Asia Pacific Council

The Asia Pacific Council is the Gallery's membership network for leaders in Australia–Asia–Pacific engagement, supporting the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT exhibition series). The Council offers members a year-round relationship with the Gallery. Benefits include a program of exclusive events, learning and relationship-building opportunities.

The Council's Patron is The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts.

Asia Pacific Council:

  • Supports the long-term future of the Gallery's Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) exhibition series.
  • Offers Members a social space where cultural learning, knowledge and understanding can thrive.
  • Provides the setting for relationship-building through an annual program of events, including the Director's Dinner.
  • Offers business benefits including complimentary venue hire, event invitations and program tickets, brand acknowledgment and recognition of Members' corporate social responsibility and contribution to Queensland.
  • Helps the Gallery to develop diverse audiences for contemporary Australian, Asian and Pacific art.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Maud Page, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, QAGOMA viewing ‘APT8’..

Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Takahiko Watabe and guests enjoying an APC viewing of ‘Time of others’..

APC Singapore Event. Amelia Tang, Deputy Director, Arts & Heritage, Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; Thangamma Karthigesu, Director, Culture Academy, National Heritage Board; Rosa Daniel, Chief Executive, Singapore National Heritage Board, QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, CNZM; His Excellency, Burhan Gafoor Former Singapore High Commissioner to Australia; Prof Sue Street, AO, / September 2015/ Phtograph: Chloe Callistemon.

Ms Julieanne Alroe, CEO and Managing Director, Brisbane Airport Corporation; Ms Michelle Wade, General Manager, International Operations, Trade and Investment Queensland; Ms Rachel Crowley, Head of Corporate Relations, Brisbane Airport Corporation; Dr Stephen Long, Director, Architectus; and Mr Aidan Lavin, Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers at an Asia Pacific Council event (28 October 2015).

Mr Ed Tenaglia, Industry General Manager, Energy & Resources, John Holland; Ms Nussara Smith, CEO, Australia China Business Council (Qld); Ms Rachel Boniwell, FRC Environmental; and Mr John Jiang, Relationship Manager, Brisbane Branch of Bank of China at an Asia Pacific Council event attended by Dr Zhao Yongchen, Consul-General of the People's Republic of China (25 August 2015).

Guests enjoy a tour of 'We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989' with exhibition curator Reuben Keehan, Curator, Contemporary Asian Art during an Asia Pacific Council event attended by Mr Takahiko Watabe, Deputy Consul-General of Japan (13 August 2015).

Inaugural Members

Asialink Business

Asialink Business is Australia’s National Centre for Asia Capability. It provides tailored solutions to help businesses of all sizes seize the potential of diverse Asian markets. Asialink Business equips organisations in all sectors to become Asia ready by developing the critical skills, knowledge and networks needed to engage with the complexities of the region. Grounded in extensive market research, its practical training programs, research, events and advocacy enable businesses to forge ahead with confidence to enter and grow in Asia. Established in 2013 with support from the Australian Government, Asialink Business also has the University of Melbourne and the Myer Foundation as key stakeholders.

Brisbane Airport Corporation

As the front door to Queensland, Brisbane Airport plays a significant role as a partner in the development of the city, states and nation's economy, with more than 22 million people travelling through the airport each year. Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is a proud member of the Asia Pacific Council and partner of QAGOMA, supporting important cultural and arts events that bring the city to life, attracting visitors from near and far.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) aims to strengthen Australia's influence, reputation and relationships internationally by promoting a clear, creative and confident vision for Australia's international policy agenda that reflects our core national interests and improves domestic understanding of DFAT's role.

Culture provides a unique and critical forum for fostering mutual understanding, relationship-building and people-to-people links. Through DFAT's public diplomacy initiatives we promote our economic, artistic and cultural, sporting, scientific and education assets to underline Australia's credentials as a destination for business, investment, tourism and study, and emphasise Australia's engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

Griffith University

Griffith University ranks in the top five per cent of universities worldwide. It is Australia's ninth largest higher education provider, with over 44,000 students across five campuses in the Brisbane–Gold Coast region of South East Queensland. Founded in 1971, Griffith was the first Australian university to offer degrees in areas of relevance to today's society, such as environmental science and Asian studies. Now a comprehensive, research- intensive university, Griffith offers a full suite of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in the disciplines of business and government, criminology and law, education, engineering and information technology, environment, health, humanities and languages, music, planning and architecture, science and aviation, and visual and creative arts.

Three Plus

Three Plus is one of Queensland’s most experienced strategic planning, communications and marketing consultancies, and specialists in risk and reputation management.

We provide authoritative, creative and strategic advice that activates the reputation, brand and relationships of our clients to help achieve their ambitions. We identify and deliver tailored marketing and communications services, knowing success is achieved when the interests of our clients and their stakeholders align.

We help clients build and maintain reputations through high quality, strategic communications and training; challenge and understand their vision and mission and encourage them to be energetic about promoting their value; and build their networks by giving authoritative advice and leveraging our own long-standing connections.


QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and 100 per cent of our research is ranked world standard or above (Australian Government 2015 ERA). Our courses are in high demand, and our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years. We are a connected, relevant and collaborative institution that seeks to solve real-world challenges.

Trade & Investment Queensland

Queensland Government's global business agency, Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) connects international investors with Queensland organisations and helps Queensland businesses succeed in export. We make business connections and give market advice to Queensland and international companies via our strategically located international network of 13 offices led by our highly experienced Trade and Investment Commissioners, our eight offices around regional Queensland and our head office in Brisbane. Nine of our international offices are located in Asia Pacific. TIQ also manages Queensland's Business & Skilled Migration program, ensuring a dynamic international community will live, work and invest in Queensland for years to come.


UAP was founded in 1993 by brothers Daniel and Matthew Tobin, as a studio and workshop that facilitated art projects and worked with artists to realise public artwork. Nowadays, with studios in Brisbane, Shanghai and New York, and over 100 staff, UAP collaborates with architects and designers as well as artists to deliver creative outcomes for the public realm.

UAP's collaborative approach provides creative minds the space to develop ideas, investigate materiality, deliver projects and extend their practice.

Event Member


Architectus is a leading design studio that brings together the experience of more than 250 architects, interior architects, urban designers and urban planners. With a strong history across architecture, interior and urban disciplines, Architectus teams have specialist expertise across all industry sectors, on projects from the smallest to largest scale.

We are proud of our reputation for clear strategic design thinking and for the collaborative approach we bring to problem solving. Our focus is to thoroughly understand our clients’ needs, applying our research, experience and technology to develop solutions that are functional and elegant.



APT8 Official Opening, 2015. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, CNZM. Photograph: Chloe Callistemon.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and China’s President Xi Jinping at GOMA

In 2014, the Gallery hosted the official dinner and functions for world leaders and distinguished guests during the G20 Summit. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott is pictured here with China’s President Xi Jinping / Photograph: Rob McColl/G20 Australia.

Takahiro Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–1

Our collection of contemporary Asian and Pacific art is considered one of the finest in the world and works are included in exhibitions presented at QAGOMA and touring across Queensland, interstate and overseas. Takahiro Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–12 (pictured) / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2013 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the QAGOMA Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Photograph: Natasha Harth.

Production still from Century of Birthing 2010

The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque which is unique in Australian art galleries, has presented some 15 dedicated programs of Asia Pacific film and video between 2007 and 2015, seen by more than 50 000 visitors / Production still from Century of Birthing 2010, by APT8 artist–filmmaker Lav Diaz, from the Philippines / Image courtesy: Sine Olivia Filipinas, Manila.

Visitor at the Children's art Centre

Many of the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre installations and publications over the past 16 years have been created in collaboration with leading Asian and Pacific artists, such as Chinese-born, New York-based Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai’ at GOMA in 2013–14 / Photograph: Katie Bennett.

Perspectives Asia

Perspectives Asia is a series of forums jointly presented by the Gallery’s Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) and Griffith University’s Griffith Asia Institute / Photograph: Mark Sherwood.


The Asia Pacific Council offers two levels of membership with associated levels of engagement and benefits:

Event Membership

$10,000 (+ GST) per annum for three years


$20,000 (+ GST) per annum

For a detailed schedule of benefits contact the Asia Pacific Council:
T: +61 (0) 7 3840 7743