Art as diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region

An ongoing aim in Australian diplomacy is to deepen the nation’s engagement with the dynamism and diversity of the Asia Pacific region. Through cultural exchanges like the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art artists can engage in and extend the diplomatic endeavour, helping us to celebrate our differences and contemplate shared futures. In 1995, just…

Asia Pacific Triennial: Navigating new futures

For almost three decades, QAGOMA’s landmark exhibition series, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) has focused on the art of one of the most socially and culturally diverse regions of the world. Throughout this geographic expanse, the contexts in which art practices emerge are constantly changing in tandem with social and political conditions.…

Between earth and sky: Indigenous contemporary art from Taiwan

A presentation of new work by eight artists from Taiwan’s Atayal, Paiwan and Truku communities, in ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) project Between Earth and Sky offers a glimpse of the vitality and diversity of indigenous contemporary practice in Taiwan. As four decades of martial law in Taiwan were relaxed at…

Ceramic installations evoke the landscape from which they are produced

Australian artist Yasmin Smith is known for her research-based ceramic installations that formally and chromatically evoke the landscape from which they are produced. As part of her investigative method, Smith gathers natural materials and, through analysis, determines how she can harness their chemical properties. Key to the artist’s process is burning plant material as a…

Uramat Mugas: Uramat Story Songs

Developed in collaboration with Papua New Guinea’s Indigenous Uramat Identity group for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10), the Uramat Mugas (Uramat Story Songs) project immerses the viewer in the mysteries of Uramat ceremony while fostering deeper cultural understanding. The days begin early in Gaulim, the bustling village in East New Britain’s…

Contemporary Ceremonial art from Aurukun

In the early 2000s, senior Wik and Kugu law men from the Aurukun region on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, pioneered a significant contemporary movement: They reimagined their ceremonial visual traditions as contemporary art. Embodying ancestral narratives in a way that maintains spiritual and historical connections between the past and…