Vertical Villages: House Party – Demolition Party

Because all good things must come to an end, Vertical Villages is moving out. To see it off before the Jakarta leg of the project, 4A is throwing a Demolition Party.

Join us on Friday 25 October from 6pm and for a drink to celebrate the last days of Vertical Villages at 4A!

Like all good demolition parties, the wallpaper will come down and the furniture’s gotta go. If you’re an international student, join the party and you can pick up a new bed, wardrobe or bookcase for free. Register your interest for furniture by email to BYO allen key and strictly pick up only on the night or Saturday 26 October (11am-6pm).

House Party

As part of Vertical Villages, 4A will present a series of events to be hosted by different international students. House Party invites four students to host a party in the Ground Floor of 4A from 6pm til late. Bookings essential.

5 September 6pm – late      Opening of Vertical Villages & House Party
20 September 7pm – late    Chinese hot pot with Jeffry Santony  Booked out please join our waiting list here
5 October 6pm – late            hosted by Fuse Worapot and Angelica Casado bookings essential please email
25 October 6pm – late          Demolition Party

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Join us at the opening of Vertical Villages: ruangrupa ArtLab & Keg de Souza

Caroline Choy, President and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invite you to the launch of

Vertical Villages
ruangrupa ArtLab & Keg de Souza
Exhibition Launch: 5 September 2013 6 PM – Late
Exhibition dates: 6 September – 26 October 2013
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St Sydney

The exhibition is to be officially opened by Councillor Robert Kok of the City of Sydney, with special guest speaker Suhanya Raffel, Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Join us on the opening night for the first in the series of House Party events hosted by international students for Vertical Villages. Opening night will be hosted by DJ Geo Asasi featuring DJ Leo Tanoi.

4A Members’ Exclusive Preview of Vertical Villages

4A will be hosting a preview with the artists before the Vertical Villages opening party with complimentary drinks. Join the artists Keg de Souza, Reza Afisina and Hauritsa with curator Toby Chapman for an introduction and discussion about the work and the process employed in Vertical Villages. This is a special opportunity for members to learn about this unique collaboration and to hear more about the next project for the 15th Jakarta Biennale.

Venue:                      4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Date:                        Thursday 5 September
Time:                        5-6PM
Bookings:                  Book Online HERE

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The Capital Gains Consultation Project

The Capital Gains Consultation Project developed by Teik-Kim Pok is a participatory intervention into the rituals and economics of commerce in the Haymarket community. Beyond being a centre for trade, Pok’s interest in Haymarket lies in the social relations established as a consequence of daily interactions between businesses within the local community. In the last year, Pok has amassed an archive of stories of the individuals and businesses of Haymarket.

For the past few weeks Pok has been ‘in-residence’ at various locations along Haymarket’s Dixon Street arcade. Among buskers, street vendors and restaurants, the artist will establish a portable studio where passers-by are encouraged to sit down and trade a story with the artist.

On the final day The Capital Gains Consultation Project will culminate at the Dixon Street Night Markets on Friday 19 July, 5-9pm  Pok will present his findings and experiences with participants among the evening trade. It offers the local community a chance to participate and in conversation with the artist, springboarding ideas to establish their own narrative of exchange in Haymarket. Follow the project blog

Teik-Kim Pok is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary performance and installation artist and theatre pedagog whose early solo work examined identity transgression within popular culture tropes. He continues to be invested in intercultural dialogue and its role in engendering communal arts practice, partly through his work as a drama teacher and as Outreach Coordinator, Playwriting Australia. As part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival, Pok mentored the Perth artists Abdul Abdullah, Casey Ayres and Nathan Beard during the development of their project, The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.


Teik-Kim Pok
The Capital Gains Consultation project
Friday 19 July 2013, 5-9pm
Dixon St Night Markets


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This project is part of the 4A Chinatown Mapping Project which is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and the City of Sydney

4A wishes to acknowledge the support of Chinatown Markets Sydney.

Jian Wang in conversation with Dominic Knight

In celebration of Musica Viva’s upcoming series of concerts featuring Chinese cellist Jian Wang performing
with pianist Bernadette Harvey, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) is pleased to present an
afternoon of public programs on Saturday 29 June 2013. Join us for lively talks and drinks.


Saturday 29 June 2013

Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St
Sydney NSW 2000

1PM   Artist talk with Zhang Rui
Join us for a brief tour of One Year led by the artist followed by…

2PM   Cellist Jian Wang in conversation with Dominic Knight

Cellist Jian Wang first came to international attention as a child prodigy in the 1980s documentary From Mao to Mozart. Since then his career has taken off around the globe and Musica Viva now brings him to Australia to perform with pianist Bernadette Harvey. Jian Wang will be in conversation with Dominic Knight relating his experience growing up in the Cultural Revolution to his current international career highlighting themes in Zhang Rui’s One Year that resonate with him.

Dominic Knight is Evenings presenter on 702 ABC Sydney, co-founder of the Chaser and novelist.

Presented by Musica Viva, Jian Wang and Bernadette Harvey will be touring Australia in July.  At the event 4A will have two double passes to give away to the Sydney shows. Further information

Please note that some of the details for this event have been changed from our original posting.




4A Members’ Program – Sydney ARI Tour

In celebration of 4A’s exhibition In Possible Worlds, join us for a 4A Members’ walking tour of various artist-run-initiatives (ARIs) in inner-city Sydney. Hear a series of talks and meet the Directors of MOP, Firstdraft, Chalk Horse at their contemporary art spaces. Find out more about the opportunities and avenues that exist to gain further exposure and build confidence as an emerging artist, curator and arts writer, or come along simply to learn more about the scene. Join us at a local pub afterwards for a friendly drink and chat.

Meeting Point:        MOP Projects, 2/39 Abercrombie St  Chippendale NSW MAPLINK
Date:           Saturday 18 May 2013
Time:          1.00pm-4.00pm
Bookings:   Free for 4A Members. RSVP essential:

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4A Members’ Program – Lindy Lee Studio Visit

In the fourth and final 4A Members’ Program event for 2013, we’re taking you on a behind the scenes Members’ exclusive artist studio tour. On the afternoon of Saturday 26 October, 4A’s Assistant Curator Toby Chapman will be in conversation with Lindy Lee in her Sydney studio, exploring the day-to-day processes of her studio practice and her current and future projects.

Lindy Lee is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists with a career spanning three decades in Australia and internationally. She is currently leading a team of designers and artists in the creation of City of Sydney’s public art project, ‘New Century Garden’ on Thomas Street, Chinatown, Sydney. Lindy is a founding Member of 4A, a Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts and a Member of the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

As a 4A Member Lindy has kindly granted access to other 4A Members into her studio. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Free for 4A Members. Not yet a Member? sign up online here.

For the tour 4A Members will meet at 4A before travelling to Lindy’s inner-city artist studio.* Join us afterwards at a local pub and mingle with other 4A Members.

In My Space: Artist Studio Visits

Meeting point:           4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Sydney

Date:                        Saturday 26 October

Time:                        1.45pm – 4pm

Cost:                         Free for 4A Members. Not yet a Member? Join us here

Please note we are now booked out however you can join our waiting list.


*Cost of transport from 4A to the studio (one way) will be covered by 4A.

Join us at the opening of in possible worlds

The Board of 4A invites you to the launch of:

In Possible Worlds
Claudia Nicholson, Elly Kent, Tianli Zu
Opening night: Thursday 18 April, 6.00 – 8.00PM
To be launched by Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Exhibition dates: 19 April – 8 June 2013

Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St Sydney

Image: Claudia Nicholson, Alliance VS Decent (work with dentures) (2011),  single channel video, 2 mins. Courtesy of the artist; Elly Kent, Diverge (2012-13), production image (detail), batik wax, machine stitching concrete oxides on paper, found door and window frames, dimensions variable,  private collection. Courtesy of the artist; Tianli Zu, White Shadows (2013),(detail) acrylic on acetate film, handcut, and  light projection and animation dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

4A Members Program – Dadang Christanto: They Give Evidence

To preface the opening of 4A’s touring exhibition Survivor by Dadang Christanto at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to invite its members to an exclusive 4A Members’ floor talk at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with Natalie Siez, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, AGNSW. Framed within the gallery’s current presentation of Christanto’s key work They Give Evidence (1996-97), please join us as Natalie discusses the complexities of the conceptual and working processes of one of Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary artists.

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Event Details

Dadang Christanto: They Give Evidence

Venue:                    Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1 Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Meeting place:     AGNSW entrance steps, 11:20AM
Date:                       11:20AM – 12PM Saturday 6 April
Bookings:              Free for 4A Members. RSVP to



Images above: Dadang Christanto, They give evidence, 1996-97 (detail), 16 standing figures holding clothes; terracotta powder mixed with resin/fibreglass, cloth and resin. height 200cm (male) 190cm (female) width and depth c100 x 150cm, weight c90kgs each. Collection Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased 2003.



Art Month – Precinct Night 3: Surry Hills

Grab some friends and have a local adventure through Surry Hills and city galleries as part of Art Month from 6 to 8 before heading to 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for drinks and music at the Art Bar from 8 till late.

See the exhibition Song Dong: Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well an exhibition of work by Song Dong spanning the last 30 years. Emerging as an important artist during a period of significant cultural, social and economic transformation in China, Song Dong’s work reinforces the family unit as a microcosm for society at large. Family members are featured in the artist’s earlier experimental video, photographic, sculptural and neon works which present compelling portraits of parent and child relationships and the power of simple actions in the process of memorialising and remembering.

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Art Month – Precinct Night 3: Surry Hills
Date: 8-10PM, Thursday 14 March 2013
Address: 4A, 181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free

Five Senses – Chui Lee Luk in Conversation with Aaron Seeto

Five Senses: Chui Lee Luk in conversation with Aaron Seeto, coincides with the major exhibition, Song Dong: Waste Not at Carriageworks, a single artwork consisting of over 10,000 objects from the artist’s family home. Conceived by Song Dong following the death of his father, the work represents his mother’s process of mourning and remembrance. Consisting of the entire contents of her house, Waste Not reflects a journey of hardship and grief, resulting in a display of personal resilience and ultimately a celebration of life. Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will be joined by Chui Lee Luk, chef and current owner of Claude’s, a culinary institution at the forefront of French fine dining for over 35 years, to talk through some of the links and ideas which emerge from this monumental installation, and resonate within her culinary practice.

Chui Lee Luk was born in Singapore and spent her childhood in Malaysia before migrating to Sydney. Her food is admired for its classical French heritage and an innate understanding of South East Asian and Chinese cuisine. The relationship between good eating and life is what drives her creative discipline. Chui Lee Luk recently made a trip to her hometown in Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia, and Five Senses will explore, through memory and the five senses, her recollections of home and the process of rememberance through food.

Please note that this event will take place at Carriageworks. Presented by Carriageworks and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.


Public Program:

Five Senses – Chui Lee Luk in Conversation with Aaron Seeto
Saturday 23 February, 2013
11am – 12 noon

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW


Waste Not
Song Dong
5 January – 17 March 2013

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW
Contact: 02 8571 9099 10am – 6pm daily Free

Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well

Song Dong
5 January – 30 March 2013
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW
Contact: 02 9212 0380 11am – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday Free


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About Chui Lee Luk


After qualifying as a lawyer, Chui realised that her calling was not to practise law, but to cook. She firstly enlisted for work experience with Christine Manfield at Paramount; a move that confirmed her aspirations to own and run a restaurant. She followed that by spending time working with inspiring female chefs Anabel Savill at Emporio Armani and Kylie Kwong at Wockpool. She then headed to Cleopatra in Blackheath to work with Dany Chouet. It was there that she found her passion for French cuisine. In the next stage of her culinary education, she joined the kitchens of Banc to work with Liam Tomlin. Then she set her sights on Claude’s to learn from Tim Pak Poy, who admired her for her “sensitivity, drive, passion and intellect”. In turn, she saw in Pak Poy the same vision for fusing his Asian heritage with classical French technique. It is this innate understanding of South-East Asian, Chinese and French cuisine that gives Chui’s a unique culinary edge. Moreover, Chui’s cooking has always come from the heart and she regards creating harmonious dishes that can be appreciated on many levels, as her paramount goal. Claude’s restaurant has been at the forefront of French fine dining and culinary inventiveness in Australia throughout its history. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in May 2011, an impressive collection of chefs have presided at 10 Oxford Street Woollahra. Founding chef and owner Claude Corne opened the restaurant in 1976.

4A Open Late until 8pm, Friday 8 & Saturday 9 February

4A will be open late until 8pm over two consecutive nights, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February during the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival’s opening weekend.See Song Dong’s exhibition and join us for gallery floortalks held on both nights at 7pm, before making your way to one of the many celebrations around Sydney.

Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake with us! Share the Facebook Event with you friends.

Gallery Hours

Fri 8 February 11AM – 8PM
Sat 9 February 11AM – 8PM
Floortalks led by gallery staff on both nights at 7PM

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW
Contact: 02 9212 0380



Join us at the opening of Waste Not

Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks & Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invite you to the opening of:

Opening of Song Dong: Waste Not
5 January 2013, 4-7PM
45 Wilson St, Eveleigh
RSVP Online by 2 January 2013

Please join Song Dong and his family at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for an informal walk through of his exhibition, Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well prior to the opening of Waste Not:

Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well informal tour with Song Dong and family
5 January 2013, 2PM
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney
A bus will leave 4A for Carriageworks at 330pm. Bookings essential