Wayfaring: Photography in 1970s–80s Taiwan

30 July – 28 October 2021
Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

As Taiwanese society was coming to terms with a new political reality in the 1970s and 1980s, many artists and intellectuals addressed issues of locality, history and cultural identity. Despite the pressure on civil society, Taiwan’s visual culture flourished, with photography playing a key role as a visual medium that intersected many creative practices and platforms. Pioneering photographers produced groundbreaking works, from experimental art to photojournalism. Drawn from the collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, with some works loaned directly from the artists, this broad selection of photographs, curated by Dr Shuxia Chen and Dr Olivier Krischer, reflects the diversity and shifting experiences of Taiwanese society and culture at this pivotal time.


The Way We Eat

3 April 2021 - 2022

Art Gallery of NSW

The Way We Eat brings together works of art related to food. It considers what we eat; how food is made, stored and consumed; the evolution of culinary wares; cultural exchange, and the ritual and symbolic meanings associated with food. Combining historical treasures with dramatic contemporary artworks, the exhibition is drawn from the Gallery’s extensive Asian art collection and loans from private collections. There was a changeover of some exhibits in early August.

Haenyeo – The Sea Women of Jeju Island

8 March – 10 October 2021

Australian National Maritime Museum

Marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Cultural Centre this year, the Museum and the KCC co- present this photographic exhibition which showcases the artist Hyungsun Kim’s powerful portraits celebrating a community of women divers of Jeju Island known as haenyeo (sea women). Alongside traditional diving clothes and tools for haenyeo provided by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the exhibition features 12 large scale photographic portraits which explore the human face of this centuries-old, sustainable sea harvest. Jeju Haenyeo Culture was inscribed on the UnESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.

Kiki Ando: Highest Mountain and Deepest Bay

9 July – 25 September 2021

Japan Foundation, Sydney

A solo exhibition by Kiki Ando, a contemporary Japanese artist based in Melbourne, this exhibition includes over 60 works reflecting Ando’s artistic archive and imaginative world, spanning wearable paper art, hand-built ceramic characters, animation and live performance. Ando’s work is deeply embedded in Japanese artistic practices like butoh dance, hand-built ceramics and boro and Kamiko fashion practices, along with her experiences abroad. The exhibition’s title reflects Ando’s childhood in numazu City, Japan (Eastern Shizuoka Prefecture) near Mt Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and Suruga bay, the country’s deepest bay.


The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10)

4 December 2021 – 25 April 2022


The 10th chapter in the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series will include 69 projects with new and recent work by more than 100 emerging and established artists, collectives and filmmakers from more than 30 countries. For its landmark 10th edition, the Asia Pacific Triennial looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. The vast majority of the exhibition will consist of newly commissioned works of art developed through sustained engagement with this culturally diverse region. 

The Gifting Tree: Sonia Chitrakar, Archana Kumari, Kamta Tahed

12 June – 17 October 2021

GOMA brings together the work of these three contemporary Indian artists who use bright colours, pattern and storytelling in different ways. Each artist has created a painting or drawing that references the importance of trees in supporting life, referring to a divine, life-giving tree otherwise known as Kalpavriksha, which appears in many religions and stories throughout India.


A Vast Emporium: Artistic exchange and innovation in a global age

From 1 May 2021
Art Gallery of South Australia

The discovery of sea routes that directly connected Europe to the maritime world of Asia enabled the creation of a global trading community. For the first time, Europeans had direct access to luxurious commodities such as lustrous Chinese porcelain, vivid Indian textiles and elegant Japanese lacquer. At cosmopolitan ports in Asia, artists responded to this new age of artistic and cultural exchange to create hybrid works of art using regional techniques which were exported around the world creating the first globally recognized styles. Inversely, the influx of exotic wares adapted to suit the aristocracy of Europe inspired imitation and innovation by European artists.

OzAsia Festival 2021

21 October to 7 November 2021

Adelaide Festival Centre

Tickets are now on sale for this major contemporary arts festival aimed at fostering cultural engagement between Australia and Asia. It will feature more than 300 artists with around 100 performances and includes 11 world premieres and two Australian premieres across more than 30 ticketed and free events – everything from theatre, music, dance and comedy to film, literature and visual art. This festival will mark the first full-scale OzAsia Festival under the leadership of its new Artistic Director, Annette Shun Wah who has indicated her focus will be to showcase the talents of Australians of Asian background. The full OzAsia Festival program can be viewed online at


Japanese Modernism


You can still take a virtual tour of this exhibition on the NGV’s website

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