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.