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2015 a momentous new chapter for Melbourne art gallery’s represented artist

This is an exciting period for Alcaston Gallery artist Angela Tiatia; represented by the Melbourne art gallery since 2014, Angela’s career has reached significant milestones in 2015.

Born in New Zealand of Australian and Samoan heritage, Angela is a film maker, curator, and visual artist. Her work is primarily focused on videos that explore global contemporary cultures, with abiding themes including the construction of Pacific cultural and sexual identity, the commodification of the body and place, representation, gender politics and neo-colonialism. Angela has exhibited in numerous temporary showcases and her film works are also held in the collections of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and major Melbourne art gallery the National Gallery of Victoria.

Key new developments for Angela Tiatia in 2015 include her participation in 4A’s Beijing Studio Program, her inclusion in the shortlist for the NSW Government’s Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) 2015, and her selection to take part in the Eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 8) at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


4A’s Beijing Studio Program

Angela recently completed a residency at the studios of Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin in Beijing, as part of the 2015 Beijing Studio Program run by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. A renowned artist with an international career spanning two decades, Shen Shaomin’s own practice is oriented towards experimental works that explore individual and collective experiences of humanity and their influences on our natural and constructed surroundings. The residency program at his studios entails a month-long stint each September in which two emerging Australian artists take part, researching new projects, building networks and immersing themselves in Beijing’s creative and cultural dynamic. Back in Australia, artists present their experiences in a public forum and make a proposal for an exhibition at 4A. If successful they will be mentored by 4A to create an exhibition in the subsequent year.



NSW Government’s Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) 2015

Angela was also shortlisted for the NSW Government’s Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) 2015 and selected as one of 12 finalists who will collaborate with curators in the lead-up to an exhibition of their works at Artspace, Woolloomooloo. Established by the NSW Government, the fellowship is designed to support a visual artist at the beginning of their career in self-directed professional development, through a range of activities including travel, mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses, workshops or other training; research, and the creation of new work. Shortlisted artists develop their work over an extended installation period with curatorial support from Artspace.



In addition, Angela is an invited artist in the Eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 8) at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, from 21 November to 10 April 2016.The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of artists from Asia, the Pacific and Australia. This eighth edition examines the role of performance in recent art, with live actions, video, kinetic art, painting and sculpture exploring the use of the human form as a means of expression, and the central role of artists in articulating experiences specific to their localities. APT8 includes more than 80 artists and groups, an ongoing program of artist performances and projects and much more.


With such an exciting slate of developments for Angela Tiatia, now is an opportune time to invest in the work of this significant emerging artist. More detail about Angela can be found here.

For those interested in purchasing her work, particularly in the lead-up to the Christmas Holidays, the Art Money loans program is designed to make owning art immediate and affordable. Art Money provides interest free loans to buy art at participating galleries. Loans are available for artworks priced from $750 to $20,000. Payments are spread over 10 equal monthly payments. After paying a 10% deposit, you can take your artwork home and pay the remaining balance over 9 months, interest free.

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