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The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Every 3 years GoMA & QAG brings the art of Asia to Brisbane
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) is Brisbane's most exciting art exhibition. Gathering together the best current works from the Asia Pacific region, including Australia & New Zealand, it features a wonderful collection of Asian art.



The works are many and varied, along with paintings and sculptures, there's also video, kinetic art, installations and performance. The styles are also as diverse as the media as they reflect the trends and issues across the region.

Photo courtesy of QAGGOMA


Overall there are more than 80 artists or artistic groups from 30 countries represented in the exhibition. There are also performances, a conference, cinema as well as activities suitable for kids and families.

Kids and family activities include Everyday Whispers, where kids can record a wish which will be played back over the course of the exhibition; The Mandala of Flowers where the artist encourages kids to explore the installation; Family which features drawings by kids from Myanmar and collects kids drawings from Australia and sends them back to Myanmar, and much more.

Photo courtesy of QAGGOMA


Most of the exhibition takes place in the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) where the premium works are exhibited, but there will also be works the Queensland Art Gallery, so don't forget to visit there after visiting GoMA.

Most of the exhibition is on at GoMA
Most of the exhibition is on at GoMA


The opening weekend of November 21 & 22 will include talks, discussion panels and performances by artists.

On Monday November 23 there will be a conference aimed more at artists, academics and professionals. Tickets for this event are $100.

The Queelnsland Art Gallery will host some of the APT8 exhibits
The Queelnsland Art Gallery will host some of the APT8 exhibits


Live performances will be a new and integral part of APT8. There will be live performances occurring throughout the exhibition. The best time for to see live performances will be the opening weekend on Nov 21 & 22.

Gabriella and Silvana Mangano presents there is no there which interprets current news events through choreographed movements, gestures and sounds on Dec 13, Jan 31, Feb 21 & Apr 10 at 1 pm. .

Photo courtesy of QAGGOMA


Don't forget the cinema series which will include 3 films commissioned for APT8. Check the website for the exact schedule of these and other films (many of them free).

Photo courtesy of QAGGOMA


Overall, this is the most exciting, diverse and anticipated event in the Brisbane artistic calendar. It really is a fantastic treat that unfortunately only occurs every 3 years.

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Phone: (07) 3840 7303
Where: GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane
Cost: Free
Your Comment
If you can't get to Brisbane keep an eye out in your local gallery over January because parts of the Kids APT8 will be available. Some of the galleries involved are Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery and Pine Rivers Art Gallery. I'm sure there are a lot more. Have a look at the QAGoMa Website for more locations.
by Andrew Gill (score: 2|196) 1273 days ago
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