Visiting curator program
Shihoko Iida | Visiting Curator | Photograph: Ray Fulton
The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) has hosted four visiting curators to date. Lectures linked to visits by visiting curators will provide opportunities for members of the public to access important research about, Australian, Asian and Pacific art.
5 October 2009-20 July 2011
Shihoko Iida came to the Gallery from Opera City Art Gallery in Tokyo. Highly regarded for her knowledge of contemporary East Asian art, she had published and curated both in Japan and internationally. During her time as Visiting Curator at the Gallery, Iida worked within the department of Asian and Pacific Art with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and the development of an exhibition of works from the Gallery’s collection of contemporary Japanese art scheduled for 2013.
Iida's visit to Australia was funded by the Japanese Government’s Agency of Cultural Affairs.
24 March -2 April 2010
Fumihiko Sumitomo is an independent curator and Deputy Director of the Arts Initiative, Tokyo, a nonprofit, in-dependent collective of curators and arts administrators who seek to provide a new public forum for contemporary art. Sumintomo’s residency in Brisbane enabled a senior Japanese curator to engage with the sixth ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ and to meet with arts professionals from around the country attending the ‘Sites of Communication’ conference.
While in Brisbane, Sumitomo presented a public lecture as part of the Griffith Asia Institute and ACAPA’s Perspectives: Asia lecture series. He also traveled to Melbourne to meet with artists and arts professionals in this city.
Fumihiko Sumitomo's visit to Australia was supported by the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
16–25 February 2009
London-based independent curator, producer and writer Rose Issa specialises in contemporary art and film of the Middle East and North Africa. Issa’s residency in Brisbane provided an important platform for critical engagement in the contemporary art and film of West Asia in the lead up to the inclusion of work from this region in the sixth 'Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' in December 2009.
While in Brisbane, Issa presented a public lecture as part of the Griffith Asia Institute and ACAPA’s Perspectives: Asia lecture series. She also presented public lectures in Canberra and Melbourne.
Rose Issa's visit to Australia was supported by the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, with the assistance of Dr Caroline Turner, AM.
19 October – 24 November 2004
Sharmini Pereira, independent curator, writer and editor, was the Queensland Art Gallery’s inaugural Visiting Curator. During her five-week residency, Pereira researched Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawings for publication. Her residency was supported by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, an initiative of the Queensland Art Gallery.
Lecture events linked to visits by ACAPA visiting curators provide opportunities for members of the public to access important research about Australian, Asian and Pacific art.
'Mughal Painting at its Zenith: The Life and Times of the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan'
2.00pm Sunday 27 November 2005
One of the greatest treasures in the Royal Collection, the Padshahnama (or Chronicle of the King of the World), an Islamic manuscript, is the official record of the life of Shah Jahan, fifth Mughal Emperor and builder of the Taj Mahal. Visiting scholar Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, UK, presented a special illustrated lecture providing an insight into this unique manuscript.