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Contemporary art triumph in Gallery's 8th Asia Pacific Triennial

Queensland will be the focus of the international contemporary art world with The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) officially opened tonight by Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk. 

“The flagship Asia Pacific Triennial series is the only recurring exhibition to profile artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and APT8 will feature artwork by more than 80 artists from over 30 countries,” the Premier said.

“The Queensland Art Gallery has seen the Asia Pacific Triennial grow in size and stature through seven previous exhibitions, attracting over 2.4 million visitors to experience work by 550 artists from 40 countries. 

“We can see its success as a proven cultural tourism generator, with the previous APT alone generating almost $27 million for the Queensland economy and attracting thousands of visitors to the Gallery.

“The APT is a free exhibition with educational, children’s and touring components that provide benefits to Queenslanders across the state.” 

Premier Palaszczuk said the Gallery would host a dynamic APT8 Kids program of hands-on and multimedia activities with installations and artworks developed by exhibiting artists. 

“The APT8 Kids on Tour program will take place at more than 65 regional and remote venues throughout the state in early 2016,” she said. 

The Premier said the Queensland Government, as the Gallery’s primary supporter and APT founding supporter, helped to create the very first APT more than 20 years ago. 

“The ongoing success of the APT demonstrates the importance of investing in the arts sector for economic, social and cultural outcomes,” she said. 

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the APT8 exhibition had been developed over three years and took Gallery curators into new areas and countries not previously featured in the Triennial. 

“We are proudly presenting work by artists from Mongolia, Nepal and countries in Central Asia including the Kyrgyz Republic, Iraq and Georgia,” Mr Saines said. 

APT8 continues until 10 April 2016.


Feature image: Melati Suryodarmo / I'm a Ghost in My Own House 2012 / 12 hour performance, mixed media installation and single-channel video / Documentation of performance staged at Lawangwangi Creative Space, Lawangwangi Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia, 2012 / Image courtesy: The artist / © The artist