2017 4A Beijing Studio Program Recipients Announced

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the participants of the 2017 4A Beijing Studio Program.

Tane Andrews (NSW), Nathan Beard (WA) and Caroline Garcia (NSW) have been selected to embark on a month-long residency in September 2017 at the studios of renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

The Beijing Studio Program is now in its fifth year of operation. It provides early and mid career Australian artists with a unique opportunity to research new projects, develop new professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia.

Tane Andrews, Nathan Beard and Caroline Garcia were selected by a committee comprising Sue Acret, 4A Board Member and Co-Founder, ArtAsia Advisory; Dr Dick Quan, collector and 4A Patron; Beau Neilson, The Neilson Foundation; Lisa Catt, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW; Louise Joel, 4A Set Member; Luisa Catanzaro, Artereal Gallery Founder, Director and Owner.

Andrews, Beard and Garcia were selected based on the strength of their applications, the potential benefits for their practices and capacity to extend their own cross-cultural networks.

2017 4A Beijing Studio Program Judge Luisa Catanzaro said of selecting the participants list:

“… [I] struggled to limit it at that as it was such a varied and strong list of artists and ideas to select from.”


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Director, Mikala Tai, said of the 2017 artists’ selection:

“It is always so exciting to see the depth and breath of contemporary Australian practice and to see so many of our artists eager to engage with Asia. It was an extremely competitive year and we are delighted to be supporting Tane, Nathan and Caroline as they embark on an important career-making experience. “

4A’s Beijing Studio 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. 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.

Andrews, Beard and Garcia will travel to China in September 2017.


Tane Andrews is a visual artist based in Sydney.

His practice aims to explore transience, transformations, and hybridisations within the natural world.
Andrews’ works are a considered exploration, one that involves ritual, repetition, process and a demand for meaningful contemplation.

In 2007 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University with First Class Honours, Perth. Since then Andrews has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. In 2014 he was awarded a residency at Sydney’s Artspace, and in 2015 was included in the exhibition DeMonstrable, curated by SymbioticA Director Oron Catts.


Nathan Beard (b.1987) is Perth-based interdisciplinary artist who works across mediums including photography, video and sculpture. His practice is primarily concerned with the influences of culture, memory and biography, in particular through the prism of his Thai-Australian heritage. Beard’s work often includes intimate and sincere engagements with family to poignantly explore the complex ways a sense of heritage and identity is negotiated.

Beard holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art) with First Class Honours from Curtin University. Exhibitions include Hatched, PICA (2008), Memento Mori, Lawrence Wilson Gallery (2014), Obitus, Moana Project Space (2014), Ad Matres, Artereal Gallery (2015), Future Archaeology, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2015), Radical Ecologies, PICA (2016), Alone and Palely Loitering, Firstdraft (2017) and WA Focus: Nathan Beard, Art Gallery of Western Australia (2017). In 2017 Beard was shortlisted as a finalist for the John Stringer Prize. His collaboration with artists Abdul Abdullah and Casey Ayres, The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, was presented at the NGV Studio for the 2012 Next Wave Festival the space between us wants to sing.


Caroline Garcia (Sydney, NSW) is a culturally promiscuous, performance maker. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the
sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.
Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity, echoing notions of cultural ambiguity and displacement by adopting the role of shape shifter – sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She is concerned with forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina.
Caroline has presented at Underbelly Arts Festival, Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival, Proximity Festival, Junction Arts Festival, AGNSW, Art Month Sydney, and PACT, among others. She has exhibited at the ACMI, CCP, The Substation, Firstdraft, Sydney Contemporary, The Sydney Film Festival Hub and UTS ART. Caroline is currently developing a new interdisciplinary work called Flygirl, as part of The EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts.


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.




Images, l to r: Caroline Garcia, Thoughtless Extravagance, dimensions variable, installation at Firstdraft Gallery, 2016. Image, Zan Wimberley.;  Tane Andrews: Untitled (Perfect Lovers). Sterling silver, living monarch pupa, wood. Dimensions variable, duration: 7 days. 2016.; Nathan Beard: Rampai/Samniang/Ratana/Pornjit 2014-17, Digital print on Canson Baryta, Swarovski Elements. Detail of print, 35.5 x 48cm. From the series Ad Matres. Edition 2 of 5 unique prints. Photo credit: Casey Ayres.