4A Recognised with an Australian Arts in Asia Award

Last night at the Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) won an Award for Philanthropy. The award made by the NSW Arts Minister Hon Tony Burke MP was in recognition of our work on the Sydney Pavilion, part of the Inter-City Pavilions Project of the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012.

4A was a finalist in two other categories in the Small to Medium Arts Organisation and for the Visual Arts. Winners were announced at the award ceremony last night in celebration of the achievements of Australian arts organisations and artists engaging in Asia, promoting cultural links and strengthening connections across Asian nations.

“This award recognises the important role that individuals, families, foundations, artists and sponsors play in assisting board and staff to realise the ambitious work of 4A. Our supporters understand the valuable contribution that 4A makes to cultural discussions here in Australia and also around the world, raising the profile of the contemporary art from the region and building better cultural understanding,” says Caroline Choy, President of the Asian Australian Artists Association (4A).

“I am proud of the Sydney Pavilion because our patrons and partners worked with us to deliver something of true substance and beauty, which reflects the history of Australian culture and the contemporary life of our cities as being fundamentally touched by intercultural experiences,” says Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the curator of the pavilion.

The Floating Eye – the Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale was located on Nanjing Dong Lu, in a precinct of historic Art Deco buildings near the Bund. It included the work of six artists and collectives: Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Bababa International, Shen Shaomin, Raquel Ormella and Khaled Sabsab and had visitation of over 57,000 people.

Our partners Asialink also won an Australian Arts in Asia Award for Community Engagement.

The branding and design work that our partners Re produced for this project has also subsequently won numerous design awards and being reviewed far and wide including: a Silver Pencil in this year’s One Show Awards; D&AD, NY Type Directors Club, and AWARD (Australasian Writers & Art Directors Association).



See the full list of our supporters and donors below.



Beijing Residency Artist Announcement

4A is pleased to announce the three Australian artists selected for our Beijing Residency in 2013 at the studios of Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin are: Tully Arnot, Sarah Contos, Jensen Tjhung.

The selected artists were chosen by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory committee. Aaron Seeto, 4A’s Director states that “the committee were impressed the number of high calibre of applicants across Australia. The residency program will give these young arts a great opportunity to place their art practice within the much broader international art context and within a city such as Beijing.”

All three artists will fly to China to commence their month long residency in September.

Participate! Are you are an international student?

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invites international students to participate in a contemporary art project: Vertical Villages

4A is asking international students based in Sydney’s CBD to share their experiences of living and working in the city as part of a unique contemporary art project: Vertical Villages

Throughout July, Sydney’s international student community have an opportunity to drop-in to a temporary studio on the ground floor of 4A’s Haymarket gallery to talk with internationally renowned artists ruangrupa ArtLab (Indonesia) and Keg de Souza (Australia), who are currently artists-in-residence.

Students can participate in a series of artist-led workshops and discussion sessions, where they will explore issues relating to social mobility and urban density. The sessions aim to develop an alternative map of the Haymarket area and city ‘survival guide’ for international students.

Workshop sessions: Friday 19 – Tuesday 23 July 2013, 2-7pm daily
Bookings essential:  Students can register their interest in participating in the workshops with
4A’s Assistant Curator  Toby Chapman: toby.chapman@4a.com.au 
or 9212 0380








This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Supported by:



4A A4

澳大利亚悉尼 4A 亚洲当代艺术中心(以下简称 4A 艺术中心)推出最新活动“4A A4”,征集来 自全世界艺术爱好者的作品,并将于 11 月在悉尼举办展览与义卖。

参展作品要求作家、建筑设计师、时尚设计师、动画设计师,和摄影师等艺术家,以 A4 纸的 尺寸大小为标准,自定义主题,自由发挥想象力进行创作。艺术形式不拘一格,4A 艺术中心诚邀各 个领域的艺术爱好者参与。

4A艺术中心的总监Aaron Seeto在介绍此次活动时说,“‘4A A4’活动将展示来自世界各地艺术 爱好者的创意作品。无论是已经在艺术界享有盛名的艺术家,还是刚刚进入到艺术界的新新人才, ‘4A A4’活动都将给他们提供一个充分展现才华的机会!”

“我们长期以来都和优秀的中国艺术家有合作。吸引中国艺术家参与这个项目也是为了与中国艺 术界进行更深层的联系。”

“参与 ‘4A A4’活动, 中国艺术家能够和世界各地艺术家一起借助这个国际平台展现自己的才 华。”

自 1996 年成立以来,作为一个非盈利性艺术组织,4A 艺术中心一直致力于将亚太地区的艺术 爱好者聚集起来,共同分享和展示他们新颖的想法与卓越的才能。

在“4A A4”的展览当天,被筛选出来的艺术作品将进行匿名展览。一旦作品被艺术鉴赏者看中, 将统一以 200 澳元的价格义卖。4A 艺术中心将在作品出售后的第二天公布作者姓名。筹集的善款 将全部用于其在 2014 年的艺术展览和公共项目。

展览日期:2013 年 11 月 8-30 日

请联系史小晨 xc.s928@gmail.com 或 Yu Ye Wu yuye.wu@4a.com.au


方式一: 邮寄 – 将作品同填写好的注册表格一起寄往以下地址
4A A4 Submissions
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
PO BOX K1312
Haymarket NSW 1240

方式二:电邮 – 将作品同填写好的注册表格一起寄往以下邮箱地址 info@4a.com.au 



4A 亚洲当代艺术中心 简介

成立于 1996 年,4A 亚洲当代艺术中心 (以下简称 4A) 是由新南威尔士州政府支持的致力于融合澳洲与其他亚洲国 家艺术交流的非盈利机构。

4A 坐落于多元文化融合的悉尼唐人街,在当地的艺术文 化生活方面起着重要作用。

2013 年 4 月,4A 获得了首届澳大利亚亚洲艺术奖-慈善贡献奖 (Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards-Award for Philanthropy)

在 2012 年,4A 受邀参加第九届上海双年展策展其中的悉尼城市馆
详情: 豆瓣  悉尼城市馆

4A 和中国艺术家长期以来保持着密切的合作关系,最近的合作项目包括 4A 北京“沈少民工作室 驻地艺术家项目”。

入选澳洲艺术家已定于 2013 年 9 月 21 日周六前往北京 详情: 豆瓣  驻地艺术家项目 



总监 Aaron Seeto:

4A 亚洲当代艺术中心策展人,艺术创作涵盖亚太地区,内容多探讨人类迁徙的经历和全球化对现 代艺术的影响。他曾多次策展大型当代艺术展览,包括第九届上海双年展的悉尼城市馆,2012 年 悉尼艺术节“别处的边缘”(Edge of Elsewhere)艺术展和 2007 年亚太地区 News from Islands 艺术展。目前,Aaron 还就任于悉尼干草市场商会(Haymarket Chamber of Commerce)执行委员 会以及担任国家视觉艺术协会(National Association for the Visual Arts)总监. 2010 年, 他被指派为悉尼市政府唐人街公共艺术计划的主策展人。



Farewell Sam Zammit

We congratulate Sam Zammit on his appointment as the new Curatorial Fellow at Artspace.
After three years of working at 4A, Sam Zammit will join the Artspace team in this newly established program. Sam has been an instrumental member of the 4A team and has worked across our exhibition program as both our Gallery Assistant and Program Coordinator, working with artists to deliver complex projects.

Sam joined us directly after completing his Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Sydney, during his time with us at 4A, it has been rewarding to see Sam emerge as an active member of the artistic community, as a writer and curator.  We all look forward to seeing the research and projects that Sam will embark on in the future.

Congratulations and farewell Sam.

Aaron Seeto

Postcards from Beijing: Pedro de Almeida at the studios of Shen Shaomin

Recently during his trip to Beijing 4A’s Program Manager, Pedro de Almeida met with Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This visit coincides with 4A’s recent announcement of a Beijing Residency Program at the studios of Shen Shaomin in September this year. The residency program is a great opportunity for three emerging artists to work in China and to research new projects.

The deadline for applications for 4A’s Beijing Residency Program has now closed. Stay tuned for more information on selected artists.

4A Beijing Studio Program 2013


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) is proud to announce that applications are now open for its studio residency in Beijing.

Through this initiative three early career artists will embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of renowned Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

4A’s Beijing Studio Program provides a unique opportunity for the selected artists to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in the Asia region.

On return to Australia artists will be invited to present their experiences in a public forum and will be invited to make a proposal for an exhibition. If successful they will be mentored by 4A in the lead up to an exhibition in 2014.

The residency covers airfares and accommodation and a small stipend, as well as ongoing professional mentorship, cross-cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks across China.

Applications have now closed.



Over the last twenty years Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing and having spent over a decade in Australia Shen’s work has enjoyed critical success across international cities, London, New York and Hong Kong.Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A at the Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012) and presented a solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). He has presented at major biennales including Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at The Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai Moma, Shanghai Osage; Kwun Tung, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include , Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.






Application is open to visual artists who are currently Australian residents.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last 2 years, material completed earlier than this will not be eligible.



Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, China for one month in the beginning of September 2013. Once set, dates are not negotiable.

All three artists will be travelling at the same time.



Successful artists will be chosen based on their portfolio, quality of their works, their reasons for participation and the potential benefits to the applicant. Decisions are final and will be made by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee Panel. Applications will be assessed approximately four weeks following the deadline.



To apply for the 4A Beijing Studio Program please download a copy of the application form and type into form fields or print or complete by hand. The final submission should include:

  1. A completed copy of the application form which includes your CV, a statement outlining your intention for participating and work details for support material
  2. Support material which includes a Powerpoint document with 10 images OR video material (10 mins. max.) supplied as URL links to uploaded content.
    Please do not send us original material and note that submitted material will not be returned.



Please supply images in Powerpoint at 72-dpi res with your application. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.



The studio accommodation is housed in Shen Shaomin’s studio one hour from Beijing’s city centre. These are newly built residences. Transfers and limited assistance will be provided and shared by the artists.
Chinese language skills are not necessary.



  • The ability to accommodate artists using heavy or unusual materials may be restricted and if new work is created, artists are responsible for shipping work from China.
  • Artists will be asked to sign an agreement
  • Artists will be asked to provide a public presentation of their trip on their return.




For updates on future 4A opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter.



Toby Chapman
Assistant Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9212 0380



4A’s upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, to open April 18, alongside launch of 2013 Australian artist residency in Beijing, China


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s (4A) upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, to open April 18, alongside launch of 2013 Australian artist residency in Beijing, China

“As we move through the Asian Century, it is important for artists and the cultural sector in Australia to have the opportunity to witness some of the big cultural changes taking shape in the region.”

– Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art continues to champion Australian emerging artists with two major new initiatives announced this week.
The upcoming exhibition, In Possible Worlds, part of 4A’s Early Career Artist Initiative, brings together a selection of recent works by Australian artists Elly Kent, Claudia Nicholson and Tianli Zu. Developed over a year–long process of curatorial guidance with 4A, these artists were chosen to exhibit by Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive Officer of Carraigeworks and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A.

Touching on themes of intimacy, dislocation, violence and the pleasures of ordinary life, In Possible Worlds encourages us open up to the possibilities of seeing the world in different ways.

This month 4A will also launch its 2013 Artist Residency Program in Beijing, a program developed by 4A and the acclaimed Australian Chinese artist 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. Through the initiative Shen and 4A are keen to give three younger Australian artists the opportunity to access new cultural networks as well as establishing productive connections between China and Australia.

This exciting initiative gives three emerging Australian artists, selected through a competitive application process, to be based for one month from September 2013 at Shen Shaomin’s studios in Beijing, presently China’s most vibrant epicentre for contemporary art.

Being able to create professional capacity for Australian artists to engage with the Asia-Pacific now and in the future is a core ideal of 4A. As Director Aaron Seeto says,

“Our intention is based on giving young, creative Australians access to our networks, knowledge and expertise that will allow the conversation that 4A has developed between Australia and Asia, over the last decade-and-a-half, to be further enhanced.”

4A Beijing Residency Program

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has established a one month studio residency program for three emerging Australian artists at Shen Shaomin’s expansive artist studios in Beijing. 4A will soon open applications for the residency commencing in September 2013.

While presentation of new work is not an outcome, this residency provides a great opportunity for the selected artist to research and to develop new projects and networks in rich cultural surroundings. Applications will open on 18 April and will be available for download from 4A’s website. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2013.

Shen Shaomin

Over the last twenty years Chinese Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing and having spent over a decade in Australia Shen’s work has enjoyed critical success across international cities, London, New York and Hong Kong.

Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A at the Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012) and presented a solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). He has presented at major biennales including Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In China he has exhibited at The Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai Moma, Shanghai Osage; Kwun Tung, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include , Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York.


For media inquiries please contact Hannah Skrzynski at hannah@4a.com.au or 0412 825 586.

For more information on 4A’s Artist Residency program, contact Yu Ye Wu at yuye.wu@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380.


Thomas Berghuis appointed Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Berghuis, for his future appointment as the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Berghuis currently serves as a committee member on 4A’s Visual Advisory Committee and also serves as Lecturer in Asian Art at the Department of Art History & Film Studies at the University of Sydney; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archeology (ACAAA) and is on the committee of the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. Most recently he was founding co-curator of Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12).

He states that, “This is great news for contemporary Asian art and contemporary Chinese art, and provides a recognition for the valuable work we do in Sydney.”

According to the Guggenheim’s official press release this appointment has been “made possible by a major grant to the Guggenheim from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, (and) the new program will enable the commissioning of artworks by artists who were born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao.” The Hong Kong based foundation has previously supported the museum’s 2008 Cai Guo-Qiang major retrospective, I Want to Believe and the 2009 show The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989.

Major work by at least three artists or group of artists look set to be commissioned and will enter into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. These works will later be exhibited at the Guggehnheim in New York between 2014-2017.

Best wishes to Thomas and his family as they move to NYC later in the year!


4A 2013 Members’ Program

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the launch of our 2013 4A Members’ Program.

Join up as a Member this year and you’ll gain exclusive access to a suite of 4A Members’ Program events. Held every few months, 4A Members will get the opportunity to engage in behind the scenes tours, artists’ studio visits and special talks. These curated events will offer 4A Members greater insight into 4A’s exhibition program and direct access to artists and other industry professionals.

The 4A Members’ Program is also a unique way to support 4A and engage in a variety of different ideas related to contemporary art and culture in Sydney, wider Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

Membership is just $33 (adult) and $16.50 (student) or $44 (international).

It’s easy to Become a Member. To sign up online CLICK HERE



  • Access to 4A’s Members’ Program which will include : curator-led tours, ARI tours, studio visits, talks, networking and social gatherings
  • Invitations to all 4A exhibitions and events
  • Opportunities to exhibit in our Annual Members’ Exhibition
  • Discounts on 4A products including publications and 4A EDITION
  • Regular newsletters and communications including opportunities for artists




Dadang Christanto: They Give Evidence 4A Members’ Tour

Venue:     Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1 Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Meeting point:     AGNSW entrance steps, 11:20am
Date:        Saturday 6 April
Time:       11:20am – 12.00pm
Bookings:  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: sam.zammit@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380

To preface the opening of 4A’s touring exhibition Survivor by Dadang Christanto at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 4A 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. Framed within the gallery’s current presentation of Christanto’s key work They Give Evidence, please join us as Natalie discusses the complexities of the conceptual and working processes of one of Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary artists.

Sydney ARI Tour

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: sam.zammit@4a.com.au

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 and 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. Stay tuned for updates on this walking tour.

Exclusive artist talk ( TO BE ANNOUNCED)

Venue:                      4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Date:                         TO BE ANNOUNCED (JULY 2013)
Time:                        TO BE ANNOUNCED
Bookings:                  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: yuye.wu@4a.com.au

4A is currently developing an exciting project that will be launched in September 2013. Prior to this, we’ll be hosting a group of artists in July as part of their Sydney residency for creative development. This exclusive 4A Members’ event will offer the chance to meet the artists and hear first-hand about their artistic process. We’ll be announcing this event later in June so stay tuned!


In My Space: Artist Studio Visits

Venue:     Various (to be announced)
Date:        Saturday 19 October 2013
Time:       1.00pm – 5.00pm
Bookings:  Free for 4A Members. RSVP: yuye.wu@4a.com.au or 02 9212 0380

For the final event in 4A’s 2013 Members’ Program, 4A Assistant Curator, Toby Chapman has selected a Sydney-based artist whom he has worked with in the past. Join Toby conversation with the selected  artist in the intimate setting of the artists’ studios, exploring the day-to-day processes of each artist’s studio practice and their current and future projects. Stay tuned for the announcement of selected artists.



It’s easy to Become a Member. To sign up online CLICK HERE

Or you join up over the phone 02 9212 0380 or when you next visit our gallery.

For more information about our 2013 Members’ Program please contact Yu Ye Wu or Pedro de Almeida on (02) 9212 0380.



Upcoming SAMAG Seminar : Asia Arts Literacy

Next Monday night, Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A, along with Dr Thomas Berghuis, Paschal Daantos Berry, Lorraine Chung and Su-wen Leong will be speaking at a SAMAG seminar about Australia’s place in the Asia Century and in particularly will discuss how the cultural sector has responded to changing shifts in Asia’s growth.

“The idea of preparing Australia for a time when Asia reaches its ‘apex’ is one that has been current since Paul Keating claimed that Australia was an Asian country. Since then, Asia’s growth has been marked with a proliferation of Biennales, Museums, Art Fairs, auction houses and other arts organisations.

Australia has a long history of engagement with countries in Asia and has benefited from political and financial links and strong relationships in business, tourism, culture and the arts. However 2011 and 2012 marked significant developments in acknowledging the need to further strengthen Asia-Australia relations in policy and pathways including the release of a multicultural policy, the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, a discussion paper leading to a National Cultural Policy, and the recent Australia Council and UNESCO MOU.”
Asia Arts Literacy
Date: Monday 25 March 2013
Time: 6pm
Where: Australia Council for the Arts
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Admission Free (SAMAG members)
$10 (non-members) $5 students.
To register please email Lizzy: info@samag.org


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We’re proud to announce Artist Must Be Beautiful (1) (2012) by Ming Wong is the next in the 4A EDITION series. 4A EDITION is our annual subscription project in which subscribers receive 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 unique and unexpected, for your collection or to gift to a friend.

Ming Wong
Artist Must Be Beautiful (1) (2012)
Fine Art Print, 40 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artist.

Ming Wong is a Singaporean artist who currently lives and works in Berlin. Wong’s artistic practice is inspired by world cinema and is characterised by the appropriation and re-enactment of key scenes from classic foreign language films. His aesthetic and conceptual re-interpretations of well-known films are informed by his interest in themes relating to gender and the shared experiences of immigrant communities. Often deliberately miscasting himself in the lead role in his films, Wong’s work is autobiographical in the sense that he incorporates and reflects on his own personal experiences of alienation and dislocation in a global context.

Ming Wong’s selected solo exhibitions include I Should be Like You, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin, 2012; Persona Performa, Performa 11, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, 2011; and Ming Wong: Life of Imitation, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2011. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and biennales, most notably the Liverpool Biennale, 2012; Open House: 2011 Singapore Biennale, 2011; and the Gwangju Biennale, 2010. Wong has been the recipient of a number of awards and residencies including a Special Mention at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009; a one-year residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2007-8; the Pearson Creative Research Fellowship at the British Library, London, 2003-5.



For inquiries about EDITION please contact 02 9212 0380
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