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Visitors enjoying the Japan Supernatural interactive touch wall featuring characters from Hiroharu Itaya Night procession of one hundred demons circa 1820 (detail)

Visitors to the Japan Supernatural exhibition enjoy an interactive touch wall featuring characters from Hiroharu Itaya's Night procession of one hundred demons c1820

VisAsia’s mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian visual arts and culture through exhibitions, events and education

The Australian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts (VisAsia) was established in 1999. It works collaboratively with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to bring a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Asian art to the Australian public and the Art Gallery’s international visitors.

  • Support exhibitions and education

    VisAsia’s funds are directed towards two main support areas: exhibitions and education.

    The Art Gallery has a distinguished reputation for outstanding Asian art exhibitions. Many are of international significance and are often showcased in conjunction with partner museums across Asia. The diverse and stimulating exhibition program presents not only some of the most challenging contemporary Asian art being made, but also intimate and delicate Asian antiquities.

    Exhibitions supported by VisAsia include:

    In the area of education, Asian art lecture series, events, teaching programs and tours deepen the public’s engagement with exhibitions and the Art Gallery’s Asian art collection.

    With the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre and The Power Institute, and with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas, VisAsia proudly co-presents the Sydney Asian Art Series.

  • Individual membership

    VisAsia supporters are invited to make a donation of $1800 per year. Of this amount, $300 will be directed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation’s endowment fund for acquisitions.

  • Acknowledgement

    As a contributing patron, you will be invited to a tailored program of events, including:

    • private viewings of major exhibitions, with an introduction by the director or curator

    • Asian art exhibition openings

    • behind-the-scenes tours

    • interstate and overseas art-focused travel to galleries and private collections

    • complimentary quarterly copies of TAASA Review on request

    Patrons agreeing to make a tax-deductible donation starting from $7200 over four years are entitled to have their names listed on the Foundation honour board.

  • VisAsia Council

    VisAsia Council was designed to provide company executives with a personal association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It assists the Art Gallery with its commitment to promote and cultivate a better understanding and enjoyment of Asian art and culture. Funds raised through membership fees are devoted exclusively to the sponsorship of Asian exhibitions, publications and education programs. Membership is restricted to chief executives, chairpersons and individual business leaders and is by invitation only.

    See also VisAsia individual membership and Asian Art Acquisition Fund

    VisAsia Council members

    Monika Tu – Black Diamondz Group
    Ryan Gollan – Dongtian Global
    Kimberley Holden
    Seng Huang Lee – Mulpha Australia
    Warwick Johnson – Optimal Fund Management
    Michael Sternberg – Valiant Hire

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Geraldine Doogue’s speech at VisAsia Lunar New Year Dinner 2021