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The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA

The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) brings breathtaking works to QAGOMA

When one travels overseas, we make an effort to tick off as many art galleries and museums from our bucket list that we can. Whilst we sit in transit and await the day we can once again globetrot to cultural institutions abroad, QAGOMA is helping us get our fill with The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10). Featuring a whopping 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives from across the globe, this breathtaking exhibition of recent and newly commissioned art will open on Saturday December 4 and will stick around until April 25, 2022.


For its landmark tenth edition, QAGOMA’s APT10 has been carefully curated to look to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. The vibrant showcase will highlight the most exciting and innovative creations in contemporary art from more than 150 individuals from more than 30 countries across the Asia-Pacific – including Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Singapore, India, New Zealand and many, many more. As well as the free exhibition, this year’s iteration of QAGOMA’s flagship series will include a multi-strand cinema program,  highlighting hidden gems from regions that tend to produce a very small number of feature films each year. APT10 will also have a plethora of onsite and virtual events, a bounty of kid-friendly activities that are sure to keep the tots happy, a two-night Up Late event in the new year and a full-colour publication.

The curtains will be lifted on APT10 this weekend, from Saturday December 4 to Sunday December 5, with a fun-filled roster of activities to celebrate the opening. There will be art-making workshops for the creative-minded folk, pop-up performances by koto-player Takako Nishibori, Brisbane Pride Choir and APT10 artist Brian Fuata, and a Clap Stick Flash Mob by Digi Youth Arts. For those looking to delve deeper into the exhibition, a series of virtual talks will feature more than 30 artists from across the globe. As with previous Asia Pacific Triennials, First Nations perspectives from across the region are ever-important, and this year’s APT10 includes co-curated focuses on indigenous art in Taiwan, cultural expression in Northern Oceania, and pre-colonial exchange between the Yolngu of northeast Arnhem Land and the Macassans of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. To learn more about APT10 before you make tracks to this ace exhibition, head to the QAGOMA website.

Image one: 3AM Myanmar est. 2016 / Graduated Uneducated 2021 / Photograph on paper / Courtesy: the artists ©3AM
Image two: Thasnai Sethaseree Thailand b. 1968 / It’s unclearly clear, as yet incomplete (detail) 2017-21 / Paper collage, Buddhist monk robes, urethane, metal. 3 parts: 400 x 800 cm (each) / Commissioned for APT10 / Purchased 2021 with funds from Metamorphic Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Image courtesy: the artist ©Thasnai Sethasere
Image three: Vipoo Srivilasa Thailand Australia b.1969/ Shrine of Life / Benjapakee Shrine (detail) 2021 / Mixed-media installation with five ceramic deities Installed dimensions variable Commissioned for APT10 / Purchased 2021 with funds from the Contemporary Patrons through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / Photograph: Simon Strong ©Vipoo Srivilasa
Image four: Kamruzzaman Shadhin Bangladesh b.1974 / Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts / Bangladesh est. 2001 / The fibrous souls 2018-21 (works in development in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh) / Purchased 2021 with funds from Metamorphic Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Image courtesy: the artists
Image five: Shannon Novak Aotearoa New Zealand b.1979 / Nexus Central Installation (Installation detail) Pataka, Wellington, New Zealand, 2018 / Courtesy: the artist

This article was written in partnership with QAGOMA. 

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Reuben Keehan

Reuben Keehan

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