4A 2015 Beijing Studio Program Artists Announced

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is please to announce the two selected Australian artists for its 2015 Beijing Studio Program.

Robert McDougall (VIC) and Angela Tiatia (NSW) have been selected to embark on a month-long residency at the studios of renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

Robert McDougall and Angela Tiatia were selected by a committee comprising Sue Acret, 4A Board Member and Co-Founder, ArtAsia Advisory; Gary Carsley, artist and UNSWAAD lecturer, and Maurice O’Riordan, Director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin. Artists McDougall and Tiatia were selected based on the strength of their applications, the potential benefits for their practices and capacity to extend their own cross-cultural networks.

In conversation with Dr Thomas Berghuis

4A & The University of Melbourne present a conversation on building and expanding the contemporary art museum in Asia & the Pacific.

 

Speakers: Dr Thomas Berghuis (Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia) &
Dr Rebecca Coates (Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, Australia)
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 6.30-7.30pm
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

RSVP via Eventbrite

Join 4A for a conversation between Thomas J. Berghuis and Rebecca Coates, two new museum directors working respectively in Indonesia and Australia, as they consider the expanding role of new and existing museums in the Asia-Pacific. From conceiving the strategic beginnings of a new museum to reconsidering an existing museum for the contemporary era this discussion brings together two of the regions most influential directors. With the role of the museum in consistent flux this conversation promises to address the challenges that face the museum director today.

The conversation will be facilitated by Mikala Tai, Director of 4A, and Pedro de Almeida, Program Manager at 4A.


 

Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis, has recently left the position of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to become the Director of Museum MACAN (pronounced mah-chaan), a future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Indonesia, with a strong international collection and focus. ‬‬‬

Dr. Rebecca Coates is Lecturer in Art History and Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne and has recently taken on the position of Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum in Victoria, Australia.‬


 

This conversation is part of Art Curatorship, Now & Beyond – A two-day symposium celebrating 25 years of the Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, that will be held from September 17-19.

Founded in 1990, the Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne incorporates theoretical, art historical and practical study units, focusing on the changing role of art museums and arts organisations, and training generations of art curators, exhibition managers and museum professionals, many of who have gone on to hold significant positions in Australia and internationally.

 

Image: Katie Lee, Collected Objects, Varied Materials (2013), mixed media, dimensions variable with objects from the SAM Collection. Courtesy the artist & Shepparton Art Museum.

JOURNAL OF DUSK

Journal of Dusk is a new performance by Indonesian-Australian artist Jumaadi that has been commissioned especially for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Featuring a series of new shadow puppets created by the artist and accompanied by musical performances, Journal of Dusk draws on a form of traditional Indonesian theatre called wayang kulit to weave poetic narratives based on historical connections between Australia and South-East Asia. Beginning with depictions of agrarian life, Jumaadi presents a montage of imagery from Australia and Indonesia including animals and plants, through to more abstract scenes of landscapes and places.

Journal of Dusk continues Jumaadi’s interest in the history of migration and exchange between Australia and Indonesia during the twentieth century through a creative reinterpretation of the story of the construction of Australia’s first gamelan, an Indonesian percussion instrument. Jumaadi has been investigating historical moments from the period 1927-1949, a time of significant movement of people between Indonesia and Australia, particularly Indonesians held as prisoners in exile some of whom were moved by the Dutch colonial government to Australia during the Second World War. This work is inspired by the story of a Javanese man who produced a gamelan ensemble using scrap metal during his exile in Dutch New Guinea (now a district within the Indonesian province of Papua). The gamelan came to Cowra, NSW, in 1942 and is now held by the University of Melbourne.

Jumaadi is accompanied by co-performers and musicians Margaret Bradley, Cameron Ferguson, Aris Setyo and Kyati Suharto.

In addition to the three performances, Jumaadi will be leading a workshop for younger audiences (recommended age 7-12)*. Children will join Jumaadi in the making of shadow puppets, story writing and the actual performance of shadow puppetry. They will leave with a shadow puppet of their own creation.

 

Journal of Dusk – A Contemporary Shadow Play by Jumaadi

Performances:
Friday 16 October: Performance: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 17 October: Children’s Workshop & Performance: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Performance: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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

Price:
$15 per person for Performance Only tickets
$35 for child and guardian (Children’s Workshop & Performance combo ticket)
$15 per additional child or guardian (Children’s Workshop & Performance combo ticket)

Video & Edit: Dara Gill
Co-produced by and © Das Platforms and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2015

 

Jumaadi (b. 1973, Indonesia) has an artistic practice that encompasses drawing, painting, performance, weaving and installation that tells stories based personal memory and folkloric traditions. His work has been presented extensively worldwide, including in Asia, Europe, USA and Australia. In 2013 Jumaadi represented Australia at the Moscow Biennale Of Contemporary Art in Russia for which he was supported by the Australia Council through its New Work Grant for Mid Career Artist. Solo and group exhibitions include David Roberts Art Foundation, UK, 2014; Watters Gallery, Australia, 2014; National Gallery of Indonesia, Indonesia, 2011; and the French Cultural Centre, Indonesia, 2010. Jumaadi holds a Master in Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney and divides his time between Australia and the Netherlands. He is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney, and Jan Manton Art, Brisbane.

Margaret Bradley is an artist and educator who currently works in Early Learning and Primary Education, Learning and Teaching for the NSW Department of Education. Margaret’s professional practice is underpinned by her passion for Indonesian arts and culture, particularly the Sundanese music of West Java. She has studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and with leading musicians. Margaret has been exploring Indonesian music and culture for over thirty years while performing in Indonesia and Australia as a soloist and with Songket, Bodiswara, Sirkus Barock, Alan Dargin, Djaelani, Dody Satya Ekagustdiman, Ismet Ruchimat, Robert Lloyd, Mandiri, Balai, Meritja and Arafura.

Cameron Ferguson is a visual artist, musician and performer. Cameron’s practice is broadly based within the still life genre and object-based art, and involves creating illustrations and installations that form associations between objects, place and memory. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at the National Art School, Sydney. His work is held in numerous private collections.

Aris Setyo graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts SOLO Central Java in 2015 with a Masters of Music with a major in Traditional Javanese Gamelan Music. He has been an employee of the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia since 2015, and prior to this worked extensively throughout Indonesia with a number of traditional music ensembles. His compositions are inspired by the main characters of famous Javanese shadow puppet plays, making an aural connection between the imagery, narrative and themes of the performance.

Kyati Suharto graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and studied illustration at Enmore Design Centre. This education has given her a rich knowledge of the interplay between visual culture and music. She is a multi-instrumentalist who specialises in trombone. Kyati grew up in Java and her music is influenced by her experiences as an artist who is inspired by the sounds and sights of her hometown.

 

SUPPORTER
 

Journal of Dusk is commissioned and produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is also supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Sydney.

 

Check out The Woman Who Married The Mountain (2013) for a taste of Jumaadi’s unique shadow play performance work. The Woman Who Married The Mountain was exhibited at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in Russia in 2013. 

 

Image/s: Jumaadi, Journal of Dusk (2015). Images courtesy the artist.

Video: Jumaadi, The Woman Who Married The Mountain (2013), performance with Cameron Ferguson, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Manege Central Exhibition Hall,
Moscow, Russia. 

Opening of Tell Me My Truth

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Chair of the Board of 4A, and
Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
invite you to the opening of

TELL ME MY TRUTH
SIMON FUJIWARA, HELEN GRACE, AMALA GROOM, FX HARSONO, HE XIANGYU, JAMES NEWITT, TONY SCHWENSEN, JOHN VON STURMER

Opening: Thursday 26 March 2015, 6pm – 8pm
To be launched by Michael Snelling, Director and Chief Executive, National Art School, Sydney.

Exhibition dates: 27 March – 16 May 2015
RSVP: info@4a.com.au or via Facebook

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 – 187 Hay St
Sydney NSW 2000

 

 

Tell Me My Truth is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program.

 

Book launch: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook – Storytellers of the Town

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) announces the publication of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Storytellers of the Town, a comprehensive exhibition catalogue that traces key ideas, moments and works in the development of one of Thailand’s foremost contemporary artists, and a leading female voice in South East Asian art.

Published following Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s 2014 solo exhibition at 4A which presented two decades of her practice through seminal installation and video works, this publication includes newly commissioned texts by exhibition curators, Professor Emeritus John Clark, University of Sydney, and curator and PhD candidate, Clare Veal, Department of Art History & Film Studies, University of Sydney; a text by Thai art critic and researcher Judha Su; and an interview with the artist, originally published in 2007 and reproduced for the first time in English.

Beautifully designed by Michael Boston and published in hardcover, the Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Storytellers of the Town catalogue will be launched at the opening of 4A exhibition, Tell Me My Truth and is also now available for purchase online. RRP AU$50.00 (inclusive of GST).

 

 

Thursday 26 March 2015, 6:00PM
RSVP info@4a.com.au
Coinciding with the launch of 4A exhibition Tell Me My Truth

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

This publication has been produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and supported by 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok; Gordon Darling Foundation; the Commonwealth through the Australia-Thailand Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra; and the University of Sydney.

 

 

Image: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Great Times Message, Storyteller of the Town, The Insane (2006), three-channel video installation, installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Photo: Zan Wimberley

 

Sydney’s Chinatown in the Asian Century

This public symposium is based on an ARC Linkage project by researchers at the Institute for Culture and Society (UWS) in collaboration with the City of Sydney, on Sydney’s Chinatown in the 21st Century: From Ethnic Enclave to Global Hub. The symposium is an opportunity for the researchers, Chinatown stakeholders and members of the community to discuss the transformations of Chinatown in the past few decades.

Presentation and discussion from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by a reception from 7.00PM – 8.00PM

Sydney’s Chinatown in the Asian Century
Date: 9 March 2015
Time: 5.30PM – 8.00PM
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181- 187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
Free Admission (bookings essential)
RSVP by 1 March 2015: ics@uws.edu.au or 02 9685 9600
More info

 

 



Photo:
Andrea Del Bono, University of Western Sydney.

 

TWILIGHT GARDEN PARTY AT THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP

4A Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour (2015). Photos: Blue Murder Studios.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with 4A and Chinese artist collective Yangjiang Group as they take over Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship!

This one-night-only special event will feature live art performances led by Yangjiang Group, a contemporary art collective hailing from the coastal city of Yangjiang in China’s southern Guangdong province.

Featuring DJs as well as food and bar by pioneering Sydney laneway outfit Grasshopper Eating House and Bar, this is a rare opportunity to experience a night of contemporary art and performance set within the beauty of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour.

Yangjiang Group will be bringing their unique brand of art and reverie to Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship with a series of performances and encounters that take calligraphy off the page and into every aspect of the celebrations.

This is a special ticketed event presented as part of the major exhibition Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow at 4A.


Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Date: Saturday 14 February 2015, 7pm – 11pm
Venue: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St, Darling Harbour NSW
Price: $45 per person
Ticket price include a cocktail on arrival and 7 courses of food designed by Grasshopper Eating House specifically for this event. This is strictly an 18+ event.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT

WET WEATHER INFO
In the event of rain the event will still go ahead in covered areas of the garden. 

FOR INFORMATION ON THE TWILIGHT GARDEN PARTY EVENT CLICK HERE

MAPLINK FOR THE CHINESE GARDENS DARLING HARBOUR


 

On The Night

Enjoy a complimentary cocktail by Grasshopper Bar upon entering the Garden.

Join Yangjiang Group at the bar to play a traditional Chinese party game – with unexpected results!

Witness the artists create original poetry and rhyming couplets onsite, producing bespoke pieces of calligraphy for audiences.

Be a part of Yangjiang Group’s trademark After Dinner Calligraphy performance where the artists will create a large-scale piece of calligraphy live using the food scraps from your meal.

End the night with Tea Garden, an intimate performance designed especially for the Garden where guests will sample four kinds of tea prepared by Yangjiang Group artist Zheng Guogu which, when consumed in a particular sequence, offer a shift in physical and spiritual perception.

All while enjoying a specially curated set by DJ Leo Tanoi with surpise musical guests.

 


 

Menu

Water Pavilion

Cucumber, funghi, lotus root and black sesame

Spicy eggplant and tofu

 

Peace Boat Pavilion

Vermicelli, Chinese broccoli, carrot and egg net salad

Jellyfish and baby octopus wasabi salad

 

Tea Pavilion

Peppered beef and rice box

Sweet potato and rice yakitori

Sherry, soy and sesame crispy chicken wings

 


 

The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour was built as a symbol of friendship between Sydney and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The Garden was built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners observing a 3000 year old tradition of imperial park design.

The Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in association with the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

 

 

Image: Yangjiang Group, After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion, 2012, Eastside Projects and Grizedale Arts, Birmingham. Courtesy the artists.

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4A Twilight Garden Party at Chinese Garden of Friendship is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; supported by Chinese Garden of Friendship – Darling Harbour; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Art, its arts funding and advisory body; supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program; assisted by the generous supporters of 4A’s Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter campaign. Twilight Garden Party is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Event Partner: Grasshopper.

 

 

Opening of Actions for Tomorrow

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Chair of the Board of 4A, and
Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
invite you to the opening of

ACTIONS FOR TOMORROW
YANGJIANG GROUP

Saturday 17 January 2015, 2 – 4pm
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 – 187 Hay Street, Haymarket
RSVP: info@4a.com.au or via Facebook
Exhibition dates: 17 January – 7 March 2015

More info

 

Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program; supported by Chinese Garden of Friendship – Darling Harbour; assisted by the generous supporters of 4A’s Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter campaign; and is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.