Artists from Asia and the Pacific take the international stage


All eyes will focus on QAGOMA in November 2015, when we host over 80 artists at the world’s largest exhibition focused on art from Asia and the Pacific, ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8).

On display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 21 November 2015 to 10 April 2016, the exhibition will include 83 artists and artists groups from 32 countries.

Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, Mongolia b.1979 / Path to wealth 2013
Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, Mongolia b.1979 / Path to wealth 2013 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

The selection of artists for APT8 has taken place over the past three years, with the Gallery’s experienced team of curators travelling throughout Asia and the Pacific. The curatorial team has been researching new developments in contemporary art, liaising directly with artists and communities in their home countries to discuss new works and projects specifically for this exhibition.

This process has taken the APT into regions previously unexplored and we are now proud to include artists from Mongolia, Nepal and countries in Central Asia including the Kyrgyz Republic, Iraq and Georgia for the first time.

Over the 22 years since launching, the Gallery’s flagship exhibition has attracted over 2.4 million visitors who have embraced its innovative and engaging approach to presenting contemporary art. Underpinning the longevity of APT is the Gallery’s network of relationships with artists and communities in the region.

Exhibition highlights

The most significant Australian involvement to date – 17 artists including seven Indigenous artists, will form a large component of the dynamic APT8 Live performance program throughout the exhibition.

A multi-media installation of performance and dance from across Melanesia – Yumi Danis (We Dance) commenced with a creative exchange in Ambrym, Vanuatu in November 2014. The project is animated by performances from dancers and musicians from six different island nations.

Vibrant new works by an exciting group of Indian Indigenous artists will examine the changes of pictorial styles and forms of storytelling in uniquely contemporary interpretations.

Works by artists from countries not previously included in APT that are rarely, if ever, seen in Australia include a major group of paintings by four Mongolian artists that showcases the richness of the Mongol zurag painting movement.

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