Celebrating Australian artists showing abroad

One of the healthiest ways of supporting contemporary art practice might be placing it beyond our shores – and then remembering to give it a nod.

Sadly, it is not often that we hear about the great projects staged aboard, which celebrate Australian artists. These events usually fall under the news spotlight of biennales or exhibitions with commercial galleries, while everything else largely falls outside Australia’s parochial lens.

The Australia Council for the Arts reported in its most recent Corporate Plan 2019-2023, Creativity Connects Us, that it funded 42 international initiatives in 2018-2019, up 140% on its goal.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina