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26 March - 15 May 2022
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art returns to Sydney’s Haymarket to unveil the much-anticipated solo exhibition by Sulman-Prize-winning artist Marikit Santiago

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art returns to Sydney’s Haymarket to present For us sinners, the first institutional exhibition by Australian-Filipina artist Marikit Santiago, on view from Saturday 26 March to 15 May 2022.

The 4A team has been programming offsite and online for the past 15 months while the City of Sydney undertook remediation works to improve the 127-year old heritage-listed building that has been 4A’s home for over 20 years.

We're excited to re-open our beloved Hay Street gallery on Saturday 26 March with a new series of works by Marikit Santiago, who works across painting and sculpture to pursue references, imagery, and symbolism from her dualistic ancestry, Catholicism, and the Western Art canon. 

Marikit says: “For us sinners will be my most significant and ambitious solo show to date. I’ll be presenting a suite of emotionally-charged works that question utopian and dystopian themes, control and transgression, duty and autonomy, sex and sexual difference, paradise and exile.” 

Exhibition curator Micheal Do explains the show’s premise: “Energised with the spirit of cultural opposition and reclamation, this presentation highlights Marikit’s interest in reorienting art history to represent and presence hitherto excluded constituencies ­– using painting to address a world that seems perpetually in crisis: from the day-to-day of family life, to the shifts in politics in her ancestral home, Philippines, and existential in between.”


For us sinners will be anchored by the regal triptych, Thy Kingdom Come (2022), which explores Marikit’s cross-cultural experiences. Spanning three metres wide, the painting depicts the artist's family in a hybridised paradise that combines splinters of her parents’ Western Sydney garden with idyllic native Australian flora and fruit trees. Also included in the show is the cherubic painting that anointed Marikit as the winner of the prestigious Sir John Sulman Prize in 2020. A painterly collaboration between the artist and her three children, this symbolic work makes its public debut for the first time since its inclusion in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To coincide with the exhibition, 4A is thrilled to launch the For us sinners public program featuring live and online art talks, a communal dining experience, childrens workshops, and a special publication accompanying the exhibition. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!

For all media enquiries or for further information about 4A programs, please contact Mariam Arcilla on or 0412 940 357.

Halo-Halo: A conversation
between Marikit Santiago & The Entree.Pinays

Saturday 2 April
10- 11:00am AEDT
Free | Live-streamed from 4A
Register for the talk

Sweeten up your Saturday by tuning in to an online conversation between Marikit Santiago and The Entree.Pinays inspired by the Filipino dessert halo-halo (‘mix-mix’ in Tagalog). Live-streamed from 4A via Zoom, this intimate discussion will spoon together the radiant and complex ingredients that make up the Australian-Filipino identity through the lens of food, cultural traditions, and family. Join moderators Fides Mae Santos and Sandra Tan (from The Entree.Pinays) as they discuss Marikit’s practice, with freshly-made halo-halo in hand! 



Kamayan & Kapwa: Dinner + Book Launch
Saturday 9 April
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Ticketed: $100 | $70

Book tickets

Experience an intimate traditional Filipino communal feast inspired by the Tagalog term kapwa, which translates to 'shared identity' and 'togetherness'. Bask in the surrounds of Marikit Santiago's new exhibition For us sinners, before gathering around an expansive banana-leaf-adorned table to employ the Filipino method of eating and mixing food items with your hands.

4A's Kamayan & Kapwa menu will include a delectable medley of Filipino cuisines, including crunchy chickens, aromatic vegetables, and mounds of rice. Consumed together in the spirit of congregation, this specially-curated meal celebrates the co-mingling of language, cultures, and storytelling. To conclude the evening, guests will receive a signed, limited-edition copy of Marikit's new book For us sinners, published exclusively for this program.

To ensure the safety of all guests and staff, meals will be served in individual banana leaves with hand sanitiser and hand-washing amenities available. Gloves and bamboo cutlery provided upon request. Our kamayan menu is proudly catered by 
Sydney Cebu Lechon, with Pinoy dining decoration by decoration by AbanEco.

11 & 23 APRIL

4A Kids: Aswang Story Time with Marikit Santiago
Workshop 1: Monday, April 11 | 10:30-11:30am
Workshop 2: Saturday, April 23 | 1:30-2:30 pm

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Free | Book tickets

This Autumn school holidays, create your own characters with Australian-Filipina award-winning visual artist Marikit Santiago. Drawing from traditional Creation stories, Marikit will lead a bilingual Tagalog and English workshop to teach you how to draw your own creatures and mythological figures. Don’t miss out on this exciting exploration of spiritualism, folklore and Creation stories this Autumn with Marikit!

Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fruit juice poppers will be provided to the kids on arrival. 


4A is centrally located in Sydney's bustling Chinatown precinct. There are plenty of convenenient ways to get to our Centre:

By train: 4A is a 5-minute walk from Central Station. Exit at Eddy Avenue and walk across Belmore Park.

By light rail: 4A is located next to the Capitol Square stop and is a 2-minute walk from the Haymarket and Chinatown stops on L2 and L3 lines.

By bus: 4A is located within walking distance to Pitt St near Campbell St (2-minutes walk), Hay St near Pitt St (2-minutes walk) and Pitt St near Eddy Avenue (5-minutes walk).

By car: Parking is available at Market City Car Park (5-minute walk) and Goulburn Street Parking Station (7-minute walk).

Secret Snacks
Throughout 2022
Haymarket and Chinatown, Sydney

Eat your way through Haymarket with Secret Snacks, a digital campaign that celebrates the unsung heroes of Asian snack culture. Discover and be re-enchanted by the medley of snacks available across restaurants, eateries, and food providers in Sydney's Chinatown and Haymarket precincts. Stay tuned as we reveal artists and their go-to snacks throughout the year!
6 APRIL - 7 MAY 2022 

Drawn by stones
Dean Cross / Penny Evans / Ray Chan See Kwong with Chuen Lung community members / Ruth Ju-shih Li / Wen-Hsi Harman with Lakaw, Dogin, Palos, Lisin and Byimu / Jody Rallah

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition on view at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios from 6 April - 7 May 2022. Drawn by stones 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. 


4 JUNE - 24 JULY 2022 

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

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

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.

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Image credits (T-B): Marikit Santiago, The Serpent and the Swan, 2021;  Marikit Santiago, The Shepherd, 2021, Marikit Santiago in her parents' garden, Western Sydney; / Fides Mae Santos, Sandra Tan, images supplied by The Entree.Pinays / Marikit Santiago in her parents' garden, Western Sydney; Tear-sheet from Marikit Santiago: For us sinners publication, 2022, Marikit Santiago in her studio with her children, supplied by the artist. Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are by Garry Trinh, courtesy the artist.

Acknowledgements: Halo-Halo: A conversation between Marikit Santiago and The Entree.Pinays is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with The Entree.PinaysKamayan & Kapwa is proudly catered by Sydney Cebu Lechon, with Pinoy dining decoration by AbanEco. 4A would like to  thank Merkado by TEP for their generous support during the program.

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Contemporary Asian Art 

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