END OF YEAR MESSAGE From Judith Rutherford, TAASA President – TAASA Review December 2008


This article was originally found in the December 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 4, Page 26).

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A s we approach the end of the year, I thought I would take the opportunity to thank all our members for their ongoing support of TAASA. We know from the surveys that we have undertaken over the years that the TAASA Review plays an important role in disseminating information and presenting topics of interest to all our members, wherever they live. In addition, one of our aims this year has been to extend the range of TAASA events on offer to members, and with the help of Philip Courtenay, a Queensland based member of our Management Committee, TAASA’s Queensland branch was launched at the Queensland Art Gallery in October. This year, we were delighted to present the latest Seminar in The Great Cities of Asia Series ­ Beijing: Past, Present and Future both in Sydney and Melbourne.

This was the first time that we co-presented a Seminar in both cities and it was a pleasure to work with the National Gallery of Victoria. When the opportunity arises we are happy to partner with other organisations and in March we joined with the Australian Institute of International Affairs at The Glover Cottages, Sydney in launching Anne Warr’s new book Shanghai Architecture.

We hope in the future to work more closely with the Queensland based Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art. We have spent considerable time and resources this year updating our data base and have plans in place to review and upgrade our website, a very important part of our information dissemination. Looking ahead to 2009, we are in the planning stages of another chapter in our Great Cities of Asia series, which will be held at the Powerhouse Museum...