Listen back to the audio podcasts of the 2015 symposium ‘Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future’, presented by the Power Institute and Department of Art History, at the University of Sydney.
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.
Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future brought together scholars and curators from across institutions, fields, and practices to explore the particular historical developments that have come to constitute the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand.
This day-long symposium, convened by Dr Olivier Krischer and Dr Stephen H. Whiteman, presented new research by both emerging practitioners and senior members of the field. Participants investigated the historiography of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand, assessing the current state of the field so as to better consider future directions.