6 May 2016
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Three curators will gain new perspectives on the contemporary arts scenes of China and South Korea and explore ways to strengthen New Zealand’s art links to Asia.
The curators will visit leading art museums, galleries and artist spaces in South Korea and China over a three-week period in August and September 2016. They will build their professional networks and explore possible future collaborations and artists exchanges. The programme includes visits to major international art festivals such as the Gwangju Biennale and Media City Seoul Biennale, both in South Korea.
Creative New Zealand and Asia New Zealand Foundation have been running tours to Asia since 2010, enabling New Zealand curators to visit leading contemporary art institutions and meet with directors, curators and international colleagues in the region.
The 2016 participants are:
Asia New Zealand Foundation’s director of culture, Jennifer King, says selected applicants need to demonstrate a long-term strategy for engagement with Asia and an interest in exploring opportunities for collaboration. “The curators will develop deep knowledge of the contemporary art scenes of Korea and China and their relevance for New Zealand audiences. They’ll be able to pass on that knowledge once they’re back, enabling more art from Asia to be shown in New Zealand.”
Participating curators have also helped connect New Zealand artists to galleries in Asia, opening their works up to an international audience. “The tours have been enormously helpful for helping to raise New Zealand’s profile in the Asia-Pacific arts scene.”
Creative New Zealand Senior Manager Cath Cardiff echoes this sentiment. “This tour aligns with our focus on building stronger artistic and cultural connections in Northeast Asia. We hope that it will lead to future exchange or presentation opportunities in the region for our artists and practitioners. We’re pleased to partner with Asia New Zealand Foundation once again to help New Zealand curators develop their knowledge, profile and networks in Asia.”
Asia New Zealand Foundation media adviser
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