Asian Art Research

This project seeks to bring together scholars and curators from across institutions, fields, and practices to better understand the particular historical developments that have come to constitute the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand. Together, participants will investigate the historiography of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand and assess our achievements and the current state of the field, so as to better consider future directions. The symposium is convened by Dr Olivier Krischer, Australian National University, and Dr Stephen H. Whiteman, University of Sydney.

Symposium outline

Since at least the 1940s, Asia has become an increasingly important point of orientation for Australia and New Zealand: politically, economically, demographically, and, of course, culturally. In this context, there has long been strong public interest in Asian art, sustaining dedicated galleries, significant original exhibitions, specialist organisations, arts festivals, and numerous exchange programmes. Nonetheless, the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand appears stubbornly diffuse. Australia and New Zealand boast successive generations of specialists working as educators, curators, researchers, artists, and ever growing numbers of students, yet we often remain separated by discipline, geography, institutional structures, and the variable resources that characterise local museum and library collections.

Key details

Symposium date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Venue: Woolley Common Room N480, John Woolley Building, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW
Journal issue release date: 1 December 2016

Presented by

Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future is presented by the Power Institute and the Department of Art History, the University of Sydney.