Announcement // 4A Centre saddened by the loss of Chair, Edmund Capon, OBE, AM

March 18, 2019.


It is with great sadness that we note the loss of Edmund Capon OBE, AM, who has passed away in London.

Edmund Capon was a stalwart of Sydney’s art world and his passion, intelligence and sharp wit is remembered by all that had the opportunity to work with him and around him. Over the past four years Edmund has been the Chair of the 4A Board and has revitalised the organisation with his contagious energy and deep understanding of Australia’s relationship with Asia. During this period, he has reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to fieldwork, research and scholarly pursuits while also demonstrating an unwavering commitment to artists and their artistic processes.

The Board and team at 4A are deeply saddened by the loss of our fearless leader but are most upset by the loss of our friend. Above all Edmund was a great supporter of us all in our work endeavours and our lives at home. On every occasion he made the workplace a fun and rigorously challenging place to be.

‘We are devastated to have lost Edmund, our endlessly inspiring colleague, who has done so much for Australia’s engagement and understanding of Asian art and culture. We are only just beginning to understand the extent of the wonderful legacy that he has left. I am also devastated to have lost such a great friend and mentor. Edmund will remain an important person to both 4A and myself for a very long time to come.’ – Mikala Tai, Director 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art


‘Edmund’s vision, that of Australia’s proximity to Asia preceded well before the founding of 4A; we are so grateful as a board to have benefited from his deep knowledge and guidance over the years that he was chair. He shall be greatly missed.  The Board and wider 4A Family send their love to Joanna and the Capon family on their loss of such a great and loved man.’ – John Young, Board Member 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

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