Tony Ellwood, Director, Queensland Art Gallery, and Michael Wesley, Professor of International Relations and Former Director, Griffith Asia Institute, at a Perspectives: Asia seminar, August 2007 | Photograph: Ray Fulton
The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art hosts, in collaboration with the Griffith Asia Institute, a series of public seminars titled Perspectives: Asia, designed to foster public discussion of Australia’s relations with the region. This highly successful series was initiated in 2005.
The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art works in partnership with the Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA) to host lectures and study afternoons — with a focus on contemporary and historical Asian art — for members of TAASA and interested members of the public.
Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery
Visitors to the Historical Asian Art Gallery at the Queensland Art Gallery are able to see the results of a long-term loans project and staff exchange program developed between the Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC.
In late 2003 Suhanya Raffel, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, was in residence at the Freer and Sackler Galleries under a Smithsonian Curatorship, a joint Queensland Government and Smithsonian Institution initiative.
Raffel was able to study the Freer and Sackler’s extensive Asian collections during her residency, and negotiations between the institutions have resulted in selected works from the Sackler’s historical Asian collections being displayed at the Queensland Art Gallery in exchange for works from the Gallery’s contemporary Asian collections.
Consequently, from 2 September 2006 to 29 April 2007, the Arthur M Sackler Gallery held a major exhibition of Simryn Gill’s works, including works from the Queensland Art Gallery’s Collection such as Forking tongues 1992. New works, which Simryn Gill researched during her residence at the Queensland Art Gallery are also in display. An online exhibition of these works can be located on the Arthur M Sackler Gallery's website.
In December 2006, Debra Diamond, Associate Curator, South and Southeast Asian Art, and Coordinating Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, was in residence to further the long-term loans program.
This professional development program is supported by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art.
Madam Zhou Yanqun, Director for Cultural Exchange Office, Shanghai Museum, visited the Queensland Art Gallery during April 2006 to meet staff and to discuss the long-term loans program that has been developed between the two institutions.
The Gallery and the Shanghai Museum have enjoyed a partnership that dates back to the jointly organised exhibition ‘Treasures from the Shanghai Museum’, held at the Gallery from 14 September to 25 November 1990, displaying ancient Chinese material culture including ritual vessels and objects from the Great Bronze Age. ‘Contemporary Vessels and Jewels: Australian Fine Metalwork’, the Gallery’s reciprocal exhibition, was displayed at the Shanghai Museum from 20 May to 19 August 1997, and presented innovative Australian interpretations of the metal vessel.
In December 2006, the Gallery will unveil major art works on loan from the Shanghai Museum as part of Gallery’s historical Asian art display.
Madam Zhou’s visit to the Gallery was supported by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art.
In March 2004, Muhammad Rain Rosidi, Lecturer, Indonesian Art Institute, and Operational Manager and Curator, Gelaran Budaya Art Space, Yogyakarta, undertook a residency at the Queensland Art Gallery as part of the Asialink Centre's Indonesia–Australia Arts Management Program. Rosidi's internship was the first under the auspices of the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art.