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Dear 4A Friends, 

Two steps forward and one step back seems to be the way of things at the moment. While we're not making tiger-like leaps out of a challenging couple of years, we are moving forward and we have much to look forward to.

We are full of energy and excitement at 4A this year for our reopening in March, 25th anniversary, and a big year of exhibitions and public programs. I look forward to welcoming you back to our gallery to experience transformative contemporary Asian Australian art. While you're visiting, you may wish to wander through our dynamic Haymarket neighbourhood with some of the best food experiences in Sydney. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out our Lunar New Year programs at the Australian National Maritime Museum from 28 January - 27 February 2022. There's plenty on for children, families and lovers of contemporary art.

I hope this Year of the Tiger brings you strength and determination for what lies ahead. Stay safe friends.

Amrit Gill
Artistic Director/CEO
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
4A is thrilled to partner with the Australian National Maritime Museum to present Eugenia Lim's The People's Currency, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen's Spaces to Stir, and the 4A Kids: Calisthenics workshop. Keep cool and active this Lunar New Year with 4A and friends! Register for all events here.

Eugenia Lim 
The People's Currency

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW

Performance dates and times:
Friday 28 January | 10am – 4pm
Saturday 29 January | 10am – 4pm
Sunday 30 January | 10am – 4pm

Free | Bookings essential via Humanitix

Presented for the first time in New South Wales, Eugenia Lim's The People's Currency will turn Sydney's Darling Harbour into RENMINCONN, a closed loop special economic zone. 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.

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

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW

29 January - 27 February 2022
Museum hours: 9.30am – 5pm

Free | No bookings required.

Presenting a bespoke exhibition comprised of video, sound and installation, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen's Spaces to Stir will amplify the quiet and considered lived experiences of the artist. Newly-commissioned by 4A, this body of work responds 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.

4A Kids Workshop
Calisthenics with Jeremy and Reina

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney NSW

Activity dates and times:
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January
12pm and 2.30pm

Free | Bookings via Humanitix.
Suitable for children aged 6+.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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!
Please visit our website to access the full 2022 Lunar New Year program, plus event details, and partner acknowledgements. 4A Lunar New Year in 2022 is presented by 4A in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, and supported by the Museums & Galleries of NSW and City of Sydney.
Image credits: Eugenia Lim, The People's Currency, 2017; commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, supported by the City of Melbourne and part of Asia TOPA Triennial. Photo by Zan Wimberley | Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Sounding Langshi River, supplied by the artist | Jeremy Santos, courtesy the artist; photo credit: Bronte Goddard.

4A Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art 

181-187 Hay Street
Warrane/Sydney NSW 2000

PO Box K1323
Haymarket NSW 2000

The 4A team are programming online and offsite while the City of Sydney
undertakes remediation works to improve our Haymarket gallery. We will re-open to the public in March 2022 - stay tuned!

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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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