First Nations Curators Exchange
The Australia Council for the Arts is partnering with Creative New Zealand and the Canada Council for the Arts for a tri-nations exchange for First Nations artists and arts mediators. In November 2015, in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Triennial 8 (APT8), hosted by the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, First Nations curators from the three countries came together to share knowledge, cultural practice and networks. The second stage of the exchange occurred in New Zealand in 2016.
In 2017 participants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Sami communities from Scandinavia and Norway
, joined in Venice alongside the Venice Biennale for a First Nations exchange against the backdrop of the biggest art biennale in the world. Later this year in Canada, First Nations curators from Australia, New Zealand and Canada will join for an exchange focused around art and technology.
APT7 opening. Image credit: Natasha Harth/QAGOMA
The project seeks to increase networks and collaborations between First Nations artists and curators, enhance their capability to engage in market development and exchange, and support them in practice and issues based exchange with their peers on an international level.