QAGOMA and Singapore Art Museum announce long-term partnership

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Jonathan Jones’ lumination fall wall weave 2006 featured in ‘Time of others’ exhibition / The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award 2006 (winning entry) / Purchased 2006 with funds from Xstrata Coal through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

The Gallery today formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

In Singapore to sign the wide-ranging agreement, QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said the MOU will seal a five-year partnership between the two institutions from 2017 to 2021, with a possibility of a further extension.

QAGOMA is delighted to be partnering with the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore’s top contemporary art museum, with whom the Gallery shares the vision of presenting the most thought-provoking contemporary art from our region. With this partnership, QAGOMA will be able to deepen its curatorial and research expertise by learning from each other.

Forged on common interests to promote and advance the art of this region, this MOU between QAGOMA and SAM strengthens and deepens partnerships and collaborations with international like-minded art institutions.

The MOU marks SAM’s most significant and long-term partnership with an art institution since its corporatisation in 2013, and QAGOMA’s first wide-ranging formal agreement with an institution in Asia. It will cover extensive cooperation between SAM and QAGOMA, including opportunities for staff exchange and training, collaborative programming and research, and a co-curated contemporary art exhibition to be held in both countries from 2019 onwards.

In June and September 2016, QAGOMA hosted two groups of staff members from SAM to learn about QAGOMA’s collections and operations during ‘Time of others‘ organised by QAGOMA, SAM, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and the National Museum of Art, Osaka.