Artists announced for 10th Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA

Queensland’s premier public gallery announces the first cohort of artist for its anticipated triennial.

Words: Rose of Sharon Leake

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) this week announced the first artist and projects to feature in its forthcoming Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) slated for exhibition in December of this year.

“For its landmark tenth edition,” says QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, “APT looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. The vast majority of the exhibition will consist of newly commissioned works of art developed through sustained engagement with this culturally diverse region.”

The tenth chapter in the gallery’s flagship exhibition series will include 69 projects with new and recent work by more than 100 emerging and established artists, collectives and filmmakers from more than 30 countries.

Major new works by artists Kaili Chun (Kanaka Ōiwi, Hawai’i), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people, Australia), Kimiyo Mishima (Japan), Salote Tawale (Fiji/Australia) and Grace Lillian Lee and Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr (Meriam Mir people, Australia), will be among the highlights of The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) at QAGOMA from 4 December, 2021 until 25 April, 2022.

Torres Strait Islander and multicultural artist Grace Lillian Lee and her mentor Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr will create a large-scale kinetic dhari (headdress) that reflects both artists’ practices and Lee’s signature use of the double grasshopper weave in her body adornment works, while Gordon Hookey will reveal the largest and most recent painting from his ongoing MURRILAND! series.

“Over three decades,” says Leeanne Enoch, Minister for the Arts, “more than 3.7 million visitors have enjoyed this unique presentation of art from the Asia Pacific region, so this next exhibition will be another incredible drawcard for visitors to Queensland.”

The first group of artists announced for APT10 are:

3AM est. 2016, Myanmar. Live and work in Yangon, Myanmar

Air Canoe: Northern Oceania: Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and their diasporas.

Maryam Ayeen and Abbas Shahsavar b.1983 & 1985, Bojnord & Kermanshah, Iran. Live and work in Mashhad, Iran.

Kaili Chun b.1962, Kanaka Ōiwi, Hawai’i. Lives and works Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Gordon Hookey Waanyi people, b.1961, Cloncurry, Australia. Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

Chia-Wei Hsu b.1983, Taichung, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei.

Hu Yun b.1986, Shanghai, China. Lives and works in Shanghai, Belgrade and Melbourne.

Grace Lillian Lee Meriam Mir people, b.1988, Cairns, Queensland, and Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr Meriam Mir people, b.1950, (Erub) Darnley Island, Australia. Live and work in Cairns, Australia.

Kimiyo Mishima b.1932, Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Osaka.

Nguyên Thi Châu Giang b.1975, Hanoi, Vietnam. Lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Shannon Novak b.1979, New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand. Lives and works in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Lee Paje b.1980, Manila, Philippines. Lives and works in Manila.

Syagini Ratna Wulan b.1979, Bandung, Indonesia. Lives and works in Bandung.

Seleka International Art Society Initiative est. 2008. Haveluloto, Tongatapu, Tonga.

Than Sok b.1984, Takeo, Cambodia. Lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Thasnai Sethaseree b.1968, Bangkok, Thailand. Lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Kamruzzaman Shadhin & Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts b.1974, Thakurgaon, Bangladesh / est. 2001. Live and work in Dhaka and Thakurgaon, Bangladesh.

Sumakshi Singh b.1980, Delhi, India. Lives and works in Gurgaon, India.

Salote Tawale b.1976, Suva, Fiji. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Uramat Mugas (Uramat Story Songs) Indigenous Uramat Identity, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Yolngu/Macassan Project Yirrkala, Australia and Macassar, Indonesia.

The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) shows at QAGOMA from 4 December, 2021 until 25 April, 2022. For more information visit

Image: Kamruzzaman Shadhin, Bangladesh b.1974 / Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts, Bangladesh Est. 2001 / The fibrous souls 2018-21 (works in development in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh). Courtesy: the artists.


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