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Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art

Lee Ming Wei

Lee Mingwei | Gernika in sand | Mixed media interactive installation and performance | Gallery of Modern Art, 2008 | Collection: Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, Taiwan | Photograph: Ray Fulton

Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art

The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) is the research arm of the Queensland Art Gallery’s Asian and Pacific activities. Established in September 2002, ACAPA is part of the Gallery’s Asia and Pacific Art Department.

Since initiating the ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT) series of exhibitions in 1993, the Gallery has become a leader in collecting and presenting contemporary art from the region. The Centre extends and builds on this commitment and underpins the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific programs.

The Centre’s objectives are:

  • to further the research, documentation, publication, acquisition and exhibition of Asian and Pacific art
  • to support residencies, internships and other professional development opportunities for artists, scholars and museum professionals in the field of Asian and Pacific art
  • to establish partnerships and alliances with similar organisations in Australia and internationally to attract sponsorship for the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific activities.
Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art
Queensland Art Gallery
Telephone: +61 (0) 7 3842 9432


ACAPA offers research opportunities to scholars and artists interested in topics relating to the art of the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. Individuals engaged in the Visiting Curator program can access information relating to works in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection as well as draw on the resources of the Research Library.


ACAPA actively supports Gallery programs, particularly those associated with the APT exhibitions. A program of artist-in-residence opportunities offers artists involved in Gallery programs the opportunity to develop ideas and work for presentation.


Each year, ACAPA initiates a dynamic series of events that enable artists, organisations and the general public to engage with significant issues informing and affecting the development of contemporary art and culture in the Asia Pacific region. These events include:

For further information regarding upcoming ACAPA events, please email


ACAPA supports research and publishing in Asian and Pacific art.

How to buy
Queensland Art Gallery titles including those produced under the auspices of the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art are available from australianartbooks.com.au


ACAPA works closely with funding bodies, private sponsors, other arts organisations and academic institutions to develop opportunities for the research and dissemination of knowledge about the arts of the Asia Pacific region.

ACAPA gratefully acknowledges the founding support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Other important partnerships include:

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