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The Gallery's first public exhibition opened in Admission is free to the general exhibition space, which displays Australian art from settlement to contemporaryEuropean and Asian art. A dedicated Asian Gallery was opened in
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It is a national, independent association promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian visual, applied and performance arts, across history to the present and covering all parts of Asia. Areas of particular interest include painting and sculpture; ceramics, glass and metalware; textiles, dress, costume and jewellery; architecture; archaeology; music, dance and film. TAASA aims to create a community of interest for our members.
Last week, the AsianCenturyInstitute was fortunate to be able to speak with the East Gallery's director, Andrew FitzGerald, on the contemporary Asian art scene in Toronto, his gallery and his upcoming exhibition. Andrew, could you please share with our readers some insights into Asian Art in Toronto? Toronto has long been Canada's leading city for business and finance, but it was never really a center for the arts.
With local and international speakers drawn from all over South Asia, this symposium is led by artists, cultural commentators, scholars and grass-roots workers who understand the real issues which affect art and culture from the region. A day-long symposium, this event is free to attend, but RSVPs are required as catering will be included for all registered attendees. Associate Professor Devleena Ghosh of the University of Technology, Sydney, sets the tone for the day, discussing her fields of research in colonial, postcolonial, environmental and global studies, specifically in the Indian Ocean region.
Updated December 10, Two years ago, disabled Indonesian painter Faisal Rusdi was readying to apply for a spouse-visa to accompany his wife while she studied in Australia, but to do so, he was required to submit a proposal on what exactly he would be doing to support himself while in the country. Rusdi's proposal was a pledge that he would use his artistic talents to contribute to the local culture and society — his application was accepted, and Rusdi lived up to that pledge. The exhibit featured over 20 paintings of Rusdi's original work, the majority of which portrayed his life experiences and struggles as a person living with a disability in Australia — the accomplishment marked a dream come true for the Indonesian painter.
For many Australians, regardless of ethnic origin, the idea of Asia still conjures up East and Southeast Asia, rarely South Asia, problematic as such divisions of continents and geographies are. While people of South Asian descent have a long history both with and within Australia, acknowledgement of the range of their contributions has, until recently, been slim. Within arts spaces, this recognition has been even slimmer.