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.



  • 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.



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.



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.



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