Job opportunity: Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (FULL TIME)

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is seeking a Director to lead this vital organisation.

The Director of 4A will have a passion for and deep knowledge of contemporary Asian and Australian arts and culture. He or she will be an inspiring leader and an entrepreneurial thinker, with the ability to collaborate and to work independently. This position reports directly to the board of the Asian Australian Artists Association (4A).

The Director provides the creative vision, strategic leadership, management expertise, and financial oversight of the 4A Program. The Director leverages 4A’s historical leadership in Australia and its global networks to extend its impact.

The Director oversees a small team, leads the program vision and maintains excellent working relationships with stakeholders.

Critical to the Director’s success is their ability to approach resource building with inventiveness and clarity of purpose, and the capacity to fundraise effectively. The director will work with the board to increase and diversify financial support from individual donors, foundations, sponsors and government funders. He or she will have management and financial responsibility, and a clear understanding of budgets.

Additionally, the Director will lead a dedicated professional staff that includes a Program Manager, Assistant Curator, Communications Coordinator, and casual front-of-house staff.



  • Developing and implementing a world-class program of exhibitions, public programs and other programs
  • Leading discussions of contemporary Asian art and culture in Australia
  • Formulating strategic and artistic visions that maintain and grow 4A’s leadership


  • Provide effective management of physical, financial and human resources
  • Lead and manage 4A staff, interns and volunteers
  • Manage the financial affairs of 4A
  • Support and report effectively to the Board and its committees


  • Identify and develop private sector support
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with government agencies to ensure continued funding for 4A activities
  • Initiate and implement fundraising programs and events as necessary
  • Secure financial and in-kind support for 4A’s activities from government and non-government sources including sponsors, foundations and private donors.


  • Develop and monitor 4A’s strategic plan
  • Develop strategies to increase membership
  • Build new working relationships and enhance existing ones with respect to program, funding and cultural advocacy
  • Maintain excellent relationships with other arts organisations nationally and internationally to ensure 4A’s continued leadership in the field
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders including government funding agencies; all tiers of government; donors and foundations, and corporate partners


  • Present a visible and accessible public face and represent 4A in the public domain
  • Communicate 4A and its mission nationally and internationally in a range of different forums
  • Work collaboratively with other cultural organisations; develop networks and relationships with both local and international stakeholders
  • Present and liaise with media to promote 4A’s programs and mission





Actions for Tomorrow – Yangjiang Group Launch

Photos from the launch of Actions for Tomorrow by Yangjiang Group on 17 January 2015.
Photography: Zan Wimberley






Left to right: Edmund Capon OBE, AM, Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and Councillor Robert Kok, City of Sydney.


Left to right: Sun Qinglin (Yangjiang Group), Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang Group), Councillor Robert Kok, City of Sydney, Edmund Capon OBE, AM, Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Chen Zaiyan (Yangjiang Group), Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.





















Information for Twilight Garden Party

For those attending 4A’s Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour here’s some information to ensure you make the most of the night’s event.

The Chinese Gardens is located in Darling Harbour close to the Chinatown end of the precinct. (MAPLINK).

The event starts at 7pm and runs until 11pm. You can collect your tickets from box office at the entrance to the Chinese Gardens. When you pick up your tickets you’ll also receive vouchers for a complimentary cocktail and food by Grasshopper Bar and Eating House at the event. See menu here.

Performances will run at different times and some overlap throughout the night. Some performance works with the artists Yangjiang Group have limited capacity so we recommend arriving early  to catch these.

If you are driving tonight please allow extra time and note special event road closures and event clearways  here near Chinatown and Haymarket due to Lunar New Year Celebrations. You’ll find the locations of parking stations here. For details on public transport options see here.

For those catching public transport please allow extra time for trackwork on trains this weekend.

In the event of wet weather the event will still go ahead in covered areas of the gardens.

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, don’t forget to share your favourite moments using #TwilightGardenParty

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact 4A on 9212 0380 or