On Wednesday 15 February from 3-6pm, the Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting a small celebration for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s current exhibition on display in the foyer of the Australia Council.
The exhibition presents a selection of emerging, mid-career and established artists including Eric Bridgeman, Will French, Shen Shaomin, Cyrus Tang, Jason Wing and Soo Joo Yoo who examine the shifting cultural alignments between Asia and Australia.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s curatorial approach has been to look at shifts in contemporary visual arts practice due to the increased mobility of ideas, skills and exchanges that occur within the vast socio-cultural networks of Asia and Australia. The artists’ work in this exhibition reflect these shifts. No longer is identity articulated simply from a position of cultural background and migration. It is also formed through technology, history, globalisation, economy, industry and the accumulation of cultural knowledge.
If you are in the area we hope you will join us for a drink. There will be brief talks about the show by curator Samuel Zammit and some of the participating artists.
The exhibition continues until 21 March 2012. The opening Hours for this exhibition are 8.30-5.30 Monday – Friday.
4A Exhibition at the Australia Council
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art exhibition at the Australia Council
Venue: Foyer of the Australia Council
Address: 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Opening Hours: 8.30-5.30 Monday – Friday
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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