07/07/2022 - 15:54

AGWA to launch Asian art institute

07/07/2022 - 15:54

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The Simon Lee Foundation is supporting the Art Gallery of WA to establish a five-year curatorial initiative to exhibit and collect work by contemporary Asian artists.

AGWA to launch Asian art institute
A commission from Thai performance artist Kawita Vatanajyankur will lead the program from July 22.

The Simon Lee Foundation is supporting the Art Gallery of WA to establish a five-year curatorial initiative to exhibit and collect work by contemporary Asian artists.

The initiative, called the Simon Lee Foundation Institute of Contemporary Asian Art, aims to strengthen the gallery’s connection with Asia.

AGWA said the partnership was worth more than $1 million. 

Two new commissions, one by Thai performance artist Kawita Vatanajyankur and technologist Pat Pataranutaporn and another by Hong Kong artist Wong Ping, will lead the program from July 22.

Simon Lee Foundation Institute of Contemporary Asian Art lead creative Rachel Ciesla said the institute would offer a view of the practices used by some of the most inspiring and politically engaged artists in the region.

“AGWA is uniquely positioned, both geographically and culturally, to foster a deeper engagement with contemporary Asian art and artists, creating new conversations founded on curiosity, possibility, and connection,” Ms Ciesla said.

Businessman Simon Lee established the foundation in 1994 to support charities to reinvest in culture.

According to its most recent financials, the Simon Lee Foundation distributed just under $500,000 to various charities and programs in 2021.

Some of the organisations it supports includes West Australian Ballet, Telethon Kids Institute and the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Its board includes Emerald Resources director Mark Clements and lawyer Patti Chong.

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