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.
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.
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.
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. .
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).
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.
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.