NZ curators to explore Korean and Chinese art scenes

10 August 2010   

Three contemporary art curators are to embark on a tour of leading art galleries and museums in North Asia to build their professional networks and explore future collaborations.

The curators’ tour of South Korea and China will take place in October and is organised to coincide with the 8th Gwangju Biennal and the Busan Biennale in South Korea and the 8th Shanghai Biennial in China.

The successful candidates are Aaron Kreisler, a Dunedin Public Art Gallery curator, Stephen Cleland, a curator at the Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Manukau City, and Hanna Scott, an Auckland-based independent curator.

The tour is a professional opportunity facilitated by Creative New Zealand in association with the Asia New Zealand Foundation and is scheduled for October 17 to November 5.

Creative New Zealand chief executive Stephen Wainwright says an important aspect of CNZ’s work is fostering opportunities for New Zealand artists overseas.  “New Zealander arts have always enjoyed a great response from the Asian region and these curators will be ambassadors for this country’s creative dynamism.”

Asia:NZ culture director Jennifer King says China and South Korea have a really exciting contemporary arts scenes and many NZ arts institutions lacked contacts in the region. “We hope this tour will be the start of some exciting new initiatives.”

Each of the three participants will receive a grant of up to NZ$7000 towards airfares, accommodation, per diems and ground transport. They were selected from a highly competitive field of 12 applicants.

Aaron Kreisler has built an excellent reputation as an art academic, commentator and curator. He hopes the forthcoming trip will lead to Chinese or Korean artists being included in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery visiting artists’ programme.

Hanna Scott is an experienced curator of contemporary art and has a strong research interest in photography in contemporary art. She says her experience of working with artists from Asia has largely been with expats who are no longer residing in their countries of origin and she hopes the tour will enable her to establish new networks that lead to connections between Pacific and Chinese and Korean artists.

Stephen Cleland has worked with several prominent Asian artists living in New Zealand and he hopes the tour will help him establish working relations with arts institutions in South Korea and China as well as research Asian artists represented at the Shanghai, Busan and Gwangju Biennials.

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