from the launch of Actions for Tomorrow by Yangjiang Group on 17 January 2015.
Photography: Zan Wimberley

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Left to right: Edmund Capon OBE, AM, Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and Councillor Robert Kok, City of Sydney.

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Left to right: Sun Qinglin (Yangjiang Group), Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang Group), Councillor Robert Kok, City of Sydney, Edmund Capon OBE, AM, Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Chen Zaiyan (Yangjiang Group), Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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Information for Twilight Garden Party

For those attending 4A’s Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour here’s some information to ensure you make the most of the night’s event.

The Chinese Gardens is located in Darling Harbour close to the Chinatown end of the precinct. (MAPLINK).

The event starts at 7pm and runs until 11pm. You can collect your tickets from box office at the entrance to the Chinese Gardens. When you pick up your tickets you’ll also receive vouchers for a complimentary cocktail and food by Grasshopper Bar and Eating House at the event. See menu here.

Performances will run at different times and some overlap throughout the night. Some performance works with the artists Yangjiang Group have limited capacity so we recommend arriving early  to catch these.

If you are driving tonight please allow extra time and note special event road closures and event clearways  here near Chinatown and Haymarket due to Lunar New Year Celebrations. You’ll find the locations of parking stations here. For details on public transport options see here.

For those catching public transport please allow extra time for trackwork on trains this weekend.

In the event of wet weather the event will still go ahead in covered areas of the gardens.

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, don’t forget to share your favourite moments using #TwilightGardenParty

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact 4A on 9212 0380 or info@4a.com.au

4A wins at museums and galleries industry awards

19 November 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

On Friday 14 November, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art took home an award in the Community Engagement category at the 2014 IMAGinE awards.

Vertical Villages was a collaborative partnership between Ruangrupa ArtLab (Indonesia), Keg de Souza (Australia) and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, working with international tertiary student population living in Sydney’s CBD and communities in Jakarta.

Recognising innovation and excellence in 500 museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW, the IMAGinE industry awards acknowledges outstanding achievement of over 8,000 individuals in fostering local communities, enhancing NSW’s vibrant cultural tourism and improving visitor experiences.

Michael Rolfe, CEO, Museums & Galleries NSW commended all recipients across the categories of Projects, Sustainability, Engagement and Individual Achievement in both paid and volunteer staffed organisations and said,

“The winners of the 2014 IMAGinE awards highlight the exemplary work of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to develop and present engaging and exciting programs for all facets of our community. The awards recognise outstanding accomplishments from small volunteer run museums to large cultural institutions, and celebrate NSW’s vibrant cultural sector.”

Record numbers attended the awards event at the popular artist-run initiative 107 Projects on Friday 14 November, demonstrating the awards’ growing popularity and the spirit of IMAGinE: Inspiring Museums and Galleries in Excellence.

 

The full list of winners can be found here.

Image: (L-R) Toby Chapman, Curator of Vertical Villages with Oliver Frankel, Chair, M&G NSW.
Photo: Mimi Kelly

 

4A Media Enquiries
Yu Ye Wu  |   media(at)4a.com.au | 02 9212 0380

 

4A RECEIVES AN AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL MARKETING AWARD (AMMA)

On Thursday 24 November 4A received the prestigious Australian Multicultural Marketing Award (AMMA) in Arts & Culture for project Vertical Villages, 2013 that provided insight into the international tertiary student population living in Sydney’s CBD and Jarkarta.

Winners were announced at a gala award ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House.

The awards celebrate the achievements of organisations running innovative campaigns and projects that speak to culturally diverse audiences across a range of industries including business, sports, media, the arts and community.

Vertical Villages was a collaborative partnership between Ruangrupa ArtLab (Indonesia), Keg de Souza (Australia) and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, working with international students in Sydney and communities in Jakarta. The project comprised of: artist-led community workshops: the creation of collaborative new works: dual exhibitions at 4A and in Jakarta as part of the 15th Jakarta Biennale: public programs curated by community groups and students: and a project blog, and print publication and active engagement with these communities via 4A’s Facebook and instagram.

Now in its 25th year, The Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards is coordinated by Multicultural NSW. Full details of winners can be seen here.

Special Offer on 4A EDITION Artworks

To celebrate the launch of 4A A4 we’re offering some special deals on 4A EDITION artworks on the night of Thursday 6 November only. These deals are available in our gallery only.

– A 25% discount off 4A EDITION artworks for 4A Members.

– A 10% discount off 4A EDITION artworks for the general public.

Visit our online store to peruse works by FX Harsono, Jae Hoon Lee, Vernon Ah Kee, Owen Leong, Vipoo Srivilasa, Jason Wing, Ming Wong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick trip to Yangjiang

A quick trip to Yangjiang

Support the Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter

Last week 4A’s Director Aaron Seeto, Assistant Curator Toby Chapman and Project Assistant Joanna Bayndrian traveled to China to undertake research for Actions for Tomorrow in Yangjiang Group’s home city and namesake, located in southwestern Guangdong Province, and meet the Yangjiang Group artists Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin.

The journey began early one morning with a flight from Beijing to Guangzhou, followed by a three-hour car ride to the coastal city of Yangjiang. By Chinese standards, Yangjiang is a small city with a population of about 2.6 million. The city itself runs along the Pearl River Delta, with the humidity, near tropical vegetation and expanse of blue sky a constant reminder of the city’s location.

After meeting with Zheng Guogu, we were taken to the artist’s awe-inspiring project,The Age of Empires (2008- ), a complex of unfinished buildings and structures, an artist studio and sprawling gardens. This mythical project, developed as part of Zheng’s own practice, was a project that we had read about and eagerly explored. It gave us a glimpse into the working process and conceptual ambition of Zheng, his connection to the city of Yangjiang, and his interest in how art can be integrated into life, and life into art.

After a studio visit and a tour of his new work, Zheng led us on a walk through his garden to a series of elevated pavilions nestled in the treetops and overlooking the property. These pavilions were specially constructed for tea ceremonies, which we happily participated in. After some time of drinking, heavy rains and strong winds swept through, which we later discovered to be Typhoon Kalmaegi, heading towards Hainan.

As the afternoon passed, Zheng told us that we had been invited to the wedding banquet of a friend, where we would then meet the other members of the Yangjiang Group, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin, as well as other local artists and friends. This generous hospitality and openness to visitors would continue through the rest of our time in Yangjiang. At dinner, many of the guests remarked how excited they were that visitors from so far away had come to Yangjiang, and that they were proud that Yangjiang Group would be coming to Australia. The other main topic of conversation was food, and the quality of Australian seafood.

The following day we ventured to the Yangjiang Group studio – a massive concrete building, constructed out of compound geodesic shapes and surrounded by gardens. Zheng designed the building himself, and when asked what his neighbours thought of the studio he simply said, ‘they think we are aliens’.

During the morning we were given a tour of the building and talked about earlier projects – Yangjiang Group’s take on shu-fa (calligraphy); After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion (2012); Waterfall an important sculptural work constructed out of calligraphy and wax; as well as more recent projects that incorporate clothing sourced from Yangjiang.

The rest of the day was left to drinking tea and discussing the influence that various teas can have on the body, as well as the upcoming project in Sydney. It was a rare and great privilege to spend this time discussing and reflecting upon the relationship between life and art for Yangjiang Group, and how both life and art exert influence upon one another. How one expresses themselves in space; how one considers the built environment; the contemplation of the cultural value of tea and food; what one does with the left-overs from dinner; these are all opportunities for reflection for Yangjiang Group.

From this trip and the time spent with Yangjiang Group in their hometown it’s clear that their artistic process is an expression of everyday life and an exploration of the connections between social action and cultural meaning.

We’ve now proposed to Yangjiang Group that they take over all of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – to incorporate the office and administrative functions into the installation and to allow us (the staff) to think carefully about the roles that we assign to culture in our daily lives. In the coming months, Zheng Guogu will travel to Sydney for a site visit as part of the development of the exhibition and performance in January 2015.

Support the Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter

Stay tuned for another update about Zheng’s visit to Sydney, and an invitation to all of our Kickstarter supporters to attend a private artist talk by Zheng about the Yangjiang Group.

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Launching Actions for Tomorrow

We successfully reached our target for Kickstarter
Thanks to all our supporters

Click through to the 4A Kickstarter campaign for further details. Check out the great rewards.

 

Yangjiang Group, one of China’s most talked about artist groups, is coming to Australia this Summer to take over our patch of Sydney’s Chinatown. Through their unique brand of Chinese calligraphy and all-night binge brainstorming sessions that lead to wild ideas and spontaneous, strange and surreal happenings, Yangjiang Group explode the boundaries of traditional Chinese art forms to explore ideas of collective action and the ever-shifting dynamic of the individual in relation to the group.

Hailing from Yangjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province, Yangjiang Group has three members – Zheng Guogu (郑国谷), Chen Zaiyan (陈再炎) and Sun Qinglin (孙庆麟) who have developed projects all over the world. They expand ideas of traditional Chinese calligraphy in experimental and surprising ways alongside performance, painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. Their works are often a series of daily actions and processes that take several forms: from large-scale architectural structures that envelope audiences in offbeat and immersive environments, to performances that invite social actions and private introspection.  

4A has been selected by Art Basel’s International Crowdfunding Jury to be part of Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative that supports projects from non-profit visual arts organisations from around the world.

With your support Yangjiang Group will surprise and delight audiences with Actions for Tomorrow (明日行动) an intoxicating contemporary art project to heat up Sydney’s summer.

More than just an exhibition of artwork Actions for Tomorrow is a process that highlights the importance of artistic actions as part of our everyday encounters, tracing arcs of activity and points of contact between individual and collective forces in Asia alongside our own Australian context. The project will comprise a major installation at 4A and a one-night-only performance and party at the Chinese Gardens of Friendship during Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival Celebrations.

 

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Image above: Yangjiang Group,  Interior Courtyard III (The Garden of Pine) (2008), Multimedia Installations, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists.

 


 

Yangjiang Group, After Dinner Shu Fa, 2012, Performance and Photo, Exhibition view at Eastside Projects. Courtesy the artists.

 

Yangjang Group, The Garden of Pine – Also fierce than tiger (2010), mixed media installation. Courtesy the artists.

 

The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art

Edmund Capon, AM, OBE Former Director, Art Gallery of NSW, and Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Toby Chapman, Curator, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; James Nguyen, 4A Beijing Studio Program 2014; Claudia Nicholson, 4A Beijing Studio Program 2014; will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, Renmin University of China, Beijing – The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art. Registration for this conference is currently open and closes on 10 September.

 

The 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference
11 – 12 September 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing

Hosted by:
The Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University
In collaboration with the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC)

Convened by:
Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies Peking University

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), and the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University, are pleased to present the 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art.

The conference is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China. 

The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging.

It will be the first event of this scale focusing specifically on the China- Australia arts relationship to be held in China, and will bring together a leading lineup of Australian and Chinese artists, curators, gallery directors, academics and cultural thinkers. They will share their insights over two days of panel discussions, keynote presentations, interviews and special performances and exhibitions, running on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September at Renmin University. Additional public talks will also run on Saturday September 13 at the Red Gate Gallery and Capital M Restaurant in Beijing. 

Program highlights include keynote presentations by previous Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon AM OBE, on ‘Understanding and Defining Australia through Art’, and Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, Editor of the Griffith REVIEW, on ‘The Uses of Culture’. The program will also feature a special performance by acclaimed Australian photographer and storytelling artist William Yang

For further details click here

 

Attending the Conference:

The conference is open to the public and attendance is free but registration is required. To register to attend the conference, please email Joanna Bayndrian by September 1 on joanna@creative-asia.net

 

Featured speakers for 2014 include: 

 

Edmund CAPON, AM, OBE Former Director, Art Gallery of NSW

Prof Julianne SCHULTZ, AM, FAHA Founding Editor, Griffith REVIEW

 

William YANG Australian Artist

Lesley ALWAY Director, Asialink Arts

Stephanie BRITTON Founding Executive Editor, Artlink

Dr Richard BULLEN Art Historian, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Alison CARROLL, AM Art Critic, Writer and Curator

Toby CHAPMAN Curator, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney 

Dr Sophie COUCHMAN Curator, Chinese Museum

Michael DOWNS Artist 

Jayne DYER Australian artist

Prof Bill GAMMAGE, AM Humanities Research Centre, ANU

Prof Sasha GRISHIN, AM, FAHA Art Historian, Art Critic and Curator

Richard FIDLER Broadcaster, ABC Radio

Kevin HOBGOOD-BROWN Managing Director, Foundation for Australian Studies in China, and Managing Director, Riverstone Advisory

LI Youwen Associate Professor, Australian Studies Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Dr LI Zhe Art Historian and Curator 

LIU Lifen Founder/Director of Tai Project, Kunming

Djon MUNDINE, AM Independent Curator

Claudia NICHOLSON Australian Artist

James NGUYEN Australian Artist

Dr Geoff RABY former Australian Ambassador to China

Suhanya Raffel Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW, and Australia-China Council Board Director

Dr Claire ROBERTS Art Historian and Curator

Aaron SEETO Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Jiawei SHEN Chinese Australian Artist

Iona WHITTAKER Art Critic and Editor, Randian

WU Di PhD candidate, Australian Studies Centre, Remnin University 

Prof ZHANG Yongxian Professor of English, and Director, Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University of China

ZHANG Lansheng Artist, Curator and Art Historian 

ZHANG Lijia Writer

Image: William Yang, Lake George #2, 2010, digital ink jet print, 34 x 50cm. Courtesy the artist.

4A A4 CALL OUT FOR A4 WORKS

Artists! 4A is seeking A4 art works from across Australia and the globe for this year’s 4A A4 fundraising exhibition, celebrating the work of emerging and established artists alike and raising funds for 4A’s program.

Last year 4A A4 raised over $25,000 in 24 hours, through the generosity of artists and supporters. Help us break this record!

Join the challenge and make it A4. Be creative with your choice of material and the medium of the work, so long as you keep within an A4 size limit.

Registration is free. Then post or deliver your art work to 4A by Friday 31 October 2014, 5pm.

All art works will be:

  • Featured in the exhibition
  • Featured online at 4a.com.au and on 4A social media
  • Available for sale for a fixed price of AUD $200 each with proceeds going directly back to 4A’s program.
  • Art works will be sold anonymously. The names of artists only announced once works are sold.
  • All submitted art works are considered donations to 4A. Entries will not be returned.

Rally your networks to take part by sharing this link with friends. Thank you for your support!

Since 1996, artists have always supported artists and contributed to the making of 4A. Today we’re just as passionate as the artists who started the organisation and our ethos stands: to create opportunities for other artists, develop platforms to exhibit and encourage critical, independent discussion. Artists today need all the help they can get! This is the second year of 4AA4, check out the artists list from last year here.

 

 

Exhibition dates

Submission deadline:  Friday 31 October, 5pm

Exhibition opening: 6 November 2014, 6-8pm

 

Eligibility

Submission is open to all artists from Australia and internationally.

Registration is free and submissions are unlimited. We value your support!

 

How to Apply

Complete the registration form and submit it with the art work to:

4A A4 submissions
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
PO BOX K1312
Haymarket NSW 1240


Enquiries

info@4a.com.au
+ 61 2 9212 0380

 

Image: Tully Arnot

 

VIDEO: Cosmin Costinas: A Journal of the Plague Year: A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

Cosmin Costinas
A Journal of the Plague Year: A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

This talk will present an insight into recent research and projects by Cosmin Costinas for Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. Para/Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
 
Since 2011 Cosmin Costinas has been the Executive Director and Curator of Para/Site, where he has delivered a number of exhibitions that discuss and explore local political and historical contexts. Costinas will discuss a number of the challenges in presenting these projects, and consider how they fit within broader curatorial conversations in Hong Kong.
 
As a relative newcomer to Hong Kong, Cosmin will also speak about his personal perspective in developing exhibitions and the role that collaboration plays in working in a new cultural context. What kind of responsibility does a curator, or indeed an organisation, have to the local?

 

This talk was presented as part of the 4A’s Curators’ Intensive 2014. More here

 

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The Curators’ Intensive is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and has been made possible with the support of Sue Acret & James Roth and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 4A acknowledges the support of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

VIDEO: Sophie McIntyre: Politics, Art & Representation: Curatorship in an intercultural context

Dr Sophie McIntyre
Politics, Art & Representation: Curatorship in an intercultural context

This presentation explores the spatial and relational dynamics of curating exhibitions in an intercultural context by focussing on the meaning and significance of place in a geo-political, cultural, artistic and museological context. Drawing on several exhibitions  of contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region that Dr. McIntyre has (co)curated, the presentation will delve into the politics of cultural representation and it will reflect on some of the challenges and valuable insights gained when curating across and between different cultures and audiences.

 

This talk was presented as part of the 4A’s Curators’ Intensive 2014. More here

 

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The Curators’ Intensive is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and has been made possible with the support of Sue Acret & James Roth and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 4A acknowledges the support of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

 

VIDEO: Robin Peckham: Tracing the Post-Internet

 

Robin Peckham
Tracing the Post-Internet: A Case Study in Curatorial Process

What are the relationships between the movement that has come to be called ‘post-internet’ and the media realities of the historical moment that enables it?  This talk will present the curatorial process and research behind the exhibition Art Post-Internet co-curated by Peckham, paying close attention to the differences between survey methodologies and thematic approaches. Peckham will respond to notions including the differences between intent and effect in artistic practice, the tension between documentation and materiality in recent art, collaboration as a tool, the specificities of the exhibition and other possible realisations, and categories of curatorial work from essayistic narrative compositions to forms of analysis.  This presentation will tentatively structure a logic by which we might be able to expand a thematic understanding of post-internet art based on an empirical understanding of its social core.

 

This talk was presented as part of the 4A’s Curators’ Intensive 2014. More here

 

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The Curators’ Intensive is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and has been made possible with the support of Sue Acret & James Roth and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 4A acknowledges the support of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

4A announces its Beijing Studio Program artists for 2014

4A is pleased to announce the two Australian artists selected for our Beijing Studio Program in 2014 at the studios of Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

Claudia Nicholson and James Nguyen were chosen by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory committee based on the strength of their applications, the potential benefits for their practices and capacity to extend their own cross-cultural networks.

Aaron Seeto, 4A’s Director stated that “the committee were impressed by the extremely high standard of individual applicants from across Australia. It proved difficult to selected only two participants, and I am encouraged by the number of younger artists who applied. Congratulations to both Claudia and James, who I expect will benefit greatly from this opportunity.”

The Program will give these young artists a fantastic opportunity to place their practices within a much broader international art context in a city such as Beijing.

Nicholson and Nguyen will travel to China to commence their month-long residency in September 2014.

 

Claudia Nicholson (b. 1987, Bogota, Colombia; raised in Australia) is a Sydney-based artist, whose work is multidisciplinary with a focus in painting, video and performance. As an artist and an adopted child Nicholson occupies an ambiguous position between Australian and Latino cultures. Her work questions the construction of identity in the absence of a known ancestry and subsequent experiences of cultural and geographic dislocation. She graduated from College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and spent a semester in 2008 as an exchange student in Centro Universitario de Arte, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Nicholson has been selected as a finalist for several awards, including Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (2008) and Yen Art Award, Gaffa (2014). She has participated in group exhibitions, predominantly in Sydney, including at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Firstdraft, Gaffa, Somewhere Gallery, Kudos Gallery and COFA Gallery. Her first solo exhibition was Silly Homeland at Gaffa, Sydney (2013) and her most recent solo exhibition was presented at Firstdraft, Sydney in April 2014, titled Ni Chicha Ni Limonada.   Nicholson has also taken part in the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne (2012) and has undertaken artist residency programs in Sydney and Peru.

James Nguyen (b.1982, Vietnam) is a Sydney-based artist interested in the critical and applied methods of new art forms to politics and culture. His diverse work ranges from drawing and painting to installation, video and performance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from National Art School, Sydney, in 2012 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. Since 2012 Nguyen has participated in several group exhibitions including at Articulate Project Space, Sydney; YOLK Collective, Sydney; William Wright’s Artists Projects, Sydney; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. He has also taken part in collaborative projects in Sydney such as Briony Barr Drawing Project at AIAS Conference and COSMOS Collaborative between SCA and Sydney Conservatorium. His first solo exhibition was at Bradfield College, North Sydney, in 2013 titled EXIT Strategy, and his recent solo exhibition, The Man With the Movie Camera, was presented at both SCA Gallery and FELTspace, Adelaide in 2014.

 

Images: Claudia Nicholson, Baby I Would Climb The Andes (2014), Silleta made of plywood and native Australian flowers, Image courtesy the artist and Zan Wimberley.
James Nguyen, 360 Degree Radial Arc (2014), multi-channel video installation. Image courtesy the artist.n flowers, Image courtesy the artist and Zan Wimberley.

 

Beijing Studio Program is an annual program of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and in 2014 is supported by Vicki Olsson.

SUPPORT 4A – 2014 APPEAL

Australia’s relationship with Asia is always changing.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been at the forefront of understanding Asian-Australian art and culture since 1996. We have world-wide networks and expertise. We support artists, develop exhibitions, run education workshops and present our program around Australia and the world.

4A’s perspective is unique. We speak globally about the social, cultural and economic transformations happening in our region. We know that Asian culture is making an important impact on Australia’s future and that contemporary art tells the story of our time.Without your support 4A’s activities can’t reach their greatest potential to reflect and enact change in Australia’s unfolding relationship with Asia.

Support us to make creative connections with Asia happen.

Make a tax-deductible donation* to support us now

         

* The Australian Taxation office recognises the importance of donations to charitable organisations and provides incentives to encourage them. Donations will be received by the AAAA INC Fund of the The Asian Australian Artists Association Inc (4A) which has DGR status. All donations of $2 or more will be tax deductible.
If you would like to support 4A in other ways, or would like to know more about our donor program, please contact the Director by email or on 02 9212 0380.

VIDEO: WAYS: OMAR CHOWDHURY

Ways is the first solo exhibition by Australian artist Omar Chowdhury. Chowdhury has spent the past two years working in the country of his birth and one of the most densely populated on earth, whose character is deeply informed by religious faiths and daily acts of worship. There, he has created an ambitious new body of work, which traverses urban and rural terrains searching for material embodiments of spiritual transcendence.

Chowdhury produces large-scale and richly detailed moving image works filmed on location in Bangladesh during extended periods of immersion in various cultural and physical landscapes.

 

CURATORS’ INTENSIVE 2014

4A’s Curators’ Intensive is an initiative developed by 4A to encourage professional advancement amongst early career Australian cultural practitioners with an interest in curatorial practice. The Intensive will take place between Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 July at various locations in Sydney, Australia.

This is the second Intensive (following 2012) and will be led by three established curators who are working in an international context with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014 the Curators’ Intensive will feature:

Cosmin Costinas (HK)

Dr Sophie McIntyre (AUS)

Robin Pekham (HK/Beijing)

These curators along with 4A will deliver this program over four consecutive days through a mix of public discussions and closed forums. The Intensive will consist of the following: each evening there will be a public presentation by one curator. On the following day a closed workshop will be led by one of the curators for participants only. Through these discussions participants will expand on the issues raised by curators during their public presentations.

This program will be of interest to curators or cultural practitioners at the beginning of their careers, as well as those currently working independently or in institutions and interested in participating in an expanded discussion around curatorial practice. While focused on a broad conception of contemporary Asian art, this program will encompass a much larger range of curatorial discussions. The participating curators have a wide variety of experiences from socially engaged art, curating local history, international perspectives, as well as museums and independent spaces.

 

PUBLIC LECTURES

In 2014 the 4A Curators’ Intensive includes a series of free public talks at 4A presented by our guest curators.
Bookings are essential via eventbrite. Please note you will need to book separately for each talks.

 

Thursday 10 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Tracing the Post-Internet: A Case Study in Curatorial Process
Robin Peckham
Book here

What is the relationship between the movement that has come to be called ‘post-internet’ and the media realities of the historical moment that enables it?

This talk will present the curatorial process and research behind the exhibition Art Post-Internet co-curated by Peckham, paying close attention to the differences between survey methodologies and thematic approaches to curating. Peckham will respond to notions including the differences between intent and effect in artistic practice, the tension between documentation and materiality in recent art, collaboration as a tool, the specificities of the exhibition and other possible realisations, and categories of curatorial work from essayistic narrative compositions to forms of analysis.

This presentation will tentatively structure a logic by which we might be able to expand a thematic understanding of post-internet art based on an empirical understanding of its social core.

 

Friday 11 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Politics, Art & Representation: Curatorship in an intercultural context
Dr Sophie McIntyre
Book here

This presentation explores the spatial and relational dynamics of curating exhibitions in an intercultural context by focussing on the meaning and significance of place in a geo-political, cultural, artistic and museological context. Drawing on several exhibitions  of contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region that Dr. McIntyre has (co)curated, the presentation will delve into the politics of cultural representation and it will reflect on some of the challenges and valuable insights gained when curating across and between different cultures and audiences.

 

Saturday 12 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Ten Million Rooms of Yearning & A Journal of the Plague Year: A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

Cosmin Costinas
Book here

This talk will present an insight into recent research and projects by Cosmin Costinas for Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. Para/Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
 
Since 2011 Cosmin Costinas has been the Executive Director and Curator of Para/Site, where he has delivered a number of exhibitions that discuss and explore local political and historical contexts. Costinas will discuss a number of the challenges in presenting these projects, and consider how they fit within broader curatorial conversations in Hong Kong.
 
As a relative newcomer to Hong Kong, Cosmin will also speak about his personal perspective in developing exhibitions and the role that collaboration plays in working in a new cultural context. What kind of responsibility does a curator, or indeed an organisation, have to the local?

 


 

Curators’ Biographies:

Cosmin Costinas is the Executive Director of the Para/site Art Space, Hong Kong’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to contemporary visual art. He was born in Satu Mare, Romania in 1982. His was previously curator of BAK in the Netherlands; co-director of the 2010 Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, ; and editor of the magazine documenta 12. Major exhibitions include Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters: Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York for Para/site (2012); Spacecraft Icarus 13. Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere and In the Middle of Things for BAK (2011), and I, the Undersigned, a touring exhibition at the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, the Lunds Konsthall in Lund, tranzit+display in Prague, and Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart (2010–2011).

Dr Sophie McIntyre is a curator, art writer and lecturer with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art. After working for more than seventeen years as an art curator and gallery director, she completed a PhD on the impact of identity politics on artistic and exhibitionary practices during the post-martial law period in Taiwan. Sophie has lived in China and Taiwan and curated several art exhibitions from this region that have toured nationally and internationally. These include Penumbra (2007); Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan (2005) (co-curated with Lee Weng Choy and Eugene Tan), Concrete Horizons: Art from China (2004) and Face to Face: Contemporary Art from Taiwan (1999-2000). She has given papers and published extensively on this field in exhibition catalogues, books and journals. Sophie was employed as a curator and gallery director of two university art museums in Australia and New Zealand, and prior to this time she worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in other public and commercial galleries in Sydney and Brisbane.

Robin Peckham is an editor and curator based between Hong Kong and Beijing. He operated the independent exhibition space Saamlung, Hong Kong from 2011-2013, and has organised exhibitions for institutions including the City University of Hong Kong; Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Peckham has lectured at the University of Hong Kong City University, and Asia Art Archive. His writing is published in Artforum, LEAP, Monopol and Yishu, as well as books for the Minsheng Art Museum, Para/site Art Space, and Timezone8, including publications on video art pioneer Zhang Peili and architectural interventionists MAP Office.


 

2014 Intensive Participants:

Miriam Arbus (VIC) is originally from Canada where she studied Art History, Contemporary Theory and Curatorship at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. After completing her Masters degree she relocated to Melbourne. With dedicated interest in contemporary localised art practice, Miriam works as the Director and Curator of Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. Her areas of foci are pertinent to new media practices as well as participatory art.

Mira Asriningtyas (INDONESIA) works as an independent curator and writer in Yogyakarta. In 2011 she founded an independent space that aims to build a supportive and positive environment for young artists – Lir Space, Yogyakarta. She was chosen as one of the curators in Young Curator Forum of Cemeti Art House, and recently selected to be part of the Young Curators Workshop by the Japan Foundation, Indonesia. Mira is especially interested in conceptually-driven projects, contemporary artworks and text-based art.

Andrew Ewing (NT) is Vietnamese-Australian. He has curated a discussion panel on Art & Censorship in Indonesia in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival where he worked for three years. He was Program Manager at 24HR Art – the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, curating smaller spaces as well as co-curating a touring show with David Broker called Territorial. He received an Australia Council grant to work at the Venice Biennale, was Director and curator of the Darwin Pride Festival, and is currently on the selection committee for Asialink.

Sebastian Goldspink (NSW) is a Sydney-based curator and administration. In late 2011 he founded ALASKA Projects, a multi-disciplinary art space located in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Since opening, ALASKA has held over 50 exhibitions and showcased the work of over 300 emergings artists. Sebastian has curated extensively for ALASKA’s touring shows including I Miss Your More When It Rains, Dog Park Art Project Space, Christchurch and As Above So Below, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans. He is the curator of the John Fries Memorial Prize and the Art Bank roving curator for 2013/14. He is a regular contributor to arts publications including Inside, Art Collector, NAVA Quarterly and Sturgeon.

Sophie Kitson (NSW) has spent the last few years focusing on architecture and design, public programs, invigilating, writing and arts administration for various Australian and Italian based arts institutions. Most recently, she has been working at the USA Pavilion for the 55th Biennale di Venezia; has been curatorial assistant for Alaska Projects’ Director Sebasian Goldspink; completed a 3-month internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, and was the recipient of the 2012 Firstdraft Emerging Curators Program.

Alana Kushnir (VIC) is a freelance curator and art lawyer. She recently returned to Melbourne after living in London while completing her MFA Curating course at Goldsmiths. Her curatorial interests are focused on the intersection of the law, methodologies of curating and art practices which have been influenced by the advent of the internet.

While working across a variety of contexts, Tess Maunder (QLD) is primarily interested in a field of public inquiry beyond the individual curatorial position. Maunder is a founding co-director of The Maximilian with Laura Brown. In 2013, Maunder participated in both the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and ICI course: What does it mean to be international? Tess currently works for Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Tulleah Pearce (NSW) is a Sydney-based curator and producer. She is interested in performative, situated and interdisciplinary art practices. She currently works as the Associate Curator at Performance Space and is a Co-Director of Firstdraft artist-run initiative. She has previously co-directed Critical Animals creative research symposium as part of This is Not Art, Newcastle.

Kyle Weise (VIC) is co-director of Screen Space, a not-for-profit screen-based gallery in Melbourne. He is a PhD candidate in Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, where his research is focused on the moving image and the construction of space. Kyle is a former committee member of Kings ARI, Melbourne and was co-director of Beam Contemporary, Melbourne from 2010 to 2014.

Chloé Wolifson (NSW) is a Sydney-based independent arts writer and curator with an emerging practice across artist-run, commercial and public domains. She has curated exhibitions in Sydney at Breezeblock, Slot Gallery and Carriageworks, and is regularly commissioned as an arts writer. She currently sits on the board of Runway Australian Experimental Art Journal. www.chloewolifson.com

Gintani Nur Apresia Swastika (INDONESIA) is an independent curator currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Luisa Tresca (NSW) is an Italian born writer and gallery assistant with a background in Comparative Literature and five years working experience in the Chinese contemporary art field. After receiving an MA in Comparative Literature from Dublin City University, she moved to Beijing in 2009 and worked as a team member of Cao Fei’s RMB City art studio and with contemporary art gallery Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou. Luisa recently relocated to Sydney, Australia.

 

 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Curators’ Intensive is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and has been made possible with the support of Sue Acret & James Roth and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 4A acknowledges the support of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

 

4A Members Program Announced for 2014

The 4A Members’ Program is a series of tailored events offering a chance to connect with people who share your passion for contemporary art.

As part of 4A’s 2014 Members’ Program we spend an afternoon at the Bundeena studio of Chinese-Australian painter, Shen Jiawei. Later in November, Members once again have first pick of artworks at our hugely popular 4A A4 fundraising exhibition, before wrapping up the year with an exclusive tour of a Sydney-based collector’s acquisitions.

If you’re already a 4A Member then be sure to get in quick as places are limited for a number of events.

If you’re not a Member then join today to enjoy what our Members’ Program has to offer and all the other benefits of membership.


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SHEN JIAWEI STUDIO VISIT
Meeting point: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Date: Saturday 30 August 2014
Time: 1.00pm – 5.30pm
Ticketed: $22 for Members + booking fee
Bookings: HERE

4A takes you to beautiful Bundeena on the edge of the Royal National Park to the studio of celebrated Chinese-Australian artist, Shen Jiawei. Members have the rare opportunity to get a personal glimpse into the studio practice of a prominent painter who was a self-taught and prolific propaganda artist during China’s Cultural Revolution, with his work reproduced on posters seen in the millions. Members meet at 4A and travel with us by public transport (train and ferry) to Bundeena (approx 60 mins travel time each way). Places are limited so book early!

 

 

4A A4 EXHIBITION – EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS’ PREVIEW
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Date: Thursday 6 November 2014
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Bookings: HERE

Be first through the door for our much anticipated 4A A4 fundraising exhibition for your chance to buy works by leading contemporary Australian and international artists. Artworks are exhibited anonymously with artists’ namesand artwork details revealed upon sale. Support 4A’s programs by getting in before the general public.

 

COLLECTOR’S TOUR
Meeting point: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Date: November 2014 (date to be announced)
Time: To be announced
Bookings will be announced

For our final 4A Members’ event 4A’s Director Aaron Seeto takes you to the home of a passionate Sydney-based art collector who will introduce you to significant works in their collection and the stories behind their acquisitions.

 

4A BEIJING STUDIO PROGRAM 2014

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4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 4A Beijing Studio Program.

Through this initiative, two early career artists will embark one a month-long intensive studio program in September 2014 (exact dates to be announced) at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian, artist Shen Shaomin located in Huairou District on the outskirts of Beijing.

4A’s Beijing Studio Program provides a unique opportunity for artists to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in the Asia region. On return to Australia artists will be invited to present their experiences in a public forum and make a proposal for an exhibition at 4A. If successful they will be mentored by 4A in the development of an exhibition in 2015. This is the third consecutive year that the program has been running.

The Program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel/medical insurance and a small stipend. Moreover it will provide an ongoing professional mentorship, cross-cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China.

ABOUT SHEN SHAOMIN
Over the last twenty years Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental, conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing, and having spent over a decade in Australia, Shen’s work spans a number of medium and explores individual and collective experiences of humanity and their impacts on our natural and constructed surroundings. Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A in The Floating Eye, Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); and presented the solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). His work has been included in Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include, Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.

Please read guidelines below and download the application form for full details.

Download a copy of the application form

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

Application is open to visual artists who are currently Australian permanent residents with less than five years’ continuous professional experience (including postgraduate studies), or who consider themselves early career for other reasons.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last two years.

PROGRAM PERIOD
Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, for one month in the beginning of September 2014 (exact dates to be announced). Once set, dates are not negotiable. Both selected artists will be travelling at the same time.

CRITERIA
Successful artists will be chosen based on the quality of their works, reasons for participation, viability of their participation and the potential benefits to the applicant’s artistic development. Decisions will be made by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee Panel and all decisions are final.

REQUIRED INFORMATION

To apply for the 4A Beijing Residency Program please download a copy of the application form and include the following:

  1. A statement of interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Studio Program and how you will benefit from it. Maximum 1 page.
  2. A current CV. Maximum 1 page.
  3. Support material material comprising a Powerpoint document with 10 images OR video material (10 minutes maximum) supplied as URL linke to uploaded content.

Please do not send us original material and note that submitted material will not be returned.

Applications should be submitted via email, post or in person to:

 

Toby Chapman

Assistant Curator

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Shop 3/181-187 Hay Street Haymarket NSW 2000

toby.chapman@4a.com.au

 

Applications for the 2014 Beijing Studio Program have now closed. 

 

SUPPORT MATERIAL

Please supply images in Powerpoint or PDF at 72-dpi res with your application. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.

 

AMENITIES

Accommodation and facilities are housed in Shen Shaomin’s studio, 52km from Beijing city centre (approximately 60 mins drive). These are newly built residences. In addition to a stipend, the studio will provide meals daily as well as a driver/translator available for a limited number of days to explore surrounding artists’ studio, galleries and other locations.

Chinese language skills are not necessary.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Artists are responsible for obtaining necessary visas for entry into China and appropriate travel/medical insurance.
  • Artists are responsible for any excess baggage or freight to/from the Studio Program.
  • Artists will be asked to sign an agreement outlining the terms of the Program and their travel.
  • Artists will be asked to provide a public presentation of their trip on their return.

 

ENQUIRIES

Toby Chapman
Assistant Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9212 0380
toby.chapman@4a.com.au

 

EDMUND CAPON AM, OBE APPOINTED NEW CHAIR OF 4A

4 March 2014

The Board of 4A today announces the appointment of Edmund Capon AM, OBE as the new Chair of the Board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Capon is one of the most respected and recognised figures in the arts, and takes up the position just prior to the launch of 4A’s major 2014 solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed Thai artist, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, in Storytellers of the Town (opening 14 March).

4A Director Aaron Seeto said, “Edmund Capon’s appointment to the Board of 4A as its Chairman is a tremendous appointment and we warmly welcome him to the role. Following Edmund’s extensive career at the highest levels of the art sector, including leading the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, he brings enthusiasm and a great wealth of knowledge and expertise to the 4A organisation. Edmund also shares with 4A a strong passion for Asian art and cultural exchange. His appointment comes at a significant time for both 4A and the rapidly developing Australia-Asia cultural network which we operate within.”

 “The arts of Asia have always been an absolute passion of mine. 4A deals so much with contemporary life: it’s about bringing the art of Asia here now, so that we can get that rapport and communication with the creative spirits around us in the Asian region.”

“You cannot imagine anything more important and pertinent to a place like Sydney and Australia than to get involved with Asia culturally, socially and economically and to underwrite all that with a certain cultural sensitivity – that’s what the arts has the power to do.”

4A is a pioneering organisation and one of the first in Australia to dedicate its entire program and activities to the contemporary art of the Asia-Pacific region. Since its humble beginnings in 1996 in a small office space in Chinatown, 4A has undergone a number of significant transformations that reflect the growth of contemporary Asian art in Australia. 4A has grown into an important national site for contemporary artistic contemplation with an impressive network of artists, organisations and supporters throughout Australia and around the world.

Recent notable projects include the Sydney Pavilion at the Shanghai Biennale (2012); Song Dong Waste Not presented through a partnership with 4A and Carriageworks (2013) and Vertical Villages developed for the Jakarta Biennale (2013). 4A’s list of artistic collaborators spans China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Japan, Cambodia, Korea, Taiwan, US, UK, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand as well as Australia.

Dr Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Senior Vice President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs at the Asia Society in New York City, who is also 4A’s founding Director said, “4A has emerged as an important regional voice, not only creating opportunities for Asian artists in Australia, but also advocating for the contemporary art of the region. The appointment of Edmund Capon to the Board of 4A signals an exciting opportunity. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which I imagine will raise the profile of 4A more broadly both in Australia and elsewhere.”

Lindy Lee, artist and former Chair of 4A states: “In its history, 4A has been at the forefront of the discussions of Australia’s cultural diversity ensuring that the voices of contemporary Asian-Australian artists are included within broader definitions of Australian culture. It’s work is of fundamental importance. Edmund Capon will bring a great exuberance to ensure the longevity of 4A.”

Caroline Choy, who held the position of Chair remains a member of the Board.



See the video announcement with Edmund Capon, Lindy Lee and Aaron Seeto talking about 4A here.

 

EDMUND CAPON AM, OBE: Biography
Mr Capon took up his appointment as Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in November 1978 following his arrival from London where, for the previous five years, he held the position of Assistant Keeper, Far Eastern Section, Victoria and Albert Museum.  He stepped down as director on 23 December 2011.

Mr Capon attained a Master of Philosophy Degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology (including language) from London University’s Department of Oriental and African Studies with his thesis entitled: The Inter-dependence of Chinese Buddhist Sculpture in Bronze and Stone from AD386 to 581, and is a recognised world expert in his particular field.

In October 2003 Mr Capon opened the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ newly rebuilt Asian galleries.  This major building project has created two levels of greatly enhanced and expanded exhibition space for the Gallery’s Asian collection, as well as space for touring exhibitions of Asian art.  In May 2011 Mr Capon opened 3,300 square metres of new and refurbished modern and contemporary galleries, which includes dedicated display space for the Kaldor Family Collection.

Mr Capon is a Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of New South Wales; is on the Board of the St James Ethics Committee; has written extensively on the arts of China; written and presented a 3-part ABC TV-China Central Television co-produced documentary entitled Meishu: Travels in Chinese Art which has been distributed worldwide; developed the AGNSW as a centre for Asian art display and education; created the Gallery’s highly successful Foundation, a Capital fund, to acquire works for the Collection; has curated exhibitions encompassing Asian, European and Australian art; has written extensively on Chinese art & archaeology and on the work of artists such as Jeffrey Smart, Caravaggio and Giacometti.

Mr Capon’s most recent non-Gallery publication is a collection of essays entitled I Blame Duchamp: My Life’s Adventures in Art which was published in November 2009 by Penguin Australia.
He was awarded the Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of NSW in 2000 and from Macquarie University in 2010. He has been honoured by the governments of Britain, France, Italy and Australia for his contribution to art and culture.

4A BOARD MEMBERS
Edmund Capon (Chair)
John Choi  (Vice President)
Adrian Williams (Treasurer)
Caroline Choy
Lisa Corsi
Sharon Chen
John Young
Hannah Skrzynski

Australia Platform at Art Stage Singapore curated by Aaron Seeto

Featured alongside leading international galleries and renowned international artists in this weekend’s
Art Stage Singapore is the first Australia Platform, an exhibition comprising six Australian artists curated by Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Established in 2011, the last three years have positioned Art Stage Singapore as a top art market capital, attracting the world’s most influential private art collectors, corporate buyers and VIPs. Art Stage Singapore returns in 2014 for its 4th edition with a stronger than ever showing of galleries from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, underscoring the fair’s core Asian identity presenting over 100 galleries.

Aaron Seeto has selected a number of Australian artists to present at Singapore’s most important art fair. The Australia Platform is part of Art Stage’s new fair format comprising eight country and regional Platforms adding a new dimension to the fair’s artistic offerings. The Platforms include Southeast Asia, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia and Central Asia.

Included in the Australia Platform are both emerging and established artists represented by leading Australian galleries: Peter Alwast (GALLERY 9),  Sam Jinks (SULLIVAN+STRUMPF), Juz Kitson (GAGPROJECTS), Jasper Knight & Isabelle Toland (CHALK HORSE), Samuel Quinteros (GALERIE POMPOM), and Khaled Sabsabi (MILANI GALLERY). More on Australian platform artists here.

Says Aaron “This selection of six artists based in different cities around Australia is a snapshot into varied concerns and interests. Their work responds to many of the complexities of contemporary Australian life – from the intersection of its colonial and migrant histories and the politics that arise from Australia’s particular geography, landscape and climate, through to expressions of intimacy and privacy in contrast to the broad openness that characterizes our global interactions.

“This selection is not directed by a theme per se, but really an attitude – that art has an important social role to play, that we understand our contemporary condition when we delve into the complexities and totality of our social and historical experiences.”

Art Stage Singapore takes place 16-19 January 2014. Visit the official website for further information here.

 

4A Recognised with an Australian Arts in Asia Award

Last night at the Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) won an Award for Philanthropy. The award made by the NSW Arts Minister Hon Tony Burke MP was in recognition of our work on the Sydney Pavilion, part of the Inter-City Pavilions Project of the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012.

4A was a finalist in two other categories in the Small to Medium Arts Organisation and for the Visual Arts. Winners were announced at the award ceremony last night in celebration of the achievements of Australian arts organisations and artists engaging in Asia, promoting cultural links and strengthening connections across Asian nations.

“This award recognises the important role that individuals, families, foundations, artists and sponsors play in assisting board and staff to realise the ambitious work of 4A. Our supporters understand the valuable contribution that 4A makes to cultural discussions here in Australia and also around the world, raising the profile of the contemporary art from the region and building better cultural understanding,” says Caroline Choy, President of the Asian Australian Artists Association (4A).

“I am proud of the Sydney Pavilion because our patrons and partners worked with us to deliver something of true substance and beauty, which reflects the history of Australian culture and the contemporary life of our cities as being fundamentally touched by intercultural experiences,” says Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the curator of the pavilion.

The Floating Eye – the Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale was located on Nanjing Dong Lu, in a precinct of historic Art Deco buildings near the Bund. It included the work of six artists and collectives: Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Bababa International, Shen Shaomin, Raquel Ormella and Khaled Sabsab and had visitation of over 57,000 people.

Our partners Asialink also won an Australian Arts in Asia Award for Community Engagement.

The branding and design work that our partners Re produced for this project has also subsequently won numerous design awards and being reviewed far and wide including: a Silver Pencil in this year’s One Show Awards; D&AD, NY Type Directors Club, and AWARD (Australasian Writers & Art Directors Association).

 

 

See the full list of our supporters and donors below.

 


 

Beijing Residency Artist Announcement

4A is pleased to announce the three Australian artists selected for our Beijing Residency in 2013 at the studios of Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin are: Tully Arnot, Sarah Contos, Jensen Tjhung.

The selected artists were chosen by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory committee. Aaron Seeto, 4A’s Director states that “the committee were impressed the number of high calibre of applicants across Australia. The residency program will give these young arts a great opportunity to place their art practice within the much broader international art context and within a city such as Beijing.”

All three artists will fly to China to commence their month long residency in September.

Participate! Are you are an international student?

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invites international students to participate in a contemporary art project: Vertical Villages

4A is asking international students based in Sydney’s CBD to share their experiences of living and working in the city as part of a unique contemporary art project: Vertical Villages

Throughout July, Sydney’s international student community have an opportunity to drop-in to a temporary studio on the ground floor of 4A’s Haymarket gallery to talk with internationally renowned artists ruangrupa ArtLab (Indonesia) and Keg de Souza (Australia), who are currently artists-in-residence.

Students can participate in a series of artist-led workshops and discussion sessions, where they will explore issues relating to social mobility and urban density. The sessions aim to develop an alternative map of the Haymarket area and city ‘survival guide’ for international students.

Workshop sessions: Friday 19 – Tuesday 23 July 2013, 2-7pm daily
Bookings essential:  Students can register their interest in participating in the workshops with
4A’s Assistant Curator  Toby Chapman: toby.chapman@4a.com.au 
or 9212 0380

 

 

 

 

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Supported by:

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4A A4

澳大利亚悉尼 4A 亚洲当代艺术中心(以下简称 4A 艺术中心)推出最新活动“4A A4”,征集来 自全世界艺术爱好者的作品,并将于 11 月在悉尼举办展览与义卖。

参展作品要求作家、建筑设计师、时尚设计师、动画设计师,和摄影师等艺术家,以 A4 纸的 尺寸大小为标准,自定义主题,自由发挥想象力进行创作。艺术形式不拘一格,4A 艺术中心诚邀各 个领域的艺术爱好者参与。

4A艺术中心的总监Aaron Seeto在介绍此次活动时说,“‘4A A4’活动将展示来自世界各地艺术 爱好者的创意作品。无论是已经在艺术界享有盛名的艺术家,还是刚刚进入到艺术界的新新人才, ‘4A A4’活动都将给他们提供一个充分展现才华的机会!”

“我们长期以来都和优秀的中国艺术家有合作。吸引中国艺术家参与这个项目也是为了与中国艺 术界进行更深层的联系。”

“参与 ‘4A A4’活动, 中国艺术家能够和世界各地艺术家一起借助这个国际平台展现自己的才 华。”

自 1996 年成立以来,作为一个非盈利性艺术组织,4A 艺术中心一直致力于将亚太地区的艺术 爱好者聚集起来,共同分享和展示他们新颖的想法与卓越的才能。

在“4A A4”的展览当天,被筛选出来的艺术作品将进行匿名展览。一旦作品被艺术鉴赏者看中, 将统一以 200 澳元的价格义卖。4A 艺术中心将在作品出售后的第二天公布作者姓名。筹集的善款 将全部用于其在 2014 年的艺术展览和公共项目。

作品征集截至日期:2013年10月11日晚上6点
展览日期:2013 年 11 月 8-30 日
展览开幕晚会:2013年11月7日晚上6点

任何媒体询问或者索取高清图片,
请联系史小晨 xc.s928@gmail.com 或 Yu Ye Wu yuye.wu@4a.com.au

 

投稿方式
方式一: 邮寄 – 将作品同填写好的注册表格一起寄往以下地址
4A A4 Submissions
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
PO BOX K1312
Haymarket NSW 1240

方式二:电邮 – 将作品同填写好的注册表格一起寄往以下邮箱地址 info@4a.com.au 

请在这里下载中文注册表格

 

4A 亚洲当代艺术中心 简介

成立于 1996 年,4A 亚洲当代艺术中心 (以下简称 4A) 是由新南威尔士州政府支持的致力于融合澳洲与其他亚洲国 家艺术交流的非盈利机构。

4A 坐落于多元文化融合的悉尼唐人街,在当地的艺术文 化生活方面起着重要作用。

2013 年 4 月,4A 获得了首届澳大利亚亚洲艺术奖-慈善贡献奖 (Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards-Award for Philanthropy)

在 2012 年,4A 受邀参加第九届上海双年展策展其中的悉尼城市馆
详情: 豆瓣  悉尼城市馆

4A 和中国艺术家长期以来保持着密切的合作关系,最近的合作项目包括 4A 北京“沈少民工作室 驻地艺术家项目”。

入选澳洲艺术家已定于 2013 年 9 月 21 日周六前往北京 详情: 豆瓣  驻地艺术家项目 

合作过的中国艺术家包括:

杨福东、张培力、邱黯雄、何翔宇、宋东、汪建伟、沈少民、郭建等

总监 Aaron Seeto:

4A 亚洲当代艺术中心策展人,艺术创作涵盖亚太地区,内容多探讨人类迁徙的经历和全球化对现 代艺术的影响。他曾多次策展大型当代艺术展览,包括第九届上海双年展的悉尼城市馆,2012 年 悉尼艺术节“别处的边缘”(Edge of Elsewhere)艺术展和 2007 年亚太地区 News from Islands 艺术展。目前,Aaron 还就任于悉尼干草市场商会(Haymarket Chamber of Commerce)执行委员 会以及担任国家视觉艺术协会(National Association for the Visual Arts)总监. 2010 年, 他被指派为悉尼市政府唐人街公共艺术计划的主策展人。

 

 

Farewell Sam Zammit

We congratulate Sam Zammit on his appointment as the new Curatorial Fellow at Artspace.
After three years of working at 4A, Sam Zammit will join the Artspace team in this newly established program. Sam has been an instrumental member of the 4A team and has worked across our exhibition program as both our Gallery Assistant and Program Coordinator, working with artists to deliver complex projects.

Sam joined us directly after completing his Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Sydney, during his time with us at 4A, it has been rewarding to see Sam emerge as an active member of the artistic community, as a writer and curator.  We all look forward to seeing the research and projects that Sam will embark on in the future.

Congratulations and farewell Sam.

Aaron Seeto

Postcards from Beijing: Pedro de Almeida at the studios of Shen Shaomin

Recently during his trip to Beijing 4A’s Program Manager, Pedro de Almeida met with Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This visit coincides with 4A’s recent announcement of a Beijing Residency Program at the studios of Shen Shaomin in September this year. The residency program is a great opportunity for three emerging artists to work in China and to research new projects.

The deadline for applications for 4A’s Beijing Residency Program has now closed. Stay tuned for more information on selected artists.

4A Beijing Studio Program 2013

4A BEIJING STUDIO PROGRAM APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) is proud to announce that applications are now open for its studio residency in Beijing.

Through this initiative three early career artists will embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of renowned Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

4A’s Beijing Studio Program provides a unique opportunity for the selected artists to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in the Asia region.

On return to Australia artists will be invited to present their experiences in a public forum and will be invited to make a proposal for an exhibition. If successful they will be mentored by 4A in the lead up to an exhibition in 2014.

The residency covers airfares and accommodation and a small stipend, as well as ongoing professional mentorship, cross-cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks across China.

Applications have now closed.

 

ABOUT SHEN SHAOMIN

Over the last twenty years Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing and having spent over a decade in Australia Shen’s work has enjoyed critical success across international cities, London, New York and Hong Kong.Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A at the Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012) and presented a solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). He has presented at major biennales including Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at The Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai Moma, Shanghai Osage; Kwun Tung, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include , Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Application is open to visual artists who are currently Australian residents.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last 2 years, material completed earlier than this will not be eligible.

 


RESIDENCY PERIOD

Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, China for one month in the beginning of September 2013. Once set, dates are not negotiable.

All three artists will be travelling at the same time.

 

CRITERIA

Successful artists will be chosen based on their portfolio, quality of their works, their reasons for participation and the potential benefits to the applicant. Decisions are final and will be made by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee Panel. Applications will be assessed approximately four weeks following the deadline.

 

REQUIRED INFORMATION

To apply for the 4A Beijing Studio Program please download a copy of the application form and type into form fields or print or complete by hand. The final submission should include:

  1. A completed copy of the application form which includes your CV, a statement outlining your intention for participating and work details for support material
  2. Support material which includes a Powerpoint document with 10 images OR video material (10 mins. max.) supplied as URL links to uploaded content.
    Please do not send us original material and note that submitted material will not be returned.

 

SUPPORT MATERIAL

Please supply images in Powerpoint at 72-dpi res with your application. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.

 

AMENITIES

The studio accommodation is housed in Shen Shaomin’s studio one hour from Beijing’s city centre. These are newly built residences. Transfers and limited assistance will be provided and shared by the artists.
Chinese language skills are not necessary.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The ability to accommodate artists using heavy or unusual materials may be restricted and if new work is created, artists are responsible for shipping work from China.
  • Artists will be asked to sign an agreement
  • Artists will be asked to provide a public presentation of their trip on their return.

 

HOW TO APPLY

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

For updates on future 4A opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter.

 

ENQUIRIES

Toby Chapman
Assistant Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9212 0380
toby.chapman@4a.com.au

 

 

4A’s upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, to open April 18, alongside launch of 2013 Australian artist residency in Beijing, China

MEDIA RELEASE

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s (4A) upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, to open April 18, alongside launch of 2013 Australian artist residency in Beijing, China

“As we move through the Asian Century, it is important for artists and the cultural sector in Australia to have the opportunity to witness some of the big cultural changes taking shape in the region.”

– Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art continues to champion Australian emerging artists with two major new initiatives announced this week.
The upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, part of 4A’s Early Career Artist Initiative, brings together a selection of recent works by Australian artists Elly Kent, Claudia Nicholson and Tianli Zu. Developed over a year–long process of curatorial guidance with 4A, these artists were chosen to exhibit by Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive Officer of Carraigeworks and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A.

Touching on themes of intimacy, dislocation, violence and the pleasures of ordinary life, In Possible Worlds encourages us open up to the possibilities of seeing the world in different ways.

This month 4A will also launch its 2013 Artist Residency Program in Beijing, a program developed by 4A and the acclaimed Australian Chinese artist Shen Shaomin. Now based in Bejing and having spent almost a decade in Australia, Shen has received critical success with exhibitions of his work shown in New York, London and Hong Kong. Through the initiative Shen and 4A are keen to give three younger Australian artists the opportunity to access new cultural networks as well as establishing productive connections between China and Australia.

This exciting initiative gives three emerging Australian artists, selected through a competitive application process, to be based for one month from September 2013 at Shen Shaomin’s studios in Beijing, presently China’s most vibrant epicentre for contemporary art.

Being able to create professional capacity for Australian artists to engage with the Asia-Pacific now and in the future is a core ideal of 4A. As Director Aaron Seeto says,

“Our intention is based on giving young, creative Australians access to our networks, knowledge and expertise that will allow the conversation that 4A has developed between Australia and Asia, over the last decade-and-a-half, to be further enhanced.”

4A Beijing Residency Program

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has established a one month studio residency program for three emerging Australian artists at Shen Shaomin’s expansive artist studios in Beijing. 4A will soon open applications for the residency commencing in September 2013.

While presentation of new work is not an outcome, this residency provides a great opportunity for the selected artist to research and to develop new projects and networks in rich cultural surroundings. Applications will open on 18 April and will be available for download from 4A’s website. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2013.


Shen Shaomin

Over the last twenty years Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing and having spent over a decade in Australia Shen’s work has enjoyed critical success across international cities, London, New York and Hong Kong.

Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A at the Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012) and presented a solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). He has presented at major biennales including Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at The Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai Moma, Shanghai Osage; Kwun Tung, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include , Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.

 

For media inquiries please contact Hannah Skrzynski at hannah@4a.com.au or 0412 825 586.

For more information on 4A’s Artist Residency program, contact Yu Ye Wu at yuye.wu@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380.

 

Thomas Berghuis appointed Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Berghuis, for his future appointment as the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Berghuis currently serves as a committee member on 4A’s Visual Advisory Committee and also serves as Lecturer in Asian Art at the Department of Art History & Film Studies at the University of Sydney; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archeology (ACAAA) and is on the committee of the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. Most recently he was founding co-curator of Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12).

He states that, “This is great news for contemporary Asian art and contemporary Chinese art, and provides a recognition for the valuable work we do in Sydney.”

According to the Guggenheim’s official press release this appointment has been “made possible by a major grant to the Guggenheim from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, (and) the new program will enable the commissioning of artworks by artists who were born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao.” The Hong Kong based foundation has previously supported the museum’s 2008 Cai Guo-Qiang major retrospective, I Want to Believe and the 2009 show The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989.

Major work by at least three artists or group of artists look set to be commissioned and will enter into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. These works will later be exhibited at the Guggehnheim in New York between 2014-2017.

Best wishes to Thomas and his family as they move to NYC later in the year!

 

4A 2013 Members’ Program

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the launch of our 2013 4A Members’ Program.

Join up as a Member this year and you’ll gain exclusive access to a suite of 4A Members’ Program events. Held every few months, 4A Members will get the opportunity to engage in behind the scenes tours, artists’ studio visits and special talks. These curated events will offer 4A Members greater insight into 4A’s exhibition program and direct access to artists and other industry professionals.

The 4A Members’ Program is also a unique way to support 4A and engage in a variety of different ideas related to contemporary art and culture in Sydney, wider Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

Membership is just $33 (adult) and $16.50 (student) or $44 (international).

It’s easy to Become a Member. To sign up online CLICK HERE

 

BENEFITS OF 4A MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE:

  • Access to 4A’s Members’ Program which will include : curator-led tours, ARI tours, studio visits, talks, networking and social gatherings
  • Invitations to all 4A exhibitions and events
  • Opportunities to exhibit in our Annual Members’ Exhibition
  • Discounts on 4A products including publications and 4A EDITION
  • Regular newsletters and communications including opportunities for artists

 

4A MEMBERS’ EVENTS IN 2013:

 

Dadang Christanto: They Give Evidence 4A Members’ Tour

Venue:     Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1 Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Meeting point:     AGNSW entrance steps, 11:20am
Date:        Saturday 6 April
Time:       11:20am – 12.00pm
Bookings:  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: sam.zammit@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380

To preface the opening of 4A’s touring exhibition Survivor by Dadang Christanto at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 4A is pleased to invite its members to an exclusive 4A Members’ floor talk at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with Natalie Siez, Assistant Curator of Asian Art. Framed within the gallery’s current presentation of Christanto’s key work They Give Evidence, please join us as Natalie discusses the complexities of the conceptual and working processes of one of Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary artists.


Sydney ARI Tour

Meeting Point:        MOP Projects, 2/39 Abercrombie St  Chippendale NSW MAPLINK
Date:           Saturday 18 May 2013
Time:          1.00pm – 4.00pm
Bookings:   Free for 4A Members. RSVP essential: sam.zammit@4a.com.au

In celebration of 4A’s exhibition In Possible Worlds, join us for a 4A Members’ walking tour of various artist-run-initiatives (ARIs) in inner-city Sydney. Hear a series of talks and meet the Directors of MOP, Firstdraft and Chalk Horse at their contemporary art spaces. Find out more about the opportunities and avenues that exist to gain further exposure and build confidence as an emerging artist, curator and arts writer, or come along simply to learn more about the scene. Join us at a local pub afterwards for a friendly drink and chat. Stay tuned for updates on this walking tour.


Exclusive artist talk ( TO BE ANNOUNCED)

Venue:                      4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Date:                         TO BE ANNOUNCED (JULY 2013)
Time:                        TO BE ANNOUNCED
Bookings:                  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: yuye.wu@4a.com.au

4A is currently developing an exciting project that will be launched in September 2013. Prior to this, we’ll be hosting a group of artists in July as part of their Sydney residency for creative development. This exclusive 4A Members’ event will offer the chance to meet the artists and hear first-hand about their artistic process. We’ll be announcing this event later in June so stay tuned!

 

In My Space: Artist Studio Visits

Venue:     Various (to be announced)
Date:        Saturday 19 October 2013
Time:       1.00pm – 5.00pm
Bookings:  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: yuye.wu@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380

For the final event in 4A’s 2013 Members’ Program, 4A Assistant Curator, Toby Chapman has selected a Sydney-based artist whom he has worked with in the past. Join Toby conversation with the selected  artist in the intimate setting of the artists’ studios, exploring the day-to-day processes of each artist’s studio practice and their current and future projects. Stay tuned for the announcement of selected artists.

 

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Or you join up over the phone 02 9212 0380 or when you next visit our gallery.

For more information about our 2013 Members’ Program please contact Yu Ye Wu or Pedro de Almeida on (02) 9212 0380.

 

 

Upcoming SAMAG Seminar : Asia Arts Literacy

Next Monday night, Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A, along with Dr Thomas Berghuis, Paschal Daantos Berry, Lorraine Chung and Su-wen Leong will be speaking at a SAMAG seminar about Australia’s place in the Asia Century and in particularly will discuss how the cultural sector has responded to changing shifts in Asia’s growth.

“The idea of preparing Australia for a time when Asia reaches its ‘apex’ is one that has been current since Paul Keating claimed that Australia was an Asian country. Since then, Asia’s growth has been marked with a proliferation of Biennales, Museums, Art Fairs, auction houses and other arts organisations.

Australia has a long history of engagement with countries in Asia and has benefited from political and financial links and strong relationships in business, tourism, culture and the arts. However 2011 and 2012 marked significant developments in acknowledging the need to further strengthen Asia-Australia relations in policy and pathways including the release of a multicultural policy, the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, a discussion paper leading to a National Cultural Policy, and the recent Australia Council and UNESCO MOU.”
Asia Arts Literacy
Date: Monday 25 March 2013
Time: 6pm
Where: Australia Council for the Arts
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Admission Free (SAMAG members)
$10 (non-members) $5 students.
To register please email Lizzy: info@samag.org

 

Further Information

Download the flyer

Full details

 

 

4A EDITION VOL 2 #3 BY MING WONG, NOW AVAILABLE

We’re proud to announce Artist Must Be Beautiful (1) (2012) by Ming Wong is the next in the 4A EDITION series. 4A EDITION is our annual subscription project in which subscribers receive signed and numbered limited artworks commissioned exclusively for 4A by leading Asian and Australian artists. But we’re keeping the line up of artists a secret. All will be revealed when the parcel arrives on your doorstep. We promise that you will receive something unique and unexpected, for your collection or to gift to a friend.

Ming Wong
Artist Must Be Beautiful (1) (2012)
Fine Art Print, 40 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artist.

Ming Wong is a Singaporean artist who currently lives and works in Berlin. Wong’s artistic practice is inspired by world cinema and is characterised by the appropriation and re-enactment of key scenes from classic foreign language films. His aesthetic and conceptual re-interpretations of well-known films are informed by his interest in themes relating to gender and the shared experiences of immigrant communities. Often deliberately miscasting himself in the lead role in his films, Wong’s work is autobiographical in the sense that he incorporates and reflects on his own personal experiences of alienation and dislocation in a global context.

Ming Wong’s selected solo exhibitions include I Should be Like You, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin, 2012; Persona Performa, Performa 11, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, 2011; and Ming Wong: Life of Imitation, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2011. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and biennales, most notably the Liverpool Biennale, 2012; Open House: 2011 Singapore Biennale, 2011; and the Gwangju Biennale, 2010. Wong has been the recipient of a number of awards and residencies including a Special Mention at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009; a one-year residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2007-8; the Pearson Creative Research Fellowship at the British Library, London, 2003-5.

 

PURCHASE EDITION VOL 2 #3 MING WONG ($300/$270 4A MEMBERS) *

For inquiries about EDITION please contact 02 9212 0380
*Shipping and handling fees also apply.

4A seeking Volunteer Gallery Invigilators

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is seeking Volunteer Gallery Invigilators for our forthcoming major exhibition Song Dong: Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well  (5 January – 30 March 2013) presented in association with Carriageworks, Sydney Festival 2013 and Chinese New Year 2013. Volunteer shifts are available on Saturdays during the exhibition period.

Volunteer Gallery Invigilators form an essential part of 4A’s Front of House team and support 4A in maintaining the security of the exhibition. Invigilators play an important role in warmly welcoming our visitors as well as providing information on artworks on display.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a small team, gain behind the scenes insight into the day to day running of a contemporary arts space, meet like-minded people and interact with the public.

 

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest. Volunteer positions have now been filled.

SYDNEY PAVILION TOTE BAG GIVEAWAY

Hot off the press from Shanghai, 4A’s Sydney Pavilion team have brought back a number of these cool canvas tote bags from The Floating Eye exhibition. They’re designed by the talented team at Re, part of the M&C Saatchi global network and they’ve got major street cred.

We’re got four to giveaway this month, two to lucky current 4A Members and two to the first new Members who sign up to 4A Membership online. Then email media@4a.com.au and you could be a winner!

Look out for the canvas bags in the coming months, they’ll be available for purchase along with copies of The Floating Eye catalogue.

This competition has now closed.


 

Video interviews with artists and curator of The Sydney Pavilion

Curator, Aaron Seeto and participating artists Raquel Ormella and Khaled Sabsabi introduce The Sydney Pavilion exhibition, The Floating Eye part of the Inter-City Pavilions Project at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. The exhibition is on until 30 December 2012. Visit the Sydney Pavilion blog for the latest updates.

Video interviews by Das Platforms.

 

 

 

 

4A EDITION VOL 2 #2 now available

4A EDITION is our annual subscription project in which subscribers receive three signed and numbered limited artworks commissioned exclusively for 4A by leading Asian and Australian artists. But we’re keeping the line up of artists a secret. All will be revealed when the parcel arrives on your doorstep. We promise that you will receive something unexpected and unique for your collection or to gift to a friend.

We’re proud to announce the 4A EDITION Vol 2 #2, Phoenix Claw (2012) by Owen Leong is the next in our series.

4A EDITION
VOL 2 #2
Owen Leong
Phoenix Claw
(2012)
Bleached beeswax, 18 x 6 x 4 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne.

Owen Leong is a Sydney-based artist who uses the human body as a medium to interrogate social, cultural and political forces. His photographs, sculptures and video performances attempt to subvert our relationship to the body by evoking abject responses to his work. Often employing liquids in his practice such as blood, milk and honey, Leong explores the passage between perceptual and physical thresholds of the body.

Phoenix Claw reflects on the memory of culture, place and identity. The sculpture takes the form of a chicken foot, which is renowned in China for its healing qualities and is considered a culinary delicacy. Cast in pristine bleached beeswax, the sculpture is the physical echo of a once living form: an impression of a body that no longer exists. In the same way that memory holds restorative and regenerative potential, Phoenix Claw gestures towards both a remembered past and an imagined future.

Owen Leong was born 1979 in Sydney, Australia. He studied printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales where he completed his Master of Fine Arts and was the recipient of a prestigious Australian Postgraduate Award. Selected solo exhibitions include Infiltrator at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne (2012); Tidal Skin at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2012); and White Amnesia at Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2004). Selected group exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool (2006); Magic Spaces at Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Soft Power at Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007); and Asian Attitude: Transit Forces at the National Museum of Poznan, Poland (2007). He has held artist residencies in Sydney, Manchester, Paris, and Tokyo.

 

Register for 4A Edition 2012

Editions are limited to only 50. Register online or contact 02 9212 0380 and see what suprise awaits you*.

*Shipping and handling fees apply for international orders please contact us for a quote.

 

 

Launching 4A’s The Floating Eye: Sydney Pavilion Blog

In the lead up to preparations, 4A has created a special blog dedicated to The Floating Eye, the 4A Sydney Pavilion exhibition part of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project at this year’s 9th Shanghai Biennale.  Over the next three months 4A will regularly update the blog as this project unfolds, documenting everything from the behind the scenes install process, to reflections on participating artists, to photos of the exhibition and further resources.

Curated by 4A’s Director, Aaron Seeto alongside the Sydney Pavilion team, Curatorial Project Manager, Sharon Chen and Assistant Curator, Toby Chapman, the exhibition will feature exciting new and existing, installation and video works by six contemporary Australian artists Bababa International, Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, and Shen Shaomin. The Floating Eye will illustrate the layering of histories and diverse social and cultural experiences, which speak to the experience of individuals living in global cities such as Sydney.

The exhibition brings together six contemporary artists who each have strong connections with Sydney and offer varied perspectives of the city’s transforming reality observed though its demographics, environment, history, politics, geography and society.  The Floating Eye encourages an observation of a city’s shifting references and influences, how the overlay of time and history and our emotions and sensations of a place, give meaning and form to our shared spaces.

4A is one of several institutions from 30 cities across the world invited to curate an exhibition as part  of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project, one of the several platforms presented at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. With the theme of Reactivation, born out of an exploration of energy emanating from resources, collectives, contemporary life and from various locales, the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project is under the direction of the 9th Shanghai Biennale chief curator Qiu Zhijie (Chief Curator) and co-curators Jens Hoffman (Director, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Boris Groys (art critic) and Johnson Chang (curator and co-founder of the Asia Art Archive). Housed in a historic Art Deco building on Nanjing Road East (Nanjing Dong Lu) in Shanghai, the Sydney Pavilion site alongside the Brooklyn and San Francisco Pavilions occupies one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares near the Bund in Shanghai.

Follow the Sydney Pavilion blog, remember to bookmark the page and register for updates.

 

4A Farewells Summar Hipworth

After three years with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art as its Program Manager and then General Manager, Summar Hipworth is leaving our organisation. Summar joined us in mid 2009 returning to Australia after a decade in London studying and working in a number of prestigious contemporary art organisations and artist studios. In her time with us, Summar has worked on key artist projects and she has overseen and driven much of the administrative transformation of 4A. We would not be the organisation we are today, producing the scale and complexity of our current program, without her tireless work, tenacity and humour.

While it is sad to see such a valued member of our close-knit team leave, I am immensely proud of the work we have achieved together, and I am sure the many artists whom she has worked with during her time with us would say much the same. I know that she will take these qualities with her to her next role and future positions. Best of luck Summar!

–  Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

 

 

 

Preorder the Sydney Pavilion Catalogue

In addition to 4A’s presentation of the Sydney Pavilion at the Sydney Biennale our team has also been busy working with a  group of Australian writers on an exciting new publication designed by Re, part of the M&C Saatchi global network, featuring essays on each of the six Australian artists: Brook Andrew, Bababa International, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, and Shen Shaomin who have been curated into the Floating Eye exhibition.

We’re giving 4A Members the opportunity to preorder the Sydney Pavilion catalogue at the special rate of $45 or $50 for Non-Members. To order, fill out this form and email info@4a.com.au, post it to us, or phone 02 9212 0380.

 

 

 


 

 

4A Members’ Competition

The Flying Room’s, PinkHunt begins this week at 4A and across several contemporary galleries, cafes and shops across Sydney. For the next month when you visit us you can join in the hunt to win some cool prizes. Check out the sets of pink cut outs designed for us by the folks at The Flying Room. With a new set out each Wednesday depicting a mystery contemporary Asian artist, until 18 October these will certainly have you itching to think of who each one symbolises. For full details visit their website.

They’re also giving 4A Members the exclusive chance to win one of two cool prizes on instagram, a Mujjo iPhone Sleeve Brown or a Dr Bird Juicer. Are you following 4A already on instagram @4acentreforcontasianart?

All you have to do is currently be or become a Member of 4A, take a picture of the pink cut on instagram, guess the answer and be sure to hashtag  #4AMember #PinkHunt so we can see it!

This competition has now closed.

Not a Member yet? Visit our Members’ Page to find out more.

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1. This is a game of chance. You can enter as many times as you like as by guessing the answers as long as you submit only one entry per cut out. To enter you must upload your picture and answer to instagram and hashtag #4AMember #PinkHunt so we can find your entry.We will randomly select a picture post on instagram with the correct answer.
2. You must be a 4A Member to answer.
3. Competition closes COB 18 October 2012. Winners will be contacted by 2 November 2012 and names published on the 4A website.
2. The prizes are Mujjo iPhone Sleeve Brown (retails for AUD $43) and Dr Bird Juicer (retails for AUD $29)


Artist Video: Ken + Julia Yonetani on What the Birds Knew

4A recently had a chat with Ken + Julia Yonetani just after the launch of their current exhibition at 4A, What the Birds Knew (3 August – 3 November 2012). They spoke about the use of Uranium Glass as a material in this exhibition and how it relates to our allure of the power of electricity and technology in the digital age. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan last year they also hope to manifest in the exhibition the fear of radiation in contemporary Japan and parallel the cultural anxieties shared between the Japanese, and Indigenous Australians through the Aboriginal story of the Green Ant Dreaming.

 

 

BECOME A MEMBER OF 4A

4A is a non-profit organisation established in 1996 to support Asian and Australian cultural dialogue. We are passionate about creating opportunities for artists and facilitating networks between Australia and the art of the Region. We think this is important, do you?

Associate Members form an essential support base for the organisation. Our members are comprised of artists, curators, collectors, and people interested in contemporary Asian art and culture. 4A members contribute to our future success.

As an Associate Member you will receive regular e-newsletters, exclusive benefits and discounts, invitations to all exhibitions and members only events, an opportunity to exhibit in our Annual Members Exhibition, and the knowledge that you are contributing to vital cross-cultural dialogue.

Memberships are valid for one year from date of joining. Why not join up today?

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Shanghai Biennale Artist Announcement

4A, SYDNEY PAVILION, SHANGHAI BIENNALE ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the official artist selection and curatorial concept for the Sydney Pavilion, to be presented at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, opening on 1 October 2012.

4A has been selected by the Shanghai Biennale to present the Sydney Pavilion, as part of the inaugural City Pavilions project, a new artistic component at this year’s Biennale. 4A’s curatorial framework and artist selection for the Sydney Pavilion is under the direction of Aaron Seeto (Curator, Sydney Pavilion), with Sharon Chen, (Curatorial Project Manager) and Toby Chapman (Assistant Curator).

Seeto announced today that the Sydney Pavilion will be titled The Floating Eye. The exhibition will take as it’s starting point the reorientation of geography in Australia, as a result of understanding recent history in the context of global and cultural connection, and the shifting unstable references at play in Australia’s oldest settler city.

Seeto states as his curatorial vision, that “in a location like Sydney, Australia, with its Aboriginal history, colonisation, waves of mass migration, shifting economic bases and trade, awareness of the natural environment, natural disasters there is no single narrative and straightforward representative space of its history.  As people come and go, so does the routes of its capital and ideas shift – new narratives emerge and recede.”

The Sydney Pavilion will showcase new and commissioned works by six internationally recognised contemporary Australian artists with strong connections to Sydney. The 6 artists selected are:

Brook Andrew
Shaun Gladwell
Bababa International
Shen Shaomin
Raquel Ormella
Khaled Sabsabi

Together the work presented in The Floating Eye illustrates the layering of histories, social and diverse cultural experience which is a reflection of contemporary life in global cities like Sydney.

The Floating Eye considers the personal accounts generated by individual artists, to mark out the engagements and the discontinuities they each experience as they attempt to negotiate ideas of locality and culture in globalised, diverse contexts.

In this way, The Floating Eye might exist as a point of opposition to an idea of cultural safety. The artists in this exhibition ask, ‘How do I belong here?  How am I connected elsewhere? Do I still belong here or there?’

 

 


 

 

 

 

What the Birds Knew in the press this week

We’ve had a fantastic interest in What the Birds Knew from Australian media this past week. Here’s a highlight of interviews, previews and comments from the press lately. Read some of the reactions to the (slightly) radioactive works :

ABC News
view here

Sydney Morning Herald/Sun Herald
by Andrew Taylor
read here
view SMH online gallery

The Diary, Sydney Morning Herald
by Scott Ellis
read here

Metro, Sydney Morning Herald
by Andrew Frost
read here

The Australian
by Bridget Cormack
read here

Time Out Sydney, Critics Pick
by Darryn King
read here

the art life blog
by Carrie Miller
read here

Australia Council Artery Blog
by Alex Bellemore
read here

The Thousands
by Bethany Small
read here

Concrete Playground
by Zacha Rosen
read here

Daily Serving
by Luise Guest
read here

 

Win tickets to the Korean Film Festival – Sydney

4A is proud to be a Festival Partner at this year’s 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia which runs from 22-28 August in Sydney. Featured in this year’s line up is Auteur Director, Kim Ki-duk ‘s return to the silver screen with Arirang (2011) a thought provoking documentary which follows on from an accident on set during his film Dream where an actress comes close to death. After retiring to a remote house, Kim begins to record his thoughts and feelings, which results in a startling series of interviews with himself.

To celebrate we’re giving away two double passes* to the Sydney screening of Arirang at 430PM, Saturday 25th August 2012. We’re got a double to giveaway to a current member of 4A and another to the first new member to join up online.

This competition has now closed. Thank you for entering. Congratulations to our winners M.Maurinelli and M. Sampson.

 

*Tickets are non-transferable and only available for the screening of Arirang in Sydney
*You must be a current or a new member of 4A to enter

 

Aaron Seeto speaking on a panel at the Melbourne Art Fair

Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A will be speaking on the panel, Contemporary Asian Art Exhibitions: Curatorial strategies in the wake of the “Asian Century” at the Melbourne Art Fair from 11.30AM-1PM on Thursday 2 August 2012, which will look at current issues faced by curators and artists working in the Asia-Pacific region. The panel session includes Bala Starr (Convener), Alexie Glass-Kantor, Natalie King, Miao Xiaochun. To make a booking, click here

At the dawn of the Asian century, how can we develop enduring curatorial methodologies within the Asian region? What is the impact of government agendas on funding models? Does cultural diplomacy play a role in shaping cross-cultural relationships? This panel unravels these pertinent questions by pausing to reflect on the broader Australian–Asian relationship through the prism of exhibition practice.” Further details

The Melbourne Art Fair  runs from 1-5 August.

Event: Contemporary Asian Art Exhibitions: Curatorial strategies in the wake of the “Asian Century
Date & Time: 1130AM-1PM Thursday 2 August 2012
Venue: Melbourne Museum Theatre
Free but bookings essential. To make a booking, click here

4A wants to know what you think?

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art wants to know what you think about us. We would even like to spend a bit of time with you to hear your thoughts about our programs and membership.  All you have to do is give us an hour and a half or your time and we’ll even give you a free 4A catalogue and provide free food and drink.

For further information and to sign up please complete this online survey. It just takes 2 minutes.

Support 4A – Make a Donation before the end of Financial Year!

With three days left until the end of the Financial Year,
now is the time to support 4A by making a donation!

Donations come in all shapes and sizes!
Give us your change and make a small donation,
Become a Friend ($888) or Benefactor ($2888)

If you would like more information or you are able to support us in other ways please contact Aaron Seeto on 02 9212 0380

By becoming a 4A donor you help us to continue to expand our work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Your support provides direct opportunities for artists and contributes to developing understanding and insight into the contemporary art of the Region.

Donations can be done online too!

 

The Australian Taxation Office recognises the importance of donations to charitable organisations and provides incentives to encourage them. The Asian Australian Artists Association Inc (4A) is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations. All donations of $2 or more will be fully tax deductible and will be received by the AAAA INC FUND. ABN 31 013 253 308

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s current exhibition, In Habit: Project Another Country

Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan have a new solo exhibition, In-Habit: Project Another Country which has just opened at Sherman Contemporary Foundation. Their gallery space has been transformed with cardboard sculptures reminiscient of shanty towns and hillside favelas alongside video installations. You might recall Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s show stopping, silver jeepney exhibited in 4A’s ground floor gallery in July 2010 as part of our Last Words exhibition. We hope you will join us in congratulating these artists on their new show by a taking a visit!  Further information

Here are some of our instagram snaps from the opening, you can follow us @4a_sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

4A Edition Vol 2 #1 Now released

4A EDITION
VOL 2, #1
JAE HOON LEE
Area of Maya (2012)
C-type print
60cm x 85cm

Jae Hoon Lee (b.1973) is a Korean artist who lives and works in New Zealand. His artistic practice explores the interplay between real and virtual experience, investigating the boundaries of cultural and physical space. Through extensive travelling, Lee amasses images of different cultural territories and geographical locations, which he then digitally fuses together to create new landscapes that blur real and imaginary experience. By utilising digital media in this manner, Lee’s work transcends spatial boundaries, suggesting possibilities of simultaneity, transformation and boundlessness that reinforces his highly personal Buddhist philosophy.

Area of Maya depicts a map containing animals known to exist at the time of the ancient Mayan civilisation. By superimposing a Polar Bear into the original composition, Lee disrupts the nature of the work by creating a sense of alienation and timelessness: a satirical and analogous comment on the artist’s position as a cultural wanderer, caught in a perpetual state of dislocation.

Jae Hoon Lee was born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea. Lee’s solo exhibitions include Ground Zero, Starkwhite Auckland (2010), Nomad, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2010), and Skin Projection, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton New Zealand (2003). Selected group exhibitions include Present Tense, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia(2010); Taste: Food and Feasting in Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2009); Jae Hoon Lee and Daniel Crooks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
(2008).

 

For details visit the 4A SHOP
For further enquiries please contact 4A on 02 9212 0380.

4A to Present the Sydney Pavilion at Shanghai Biennale 2012

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been selected to present the Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, which will run from October 1 at the brand-new Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly the Pavilion of the Future at World Expo 2010.

This year’s Shanghai Biennale is under the artistic direction of curators Qiu Zhijie (Chief Curator), Boris Groys, Jens Hoffman and Johnson Chang, with the curatorial theme of ‘Reactivation’. This theme looks at the vitality of contemporary art, but also focuses on the topics of art, urban space, communities, daily life and cultural exchange.

One of the platforms which the curatorial team is investigating for the first time this year is ‘City Pavilions’, inviting leading arts organisations from cities around the world to work with them to develop a component of the Biennale.

4A has been invited by the Shanghai Biennale as a co-organising institution to develop Sydney, as a Pavilion, to explore the dynamic relationships and histories shared between Sydney and Shanghai, and the role that cities play within global cultural exchanges.

This is an exciting official collaboration between an Australian arts institution and the Shanghai Biennale, and is a major strategic international opportunity for 4A. This collaboration recognises the significant position 4A holds as one of the leading contemporary Australian art institutions working closely with the Asia-Pacific Region, and the contribution that 4A has made over the years in connecting Australia with the international Asian arts community.

 

 

 

ISE: JALAN JALAN MAKAN ANGIN

Roslisham Ismail aka Ise describes his practice as ‘hanging out and making friends’. However this humble statement conceals the deeply-rooted and long standing relationships that the artist forms with his collaborators and project participants. Since 2006, Ise has worked with various groups of Malay migrants across South-East Asia, attempting to draw into and focus upon the experience of migrant populations in their new countries.

Ise’s practice often begins with the smallest observations. When he first arrived in Sydney he noticed a small group of vegetable sellers from Paddy’s Markets who spoke to one another in Malay. Immediately intrigued, Ise decided that he wanted to work with this sub-community of Chinese-Malaysian workers from the nearby marketplace.

Jalan Jalan Makan Angin, or ‘walking around and eating the clouds’ draws on the daydreaming and aspirations of one Chinese-Malaysian couple from Paddy’s as the basis for a new way of seeing Sydney. Calvin and Ahmei migrated to Australia three years ago from Malaysia. They both work as fruit and vegetable vendors at the market. Yet despite their proximity to the city, have never ventured to Sydney’s most iconic locations. As such, Ise adopted the role of local guide and created a tour that includes popular sights, the Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Manly. By creating a temporary travel agency for this couple, Ise questions the positions of ‘local’ and ‘tourist’ when navigating a city.

Through collage, drawing and photography, Jalan Jalan… reconfigures Sydney – if only for one, and two people – as a city without it’s previous social and economic boundaries. To follow Calvin and Ahmei, on their tour of Sydney go to jalanjalanmakanangin.tumblr.com

Tune into Ise speaking about his project recently on Canvas on FBi Radio 94.5FM alongside Mark Feary from Artspace available on podcast

Jalan Jalan Makan Angin is an initiative of the 4A Chinatown Mapping Project and has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Emerging Curators’ Intensive

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the introduction of its Emerging Curators’ Intensive,  a new initiative developed by 4A to encourage professional advancement amongst emerging curators with an interest in curatorial practice within the  Asian contemporary art context.

4A invites Expressions of Interest from curators at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from direct access to industry professionals to progress their curatorial vision. As part of the application process, respondents will be required to submit an overview of their current curatorial research which, if successful, will be the central focus for critical development throughout the program.

Taking place over two sessions between July and December 2012, this strategically developed framework will critically engage around 10 participants  through a range of activities based on curatorial concepts, contexts and methodologies, and will be presented by key industry professionals. Participants are provided with the opportunity to  develop their individual curatorial  ideas  and practice as well as broaden their professional networks in a constructive and nurturing environment.

In its inaugural year, the Emerging Curators’ Intensive will be led by Qiu Zhijie – an internationally renowned artist, curator and educator. Qiu is a professor at the School of Inter-media Art at the China Art Academy, the Director of Total Art Studio and member of the supervisory team at the Art and Social Thoughts Institute. As an active artist, Qiu’s artworks take a variety of forms such as calligraphy, painting, photography, video, installation and theatre and have been shown at a large number of art museums across the world. Appointed the Chief Curator of 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012, Qiu will draw on  his extensive experience and  lead the  group with his critique of contemporary  curatorial practices and issues currently  relating to them.

Qiu’s works are collected by individual and institutional collectors home and abroad. His solo exhibitions are held in art museums such as Haus of World Culture in Berlin 2009, Ullens Contemporary Art Center in Beijing in 2009 and Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai in 2008. He participated in exhibitions such as the 53rd Venice Biennale, 25th Sao Paulo Biennale and “New Art in China, Post-1989”. Qiu has previously curated “Phenomena and Image” in 1996, a series of exhibitions with the theme of “Post-sense Sensibility” between 1999 and 2004, “Long March, A Walking Visual Display” in 2002, the video part of the First Guangzhou Triennial and “Archeology of Future: The Second Triennial of Chinese Art” in 2005. He is also a prolific and influential writer and has published many art theory books such as “Image and Post-modernism”, “Give Me A Mask”, “The Boundary of Freedom”, “The Scene is Most Important”, “Photography After Photography”, “Basic Course in Total Art Creation”. His latest book “On Total Art” will be published soon.

 

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

  • Keynote lecture
  • Workshops and seminars led by Qiu Zhijie and supported by industry professionals providing broad perspectives on curatorial practice and ideas
  • Gallery, museum and  studio visits led by Qiu Zhijie and supported by industry specialists
  • Roundtables and peer group work
  • Delivering a presentation during stage 2 of current research to select group of Australian industry professionals.

 

KEY DATES FOR 2012

14 May  – Applications to be submitted in full by close of business
1 June – Successful applicants notified and provided with a preparatory reading list relating to the program  and detailed program schedule.
10-14 July- Stage 1 of the Program*
3-5 December – Stage 2 of the Program*

*Please note successful applicants must be available for these dates.

 

HOW TO APPLY

As part of your submission you will need to include:

1. A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number and email

2. A Letter of Intent addressing:

·         Reason for interest in the program

·         What you hope to take away from the experience

·         Describe your understanding of the role of the curator and expand on your  aspirations, and what you hope to bring to the field

·         Demonstrate this rationale through a previous visual arts project that you have either curated or participated in.

          Please provide no more than a page.

3. Statement of current curatorial research:
Please provide us with a concise insight into your current curatorial research and interests.  This may relate to particular concepts, artists, curators  or theoretical ideas and should  help further define what you believe the role of the curator is. Please provide no more than a page.

4. CV
Please provide a one page CV showing relevant curatorial projects or work experience

4A welcomes interstate applicants and will provide one travel stipend for an outstanding application from outside NSW.

 

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Applications for the Emerging Curators’ Intensive have now closed. Sign up to our newsletter on the side bar to be one of the first to hear about future opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

This initiative is supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and ARNDT Fine Art.

         

 

EDITION VOL 2 now available

EDITION is 4A’s annual subscription project in which subscribers receive three signed and numbered limited artworks created exclusively for 4A by leading Asian and Australian artists.

But we’re keeping the line up of artists a secret. Three times a year you will receive something unexpected and exclusive. All will be revealed when the artwork arrives on your doorstep every few months!

Previous Edition artists in 2011 have included – Jason Wing, Vernon Ah Kee, Vipoo Srivilasa and FX Harsono.

The 2012 EDITION is set to be just as amazing and will be even more limited with only 50 subscriptions available for each of the three editions.

4A EDITION VOL 2, 2012

Receive all three (individual works currently not available) $550 for Members / $600 for non Members
4A EDITION VOL 2, #1 by Jae Hoon Lee is now available

4A EDITION VOL 2, #2 by Owen Leong is now available

Register for 4A EDITION

Register online at 4A SHOP
For enquiries please contact us on 02 9212 0380 or email info@4a.com.au
We ship internationally, please contact us for a quote.

 

Vale Boitran Huynh-Beattie

It is with sadness that we hear of the recent passing of Boitran Huynh-Beattie.

Boitran Huynh-Beattie was a curator, writer and critic with a specialisation in contemporary Vietnamese-Australian art. Many will remember her recent project Nam Bang! which charted the ongoing complexities of Australia’s engagement during the Vietnam War.  Most of her work and projects related to Vietnam’s Diaspora. Her work with the community and with Vietnamese artists in Australia was remarkable and she will be missed . She had recently been an Asialink resident at the Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts.

4A would like to extend deepest condolences to Boitran’s husband Ray Beattie and family.

A public memorial will be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 11 February at 11am.

1 Casula Road (off Hume Hwy), Casula (02) 9824 1121

A New Century Garden?

The City of Sydney is looking for an artist to develop an overarching concept to guide the design a new public space in Thomas Street, Chinatown.

Come up with an idea in the first place and become part of a collaborative team with landscape architects and designers to create a ‘counter point of respite’ for this new space in Chinatown.

New Century Garden

Thomas Street, Chinatown

EOI number 1411

The City of Sydney invites artists to develop an innovative public art approach to guide the design of a new public space in Chinatown. Artists are asked to respond to the idea of a ‘New Century Garden’ developed by curator Aaron Seeto to provide a ‘counter point of respite’.

Submission Deadline 11.00am Tuesday 7th February 2012 

The following background information is provided for artists:

Chinatown Public Domain Plan 

City of Sydney

New Century Garden Videos 

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

 New Century Garden Forum Information 

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art  

For enquiries and a copy of the documentation for this EOI please contact Paul Brown, Tendering Officer:

Email: pbrown@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Telephone: (02) 9265 9364

Take the Bus to the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE

JOIN THE 4A-CAMPBELLTOWN BUS

We have organised a bus to go from 4A to Campbelltown for the Campbelltown launch on Friday night and also for the public programs on Saturday. Seats are limited. If you would like to join the bus, email media@4a.com.au with your name and a contact phone number.

Friday 13 January for the Campbelltown Launch
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Campbelltown Arts Centre
Departs 4A at 530PM
Departs Campbelltown Arts Centre at 9PM

Saturday 14 January for the Public Program Day
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Campbelltown Arts Centre
Departs 4A at 9AM
Departs Campbelltown Arts Centre at 3PM

The bus will depart and return to 4A on Parker St (adjacent to the gallery).

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE – 4A LAUNCH

Daniel Droga and the Board of 4A together with Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A invite you and your guests to the launch of

To be launched by Maud Page, Senior Curator, Pacific Art at Queensland Art Gallery

THURSDAY 12 JANUARY 6PM

4A CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART

 

Edge of Elsewhere will present major new community-engaged works by international and Australian artists.
RSVP info@4a.com.au or 9212 0380

 

4A Launch supported by Kirin and Grasshopper


Follow the artists projects edgeofelsewhere.wordpress.com

 

Exhibition dates

4A CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART
14 January–3 March 2012
Exhibition launch Thursday 12 January, 6pm
181–187 Hay Street, Haymarket
CAMPBELLTOWN ARTS CENTRE
14 January–18 March 2012
Exhibition launch Friday 13 January, 7pm
Artists in Conversation

Saturday 14 January, 10am–2pm at Campbelltown Arts Centre
Art Galley Road, Campbelltown

 

4A EDITION VOL 1 #4 Now Released

4A EDITION
VOL 1, # 4
FX HARSONO
Per Memoriam ad Spem (2011)
Offset Lithographic Print
Paper size 60 x 40 cm

FX Harsono (b. 1949, Indonesia) is recognised for playing a pivotal role in the development of contemporary art in Indonesia. FX’s shifting practice includes his involvement as a leading member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement) in the mid-seventies; creating politically-charged performance and installations in the nineties.While his work deals directly with the trauma of Indonesia’s modern history, it has far reaching consequences, in its exploration of diaspora, cultural memory and personal histories. In 2010, a mid-career survey of his practice, Testimonies, was held at Singapore Art Museum.

FX Harsono was born in East Java, Indonesia in 1949. He studied painting at STSRI ‘ASRI’ Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1969 – 74) and at Jakarta Art Institute, Indonesia (1987 – 91). He has been included in a number of major exhibition projects, including Testimonies (2010) at the Singapore Art Museum; the 3rd Kwangju Biennale (2001, Kwangju South Korea); Tradition/Tension (1996, Asia Society, New York); The Asia-Pacific Triennial (1993, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane). He currently lives and works in Jakarta.

 

For details visit the 4A SHOP
For further enquiries please contact 02 9212 0380.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE – Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba – Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra

In October, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba  completed a stage of his ongoing project, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 in Canberra, ACT commissioned for Edge of Elsewhere. The performance was part of am ongoing project in which the artist aims to run the diameter of the Earth, 12,756.3 km, in a series of performances that will be documented in still and video photography, along with topographical maps that track the artist’s movement via GPS.

Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s performance in Canberra was commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for the final installment of Edge of Elsewhere, 2012.

Jun’s performance in Canberra traced the perimeter of Christmas Island, a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, that entered the collective consciousness in recent history. In 2001, Christmas Island was the site of what became known as the Tampa controversy, in which the Australian government stopped a Norweigan ship, MV Tampa, from disembarking 438 rescued asylum seekers at Christmas Island. The ensuing standoff and the political remifications for the Australian government were a major issue in the 2001 Australian federal election.

 

Visit the Edge of Elsewhere blog

Visit the Edge of Elsewhere exhibition page

For more photographs of Jun’s performance, check the Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra Facebook page here.

 

 

Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, through Community Partnerships and the Visual Arts Board, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE – Workshop – FX Harsono: In Memory of a Name

Throughout 2011, the Edge of Elsewhere team was working with Indonesian artist FX Harsono and a curatorium of emerging cultural producers – artists, writers, curators, academics – as part of the artists contribution to Edge of Elsewhere. Through a series of workshops, online discussions, meetings and individual research the group has conisdered the implications of, and decisions tha lead to changing one’s name.

In late October, 2011 Harsono returned to Sydney to participate in the third In Memory of a Name curatorium workshop. The workshop was a chance for participants to come together to share their individual research and begin discussions about how the outcomes of their progress so far.

The curatorium will present a selection of outcomes from their individual and collective research as part of the 2012 Edge of Elsewhere exhibition program. These outcomes are still in development, but stay tuned for more details closer to January!

Visit the Edge of Elsewhere Blog

Visit the Exhibition page

 

Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, through Community Partnerships and the Visual Arts Board, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

4A EDITION VOL 1, #3 Now released

4A EDITION
VOL 1, #3
VIPOO SRIVILASA
Coral Jug (2011)
Southern Ice Porcelain
12 x 9 x 8 cm
Produced at Claystone Pottery

Vipoo Srivilasa was born in Thailand and is currently based in Melbourne. He works primarily in ceramics, using age-old techniques of pinching and blue and white painting as the basis for his work. His hand-formed pieces are often irreverent, witty and personal, with detailed drawings and unexpected decoration.

Srivilasa’s Coral Jug is a personal response to the significant impact that changing environmental conditions is having on coral reefs. Srivilasa crafted the piece to resemble the texture of coral and glazed its interior to create a functioning jug. The artist encourages us to use this jug daily to remind us of the impact humans have on the fragile natural world. Many of you will remember Vipoo’s fantastic Roop-Rote-Ruang (Taste-Touch-Tell) dinner projects from 2008.

 

For details visit the 4A SHOP
For further enquiries please contact Summar Hipworth 02 9212 0380.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art announces new artist residency program for Australian artists to Beijing in the studios of art Shen Shaomin

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is proud to launch a residency program in Beijing supported by the renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

In 2012, 4A will offer a month long residency program in China. This is 4A’s first international initiative for an artist from Australia. Selected through a competitive application process, the artist will be based at the artist studios of Shen Shaomin located in Beijing, presently China’s most vibrant epicentre for contemporary art.

Shen’s studios were set up a decade ago when he moved back to Beijing after years spent abroad in Australia. The expansive complex served as the site for contemplation and reflection on his cross cultural experiences. It is where he conceived much of the experimental and audacious installations which have been presented throughout the US, Europe, China and Australia in the past decade including his ‘Bonsai’ series and silica gel figures of former communist leaders at the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.

Shen is now keen to nurture creative experiences and new opportunities for Australian artists in his studio complex in Beijing. He is keen to give younger Australian artists access to new cultural networks as well as establishing productive connections between China and Australia.

Director Aaron Seeto says “Since 4A’s inception we have been dedicated to facilitating creative networks between Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We are proud to be working with one of the key Chinese-Australian artists who has been involved with 4A’s activities for over a decade. Since returning to Beijing, where he has developed a significant international profile, Shen Shaomin has been thinking very deeply about the type and quality of support that can be offered to Australian artists, and he has very generously offered his own studio as this cultural bridge. As we move through the Asian Century, it is important for artists and the cultural sector, as it is in other industries in Australia to have the opportunity to witness some of the big cultural changes taking shape in the region.”

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4A’s elevation to an Australia Council Key Organisation

In a highly competitive field of Australian cultural organisations, 4A was one of two new organisations elevated to Key Organisation status. This is an acknowledgement of the important national role that 4A plays. Professor Ted Snell, Chair of the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board states: “4A is a dynamic organisation at the cutting edge of contemporary practice and after many years of hard work it is now in a good position to offer its adventurous and ambitious program of exhibitions and activities to a wider audience.“

Established in 1996 to present and promote cultural dialogue between Australia and the Asian region. It’s membership has included some of the key Asian-Australian artists, critics, curators and collectors as well as working with key artists from the region. The increase in funding will allow 4A to continue its work, to create broader Asian cultural networks and to raise awareness amongst Australian communities of contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region.

“4A is a pioneer Australian cultural organisation, and is ideally located within the Asian and Australian context,” says Daniel Droga, a philanthropist, collector of Contemporary Chinese art and the Chairman of the 4A Board. “The current national focus on Australian and Asian relations and the growing global interest in contemporary Asian art, reinforces 4A’s ongoing national and international relevance. This is timely recognition of the consistent and hard work that 4A has undertaken throughout its history.”

Since 2008, under the direction of Aaron Seeto, a curator and artist, the organisation has undergone a number of program and organisational shifts. “4A has as important legacy as a leading contemporary Asian arts organisations not only within Australia but within the Asia Pacific Region,” says Seeto. “As Australia considers its role within what has been termed the Asian Century, knowledge of the cultural shifts occuring in the Asia Pacific region, where we are located, is vitally important to this countries’ future. Key Organisation status, will allow 4A to further facilitate its work in the Asian region by encouraging artist to artist collaborations and create pathways for greater cultural awareness and Asian cultural literacy.”

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Symposium – New Century Garden

New Century Garden: Talking About Public Art in Chinatown

What will public gardens look like this century and what will be their purpose? How can public space and art function in relation to one another? What are the benefits and limits of multidisciplinary approaches to public art?

These are some of the questions examined in New Century Garden: Talking About Public Art in Chinatown, a forum that explores ideas, approaches and concerns around public space and public art within the social and historical context of Sydney’s Chinatown.

Engage with an impressive line-up of guest speakers from professional backgrounds ranging from art, architecture, design, curation, literature and cultural management to unravel approaches toward a proposed new public art project focused on the idea of a garden in Chinatown’s Thomas Street.

 

Guest speakers

John Choi is Founding Partner of Choi Ropiha Fighera architects with an international profile for innovative projects that bring together architecture, planning, branding, public space and tourism.

Felicity Fenner is Chief Curator at the National Institute for Experimental Arts and Senior Lecturer in the School of Art History and Education at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

Nicholas Jose is a novelist, essayist, playwright, former Cultural Counsellor to the Australian Embassy in Beijing, and is currently a Professor at the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Xing Ruan is an author and Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales.

Aaron Seeto is Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Public Art Curator for City of Sydney’s Chinatown Public Art Plan.

Bridget Smyth is Design Director at the City of Sydney and leads the City’s urban design and public art team.

Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist of Aboriginal and Chinese heritage who has been commissioned for a public art project in Chinatown’s Kimber Lane.

 

Forum details

Date: Friday 21 October 2011

Time: 12.00 pm lunch for 1.00 pm start. The Forum will run from 1.00 – 4.30 pm followed by refreshments.

Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art 81-187 Hay Street, Sydney NSW 2000

 

RSVP

FREE event. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Please RSVP to Ph 9212 0380 or email info@4a.com.au

 

About the Forum

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

The principle aim of the forum is to begin a public discussion on ideas, processes and concerns regarding new approaches to public art, 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.

An opportunity exists for the development of a new public artwork on Thomas Street in Chinatown, which runs between Hay Street (at the southern end of Sussex Street) and past Quay Street to the rear of the ABC Building in Ultimo. The area of Thomas Street that has been identified will in future be a pedestrian thoroughfare.

In thinking about this site Public Art Curator for City of Sydney’s Chinatown Public Art Plan, Aaron Seeto, is drawn to the idea of installing a garden or to work with artists working with vegetation. There are reminiscences around ideas of more traditional sculpture gardens, but transformed for a 21st century context. In creating a garden space, this area for public art could house a number of permanent smaller works and become a public meeting area as well as becoming a space for temporary projects and presentations. The garden itself would be a public artwork in its own right, created through a process of collaboration and research amongst a team of artists, designers, architects and other professionals.

More than just a garden, the site on Thomas Street will operate as a junction of a range of disciplines and positions, including art and design, social and cultural history, feng shui principles and the community’s needs from this public space. In this sense, Thomas Street will operate as a curated space, using the idea of a garden to structure a range of positions around history, tradition, and the social and cultural aspirations for the future. Furthermore, in the past, public art in the area has been formulated within a representational mode that used a recognisable palette of Chinese elements – such as lanterns or red lighting – to locate the Chinatown area.  However, Contemporary Asian cultures around the world are constantly evolving this outwardly representational mode and future projects should embrace this dynamic to broaden the cultural, conceptual and technological parameters of thinking about what public art can be in Sydney’s Chinatown.

 

SEE PREVIEW VIDEOS BY KEY SPEAKERS HERE AND STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON THE FORUM INCLUDING VIDEOS AND PAPERS ON THE GUEST SPEAKERS’ PRESENTATIONS.

 

Image credits:

Bridget Smyth, Design Director at City of Sydney. Photo by Nick Garner

Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Photo by Nick Garner

Jason Wing, commissioned artist for Chinatown’s Kimber Lane. Photo by Nick Garner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance – Caochangdi 404

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art hosts Caochangdi 404, a performance by Beijing-based American artist An Xiao. Caochangdi 404 is the second in the series of social media performances presented by Portal – an international, cross-platform project curated by Janis Ferberg (Sydney) and Stephen Truax (New York).

An Xiao’s Caochangdi 404 is an online performance and installation connecting a Sydney audience with local residents and artists in Caochangdi, one of Beijing’s more famous art villages.

Drawing from the conceptual art tradition of Lawrence Weiner, Yoko Ono, Zhang Peili and Fluxus, Xiao will provide a set of simple instructions in both Mandarin and English for a conversational exchange between participants in both locations, utilising social media platforms.

In constructing this conceptual framework for exchange, Xiao seeks to address issues of connectivity in the 21st century by considering two barriers to contemporary communication: technological constraints and the basic, but ancient problem of language barrier.

We welcome you to join us in the gallery or online to participate in this performance.

For more information contact Portal

4A EDITION VOL 1 #1

Jason Wing
Double Happiness (2011)
Offset lithograph
70 x 50 cm
Printer, Big Fag Press

Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist whose Chinese and Aboriginal heritage has played an important part in his artistic development. The strong influence of street art in Wing’s practice is referenced in Double Happiness through the use of bold outline and colours, and the often less than perfect registration that occurs when stenciling on the streets.

The image of the boy is a reoccurring motif throughout Wing’s work. Nestled in the middle of a two-headed deer, the figure represents the transitional phase from innocence, or the point of intersection when making significant life decisions. The deer is based on an image the artist found in a grocery store in Chinatown, and is said to bring long-life and prosperity. The reuse of imagery is typical of Wing, rebirth and recycling being thematic concerns throughout his practice.

About EDITION

An initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian, EDITION is a yearly subscription project of specially commissioned limited edition artworks. It is a unique opportunity to begin or expand your collection of works by some of the leading international, national or emerging contemporary Asian and Australian artists. The commissioned artists are kept secret until they arrive on your doorstep.

For details visit the 4A SHOP
For further enquiries please contact 4A on 02 9212 0380.

 

 

Opportunity: In Memory of A Name – Edge of Elsewhere: Emerging Critics Workshop

People change their names under different circumstances and in different places. Often there are historical reasons as well as sociocultural implications that underpin such motivation. What can we learn about representation and identity from this process? What are the complications when a person acquires a new name?

4A is seeking emerging artists, curators, critics and other cultural practitioners (sociologists, writers, urban planners, architects, historians) to collaborate with FX Harsono’s project In Memory of a Name to develop new work for Edge of Elsewhere 2012.

The project contributes to the growth of critical culture by seeking to develop a framework for social research. It provides emerging practitioners with a unique professional development opportunity to gain invaluable insight into a creative methodology for art making and thinking.

Led by Indonesian artist FX Harsono, participants will be invited to form a curatorium, which will embark on a research project which centres on the changing of one’s name in relation to the socio-historical contexts of migration in Australia and Asia. In the process, the project extends to consider the articulation of memory structure and the past, as well as the performance of identity and its political implications.

Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that brings together some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new artworks in partnership with Sydney communities. It is the flagship contemporary art project in Sydney Festival’s program over three consecutive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

To apply, please send us your CV and an expression of interest stating in no more than one page what you hope to gain from this workshop to simon.soon@4a.com.au

Places are limited. 4A will be able to cover traveling costs and accommodation for two interstate participants. Applications closes at 5pm, Friday 29th April 2011

2 Day Workshop: 27 – 28 May 2011 (Fri-Sat)
Research Phase: June – November 2011

Follow-up Workshop: End of November 2011
Project Presentation: Edge of Elsewhere (January 2012)

 

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