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International Curators Program x The National 2021: New Australian Art

Mehwish Iqbal, Assemblage of a Fragmented Landscape, 2020, installation view, The National 2021: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, silk screen, etching, collagraph, drawing, hand embroidery, 24K silver leaf on paper, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia © the artist, photograph: Felicity Jenkins


The National 2021: New Australian Art is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. The third in a series of biennial survey exhibitions, it showcases work being made across the country by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Through ambitious new and commissioned projects, the 39 artists, collectives and collaboratives featured across three venues respond to the times in which they live, presenting observations that are provocative, political and poetic. The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This year, it has been curated by Matt Cox and Erin Vink (AGNSW), Abigail Moncrieff (Carriageworks), and Rachel Kent (MCA). Working in close dialogue, they have developed three distinct presentations of new Australian art that together highlight many of the ideas and concerns motivating artists in Australia today.

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the international curators participating in the International Curators Program x The National 2021: New Australian Art:

  • Nikita Yingqian Cai, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Times Museum, Guangzhou
  • Patrick Flores, Curator, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Jaimie Isaac, Curator, Indigenous and Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
  • Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
  • Pablo de Ocampo, Director and Curator of Moving Image, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Shaunak Mahbubani, Independent Curator, New York City/New Delhi
  • Anya Montiel, Curator, History and Culture Department, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
  • Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Curator, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • Vipash Purichanont, Co-Curator, Thailand Biennale 2021, Bangkok
  • Alia Swastika, Director, Jogja Biennale Foundation, Yogyakarta
  • Billy Tang, Senior Curator, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
  • Manuela Well-Off-Man, Chief Curator, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Sante Fe
  • Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London
  • Yu (Lisa) Zhang, Head of Exhibitions, Museum of Art Pudong, Shanghai

The Australia Council’s International Curators Program showcases art and artists here in Australia to international tastemakers. Influential curators from around the globe are invited to experience major Australian contemporary art exhibitions, through a facilitated program of exchange and connectivity with Australian artists and curators.

The aims of the program are to raise the profile of Australia’s contemporary artists and curatorial expertise, demonstrate Australia’s growing Asia-Pacific engagement, and develop long-term relationships which will enable new partnerships, collaborations and market development.

While it is not possible to gather in person, the 2021 International Curators Program is delivered online, with a focus on virtual studio visits between Australian artists and international curators.

Explore The National 2021 program:



Participating artists:

  • Abdullah M. I. Syed
  • Alana Hunt
  • Benjamin Prabowo Sexton
  • Betty Kuntiwa Pumani
  • Cameron Robbins
  • Caroline Rothwell
  • Gabriella Hirst
  • Justin Talplacido Shoulder
  • Kate Just
  • Karrabing Film Collective
  • Lauren Berkowitz
  • Leyla Stevens
  • Lisa Sammut
  • Maree Clarke
  • Mehwish Iqbal
  • Peta Clancy
  • Phaptawan Suwannakudt
  • Robert Andrew
  • Sally Smart
  • Sancintya Mohini Simpson
  • Wona Bae & Charlie Lawler
  • A Constructed World


The International Curators Program x The National 2021: New Australian Art virtual studio visits will be held via Zoom, on:

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

  • 9:30am-12:00pm, Sydney, Melbourne
  • 7:30am-10:00am, Perth
  • 7:30pm-10:00pm (Monday 2 August 2021) Hanover, Washington DC, New York City  
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm (Monday 2 August 2021) Winnipeg, Minneapolis  
  • 5:30pm-8:00pm (Monday 2 August 2021) Santa Fe 

Hosted by Patricia Adjei, Head of First Nations Arts and Culture, Australia Council for the Arts, and

Erin Vink, Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales

with Mikala Tai, Head of Visual Arts, Australia Council for the Arts

  • 6:30pm-9:00pm, Sydney, Melbourne
  • 4:30pm-7:00pm, Perth, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Manila 
  • 3:30pm-6:00pm, Yogyakarta, Bangkok
  • 9:30am-12:00pm, London 

Hosted by Grey Yeoh International Development Consultant (Asia), Australia Council for the Arts, and

Rachel Kent, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


For more information on the International Curators Program, please contact:

Joanna Bayndrian, International Market Adviser

Ph: +61 2 9215 9152


The International Curators Program x The National 2021 New Australian Art is delivered in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Carriageworks, and Art Gallery of NSW, with support from the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.