Building New Cultural Capital for Southeast Asian Art

24 January 2019

"The Village" at S.E.A. Focus
Gillman Barracks, Block 7, Lock Road S108935

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

General admission tickets permit entry to all the talks.

With Aaron Seeto, Tan Boon Hui and Ursula Sullivan
Moderated by Johnni Wong

Southeast Asian art is a fast-rising and growing sphere that is being shaped by both regional and international agents that are building and accumulating capital, support system and infrastructures for it to thrive on the global stage. This talk assembles individuals from different settings, both institutional and organic, public and private, to explore the evolving roles of collectors, institutions, dealers, galleries and non-profit spaces in building infrastructure that contributes to the growth of public appreciation and demand for Southeast Asian contemporary art.

The speakers will address questions such as: how do different infrastructures and organisations, both locally and worldwide, impact and influence the reception of contemporary art in Southeast Asia? How can synergy between the private and public be achieved so that national institutions can work with private and small initiatives to jointly contribute towards the development of the art and cultural landscape in the region?

About the Speakers

Aaron Seeto, the Director of Museum MACAN, has vast experience working to advance the goals of contemporary arts organisations and curating significant exhibitions of artists from the Asia and Pacific regions. Seeto was formerly Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia where he led the curatorial team at the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in 2015. For eight years prior, he was the Director of Sydney’s ground-breaking 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Boon Hui Tan is Director of Asia Society Museum in New York, where he leads the organisation’s global arts and cultural activities spanning the visual arts, performing arts and film. In his role, he oversees the museum’s exhibition programmes and collections, including the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Traditional Asian Art, and the Contemporary Art collection of photography and new media works by Asian and Asian-American artists. Prior to this, he was Assistant Chief Executive at the National Heritage Board in Singapore, and Director of the Singapore Art Museum.

Ursula Sullivan is the Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore. Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing contemporary artists from Asia and Australia. Sullivan graduated from College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 1996, working at Eva Breuer Art Dealer (Sydney), Savill Galleries (Melbourne), and Liverpool Street Gallery (Sydney) before establishing Sullivan+Strumpf in 2005 with Joanna Strumpf.

Johnni Wong is an ex-journalist, co-author of “Southeast Asian Art: Auction Benchmarks & Market Insights”, and former general manager of The Edge Galerie of The Edge Media Group. Prior to this, he was a senior editor at The Star English Daily in Malaysia.