4A seeking Volunteer Gallery Invigilators

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is seeking Volunteer Gallery Invigilators for our forthcoming major exhibition Song Dong: Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well  (5 January – 30 March 2013) presented in association with Carriageworks, Sydney Festival 2013 and Chinese New Year 2013. Volunteer shifts are available on Saturdays during the exhibition period.

Volunteer Gallery Invigilators form an essential part of 4A’s Front of House team and support 4A in maintaining the security of the exhibition. Invigilators play an important role in warmly welcoming our visitors as well as providing information on artworks on display.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a small team, gain behind the scenes insight into the day to day running of a contemporary arts space, meet like-minded people and interact with the public.


How to Apply

Thank you for your interest. Volunteer positions have now been filled.


Hot off the press from Shanghai, 4A’s Sydney Pavilion team have brought back a number of these cool canvas tote bags from The Floating Eye exhibition. They’re designed by the talented team at Re, part of the M&C Saatchi global network and they’ve got major street cred.

We’re got four to giveaway this month, two to lucky current 4A Members and two to the first new Members who sign up to 4A Membership online. Then email media@4a.com.au and you could be a winner!

Look out for the canvas bags in the coming months, they’ll be available for purchase along with copies of The Floating Eye catalogue.

This competition has now closed.


Video interviews with artists and curator of The Sydney Pavilion

Curator, Aaron Seeto and participating artists Raquel Ormella and Khaled Sabsabi introduce The Sydney Pavilion exhibition, The Floating Eye part of the Inter-City Pavilions Project at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. The exhibition is on until 30 December 2012. Visit the Sydney Pavilion blog for the latest updates.

Video interviews by Das Platforms.





4A EDITION VOL 2 #2 now available

4A EDITION is our annual subscription project in which subscribers receive three signed and numbered limited artworks commissioned exclusively for 4A by leading Asian and Australian artists. But we’re keeping the line up of artists a secret. All will be revealed when the parcel arrives on your doorstep. We promise that you will receive something unexpected and unique for your collection or to gift to a friend.

We’re proud to announce the 4A EDITION Vol 2 #2, Phoenix Claw (2012) by Owen Leong is the next in our series.

VOL 2 #2
Owen Leong
Phoenix Claw
Bleached beeswax, 18 x 6 x 4 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne.

Owen Leong is a Sydney-based artist who uses the human body as a medium to interrogate social, cultural and political forces. His photographs, sculptures and video performances attempt to subvert our relationship to the body by evoking abject responses to his work. Often employing liquids in his practice such as blood, milk and honey, Leong explores the passage between perceptual and physical thresholds of the body.

Phoenix Claw reflects on the memory of culture, place and identity. The sculpture takes the form of a chicken foot, which is renowned in China for its healing qualities and is considered a culinary delicacy. Cast in pristine bleached beeswax, the sculpture is the physical echo of a once living form: an impression of a body that no longer exists. In the same way that memory holds restorative and regenerative potential, Phoenix Claw gestures towards both a remembered past and an imagined future.

Owen Leong was born 1979 in Sydney, Australia. He studied printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales where he completed his Master of Fine Arts and was the recipient of a prestigious Australian Postgraduate Award. Selected solo exhibitions include Infiltrator at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne (2012); Tidal Skin at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2012); and White Amnesia at Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2004). Selected group exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool (2006); Magic Spaces at Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Soft Power at Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007); and Asian Attitude: Transit Forces at the National Museum of Poznan, Poland (2007). He has held artist residencies in Sydney, Manchester, Paris, and Tokyo.


Register for 4A Edition 2012

Editions are limited to only 50. Register online or contact 02 9212 0380 and see what suprise awaits you*.

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Launching 4A’s The Floating Eye: Sydney Pavilion Blog

In the lead up to preparations, 4A has created a special blog dedicated to The Floating Eye, the 4A Sydney Pavilion exhibition part of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project at this year’s 9th Shanghai Biennale.  Over the next three months 4A will regularly update the blog as this project unfolds, documenting everything from the behind the scenes install process, to reflections on participating artists, to photos of the exhibition and further resources.

Curated by 4A’s Director, Aaron Seeto alongside the Sydney Pavilion team, Curatorial Project Manager, Sharon Chen and Assistant Curator, Toby Chapman, the exhibition will feature exciting new and existing, installation and video works by six contemporary Australian artists Bababa International, Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, and Shen Shaomin. The Floating Eye will illustrate the layering of histories and diverse social and cultural experiences, which speak to the experience of individuals living in global cities such as Sydney.

The exhibition brings together six contemporary artists who each have strong connections with Sydney and offer varied perspectives of the city’s transforming reality observed though its demographics, environment, history, politics, geography and society.  The Floating Eye encourages an observation of a city’s shifting references and influences, how the overlay of time and history and our emotions and sensations of a place, give meaning and form to our shared spaces.

4A is one of several institutions from 30 cities across the world invited to curate an exhibition as part  of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project, one of the several platforms presented at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. With the theme of Reactivation, born out of an exploration of energy emanating from resources, collectives, contemporary life and from various locales, the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project is under the direction of the 9th Shanghai Biennale chief curator Qiu Zhijie (Chief Curator) and co-curators Jens Hoffman (Director, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Boris Groys (art critic) and Johnson Chang (curator and co-founder of the Asia Art Archive). Housed in a historic Art Deco building on Nanjing Road East (Nanjing Dong Lu) in Shanghai, the Sydney Pavilion site alongside the Brooklyn and San Francisco Pavilions occupies one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares near the Bund in Shanghai.

Follow the Sydney Pavilion blog, remember to bookmark the page and register for updates.


4A Farewells Summar Hipworth

After three years with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art as its Program Manager and then General Manager, Summar Hipworth is leaving our organisation. Summar joined us in mid 2009 returning to Australia after a decade in London studying and working in a number of prestigious contemporary art organisations and artist studios. In her time with us, Summar has worked on key artist projects and she has overseen and driven much of the administrative transformation of 4A. We would not be the organisation we are today, producing the scale and complexity of our current program, without her tireless work, tenacity and humour.

While it is sad to see such a valued member of our close-knit team leave, I am immensely proud of the work we have achieved together, and I am sure the many artists whom she has worked with during her time with us would say much the same. I know that she will take these qualities with her to her next role and future positions. Best of luck Summar!

–  Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art




Preorder the Sydney Pavilion Catalogue

In addition to 4A’s presentation of the Sydney Pavilion at the Sydney Biennale our team has also been busy working with a  group of Australian writers on an exciting new publication designed by Re, part of the M&C Saatchi global network, featuring essays on each of the six Australian artists: Brook Andrew, Bababa International, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, and Shen Shaomin who have been curated into the Floating Eye exhibition.

We’re giving 4A Members the opportunity to preorder the Sydney Pavilion catalogue at the special rate of $45 or $50 for Non-Members. To order, fill out this form and email info@4a.com.au, post it to us, or phone 02 9212 0380.






4A Members’ Competition

The Flying Room’s, PinkHunt begins this week at 4A and across several contemporary galleries, cafes and shops across Sydney. For the next month when you visit us you can join in the hunt to win some cool prizes. Check out the sets of pink cut outs designed for us by the folks at The Flying Room. With a new set out each Wednesday depicting a mystery contemporary Asian artist, until 18 October these will certainly have you itching to think of who each one symbolises. For full details visit their website.

They’re also giving 4A Members the exclusive chance to win one of two cool prizes on instagram, a Mujjo iPhone Sleeve Brown or a Dr Bird Juicer. Are you following 4A already on instagram @4acentreforcontasianart?

All you have to do is currently be or become a Member of 4A, take a picture of the pink cut on instagram, guess the answer and be sure to hashtag  #4AMember #PinkHunt so we can see it!

This competition has now closed.

Not a Member yet? Visit our Members’ Page to find out more.




Terms and Conditions

1. This is a game of chance. You can enter as many times as you like as by guessing the answers as long as you submit only one entry per cut out. To enter you must upload your picture and answer to instagram and hashtag #4AMember #PinkHunt so we can find your entry.We will randomly select a picture post on instagram with the correct answer.
2. You must be a 4A Member to answer.
3. Competition closes COB 18 October 2012. Winners will be contacted by 2 November 2012 and names published on the 4A website.
2. The prizes are Mujjo iPhone Sleeve Brown (retails for AUD $43) and Dr Bird Juicer (retails for AUD $29)

Artist Video: Ken + Julia Yonetani on What the Birds Knew

4A recently had a chat with Ken + Julia Yonetani just after the launch of their current exhibition at 4A, What the Birds Knew (3 August – 3 November 2012). They spoke about the use of Uranium Glass as a material in this exhibition and how it relates to our allure of the power of electricity and technology in the digital age. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan last year they also hope to manifest in the exhibition the fear of radiation in contemporary Japan and parallel the cultural anxieties shared between the Japanese, and Indigenous Australians through the Aboriginal story of the Green Ant Dreaming.




4A is a non-profit organisation established in 1996 to support Asian and Australian cultural dialogue. We are passionate about creating opportunities for artists and facilitating networks between Australia and the art of the Region. We think this is important, do you?

Associate Members form an essential support base for the organisation. Our members are comprised of artists, curators, collectors, and people interested in contemporary Asian art and culture. 4A members contribute to our future success.

As an Associate Member you will receive regular e-newsletters, exclusive benefits and discounts, invitations to all exhibitions and members only events, an opportunity to exhibit in our Annual Members Exhibition, and the knowledge that you are contributing to vital cross-cultural dialogue.

Memberships are valid for one year from date of joining. Why not join up today?

Benefits for 4A Members include:

-Exclusive invitations to 4A Members’ Program events throughout the year
-Behind the scenes previews of selected 4A programs
-Hardcopy invitations to major 4A exhibitions
-10% discount on all 4A publications
-Subscription to 4A’s newsletter and members only competitions

How to Join

Apologies our online payment system is currently down. To become a Member you can either:

and send it to pedro.de-almeida@4a.com.au or 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, PO Box K1312, Haymarket, NSW 1240.
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OR you can sign up in our gallery.

Thanks for becoming a Member of 4A, we hope to see you really soon!

Shanghai Biennale Artist Announcement


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the official artist selection and curatorial concept for the Sydney Pavilion, to be presented at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, opening on 1 October 2012.

4A has been selected by the Shanghai Biennale to present the Sydney Pavilion, as part of the inaugural City Pavilions project, a new artistic component at this year’s Biennale. 4A’s curatorial framework and artist selection for the Sydney Pavilion is under the direction of Aaron Seeto (Curator, Sydney Pavilion), with Sharon Chen, (Curatorial Project Manager) and Toby Chapman (Assistant Curator).

Seeto announced today that the Sydney Pavilion will be titled The Floating Eye. The exhibition will take as it’s starting point the reorientation of geography in Australia, as a result of understanding recent history in the context of global and cultural connection, and the shifting unstable references at play in Australia’s oldest settler city.

Seeto states as his curatorial vision, that “in a location like Sydney, Australia, with its Aboriginal history, colonisation, waves of mass migration, shifting economic bases and trade, awareness of the natural environment, natural disasters there is no single narrative and straightforward representative space of its history.  As people come and go, so does the routes of its capital and ideas shift – new narratives emerge and recede.”

The Sydney Pavilion will showcase new and commissioned works by six internationally recognised contemporary Australian artists with strong connections to Sydney. The 6 artists selected are:

Brook Andrew
Shaun Gladwell
Bababa International
Shen Shaomin
Raquel Ormella
Khaled Sabsabi

Together the work presented in The Floating Eye illustrates the layering of histories, social and diverse cultural experience which is a reflection of contemporary life in global cities like Sydney.

The Floating Eye considers the personal accounts generated by individual artists, to mark out the engagements and the discontinuities they each experience as they attempt to negotiate ideas of locality and culture in globalised, diverse contexts.

In this way, The Floating Eye might exist as a point of opposition to an idea of cultural safety. The artists in this exhibition ask, ‘How do I belong here?  How am I connected elsewhere? Do I still belong here or there?’







What the Birds Knew in the press this week

We’ve had a fantastic interest in What the Birds Knew from Australian media this past week. Here’s a highlight of interviews, previews and comments from the press lately. Read some of the reactions to the (slightly) radioactive works :

ABC News
view here

Sydney Morning Herald/Sun Herald
by Andrew Taylor
read here
view SMH online gallery

The Diary, Sydney Morning Herald
by Scott Ellis
read here

Metro, Sydney Morning Herald
by Andrew Frost
read here

The Australian
by Bridget Cormack
read here

Time Out Sydney, Critics Pick
by Darryn King
read here

the art life blog
by Carrie Miller
read here

Australia Council Artery Blog
by Alex Bellemore
read here

The Thousands
by Bethany Small
read here

Concrete Playground
by Zacha Rosen
read here

Daily Serving
by Luise Guest
read here


Win tickets to the Korean Film Festival – Sydney

4A is proud to be a Festival Partner at this year’s 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia which runs from 22-28 August in Sydney. Featured in this year’s line up is Auteur Director, Kim Ki-duk ‘s return to the silver screen with Arirang (2011) a thought provoking documentary which follows on from an accident on set during his film Dream where an actress comes close to death. After retiring to a remote house, Kim begins to record his thoughts and feelings, which results in a startling series of interviews with himself.

To celebrate we’re giving away two double passes* to the Sydney screening of Arirang at 430PM, Saturday 25th August 2012. We’re got a double to giveaway to a current member of 4A and another to the first new member to join up online.

This competition has now closed. Thank you for entering. Congratulations to our winners M.Maurinelli and M. Sampson.


*Tickets are non-transferable and only available for the screening of Arirang in Sydney
*You must be a current or a new member of 4A to enter


Aaron Seeto speaking on a panel at the Melbourne Art Fair

Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A will be speaking on the panel, Contemporary Asian Art Exhibitions: Curatorial strategies in the wake of the “Asian Century” at the Melbourne Art Fair from 11.30AM-1PM on Thursday 2 August 2012, which will look at current issues faced by curators and artists working in the Asia-Pacific region. The panel session includes Bala Starr (Convener), Alexie Glass-Kantor, Natalie King, Miao Xiaochun. To make a booking, click here

At the dawn of the Asian century, how can we develop enduring curatorial methodologies within the Asian region? What is the impact of government agendas on funding models? Does cultural diplomacy play a role in shaping cross-cultural relationships? This panel unravels these pertinent questions by pausing to reflect on the broader Australian–Asian relationship through the prism of exhibition practice.” Further details

The Melbourne Art Fair  runs from 1-5 August.

Event: Contemporary Asian Art Exhibitions: Curatorial strategies in the wake of the “Asian Century
Date & Time: 1130AM-1PM Thursday 2 August 2012
Venue: Melbourne Museum Theatre
Free but bookings essential. To make a booking, click here

4A wants to know what you think?

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art wants to know what you think about us. We would even like to spend a bit of time with you to hear your thoughts about our programs and membership.  All you have to do is give us an hour and a half or your time and we’ll even give you a free 4A catalogue and provide free food and drink.

For further information and to sign up please complete this online survey. It just takes 2 minutes.

Support 4A – Make a Donation before the end of Financial Year!

With three days left until the end of the Financial Year,
now is the time to support 4A by making a donation!

Donations come in all shapes and sizes!
Give us your change and make a small donation,
Become a Friend ($888) or Benefactor ($2888)

If you would like more information or you are able to support us in other ways please contact Aaron Seeto on 02 9212 0380

By becoming a 4A donor you help us to continue to expand our work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Your support provides direct opportunities for artists and contributes to developing understanding and insight into the contemporary art of the Region.

Donations can be done online too!


The Australian Taxation Office recognises the importance of donations to charitable organisations and provides incentives to encourage them. The Asian Australian Artists Association Inc (4A) is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations. All donations of $2 or more will be fully tax deductible and will be received by the AAAA INC FUND. ABN 31 013 253 308

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s current exhibition, In Habit: Project Another Country

Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan have a new solo exhibition, In-Habit: Project Another Country which has just opened at Sherman Contemporary Foundation. Their gallery space has been transformed with cardboard sculptures reminiscient of shanty towns and hillside favelas alongside video installations. You might recall Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s show stopping, silver jeepney exhibited in 4A’s ground floor gallery in July 2010 as part of our Last Words exhibition. We hope you will join us in congratulating these artists on their new show by a taking a visit!  Further information

Here are some of our instagram snaps from the opening, you can follow us @4a_sydney







4A Edition Vol 2 #1 Now released

VOL 2, #1
Area of Maya (2012)
C-type print
60cm x 85cm

Jae Hoon Lee (b.1973) is a Korean artist who lives and works in New Zealand. His artistic practice explores the interplay between real and virtual experience, investigating the boundaries of cultural and physical space. Through extensive travelling, Lee amasses images of different cultural territories and geographical locations, which he then digitally fuses together to create new landscapes that blur real and imaginary experience. By utilising digital media in this manner, Lee’s work transcends spatial boundaries, suggesting possibilities of simultaneity, transformation and boundlessness that reinforces his highly personal Buddhist philosophy.

Area of Maya depicts a map containing animals known to exist at the time of the ancient Mayan civilisation. By superimposing a Polar Bear into the original composition, Lee disrupts the nature of the work by creating a sense of alienation and timelessness: a satirical and analogous comment on the artist’s position as a cultural wanderer, caught in a perpetual state of dislocation.

Jae Hoon Lee was born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea. Lee’s solo exhibitions include Ground Zero, Starkwhite Auckland (2010), Nomad, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2010), and Skin Projection, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton New Zealand (2003). Selected group exhibitions include Present Tense, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia(2010); Taste: Food and Feasting in Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2009); Jae Hoon Lee and Daniel Crooks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia


For details visit the 4A SHOP
For further enquiries please contact 4A on 02 9212 0380.

4A to Present the Sydney Pavilion at Shanghai Biennale 2012

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been selected to present the Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, which will run from October 1 at the brand-new Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly the Pavilion of the Future at World Expo 2010.

This year’s Shanghai Biennale is under the artistic direction of curators Qiu Zhijie (Chief Curator), Boris Groys, Jens Hoffman and Johnson Chang, with the curatorial theme of ‘Reactivation’. This theme looks at the vitality of contemporary art, but also focuses on the topics of art, urban space, communities, daily life and cultural exchange.

One of the platforms which the curatorial team is investigating for the first time this year is ‘City Pavilions’, inviting leading arts organisations from cities around the world to work with them to develop a component of the Biennale.

4A has been invited by the Shanghai Biennale as a co-organising institution to develop Sydney, as a Pavilion, to explore the dynamic relationships and histories shared between Sydney and Shanghai, and the role that cities play within global cultural exchanges.

This is an exciting official collaboration between an Australian arts institution and the Shanghai Biennale, and is a major strategic international opportunity for 4A. This collaboration recognises the significant position 4A holds as one of the leading contemporary Australian art institutions working closely with the Asia-Pacific Region, and the contribution that 4A has made over the years in connecting Australia with the international Asian arts community.





Roslisham Ismail aka Ise describes his practice as ‘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.

Ise’s practice often begins with the smallest observations. When he first arrived in Sydney he noticed a small group of vegetable sellers from Paddy’s Markets who spoke to one another in Malay. Immediately intrigued, Ise decided that he wanted to work with this sub-community of Chinese-Malaysian workers from the nearby marketplace.

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 jalanjalanmakanangin.tumblr.com

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

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

Emerging Curators’ Intensive

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the introduction of its Emerging Curators’ Intensive,  a new initiative developed by 4A to encourage professional advancement amongst emerging curators with an interest in curatorial practice within the  Asian contemporary art context.

4A invites Expressions of Interest from curators at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from direct access to industry professionals to progress their curatorial vision. As part of the application process, respondents will be required to submit an overview of their current curatorial research which, if successful, will be the central focus for critical development throughout the program.

Taking place over two sessions between July and December 2012, this strategically developed framework will critically engage around 10 participants  through a range of activities based on curatorial concepts, contexts and methodologies, and will be presented by key industry professionals. Participants are provided with the opportunity to  develop their individual curatorial  ideas  and practice as well as broaden their professional networks in a constructive and nurturing environment.

In its inaugural year, the Emerging Curators’ Intensive will be led by Qiu Zhijie – an internationally renowned artist, curator and educator. Qiu is a professor at the School of Inter-media Art at the China Art Academy, the Director of Total Art Studio and member of the supervisory team at the Art and Social Thoughts Institute. As an active artist, Qiu’s artworks take a variety of forms such as calligraphy, painting, photography, video, installation and theatre and have been shown at a large number of art museums across the world. Appointed the Chief Curator of 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012, Qiu will draw on  his extensive experience and  lead the  group with his critique of contemporary  curatorial practices and issues currently  relating to them.

Qiu’s works are collected by individual and institutional collectors home and abroad. His solo exhibitions are held in art museums such as Haus of World Culture in Berlin 2009, Ullens Contemporary Art Center in Beijing in 2009 and Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai in 2008. He participated in exhibitions such as the 53rd Venice Biennale, 25th Sao Paulo Biennale and “New Art in China, Post-1989”. Qiu has previously curated “Phenomena and Image” in 1996, a series of exhibitions with the theme of “Post-sense Sensibility” between 1999 and 2004, “Long March, A Walking Visual Display” in 2002, the video part of the First Guangzhou Triennial and “Archeology of Future: The Second Triennial of Chinese Art” in 2005. He is also a prolific and influential writer and has published many art theory books such as “Image and Post-modernism”, “Give Me A Mask”, “The Boundary of Freedom”, “The Scene is Most Important”, “Photography After Photography”, “Basic Course in Total Art Creation”. His latest book “On Total Art” will be published soon.



  • Keynote lecture
  • Workshops and seminars led by Qiu Zhijie and supported by industry professionals providing broad perspectives on curatorial practice and ideas
  • Gallery, museum and  studio visits led by Qiu Zhijie and supported by industry specialists
  • Roundtables and peer group work
  • Delivering a presentation during stage 2 of current research to select group of Australian industry professionals.



14 May  – Applications to be submitted in full by close of business
1 June – Successful applicants notified and provided with a preparatory reading list relating to the program  and detailed program schedule.
10-14 July- Stage 1 of the Program*
3-5 December – Stage 2 of the Program*

*Please note successful applicants must be available for these dates.



As part of your submission you will need to include:

1. A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number and email

2. A Letter of Intent addressing:

·         Reason for interest in the program

·         What you hope to take away from the experience

·         Describe your understanding of the role of the curator and expand on your  aspirations, and what you hope to bring to the field

·         Demonstrate this rationale through a previous visual arts project that you have either curated or participated in.

          Please provide no more than a page.

3. Statement of current curatorial research:
Please provide us with a concise insight into your current curatorial research and interests.  This may relate to particular concepts, artists, curators  or theoretical ideas and should  help further define what you believe the role of the curator is. Please provide no more than a page.

4. CV
Please provide a one page CV showing relevant curatorial projects or work experience

4A welcomes interstate applicants and will provide one travel stipend for an outstanding application from outside NSW.



Applications for the Emerging Curators’ Intensive have now closed. Sign up to our newsletter on the side bar to be one of the first to hear about future opportunities.






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



EDITION VOL 2 now available

EDITION is 4A’s annual subscription project in which subscribers receive three signed and numbered limited artworks created exclusively for 4A by leading Asian and Australian artists.

But we’re keeping the line up of artists a secret. Three times a year you will receive something unexpected and exclusive. All will be revealed when the artwork arrives on your doorstep every few months!

Previous Edition artists in 2011 have included – Jason Wing, Vernon Ah Kee, Vipoo Srivilasa and FX Harsono.

The 2012 EDITION is set to be just as amazing and will be even more limited with only 50 subscriptions available for each of the three editions.

4A EDITION VOL 2, 2012

Receive all three (individual works currently not available) $550 for Members / $600 for non Members
4A EDITION VOL 2, #1 by Jae Hoon Lee is now available

4A EDITION VOL 2, #2 by Owen Leong is now available

Register for 4A EDITION

Register online at 4A SHOP
For enquiries please contact us on 02 9212 0380 or email info@4a.com.au
We ship internationally, please contact us for a quote.


Vale Boitran Huynh-Beattie

It is with sadness that we hear of the recent passing of Boitran Huynh-Beattie.

Boitran Huynh-Beattie was a curator, writer and critic with a specialisation in contemporary Vietnamese-Australian art. Many will remember her recent project Nam Bang! which charted the ongoing complexities of Australia’s engagement during the Vietnam War.  Most of her work and projects related to Vietnam’s Diaspora. Her work with the community and with Vietnamese artists in Australia was remarkable and she will be missed . She had recently been an Asialink resident at the Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts.

4A would like to extend deepest condolences to Boitran’s husband Ray Beattie and family.

A public memorial will be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 11 February at 11am.

1 Casula Road (off Hume Hwy), Casula (02) 9824 1121

A New Century Garden?

The City of Sydney is looking for an artist to develop an overarching concept to guide the design a new public space in Thomas Street, Chinatown.

Come up with an idea in the first place and become part of a collaborative team with landscape architects and designers to create a ‘counter point of respite’ for this new space in Chinatown.

New Century Garden

Thomas Street, Chinatown

EOI number 1411

The City of Sydney invites artists to develop an innovative public art approach to guide the design of a new public space in Chinatown. Artists are asked to respond to the idea of a ‘New Century Garden’ developed by curator Aaron Seeto to provide a ‘counter point of respite’.

Submission Deadline 11.00am Tuesday 7th February 2012 

The following background information is provided for artists:

Chinatown Public Domain Plan 

City of Sydney

New Century Garden Videos 

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

 New Century Garden Forum Information 

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art  

For enquiries and a copy of the documentation for this EOI please contact Paul Brown, Tendering Officer:

Email: pbrown@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Telephone: (02) 9265 9364

Take the Bus to the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE


We have organised a bus to go from 4A to Campbelltown for the Campbelltown launch on Friday night and also for the public programs on Saturday. Seats are limited. If you would like to join the bus, email media@4a.com.au with your name and a contact phone number.

Friday 13 January for the Campbelltown Launch
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Campbelltown Arts Centre
Departs 4A at 530PM
Departs Campbelltown Arts Centre at 9PM

Saturday 14 January for the Public Program Day
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Campbelltown Arts Centre
Departs 4A at 9AM
Departs Campbelltown Arts Centre at 3PM

The bus will depart and return to 4A on Parker St (adjacent to the gallery).


Daniel Droga and the Board of 4A together with Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A invite you and your guests to the launch of

To be launched by Maud Page, Senior Curator, Pacific Art at Queensland Art Gallery




Edge of Elsewhere will present major new community-engaged works by international and Australian artists.
RSVP info@4a.com.au or 9212 0380


4A Launch supported by Kirin and Grasshopper

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Exhibition dates

14 January–3 March 2012
Exhibition launch Thursday 12 January, 6pm
181–187 Hay Street, Haymarket
14 January–18 March 2012
Exhibition launch Friday 13 January, 7pm
Artists in Conversation

Saturday 14 January, 10am–2pm at Campbelltown Arts Centre
Art Galley Road, Campbelltown