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Bask in the tropical paradise of Marikit Santiago's exhibition, For us sinners, on view at 4A until 15 May. Combining the narrative power of Catholicism and the western art canon with her lived Australian-Filipino experience, Marikit Santiago reframes Adam and Eve's story of temptation and sin, brought on by the 'weakness' of woman and the suppleness of the snake.

Marikit's new suite of works explore 'original sin' by freeing the story from its gendered taint of weakness and guilt. In a series of emotionally-charged works that question utopian and dystopian themes, control and transgression, duty and autonomy, sex and sexual difference, paradise and exile, Marikit's first institutional solo exhibition offers nuanced parables fit for the current moment.   

Marikit Santiago: For us sinners
26 March - 15 May 2022


181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket
Warrane / Sydney NSW 2000

4A opening hours
Tues—Wed: 11am - 5pm
Thu: 11am - 8pm
Fri—Sun: 11am - 5pm

Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition that brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories. 

Originally iterated as a small exhibition project for 4A Centre’s Haymarket gallery, Drawn by stones has captured a strong interest nationally, and is now a major touring project, which premiered in 2021 at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick on Wurundjeri land. From 2022, the exhibition expands to tour nationally with works from Dean Cross, Ray Chan, and Wen-Hsi Harman, newly-commissioned pieces by Penny Evans, Ruth Ju-Shih Li and Jody Rallah, as well as a  community-engaged array of public programs.

In 2022, Drawn by stones is curated by Bridie Moran with Assistant Curators Jody Rallah and Annette An-Jen Liu.

Drawn by stones
6 April - 14 May 2022

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd
Lane Cove NSW 2066


Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to our Kamayan & Kapwa Dinner and Book Launch on Sunday 8 May. We look forward to sharing a sinfully-delicious evening of food, art and conversation with you! This event is now sold out. If you've missed out in tickets and would like to add your name to our Waiting List, please click here.

Held to coincide with Marikit Santiago's exhibition and new publication, For us sinners, this intimate event celebrates the co-mingling of language, cultures, and storytelling, and is inspired by the Tagalog word kapwa (shared identity/togetherness). Guests will enjoy sunset drinks at 4A while exploring Marikit's artworks, before feasting on a traditional Filipino communal dinner at 4A with the artist.  

Dinner + Book launch
Kamayan & Kapwa: Dinner + Book Launch
Sunday 8 May | 5pm-7pm
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Ticketed | Sold out

Join us for the next installment of Please Explain, on Saturday 14 May, 2pm - 5pm

Reflecting upon their lives in Australia, artist Marikit Santiago and Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at University of Technology Sydney Anna Cristina Pertierra will discuss the experiences and representation of Filipina-Australians in daily social, political and cultural life.

This intimate conversation will examine the influences of family, motherhood and religion on Marikit and Anna Cristina, and how this confluence of forces formed their personal identities and professional careers.

Please Explain
Saturday 14 May, 2pm - 5pm

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Warrane / Sydney NSW 2000

As 4A enters an exciting new chapter in 2022, we're delighted to announce we are expanding our team! We now have two new positions available at 4A: a Marketing Coordinator and a Public Programs Coordinator. For these two roles, we welcome and encourage applications from people living with disabilities, the LGBTIQ+ communities, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly the Asian diaspora. Applications close Friday 29 April 5pm AEST.


Reporting to the Communications & Engagement Manager, the Marketing Coordinator will support 4A's marketing and communications in a creative and deadline driven environment. The Marketing Coordinator plays a key role in the production and delivery of 4A’s external communications. The ideal candidate will have excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills with experience in the design and content production of marketing and social media assets.

The Marketing Coordinator will be a team player, with highly developed planning and administrative skills to ensure the smooth delivery of 4A’s strategies and projects plans to grow our profile, reach and audiences. They will also understand the vital role that 4A plays within the local, national and international context, and the position that 4A’s programs play in inspiring conversation and debate about Australia’s relationship with Asia. They will be able to work with their colleagues and partners to leverage 4A’s mission to grow audiences and engagement in Asian Australian contemporary art.

For further enquiries about the Marketing Coordinator role, please contact Mariam Arcilla via email.


Reporting to the Artistic Director/CEO, the Public Programs Coordinator will be responsible for the co-design and delivery of public programs that provide broad access to 4A's exhibitions and other projects. The Public Programs Coordinator will have a passion for community engagement and delivering programs that provide access to contemporary art to a broad audience. The candidate will have good administration and project management skills and a high attention to detail. They will possess a collaborative work style, and communication and interpersonal skills that can be adapted to a range of audience needs. They will also understand the vital role that 4A plays within the local, national and international context, and the position that 4A’s programs play in inspiring conversation and debate about Australia’s relationship with Asia. They will be able to work with their colleagues and partners to leverage 4A’s mission to grow audiences and engagement in Asian Australian contemporary art.

To enquire further about the Public Programs Coordinator role, please contact Amrit Gill via email.

This early-career survey, the first for 4A since 2015, brings together artists who imbue their creative methods with fresh perspectives and new ideas resonating with contemporary societal discourse. With a national focus, New Energy celebrates the depth of our artistic community, presenting the work of nine emerging artists. Showcasing installation, ceramics, video photography and more, New Energy encourages evolving practices through cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues, with musings on intimate imagined realities alongside public displays of affection. These artists navigate traditional aesthetics by twisting the symbols and cultural touchstones through a contemporary globalised lens.

New Energy
Kalanjay Dhir, Jonathan Kim, Audrey Newton, Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt,
Nathan Nhan, Angie Pai, Nadia Refaei, EJ Son, Zoe Wong

4 June - 24 July 2022

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Warrane / Sydney NSW 2000



New in stock at 4A’s shop is Survival Aesthetics © Interview Series: On Post Contemporary Art Practice in Japan, a publication by artist and academic Jesse Hogan. Containing interviews undertaken throughout 2019, Survival Aesthetics © Interview Series contains interviews with Japanese and Australian artists, curators and academics that explore contemporary art practice and conceptual methodologies in relation to the post-contemporary condition proposed in Hogan’s Ph.D research treatise. This publication is authored by Jesse Hogan, published by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and supported by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Limited edition, available at 4A for AUD $45 RRP.


Published to coincide with Marikit Santiago’s 2022 solo exhibition, For us sinners, this new book encapsulates the Australian-Filipina artist’s creative process for the new suite of works–from conception to fruition. For us sinners provides an intimate insight into the gestation of Marikit’s first institutional exhibition, and comprises painting studies, concept sketches, and diary entries that explore ancestral Filipino myths, motherhood, dualities, and animalia folklore.

Shimmering in gold slivers, For us sinners is designed by Garry Trinh and features commissioned essays by exhibition curator Micheal Do, writer Mariela Summerhays, and 4A Artistic Director/CEO Amrit Gill.

Limited edition, available exclusively at 4A for AUD $35 RRP. 

  • Applications now open to mid-career and established artists for The Copyright Agency's CAP visual arts commission, in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Learn more.
  • New Energy artist Nadia Refaei is showing Make Kabsah With Me (2020) at Pari's current exhibition Roots until 22 May 2022. Make Kabsah With Me was commissioned by 4A for 4A Digital 2020. Learn more.
  • City of Sydney are calling for expressions of interest for potential tenants at William Street Creative Hub and Ultimo Community Centre. Learn more.
  • Applications now open for the Ian Potter Cultural Trust 2022 funding round. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 for emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Learn more.
Image credits (T-B): Marikit Santiago, Thy Kingdom Come, 2021; photo: Garry Trinh; Marikit Santiago, Apple of My Eye, 2020; photo: Garry Trinh; Marikit Santiago, Deliver Us, 2020; photo: Garry Trinh; Ray Chan See Kwong, NEW RE NEW (detail), 2018; photo: Christian Capurro; Wen-Hsi Harman, Theory of land (detail), 2015; photo: Christian Capurro; Jody Rallah, More than Stones: Throughout the Generations (detail), 2021; photo: Christian Capurro; Ulam Kamayan photos credit: RMR Visuals, courtesy @entree.pinays; ‘For us sinners’ front cover 2022, photo credit: Garry Trinh; Kamayan & Kapwa meal; photo: Sydney Cebu Lechon; Marikit Santiago portrait with Thy Kingdom Come, 2021, photo: Garry Trinh; Zoe Wong, Oriental Futures (detail), 2019; Jonathan Kim, Stone and Cloth on Wood (detail), 2020; Kalanjay Dhir, the best thing I can do is redirect energy (still), 2021; Nadia Refaei, Sorting Rice (still). 2019; EJ Son, Titty Tree, 2021; Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt, Moody Girls in Whangarei 1983, 2019; Audrey Newton, 4Eva (detial), 2018; Angie Pai, Papa/DiTing One, 2019; Nathan Nhan, Untitled, 2019; Survival Aesthetics © Interview Series, courtesy Jesse Hogan; For us sinners, image supplied; TextaQueen, Journeyer, 2016; photo: TextaQueen.


Kamayan & Kapwa is proudly catered
 by Sydney Cebu Lechon, with Pinoy dining decoration by AbanEco. Held as part of Marikit Santiago’s exhibition For us sinners at 4A.

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