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


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.