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Media Alert
3 December 2021

4A CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART
CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH 2022 PROGRAM!


One of Australia's most visionary contemporary art organisations, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A), enters its 25th year in 2022 with an enthralling program of new exhibitions, events and special projects that spotlight stories of migration, diaspora, anti-racism, globalisation, spirituality, power, and cultural currencies. 
 

The 4A team enters a bright new chapter by announcing 4A's return to the iconic Hay Street gallery in Sydney's Haymarket, which has been home to 4A for over 20 years! It's been a big year of roving offsite projects and digital presentations while remediation works were undertaken to preserve and improve the 127-year old heritage-listed site.

As we look forward to re-opening our doors to the public in March 2022, we reflect on 4A’s ongoing commitment to elevating Asian voices and championing cross-cultural dialogues between Australia and the Asia region.

4A Artistic Director / CEO Amrit Gill says:"From our early beginnings in 1996 as an independent space on Sussex Street to our present location on Hay Street, 4A has come a long way to being recognised as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary art organisations."

4A kicks off our much-anticipated Lunar New Year offsite program with Eugenia Lim's revisioning of The People’s Currency (28 January - 30 January 2022) at the Australian National Maritime Museum and the installation Spaces to Stir by Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen at Darling Harbour (29 January - 13 February 2022).

Get ready to make some noise as the legendary CLUB 4A returns on 5 February with a party-starting line up featuring Honey Point, 1300, Kalanjay Dhir, Radha and more. 

The 4A team returns to our Haymarket gallery with the launch of Marikit Santiago's first institutional exhibition For us sinners (26 March - 15 May 2022). 


Santiago says: "For us sinners will be my most significant and ambitious solo show to date. I look forward to working with 4A and Micheal Do [project curator] to develop a new series of emotionally-charged works that question utopian and dystopian themes, control and transgression, duty and autonomy, sex and sexual difference, paradise and exile."

We switch focus mid-year with the early-career survey New Energy (4 June - 24 July 2022), featuring Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt, Angie Pai, Nadia Refaei, EJ Son, Zoe Wong and more. 

Good faith continues with the luminous group show NO FALSE IDOLS (13 August - 2 October 2022) presenting new work by Jazz Money, Nabilah Nordin,  Lu Yang, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Kawita Vantanajyankur and more.

Elsewhere, Bush Diwan (5 August - 16 October 2022) at Benalla Art Gallery explores migration and community formation through the minds of Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Amardeep Shergill, Anindita Banerjee, Manisha Anjali and more, 

4A will also bring national audiences in congregation with the works of Dean Cross, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Wen-Hsi Harman, Jody Rallah and more, via our ceramics exhibition Drawn by stones (touring throughout 2022).

Closing out the year is TextaQueen's much anticipated CAP commission project Bollywouldn't (22 October - 18 December 2022), presented by 4A in partnership with the Copyright Agency.

TextaQueen says: “Through this commission, my work will be able to reflect on and celebrate queer South Asian diaspora on a literally huge scale. This project has decolonial motivations and being awarded this opportunity with 4A reflects global shifts started by grassroots Black and Indigenous led movements. I’m honoured to have this support to creatively contribute to important conversations happening beyond the arts, and within.”

To mark 4A's milestone, we have launched a revamped 4A website, where we continue to spotlight new digital works and texts through 4A Digital and 4A Papers, as well our food and art project Secret Snacks and the 4A Kids activity kits. With an emphasis on 4A's dedication to cross-cultural dialogues, public programming, and archiving, our new 4A Talks section houses a growing library panel talks, in-conversations, reading, and lectures featuring visionaries and upcoming talent in the arts and culture field.

Visit the 4A website to learn more about our programs, as well as 4A's vital partnerships with organisations, venue partners, funders and supporters in 2022. 

For media enquiries, program information and artwork images, please contact

Mariam Arcilla, Communications and Development Manager, 
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art 
E:
mariam.arcilla@4a.com.au
M: 0412 940 357 


 

VISIT OUR WEBSITE
VIEW / DOWNLOAD OUR 2022 DIGITAL BOOKLET
ACCESS OUR 2022 PROGRAM INFO KIT

4A Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art 


181-187 Hay Street
Warrane/Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

PO Box K1323
Haymarket NSW 2000
Australia

 
The 4A team are currently programming online and offsite while the City of Sydney
undertakes remediation works to improve our Haymarket gallery. 


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4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art acknowledges the cultures of the First Nations peoples of Australia and their continuing cultural and creative practices in this land. We pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and their Elders past, present and emerging as the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, work and create.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an initiative of the Asian Australian Artists Association Inc. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Commonwealth Government through the Visual Art & Craft Strategy and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW and the City of Sydney; and all of our donors and patrons.

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