The decision to establish the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific (TRC: A–P) reflects Tates commitment to deepening knowledge of the collection it is building and to supporting our curators in presenting global contemporary art to our audiences. The Research Centre, which has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on modern and contemporary art from the region and will address the very significant cultural and intellectual challenge that the art of the Asia-Pacific region represents in terms of access, public understanding, and critical and scholarly interpretation.
To lead Tates research in this complex region, we have created two new roles. Dr Sook-Kyung Lee, previously the Exhibition and Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool is the Centres Research Curator. She curated the Nam June Paik exhibition in Liverpool in 2010–11 and is currently engaged in research on late twentieth-century Korean and Japanese art. The Centres Project Manager is Dr Voon Pow Bartlett, an academic with a teaching, writing and curating background.
There is a programme of discussion, research and dissemination to promulgate new interchanges between external researchers – particularly internationally based researchers from the Asia-Pacific region – and Tates own curatorial and research staff, in the form of seminars and conferences and through the writing and publishing of peer-reviewed papers. We have also appointed two researchers, Dr. Monica Merlin and Dr. Majella Munro, to develop appropriate research projects.
The Centres objectives are to:
- Further the research, documentation, publication, acquisition and exhibition of works of modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art;
- Support Visiting Fellowships, scholarly exchanges and other developmental research opportunities in the field of modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art;
- Establish partnerships and alliances with similar organisations in the UK and internationally and to further attract funding to support Tates Asia-Pacific research programme.
The Research Centre offers a portfolio of research opportunities to scholars interested in working on topics relating to the recent art of the Asia-Pacific region. Individuals engaged in the programme are able to access information relating to works in the Tate collection as well as draw on the resources of the Tate Library and Archive.
Exhibitions and Gallery Displays
In addition, the Research Centre actively supports the scholarly production of knowledge about modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art, particularly in relation to Tates gallery display and exhibition programmes, especially those at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool.
Programme and events
The Centre runs a dynamic series of events to help academics, students and scholarly organisations engage with the most pressing and significant issues that are informing and affecting the development of modern and contemporary art and culture in the Asia-Pacific region. It seeks to stimulate debate and exchanges across the field. It welcomes proposals for new projects and events.
The initial areas of regional focus have been identified as China, Japan and Korea, to be studied from a number of different standpoints. Themes under consideration include art historical subject matter, monographic studies of key artists and thematic and culturally related topics.
Modern Chinese Painting and the Mass Audience
17 October 2012
Professor Craig Clunas FBA (University of Oxford) helped launch the Centre with a lecture at Tate Modern.
Tansaekhwa and the Case for Abstraction in Postwar Korea
27 September 2013
A seminar held with the eminent Korean scholar, Joan Kee, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s History of Art department, and a specialist in modern and contemporary art.
Negotiating Histories: Traditions in Modern and Contemporary Asia-Pacific Art
21 October 2013
23 October 2013
In collaboration with Asia-Pacific and Korea Arts Management Service.
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Shadows: Attempts at re-examination and re-evaluation of Socialist Realism in the practice and discourse of art in Chinafrom 1950 to the present
4 December 2013, 14:00–16:00
Carol Yinghua Lu
McAulay Seminar Room on L0
Confronting the Past: Some Modern and Contemporary Art Displays and Collecting Strategies
13 March 2014
Clarissa von Spee, British Museum
Time and venue to be confirmed
Current Visiting Fellowship
Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific would like to introduce their first Visiting Fellow, Carol Yinghua Lu. She is working with us from 17 October to 20 December 2013. The title of her research is:
What are the critical issues for Chinese practitioners to address in the process of becoming the subject in the creation of its own history?
Carol Lu is the contributing editor for Frieze and the Executive Editor-in-Chief for Yishu (Chinese version). She was the China researcher for Asia Art Archive (2005–2007). She has written frequently for international art journals and magazines including e-flux journal, The Exhibitionist, Yishu, Tate Etc. and Contemporary. Her texts on contemporary art have appeared in many art catalogues, books, publications and critical readers.
Visiting Fellowship Open Call
Deadline 31 January 2014
Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific welcomes applications for short-term non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowships.
An opportunity has arisen to support short-term non-stipendiary Visiting Fellows at the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific. The Visiting Fellowship Scheme supports scholarly exchanges and other developmental research opportunities in the field of modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art. Tate is interested in hearing from scholars who wish to undertake research at Tate and to communicate their research results to a broad, educated general audience on the international platform, and who are interested in taking up a position with immediate effect.
The Asia-Pacific Research Centre has been established with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It acts as a point for focus to encourage and support study, discussion and publication on modern and contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region, both within Tate and in partnership with scholars and institutions nationally and internationally. Alongside the events program and the research projects undertaken by the Centres own team, the fellowship scheme helps the Centre meet its overall strategic objectives.
Fellowships are non-stipendiary and are not Tate staff posts but are visiting opportunities. Fellows may be established or early career scholars. Fellowship awards may be spent on a mix of travel, accommodation and per diem expenses and are agreed with individuals on the basis of their particular projects and circumstances. Awards may be held for up to 6 months and will bring the fellow for an agreed period of time to work within the Centre, which is based at the Tate Britain site in London.
The terms of each Fellowship are agreed after discussion and will include timing and delivery dates and the specification of the agreed outcomes of the Fellowship, which may include for example:
- Published research either on Tates website or elsewhere on works in the Tate collection
- A programme of discussion with Centre researchers and students
- Seminar, symposium or conference presentations
- Consultation with curators on the growth of the collection and on its display at one of the four Tate sites
The Research Centre will offer a portfolio of research opportunities to scholars interested in working on topics relating to the recent art of the Asia-Pacific region. Individuals engaged in the programme will be able to access information relating to works in the Tate Collection and draw on the resources of Tates library and archive.
Applications should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will take the form of a CV including the names of two referees, specimen of research publication and a covering letter describing the project.
- An annual, themed seminar series, involving staff and external speakers, currently being planned for 2014 onwards
- International conferences in collaborations with institutions in the region during 2014–15
- An international conference in London in 2015
- Public events in collaboration with Tates international partners, individual scholars, scholarly societies and universities
- Visiting Fellowship Scheme
- Research Centre publication programme, including the dissemination of research outcomes on Tates website
Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific has been generously supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific has been generously supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation