APT7 exhibition to boost tourism numbers

30 Nov 2012 4:28 PMJann Stuckey

30 November 2012

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery will be a drawcard for more than 100,000 interstate and overseas visitors to Queensland this summer.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the exhibition, which is on display from December 8, 2012 to April 14, 2013, would celebrate 20 years of the APT, the only exhibition series of Australian, Asian and Pacific contemporary art in the world.

“Since 1993, the six APT exhibitions have attracted more than 1.8 million visitors,” Ms Stuckey said.

“For the seventh APT exhibition we are expecting more than 100,000 visitors with over 30 per cent from interstate or overseas, which means a great boost for tourism and Queensland’s economy.”

Ms Stuckey said APT7 will kick off a big year for cultural tourism in Queensland. The national exclusive of The Bolshoi Ballet will be presented at QPAC from 30 May to 9 June 2013.

APT7 features the work of more than 70 artists and artist groups from 27 countries across the region.
Visitors will be able to view Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping’s 54-metre long snake skeleton suspended over the Queensland Art Gallery’s Watermall; Raqib Shaw’s nine-metre long painting embellished with rhinestones and glitter; and Richard Maloy’s huge Big Yellow 2012 installation that will take over the river end of GOMA’s ground floor.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Brisbane for this exhibition and to the continued success of APT as it celebrates 20 years of bringing Australian, Asian and Pacific art to its audiences,” she said.

For further information on APT7 visit: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt7

For more great events in Queensland visit: www.eventsqld.com.au

[ENDS] 30 November 2012