4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture through research, documentation, development, discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art.

We believe that Asian cultural thinking will have an important impact on the future. 4A’s aim is to ensure contemporary visual art plays a central role in understanding the dynamic relationship between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

4A has a distinctive approach to addressing Australia’s cultural diversity through a dynamic program including local and international exhibitions, public programs, workshops, seminars, symposiums and community activities. These have been recognised locally and internationally as having raised awareness of Asian-Australian art and culture and Australia‘s place in the Asia-Pacific region.

4A Curators’ Intensive is an initiative developed by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to encourage professional advancement amongst early career Australian cultural practitioners with an interest in curatorial practice. In 2018, the Curators’ Intensive, will take place in Melbourne between Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 4 August.

This is the fourth iteration of this Intensive program that has been offered biennially since 2012 with support from Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. In 2018, the program will be led by three established Asian-based curators and art facilitators who are working in an international context with a particulate focus on the Asia-Pacific region alongside a Melbourne based curator.
In 2018 the Curators’ Intensive will feature:
  • Natalie King (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Philip Tinari (Beijing, China) and others to be announced.
These curators, along with 4A, will deliver this program over four consecutive days through a mix of public discussions and closed forums. The fifth day is the annual 4A Symposium which is being presented with The University of Melbourne at the VCA. 4A Curators’ Intensive will consist of public presentation by each international curator followed by closed session workshops, studio visits, exhibition visits, collection visits and roundtable led discussions where the participants actively engage with issues raised by curators during their public presentations.

4A Curators’ Intensive is rigorous and suited for curators interested in expanding their engagement with contemporary Asian art, in particular, how Australia engages with Asia. While focused on a broad conception of contemporary Asian art, this program will encompass a much larger range of curatorial discussions and have a particular focus on curatorial methodologies, models and frameworks. The participating curators have a wide variety of experiences from socially engaged art, curating local history, developing large-scale commissions, international perspectives, as well as museums and independent spaces.

Participants will be required to attend and participate in all aspects of the five-day program. This will include evening presentations and active involvement in the workshops.

Participating curators will, for the first time in 2018, be invited to submit proposals for both The Peacock Gallery, Auburn, and another space in Western Sydney to be announced, for their upcoming exhibition programs. Successful applications will be supported to realise their exhibitions by both 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the host gallery.

Natalie King is an Australian curator and arts leader with more than two decades experience in international contemporary art realising landmark projects in Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. In 2017, she was Curator and Editor of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale. Natalie’s expertise spans the lifecycle of artistic production from new commissions, grant-making, artistic partnerships, stakeholder relations, fundraising, publications and programming. She is widely published in arts media and a Member of the International Association of Art Critics, Paris. She is currently an Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne; Curator, Editor & Writer.

Philip Tinari is the Director of Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing. Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari launched LEAP, an internationally distributed, bilingual magazine of contemporary art published by the Modern Media Group, in 2009. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, and was founding editor of that magazine’s Chinese edition in 2007. Widely regarded as an authority on China’s contemporary art scene, he was co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the 2017 exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.


To apply to submit a single PDF document including:
1. A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number and email address
2. A Letter of Intent addressing your interest in participating in the program; why the Curators’ Intensive will be beneficial to you; how your skills and research will contribute to the process and how it will contribute to the development of your practice. Maximum one page.
3. A Statement which outlines your current curatorial or research focuses and interests. Maximum one page.
4. A CV illustrating relevant curatorial projects or work experience. Maximum one page.
5. An example of existing curatorial writing. This can be a room sheet, wall text or catalogue essay or something similar.

Download the application form here.

Applications should be submitted via email, to Micheal Do: m.do@4a.com.au

Applications closed 6.00PM Tuesday 8 May 2018. Applications will be assessed approximately two weeks following the submission deadline.


- Up to 10 individuals will be selected by a panel consisting of Mikala Tai (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), Mami Kataoka (Artistic Director, 21st Biennale of Sydney and Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) and Natalie King (Curator, Australian Pavilion for Venice 2017) to take part in this program.
- Participants will be paid a small honorarium for their involvement.
- 4A will offer support for up to three interstate participants through provision of return flights to Melbourne and accommodation.

If you have any questions in relation to the program or how to apply please contact Micheal Do on (02) 9212 0380 or m.do@4a.com.au

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4A Curators’ Intensive 2018 is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and is supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Header image: 4A Curators' Intensive 2016 participants visiting the studio of artist Abdullah M.I Syed.
4A Beijing Studio Program - 2018 Residents Announced. 

4A Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that Rainbow Chan (NSW), Dean Cross (ACT/NSW), Andrew Liversidge (VIC) and JD Reforma (NSW) have been selected to embark on a month-long residency at Shen Shaomin's studios as part of the 4A Beijing Studio Program.

The 4A Beijing Studio Program is now in its seventh year, and provides early and mid career Australian artists with a valuable opportunity 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 Asia. For the first time ever, with thanks to the support of the 4A Set program, 4A has been able to offer this opportunity to four, rather than three, artists.

Rainbow Chan, Dean Cross, Andrew Liversidge and JD Reforma were selected from a competitive field of applicants by 4A's expert panel, comprising Sue Acret, writer, editor and 4A Board Member; Geoff Ainsworth, 4A Patron, Oranges & Sardines Foundation; Tully Arnot, artist and previous 4A Beijing Studio Program artist; Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA and Carol Yinghua Lu, Curator and Director of Inside Out Museum, Beijing. 


Now in its seventh consecutive year, the 4A Beijing Studio Program is a unique initiative that sees three Australian artists embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This experience provides a unique opportunity for artists to be mentored by a leading international artist, undertake research for new works, develop professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. The program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel insurance and a small stipend.

Applications closed Tuesday May 8 2018.

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

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) and most recently featured as part of Busan Biennale 2016 and at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong 2017. 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.


Eligibility and criteria
Applications are open to visual artists who are Australian permanent residents. We are looking for early and mid-career artists who will benefit from the professional mentorship offered by Shen Shaomin; cross cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China; and dialogue and bonding between residents.

Successful applicants will be selected based on the quality of their past work, reasons for participation, viability of their participation and the potential benefits to the applicant’s artistic development. Decisions will be made by an independent panel and all decisions are final.

Program period
Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, for one month from Tuesday 18 September 2018 - Tuesday 16 October 2018. Dates are non-negotiable. All three selected artists will be travelling at the same time.

Application requirements
To apply for the 4A Beijing Studio Program please download a copy of the application form here and include the following:
- A Statement of Interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Program and how you will benefit from the experience. Maximum one page.
- A current Artist’s CV. Maximum one page.
- Support Material in the format of a PDF with 10 images (72 dpi), including captions and explanations where appropriate. Video content should be supplied as a URL web link within the PDF (maximum 10 minutes duration). Please do not send individual files. Original material will not be returned.

Provisions and amenities
4A will provide the following to successful applicants:
- Return economy airfare to Beijing from your nearest Australian state capital city.
- Accommodation at the Shen Shaomin Studio for the duration of the Program.
- Access and use of the Shen Shaomin Studio facilities, including a print-room, painting studio and video projection room.
- Daily meals.
- A travel stipend sufficient to cover personal expenses for the duration of the Program.
- Access to an interpreter (Chinese/English) during Program.
- Reimbursement of Chinese visa costs.
- Appropriate travel insurance for the period of the Program.

Accommodation and facilities are housed at the Shen Shaomin Studio located 52 km north of Beijing’s city center (approximately 45 mins drive from Beijing Capital International Airport). The Studio contains newly built premises with modern conveniences. The Studio will provide artists with daily meals in addition to a stipend sufficient for personal needs over the duration of the Program. A driver/interpreter available for a limited number of days to explore surrounding artists’ studios, galleries and other locations. Chinese language skills are not necessary.

Terms and conditions
- Artists are responsible for obtaining necessary visas for entry into China and for obtaining appropriate travel insurance if they choose to decline 4A’s policy cover.
- Artists are responsible for any excess baggage or freight to/from the Studio/Beijing.
- Artists will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines the terms of the Program and their travel.
- Upon return to Australia, artists will be required to take part in a public discussion about their participation in the Program.
- Artists are to conduct activities with regard to not creating undue noise or other conduct which may disturb or annoy others in adjoining studios or premises.

The 2018 judging panel for the 4A Beijing Studio Program consists of:

Sue Acret, Writer and Editor and 4A Board Member
Geoff Ainsworth, 4A Patron, Oranges & Sardines Foundation
Tully Arnot, Artist and previous 4A Beijing Studio Program artist
Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA
Carol Yinghua Lu, Curator and Director of Inside Out Museum, Beijing.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to:
Micheal Do
Assistant Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Phone: +61 2 9212 0380
Email: m.do@4a.com.au

Following the inaugural offering in 2016, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the third consecutive 4A Emerging Writer’s Program that will support an emerging Australian writer to travel to the India in 2018 and realise two publication outcomes.

4A Emerging Writer’s Program is open to all Australian emerging writers and suits individuals with a keen interest in fieldwork research in art and culture from the Asia Pacific region, and someone who can demonstrate a flair and passion for writing.

The selected writer will undertake up to a two-week research trip to India in late 2018. 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 its networks in India, and in particular by Pedro de Almeida, Editor, 4A Papers and Michael Fitzgerald, Editor, Art Monthly Australasia.

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.


4A Emerging Writer’s Program is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and supported by Art Monthly Australasia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Key dates
Applications open: 13 April 2018
Application close: Tuesday 12 June 2018 (5.00pm)
Travel dates: late 2018 (exact dates of 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.
The definition of “emerging” is a writer who has not previously published more than 10 texts in any subject, in print or online (personal blogs or self-published platforms excluded).

4A will provide the selected writer with:
Return airfare from the recipient’s nearest state capital city to India.
Accommodation, per diems and travel insurance for the period of the trip.
An honorarium.

To apply, submit the following:
- A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number and email address.
- A Statement of Intent that outlines your current writing or research focuses; your interest in participating in the program, articulating your specific area of interest undertake fieldwork in India; 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 Proposed Collection of Writings that you would produce as part of this project. 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).

Shortlisted writers will be asked to provide evidence of date of birth and Australian permanent residency status.

Applications should be submitted via email, post or in person to:
Pedro de Almeida
Editor, 4A Papers
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
In person: 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000 (during gallery opening hours)
Post: PO Box K1312, Haymarket NSW 1240
Email: pedro.de-almeida@4a.com.au

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

Previous recipients
2017 4A Emerging Writer’s Program - Mitiana Arbon
Mitana Arbon, is an Honours student at the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University. Mitiana traveled to Samoa in late 2017 to undertake research and build engagement with local artistic communities in Upolu and Savai’i. His writing developed from this trip will be published in 4A Papers Issue 4 (May 2018) and Art Monthly Australasia soon after.

2016 4A Emerging Writer’s Program - Minerva Inwald
Over two weeks spanning late May and early June 2016, Minerva Inwald, 4A’s 2016 Emerging Writer’s Program recipient, 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. Minerva’s text for Art Monthly Australasia was published in its September 2016 issue.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is dedicated to providing career pathways for early career arts facilitators. Our internship program is a key element to ensuring the next generation of Australian arts leaders are experienced working with contemporary art from Asia.

Our internship program is entirely project based and interns will apply for specific positions that accompany an element of 4A’s program. From curatorial assistance, fundraising assistance, marketing assistance or production assistance these positions will be clearly defined and have clear deliverables for 4A and clear learning outcomes for the intern.

Current Internships:

Applications are currently closed for 4A’s Internship program.

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