SYDNEY. 3 FEBRUARY 2012, 8pm.

Coinciding with the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, Cinema Alley celebrates contemporary Chinese video art with the screening of five significant short video artworks by Asian artists and filmmakers in an open-air street cinema located on Parket Street, Haymarket in the heart of the Chinatown district.

Curated by Aaron Seeto, Cinema Alley features a selection of short film and video-based art works by five leading contemporary Asian artists: Chen Cheih-Jen; Jun Yang; Ou Ning and Cao Fei; Wang Qingsong; and Yuan Goang-ming. The films explore the artists’ different perceptions of their cities, transformation, experiences of alienation and the effects that history and tradition place on the individual.

Globalisation, labour, consumerism and migration are key themes in the films with the content touching on the harrowing experience of a man adrift on a small boat at sea, the hardship faced by factory workers, teams of skyscraper construction workers and the fate of once rural Chinese regions experiencing the rapid onset of real estate development.



Central Magazine by Kim Shaw

Time Out Sydney by Stuart Holmes

4A and Eat. Drink. Give. invites you to The Art of Taste 2

4A’s teaming up once again with Eat. Drink. Give to bring you The Art of Taste 2. Enjoy an evening of bespoke culinary creations in the presence of the Yonetani’s giant green ant and inspired by the works in the exhibition from 6.30-9.30PM, Thursday 1 November 2012.

A discovery of artistic and culinary creations.
In collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Eat. Drink. Give. is proud to bring you The Art of Taste 2. An evening where science and creativity come together in the name of amazing food and art.

Enjoying beautiful food for a cause.
While most of us have the opportunity to enjoy a good meal in a restaurant environment, there are many who cannot afford this simple pleasure. As a result, we’ve developed the Food Without Prejudice Project. Our aim is to raise funds by hosting events in order to provide special food experiences for those less privileged than ourselves.

An evening not to be missed.
Tickets are just $50 per person and include a selection of delectable canapés, wines and soft drinks. You’ll also get an exclusive look at Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani’s exhibition, What the Birds Knew – which draws on their concerns over the recent nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, Japan.

Tickets are now available online


Event details

Date: 6.30 – 9.30PM Thursday 1 November 2012
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St Sydney MAPLINK
Tickets are limited $50 each Available Online Now
Eat. Drink. Give. are holding 10 tickets exclusively for 4A Members to purchase.

Special Screening of Akira Kurosawa’s, 1955 post-war film, I Live in Fear

What the Birds Knew refers to the alternative title of Akira Kurosawa’s 1955 post-war film I Live In Fear (生き物の記録, Ikimono no kiroku) which captures Japan in the atomic age. In this film, overwhelmed by the threat of nuclear radiation in Japan but unable to convince his family to move to Brazil, the protagonist Kiichi Nakajima follows a path of increasing frustration and anxiety and declares that the birds would flee if they knew of impending environmental threats.

Coinciding with Ken + Julia Yonetani’s What the Birds Knew exhibition, 4A invites our Members and their friends, to join us for a special screening of Akira Kurosawa’s film, I Live in Fear (1955) on Thursday 18 October 2012. Experience the film projected in its magical, black and white 35mm, original format and within the surrounds of the Yonetani’s giant glowing, green ant and radioactive artworks*.

This event is free for Members of 4A who are welcome to bring a friend along to the screening.
Not a Member ? Join now and book your seat

Bookings are essential for this event as space is limited, email to reserve your spot.

6-8PM Thursday 18 October 2012
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Cost: Free for 4A Members – you can bring a friend along as well.
Not a Member? Join up now and you and a friend can come along for free.
Book: Email to reserve your spot
Length: 103 mins with intermission
Subtitles in English
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**Uranium Glass Health and Safety
Modern uranium, or “Vaseline” glass is typically only up to maximum 2% uranium by weight. This is not sufficiently radioactive to pose a health hazard to those viewing the glass.

4A Artist Residency Program Launch at Shen Shaomin Studios, Beijing

4A is very proud to be working again with contemporary Chinese Australian artist, Shen Shaomin and will launch our first 4A International Artist Residency Program for young Australian artists at Shen Shaomin studios on Monday 8 October 2012.

Supporting young artists in their professional development and also providing opportunities to create valuable networks between the art worlds of Australia and China is critical to both 4A and 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.

For the past month, Sydney Pavilion artists, Bababa International have been based in Beijing and have been 4A’s first artists in residence at Shen Shaomin studios in the lead up to The Floating Eye.

Join us at the launch of 4A’s International Artist Residency Program in Beijing at Shen Shaomin Studios on 8 October 2012 if you’re in town. Download the invitiation.


What the Birds Knew Artist Talk: Ken + Julia Yonetani
from 12.30PM, Friday 17 August 2012

Exhibition dates: 3 August – 3 November 2012



What the Birds Knew
is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

The artists are supported by The NSW Artists’ Grant. The NSW Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the support of Arts NSW and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Sydney Pavilion, Shanghai Biennale Celebration

We’re just a month away from the Shanghai Biennale now and we’re inviting you to our upcoming Members’ Event to send off our Sydney Pavilion Team.

We would like to invite you and your friends to join us for drinks as we celebrate with the artists and curators of the Sydney Pavilion at this year’s Shanghai Biennale. Whether you are a Member or haven’t yet joined, come along and get a taste of our future Membership program. It’s a great chance to hang out with the team and have a chat about their plans for the exhibition. Because we love our Members, discounts on drinks will be on offer to all current 4A Members.

Drinks at Grasshopper Bar, 1 Temperance Lane, Sydney, 6-8pm on Wednesday 12 September.

Coming up 4A will have a number of events as part of the 4A Members Program. This will include a Members’ Only curated program of talks, artist studio visits, and tours of other Sydney-based exhibitions and projects giving you a look behind the scenes and direct access to artists and their work. We’ll also be offering more discounts and competitions throughout the year, and of course, you will still have the opportunity to exhibit your work in our Annual Members’ Exhibition. Membership is valid for a year and is just $33 or $16.50 for a Concession.

Sign up for Membership online or give us a call 02 9212 0380

We hope to see you at our next Members’ event!


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is proud to present a keynote lecture by Qiu Zhijie, one of China’s leading artists, critics, curators and educators.

The lecture is free and will be held at 630PM, Tuesday 7 August, at the Veolia Lecture Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

We are now booked out for this event, join our waiting list online.

A recording of this lecture will soon be available on 4A’s website.

Qiu Zhijie is the Chief Curator of this year’s 9th Shanghai Biennale, and is leading 4A’s inaugural  Emerging Curators’ Intensive

International – Inter-cities – Inter-individuals will encompass a number of Qiu’s current research areas, looking at the relationships between people in the formation of cities and our understanding of the international. It is an opportunity to participate in a lively discussion with a leading contemporary art figure.


Qiu Zhijie is a Professor at the School of Intermedia Art, a member of the supervisory team at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thought, and Director of Total Art Studio at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. He is also an esteemed artist, curator and writer. As a conceptual artist, Qiu Zhijie’s practice includes painting, photography, video, installation and theatre. His works have been exhibited and are collected by individual and institutional collectors both in China and internationally. His solo exhibitions  include Haus of World Culture in Berlin (2009), Ullens Contemporary Art Center in Beijing (2009) and Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai (2008). He has also exhibited in international art shows including 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), 25th Sao Paulo Biennale (2010) and New Art in China, Post-1989.







This initiative is supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and ARNDT Fine Art.


Thai-Na-Town – Little Oz

Thai-na-town – Little Oz is a project by Vipoo Srivilasa that celebrates Australia’s diverse migrant populations by inviting people to be part of an international project creating sculptural objects with the artist that represent a person, place or thing that they miss about their home. Thai-na-town – Little Oz stems from a personal desire from the artist to engage with the multitude of stories of migrant experiences.

The artist conceived this as an ongoing project, of which Sydney is the first iteration. Participants will work collaboratively with the artist in producing a sculptural memento of their experience migrating to Australia.  These objects will then be sent to their friends or family back home so they will become part of the project. The recipient will then be asked to photograph the object for it’s final chapter, an exhibition, Little Oz to be held at Chulalongkorn Art Centre, Bangkok.

Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai artist who has lived and worked in Australia for almost fifteen years working predominantly in ceramics. Srivilasa creates elaborately patterned sculptures influenced by the cultural heritage of Thailand, and Australia.

From 14-17 June 2012 Srivilasa will host workshops at different Thai restaurants along Campbell St in Haymarket turning them into pop up art studios. Each workshop will take between 15-20 minutes and is free.

Dates and Locations:

@Bangkok Restaurant, Capitol Theatre Arcade – Thursday 14 June, 2-6pm
Chon Siam, 38 Campbell St, Haymarket – Friday 15 June 12-5pm
House Restaurant, 202 Elizabeth St, Haymarket – Saturday 16 June, 12-5pm
House Restaurant, 202 Elizabeth St, Haymarket – Sunday 17 June, 12-5pm

An artist talk will be held at Chon Siam Restaurant, 38 Campbell St, Haymarket MAP LINK at 12.30pm Friday 15 June as part of 4A’s  Lunchtime Talks.

Follow the project on Facebook, like the project for updates.



Little Oz เป็นโปรเจคจากการรังสรรค์ของ ศิลปินชาวไทยนามว่า วิภู ศรีวิลาส เพื่อประกาศความมีชื่อเสียงของความหลากหลายทางเชื้อชาติ จากผู้คนที่ย้ายมาอยู่ในออสเตรเลีย โดยเชื้อเชิญผู้คนมาเป็นส่วนหนึ่งในการสร้างประติมากรรมระหว่างประเทศนี้ร่วมกับศิลปิน ที่จะสื่อถัง บุคคล สิ่งของ หรือสถานที่ที่พวกเขาจากมา

Thai-na-town – Little Oz ได้ริเริ่มจากความปรารถนาของศิลปิน ที่จะมีส่วนร่วมกับความหลากหลายของเรื่องราวในประสบการณ์การย้ายถิ่นฐานบ้านเกิด

ศิลปินได้ให้ความเห็นไว้ว่าโครงการนี้จะเป็นโครงการที่ต่อเนื่อง ผู้เข้าร่วมโครงการจะได้ทำงานร่วมกับศิลปินในการผลิตประติมากรรมจากประสบการณ์การย้ายถิ่นมาที่ออสเตรเลียของพวกเขาเอง จากนั้นผลงานเหล่านี้จะถูกจัดส่งไปยังครอบครัวหรือเพื่อนที่รัก ดังนั้นพวกเขาก็จะได้มาเป็นส่วนหนึ่งในโครงการนี้เช่นกัน และเจ้าของผลงานจะได้ถ่ายรูปคู่กับผลงานเพื่อที่จะนำมาจัดแสดงงานภายหลัง ที่หอศิลป์จุฬาลงกรณ์ กรุงเทพ

วิภู ศรีวิลาศ เป็นศิลปินไทยที่อาศัยและสร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน ออสเตรเลียมาเกือบสิบห้าปี ซึ่งมีผลงานมากมายนับไม่ถ้วนเกี่ยวกับเซรามิคส์ และได้สร้างสรรค์ประติมากรรมที่ได้อิทธืพลมาจาก มรดกวัฒนธรรมไทย และออสเตรเลีย

ระหว่าง 14-17 มิถุนายน 2012 วิภู ได้จัดเวิร์คชอปขี้นที่ร้านอาหารไทยทั้งสามร้าน และจะแปลงโฉมจากร้านอาหารให้เป็นสตูดิโอ ในการสร้างสรรค์ผลงานจะใช้เวลาเพียงท่านละ15-20นาทีเท่านั้น

วัน เวลา และสถานที่

ร้าน ณ บางกอก วันพฤหัสบดี 14 มิย. 14:00-18:00

ร้าน ชนสยาม วันศุกร์ 15 มิย. 12:00-17:00

ร้าน เฮ้าส์ เสาร์,อาทิตย์16,17 มิย. 12:00-17:00

สามารถร่วมพูดคุยกับศิลปินได้ที่ร้านชนสยาม เวลา 12:30 วันพฤหัสบดีที่ 15 มิย.

สำรองที่นั่งและ ลงทะเบียนกับ Toby Chapman ได้ที่

หรือ 02 9212 0380
Thai Na Town – Little Oz is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Thailand Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.\





Artist talk – Roslisham Ismail ‘Ise’

EVENT: Art Forum with Roslisham Ismail ‘Ise’
VENUE: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Gallery
DATE & TIME: 16 May 2012, 1-2pm

Malaysian artist Roslisham Ismail aka ‘Ise’ will discuss his current project Jalan Jalan Makan Angin commissioned by 4A.

During a previous visit to Sydney, he noticed from his weekly grocery-shopping trips at Paddy’s Markets that these retailers habitually spoke Malay amongst each other. Immediately intrigued, Ise decided that he wanted to work with this sub-community of Chinese-Malaysian workers. This micro-community of Chinese-Malaysians illuminated how a ‘secret’ language could be used as an identifying factor and is particularly interested in examining and looking further into the lives and habits of these vendors; their families, their homes, hopes and dreams, as new migrants. Here, the ‘secret language’ that was initiated through maritime Southeast Asia, is invested with a new agency and purpose, becoming a means of camaraderie adopted to stand for a communal sense of belonging that layers their multiple identities as Chinese, Australians, Malaysians and Singaporeans.

Ise describes his modus operandi as ‘making friends and talking to people’ or ‘hanging out and making friends’. However this humble statement conceals the deeply-rooted and long standing relationships that the artist forms with his collaborators and project participants. Since 2006, Ise has worked with various groups of Malay migrants across South-East Asia, attempting to draw into and focus upon the experience of migrant populations in their new countries and utilising an extensive network of collaborators all over the world he calls his ‘superfriends’ and often deals with the personal experience of urban communities through his interactions with different participants.


Jalan Jalan Makan Angin, or ‘walking around and eating the clouds’ draws on the daydreaming and aspirations of one Chinese-Malaysian couple from Paddy’s as the basis for a new way of seeing Sydney. Calvin and Ahmei migrated to Australia three years ago from Malaysia. They both work as fruit and vegetable vendors at the market. Yet despite their proximity to the city, have never ventured to Sydney’s most iconic locations. As such, Ise adopted the role of local guide and created a tour that includes popular sights, the Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Manly. By creating a temporary travel agency for this couple, Ise questions the positions of ‘local’ and ‘tourist’ when navigating a city.

Through collage, drawing and photography, Jalan Jalan… reconfigures Sydney – if only for one, and two people – as a city without it’s previous social and economic boundaries. To follow Calvin and Ahmei, on their tour of Sydney go to

Tune into Ise speaking about his project recently on Canvas on FBi Radio 94.5FM alongside Mark Feary from Artspace available on podcast

Ise’s recent installation project for Singapore Biennale 2011 explored a cross section of Singaporean domestic lives through an installation of six refrigerators storing groceries that the participating families would normally buy. The project provides an intimate portrayal of the way people live that is reflected through what they buy and eat.

Ise has participated in the Singapore Biennale, 2011; Asia Triennale, Manchester, 2011; Jakarta Biennale, 2009; Istanbul Biennale (with Ruangrupa), 2005. In 2006 he was the Australian High Commission resident at the Gunnery Studio, Art Space, Sydney and held his first solo exhibition at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2007.


Jalan Jalan Makan Angin is an initiative of the 4A Chinatown Mapping Project and has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

4A Community Morning Tea

4A’s upcoming Community Morning Tea held at 10am Friday 20 April is an informal get-together held every quarter for contemporary artists, cultural workers and local community members. Our aim is to build beneficial and long-term community relationships, encouraging creative expression and cultural exchange and understanding. 4A is a unique organisation dedicated to promoting contemporary Asian cultural thinking and promoting cultural diversity in the arts.

This morning tea offers an opportunity for participants to find out more about the projects 4A is developing as well as gain insights into Chinatown’s socio-cultural make up.

For this morning tea, we would like to invite you to meet Sydney based Teik-Kim Pok who will speak about The Urban Co-Apprentices Project, a series of match made creative collaborations between a local expert and a community participant which will take place in 2012. These pairs of individuals will meet and research ways of repackaging their cultural skills or expertise, and discuss ways of sharing them within the greater community. Each collaboration is a chance to examine how social arts practice, through curated collaborations, can spark new conversations.

We also hope you will be able to bring along any information (flyers, brochures, media kit, catalogues) about your organisation or projects that you would like to share with other attendees. The morning tea presents a great networking opportunity and chance to meet other like minded individuals in the local community.

Please feel free to invite you friends along via Facebook as well or share on Twitter.

If you are able to join us please RSVP to



Monthly Lunchtime Talk in Chinatown

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invites you to the first of our monthly lunchtime curator’s talks at 12.30PM on Friday 20 April presented by 4A Director Aaron Seeto who will introduce key ideas behind our current exhibition, Cola Project.

On for only a short time at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Haymarket, this is the first solo exhibition in Australia by this provocative, 25 year old Beijing artist He Xiangyu. Developed in 2008, Cola Project is an audacious and ambitious work that investigates material transformation, the products of global capitalism and the impact that its images have upon human culture. In 2008, the artist worked with factory workers to boil up thousands of litres of cola drink over a period of a year. It’s an exciting opportunity to see contemporary art and ideas being produced in Beijing, by a younger generation of artists.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is located in Haymarket, on Hay Street, between Pitt and George Streets.

Free event. Bring a small group along or just yourself. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by email to or contact 02 9212 0380


Cola Project – He Xiangyu
Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 5 May 2012
Lunchtime Curator’s talk: 12.30PM Friday 20 April

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket

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4A Open Late

4A will be open late this Friday 23 March until 8pm as part of the Art Month, Art at Night Precinct Party in Surry Hills. Then head to the Audi Art Bar afterwards at Chalkhorse for drinks and music from FBI DJs from 8-10 pm.

Go gallery hopping with friends and take a DIY tour of local galleries all within walking distance of eachother. At 4A you’ll see He Xiangyu’s Cola Project exhibition after dark, let the cola guide you in from the street.

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See the map below for the full list of galleries.





Panel Forum: Asian Art Collectors in Focus

The Public Life of a Private Collection – Asian Art Collectors in Focus

What role have collectors played in the formation of a contemporary Asian art discourse in Australia? This panel discussion brings together a number of collectors  who have been broadly involved in the development of contemporary Asian art in Australia, from the 1980s through to the present.

Do private collections have a public role?
What motivates a collector to share their collections? How important is it for a collector to engage in a relationship with institutional bodies to ensure that their collection plays a wider role in serving the cultural life of a city?
How do private collections intersect with institutional agendas?
How can they nurture, benefit or antagonise the artistic process?

These are a number of questions to be discussed. The panel will look at ways in which collectors have supported and nurtured a discussion of contemporary Asian art in this country, and to speculate their future role in shaping its history.

Panel includes:

Pamela Adams, former Director Fire Station Gallery, Rozelle, one of the pioneering galleries focusing on contemporary Asian art in the 1990s

Daniel Droga, collector of contemporary Chinese Art and philanthropist

Dr Dick Quan, collector and philanthropist

Zhang Di, Director WHITE SPACE, Beijing

Chair: Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art


Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Art
181-187 Hay Street
(between Pitt and George streets)

Bookings essential
Produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with Art Month



Since 2011 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been working with Indonesian artist FX Harsono and a group of emerging artists, writers, historians and curators to form the curatorium, In Memory of A Name for Edge of Elsewhere 2012.

This group was asked to consider Harsono’s work, Rewriting the Erased (2009) as the springboard for a series of discussions into the social, political and historical impact of changing one’s name.

On Saturday 18 February 2-4pm as an outcome of their research and discussions the curatorium will present a series of public programs including a roundtable discussion with Harsono and conversation projects, that ask questions of the circumstances and contexts in which people change their names.

In Memory of a Name Mini-Symposium

In Memory of A Name will present a series of interviews, stories, discussions and performance as a mini-symposium during the afternoon. The ‘symposium’ will be held in the gallery space of 4A, and will simultaneously be recorded and podcast. Included is the following lineup of presentations from participants:

1)    Macushla Robinson speaks to participants from Celebrate-Obliterate-Recreate, focusing on how each person felt about having their personal stories and objects overwritten and how they in turn felt about overwriting someone else’s story.

2)    Andreas Jaka Pratama translates the names of 3 to 4 volunteers into Indonesian in Name Filtration System. He will also proceed to teach them the correct way to pronounce them and lead them through a discussion of what they think about the names they are given.

3)    Helen Fong ponders on the big question – can changing your name change your destiny? She interviews pranic healer/lawyer Yasaiah Ross and will have him analyse the names of two volunteers.

4)    Angela Stretch produces a radio documentary on a man who named his race horse 5 dollars based on the advice of a fortuneteller and his misadventure of trying to register that name.

5)   A roundtable discussion featuring FX Harsono, Macushla Robinson, Elly Kent and Toby Chapman, Assistant Curator, Edge of Elsewhere.



Thanks to all who made it down for the In Memory of a Name Mini-Symposium. Photos from the event are now up on the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE BLOG.


A complete list of podcast recordings from the event are now available on the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE BLOG.






Date: Saturday 14 January

Time: 10am – 2pm

Venue: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown

Join the Edge of Elsewhere artists for a series of talks and discussions about their work and process.

Over the last three years, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre have been collaborating on a major series of projects and exhibitions, presenting major new works by international and Australian artists. Artists have been commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to produce new work in partnership with Sydney’s communities. Thirteen artists from across Asia, Australia, and the Pacific have developed significant projects that challenge how we think about contemporary community-engaged practice. Participating artists include Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. Co-curators: Lisa Havilah, Aaron Seeto and Thomas Berghuis (2010/2011).

This is an opportunity to hear the artists and curators talk about this important series of projects.

The day will include a number of artist talks between 10am – 2pm. A number of faciliated discussions will be presented including:

1045AM Dr Thomas Berghuis and artists YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Khaled Sabsabi and Arahmaiani on their different perspectives on what constitues community engaged practice

1.15 PM Richard Bell in conversation with film maker Madeline McGrady on the premier of the work about the 1982 Musgrave Park Protest

Please note the venue for this event is Campbelltown Arts Centre