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For Lunar New Year, in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is thrilled to present Eugenia Lim's The People's Currency and Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen's Spaces to Stir, as well as a suite of 4A Kids workshops.

Eugenia Lim: The People's Currency

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW
Performances: 1pm – 4pm, Friday 28 January; 10am – 4pm, Saturday 29 January and Sunday 30 January
Bookings: Free. Bookings are essential via Humanitix

Taking its name from Renminbi (China’s currency), The People's Currency explores the social impacts of globalisation upon those who seek their fortunes in the factories of China – the workshop of the world. From 28–30 January, Eugenia Lim will turn Darling Harbour into RENMINCONN, a closed loop special economic zone. Dressed as a gold Mao-suited Ambassador, Lim will inhabit a factory printing counterfeit currency of her own design and act as floor manager to this factory of workers. In exchange for basic menial work, the factory workers will be remunerated in The People’s Currency. 

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen: Spaces to Stir

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW
When: Museum open 9.30am – 5pm, 29 January – 27 February 2022
Bookings: Free. No bookings required.

From 29 January – 27 February 2022, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen will present a newly-commissioned body of work responding to unique landscapes and stories of women-identifying diaspora. Exploring artistic practice, aesthetics and labour, these works will be informed by discussions and interviews with women-identifying artists and friends of Chen. Presenting a bespoke exhibition comprised of video, sound and installation, Spaces to Stir will amplify the quiet and considered lived experiences of the artist.

4A Kids workshops

4A Kids: Calisthenics with Jeremy and Reina
Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW
When: 12pm and 2.30pm, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January
Bookings: Free. Bookings via Humanitix.

Stay cool and active this summer with 4A’s invigorating calisthenic workshops! Inspired by the live performance Eugenia Lim: The People’s Currency, this children’s workshop will be instructed by Sydney dance-makers Jeremy Santos and Reina Takeuchi. Learn fun and simple ways to move your body and switch between personas – just like Eugenia’s gold-suited character, the Ambassador! Suitable for children aged 6+. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

4A Kids: Make snacks with Radha
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW
When: 3pm and 4pm, Saturday 12 February and Sunday 13 February
Bookings: Tickets $15. Bookings are essential via Humanitix.

Tantalize the senses with Radha (aka Shahmen Suku) in 4A Kids: Make snacks with Radha. In this tasty workshop series, Radha will creatively guide families to construct ornate snacks! Explore your own sense of taste, touch and performance with Radha this summer. Suitable for children aged 9+. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

4A Kids: Ink painting with Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW
When: 10.30am and 1.30pm, Saturday 19 February 
Bookings: Tickets $25. Bookings are essential via Humanitix.

Explore your personal landscapes with artist Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen in 4A Kids: Ink Painting with Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen. In this bespoke workshop series, the artist will guide kids through simple ink painting techniques they can try at home. Explore your own stories and peaceful flow with Cindy this summer. Suitable for children aged 9+. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

4A's Lunar New Year program is presented in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, and supported by the Museums & Galleries of NSW and City of Sydney.
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4A is looking for an administration and gallery logistics wiz to take on the role of Gallery Operations Coordinator. This is a crucial public facing role responsible for maintaining administrative processes, front of house operations and gallery logistics, and works across the team to support the delivery of 4A's program and vision. 

Applications close Friday 4 February 2022. To enquire about the role, email Nuala Furtado, General Manager, at
Azadeh Hamzeii: In the Cuts closed at Metro Arts in Brisbane on 18 December 2021. We invite you to revisit In the Cuts with us through Kyle Weise's stunning photography. 

Focussing on the dialogues between the individual and the universal, Azadeh Hamzeii mines her personal history and cultural background as an Iranian based in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Hamzeii draws from a range of subjects and materials including votive offerings, beeswax, fishing hooks, her father’s old film negatives, and Keffiyeh, to investigate the localised significance of objects and the potential to elevate their meaning, creating a broader human narrative.

Explore new content in our 4A Talks library of panel discussions, in-conversations, readings, transcripts and more. 

Survival Aesthetics
This panel discussion features artist and academic Jesse Hogan, Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Professor in Curatorial Studies, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts Yuko Hasegawa; and artist Yuki Okumura, The panel explores topics and subjects for critical consideration under the speculative framework of the Post Contemporary Condition proposed in the research treatise Survival Aesthetics completed by Jesse Hogan at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2019.  Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and UNSW | Art & Design in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Survival Aesthetics © Interview Series is supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Watch 4A Talks: Survival Aesthetics here

4A Digital In Review

As 4A Digital logs off for 2021, join artists Marcus Whale and Jane Fan for a panel discussion with co-curators Marco Rinaldi (Curatorial Assistant, supported by the Sally Breen Family Foundation) and Con Gerakaris (4A, Curatorial Program Manager). This panel discussion reflects upon the ten commissioned artworks created for 4A Digital 2021 and discusses the methodologies of creating work for digital engagement, curating online spaces, and online communities and new approaches to media. Watch 4A Talks: 4A Digital In Review.

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