Contemporary art funding in Asia: 5 top posts


As the number of non-profit and independent art organisations in Asia rises, the need to find successful, appropriate funding models becomes more urgent. As part of Art Radar’s “Lists” series, we bring you our five top posts on the funding of art in Asia.

Corporate art sponsors replaced by private donors in Australia – Sydney Herald

August 2011

This recently published post reveals that private support for the arts in Australia is growing. It also optimistically implies that this development has the potential to spread to other countries and cities in Asia, but cautions that the arts sector will still need to strategically and creatively identify prospective sponsors to gain more resources.

Click here to read the full post on the current state of corporate art sponsorship.

Chinese artist Jennifer Wen Ma's premier work 'New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven III', a video installation that was part of the 17th Sydney Biennale.

Is Hong Kong’s current art climate failing local artists? Wall Street Journal discusses

January 2011

Vibrant artistic environments are often reliant upon a balance between for-profit and non-profit establishments. Acknowledging the influx of galleries, dealers and international art events that have moved into Hong Kong over the past few years, this post considers the impact a growing commercial art sector may have on the city’s local art scene, including the way art is valued and appreciated by the community.

Click here to read the full post on the status of Hong Kong’s independent art scene.

Christie's art auction in Hong Kong.

Art Radar speaks with Para/Site curator, director Fominaya on November auction event

October 2010

In this interview, Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, then-director of Hong Kong-based Para/Site Art Space, identifies the financial opportunities for, and challenges faced by, Hong Kong-based Para/Site Art Space, and explains how the non-profit organisation creatively draws from the support of artists to generate funding and sponsorship. In light of the development of museums and alternative spaces in Asia, this informative post warrants more than a passing glance.

Click here to read the full post on Para/Site Art Space’s unique funding model.

Hong Kong nonprofit Para/Site Art Space. Image from

Hong Kong nonprofit Para/Site Art Space.

Clarissa Chikiamco on Philippine independent art spaces funding challenge: Philippine Star

July 2010

This post highlights a concern over the lack of adequate funding resources available to independent art spaces in the Philippines. Noting the impossibility of relying on private sponsorship without first cultivating “a spirit of philanthropy”, this post points out the inefficiencies inherent in the administration and distribution of government sponsorship, as well as the general decline in the amount of funding available, and labels them indicators of the need to alter the structure of funding for the arts in the state.

Click here to read the full post on the funding challenges that independent art spaces face.

Silverlens art gallery, Manila Philippines

Silverlens art gallery, Manila, the Philippines.

Curator Valerie Doran on ‘Hope and Glory’ and challenges for Hong Kong art world – interview

May 2010

In addition to providing curatorial insight into artist Simon Birch’s acclaimed exhibition, “Hope & Glory: A Conceptual Circus”, in this interview independent curator Valerie Doran identifies government funding as a key source of event sponsorship. The post further reveals that the “Hope & Glory” show represents the first time this type of government support had been secured for the visual arts, a feat that Doran indicates is a positive development for the arts and cultural industries in Hong Kong.

Click here to read the full interview with Valerie Doran.

'Galactus', Simon Birch. "Hope and Glory" installation shot.


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