MEDIA RELEASE – 10 March 2015
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art publicly announced today the upcoming departure of long time Director Aaron Seeto. After 8 years in the role, Seeto will be moving to Brisbane to take up the new role of Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
Edmund Capon, AM, OBE, 4A Chair, has commented, “Whilst we are obviously very reluctant to see Aaron leave, we are delighted for him and congratulate him on his new role. We would all wish to sincerely thank him for his outstanding leadership of 4A during this time. He has made a terrific contribution to 4A’s growth and its recognition both nationally and internationally, as a leading institution for contemporary Asian Art.”
Seeto’s ambitious exhibition program has included highlights such as the major solo dual-exhibition project Waste Not and Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Fine by internationally renowned Chinese artist Song Dong (2013); The Floating Eye: Sydney Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Storytellers of the Town (2014); Shen Shaomin: The Day After Tomorrow (2011), andEdge of Elsewhere (2010-2012).
Aaron’s vision and dedication towards providing professional development opportunities for early career Australian artists and curators has seen 4A offer an annual Beijing Studio Residency and bi-annual Curators’ Intensive programs since 2012.
The critical success of 4A’s most recent exhibition, Actions for Tomorrow by Chinese art collective Yangjiang Group, is testament to his work and that of the dedicated 4A staff.
Australian artist and 4A supporter Lindy Lee said of Seeto, “Aaron is one of Australia’s most important Asian Australian curators and artists. He has been absolutely instrumental in the development of 4A. Since becoming Director in 2007, Aaron has led 4A to blossom into one of Australia’s most innovative cultural spaces, establishing strong and very tangible artistic relationships between Asia and Australia. Aaron is undoubtedly one of Australia’s cultural leaders.”
Seeto said of his time at 4A, “4A has been a fundamental influence on my professional life – it has allowed me the freedom to test ideas, take artistic risks and develop in ways, that I doubt other organisations could. It has been an honour to lead 4A and work with a great many artists over the last nearly eight years. I am immensely proud of the work we have achieved. With a supportive board and the hard work and dedication of staff we have delivered a program that is consistently rich and complex and critically reflects the multicultural foundations of Australian society and the global context in which we now all live and work.”
4A’s current staff and Board will continue to run programs and manage directors’ duties in the interim, and will immediately commence the selection process for a new Director.
The Board has noted they do not anticipate any major change to the overall direction, energy and vision of the gallery, and look forward to a fresh journey with a new Director to sustain and expand the future of 4A.