16 May 2011
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China and Korea are both at the cutting edge of the global contemporary art scene.
As the Chinese economy booms, so do Chinese art and art sales – and in the past few years foreign galleries have begun to seriously court China’s art vanguard, with curators from Europe, the US and Asia flocking to set up operations or seek to export exhibitions. South Korean artists have been prolific too, exhibiting both at home and overseas – the 2009 “Moon Generation” exhibition in London attracted a quarter of a million visitors.
After a successful inaugural year, the partnership between Creative New Zealand and Asia:NZ has been renewed to support three emerging to mid-career curators to visit Korea and China between 1-24 October 2011, with an optional add-on to the Yokohama Triennale in Japan.
The curators will visit centres in China and Korea, including Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing. Asia:NZ will arrange formal programmes in each city in collaboration with contracted arts experts. The programme will include meetings, ground transport and translation services, and the participating curators will have the opportunity to discuss the itinerary prior to the tour.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for a complete immersion in the art scene of each country on the tour. The curators will be able to visit leading museums, galleries and artist spaces, build their professional networks and explore possible future collaborations and artist exchanges,” says Asia:NZ culture director Jennifer King. Shanghai alone boasts three museums devoted to modern art.
The curators may have the opportunity to give a short presentation on their institution and its perspective on contemporary New Zealand/Pacific art at one or more arts institutions during the trip.
They will also be expected to disseminate and share information on their return to New Zealand. Creative New Zealand and Asia New Zealand Foundation plan to organise a public panel discussion with the successful candidates on their return.
Tour arrangements will be made in Korea by Ms Kyungsoo Yu (formerly of Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Kukje Gallery, and SAMUSO), in Shanghai by Ms Zane Mellupe of Yongkang Lu Art, and in Beijing by Megan Connolly of ChART Contemporary.Purpose of the tour
This trip is designed to assist curators to:
We will offer (up to a total value of NZ$12,000 per curator):
Selected curators may need to contribute an additional amount to cover all costs.
Curators may add on an optional visit to the Yokohama Triennale in Japan at the end of the three week tour to Korea and China. Any additional costs beyond the allotted grant will need to be met by the curator.
To apply, curators must:
To apply, you need to complete an application form and attach all relevant documentation and materials. Contact Monica below to obtain an application form.
Return your application and attached materials by 12pm on Tuesday June 7 to:
Asia New Zealand Foundation,
Level 16, 141 The Terrace,
PO Box 10144, Wellington 6143
Phone 04-470 8708