APAGA in Australia

Australian representative Anna Pappas discussing points of interest at the APAGA workshop in Melbourne.

Australian representative Anna Pappas discussing points of interest at the APAGA workshop in Melbourne.

 Late last year, ACGA President Anna Pappas was invited by the Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA) to become a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Art Gallery Alliance (APAGA), and has since attended three forums in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

With support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian chapter played host to the most recent forum, with delegates from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taipei making the trip down under.  Starting with an intense workshop in Melbourne, the delegates discussed the vision, mission, objectives,  and proposed events to be organised and held by APAGA. Following an afternoon spent amongst the Australian art collection at NGVA in Federation Square, they then joined the who's who of the Australian art world at the Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts, held in the Great Hall, NGVI. 

The Australian Art Experience then took them to Sydney, to see the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art. They also spent some time visiting a number of ACGA member galleries in Sydney, giving them a broad perspective of the Australian art scene. Overall the delegates very appreciative of this opportunity to experience so much in so little time.

APAGA is a member based non-profit organisation that seeks to promote regional co-operation, communication, exchange and synergy amongst members of art gallery associations in the Asia Pacific region. The Alliance has been founded by eight of the most established and powerful Associations across the region, including Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong and Indonesia, and operates according to rigorous governance and ethical based principles. 

Japanese representatives Tomio Koyama & Hiroya Tsubakihara, with Korean representative Woo Hong Park at the MAF Awards for the Visual Arts. Image credit: Tom O'Connor

Japanese representatives Tomio Koyama & Hiroya Tsubakihara, with Korean representative Woo Hong Park at the MAF Awards for the Visual Arts. Image credit: Tom O'Connor

Singapore representative Benjamin Hampe and Hong Kong representative Adriana Alvarez-Nichol at the MAF Awards for the Visual Arts. Image credit: Tom O'Connor

Singapore representative Benjamin Hampe and Hong Kong representative Adriana Alvarez-Nichol at the MAF Awards for the Visual Arts. Image credit: Tom O'Connor