Main Image: Maryam Ayeen, Iran b.1985 & Abbas Shahsavar Iran b. 1983 / ‘Fall in dopamine’ (detail) 2020-21 / © The artists / Courtesy & photograph: The artists (QAGOMA Facebook).
The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is being transformed in preparation for the opening of the signature Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10 on 4 December).
“This marks the landmark tenth time QAGOMA has presented this bold and internationally-acclaimed exhibition,” Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch announced during an on-site visit today to APT10 Kids, a key feature of APT10.
“For more than a quarter of a century, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has featured some of the most exciting, inspiring and important works from around Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
“The Asia Pacific Triennial is unique among recurring contemporary art exhibitions for its geographic focus and cross-cultural awareness which foster exceptional opportunities for cultural tourism and community development.”
Minister Enoch said APT10 showcased 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives from more than 30 countries and would be presented all through summer until 25 April 2022.
“The Arts sector is a vital part of Queensland’s economy; the previous exhibition, APT9, attracted 718,000 visits, contributing almost $35 million to Queensland’s economy and generating more than 288,000 visitor nights.
“In a broader sense, each year the arts and cultural sectors contribute $8.5 billion to the state’s economy and support more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders.”
As visitors to past APT’s will anticipate, the expansive onsite exhibition features a great wealth of materials and techniques, from large-scale installations and immersive multimedia artworks to sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography and video. APT10 will include three curated cinema programs, interactive artist projects for children and families, plus onsite and virtual events including Up Late and a closing weekend Festival.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the tenth chapter in the Gallery’s flagship series offered an expansive, free exhibition across both gallery sites and incorporated a multi-strand cinema program, onsite and virtual events, seven artist projects for children and families, a two-night Up Late event in March 2022 and a full-colour publication.
“The exhibition includes recent and newly commissioned works that are rich with stories of travel, journeys, migrations and connections to place,” Mr Saines said.
“APT10 Kids continues the tradition of the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre inviting artists to develop interactives that encourage young visitors and families to explore the diverse cultures of the region and develop an understanding of contemporary art.
“Six of the interactives will also be presented at more than 100 regional and remote venues from December to April as part of APT10 Kids on Tour.”
APT 10 runs from 4 December 2021 until 25 April 2022. Click here for more information.