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China and the Pacific Conversation

THE FOCUS OF WORLD AFFAIRS IS SHIFTING. Where once it was dominated by the nations of the North Atlantic, primarily the United States and Western Europe, attention now is turning to the Pacific, not least drawn by the exponential economic rise of China and the Asian Tigers. Culturally, the regions of the Atlantic and the … Continue reading

Call Me Doctor

: Well, it took the best part of ten years, but on Thursday 21 July I finally graduated Doctor of Philosophy! : I WAS DELIGHTED to be able to celebrate the occasion with my daughter Gabrielle, son Ben and his partner Danni at the Monash University ceremony. My wife Kirsty was away on an AusTrade mission to … Continue reading

Empowering Children to Realise Their Creativity

:: The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass :: “Children are born with a strong propensity for creativity, but conventional education is specifically structured to remove it by the time they reach puberty. This shapes children to become adults in a looking-glass world in which they consume other people’s ideas rather than working together to … Continue reading

Art and Industry

On Being Industrious CHINA: on 23 April 2016 Alasdair Foster delivered a short speech on behalf of the international delegates attending the grand opening of the Shenyang Festival of Industrial Photography. Below is an extract from that speech setting a wider philosophical frame for considering the many diverse works in the festival. FOR MORE THAN … Continue reading

Re-Imagining Industry

  SHENYANG, CHINA: Curated by Alasdair Foster, ‘Industry re.Imagined’ is an exhibition featuring the work of three artists, each from different continents, exploring notions of industry through the lens of artistic imagination. The chronicles of industry recount constant change: from steam, to electricity, to diesel, to nuclear and on to renewables such as wind, wave … Continue reading

Dyslexia · Diversity · Democracy

:: Shooting the Moon :: Alasdair Foster delivered a lecture at Newcastle University last Wednesday, which built out from his personal experience of being dyslexic to argue for a better understanding of difference within our educational system. He does not consider dyslexia to be a disability but a different ability, one which he has been … Continue reading

Australian Photography Showcased in Dubai

ALASDAIR FOSTER IS THE CURATOR of the Australian exhibit presented in Dubai this March as part of Dubai Photo Exhibition 2016. The Australian work will sit alongside presentations from 23 countries prepared by 18 leading curators from around the world, headed by London-based curator and editor, Zelda Cheatle. This major event is staged under the Patronage of … Continue reading

Australian Photobook of the Year Awards

IT WAS MY HONOUR to chair the judging panel for the self-published category of this year’s Australian Photobook of The Year Awards. The winner was Jordan Madge for his book ‘Red Herring’, which he both photographed and designed. Jordan Madge is a 21-year-old artist with a Bachelor of Photography from Photography Studies College, Melbourne. His book … Continue reading

A Conversation of Memories

: :: Patricia Casey :: Erika Diettes :: Tomoko Hayashi :: Paula Luttringer :: :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Wendy Sacks :: Diana Thorneycroft :: ~ :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: : This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 PhotoVisa photography festival, Krasnodar, Russia. The exhibition brings together artists from Argentina, … Continue reading

Photography and Remembering

:: Memory Holds the Future :: This is an edited version of a speech given by Alasdair Foster at the opening of ‘A Conversation of Memories’ at the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (КИСИ) on 15 October 2015. Curated by Alasdair Foster and presented by PhotoVisa festival, the exhibition brings together work by seven artists … Continue reading

Dream Home

:: Dream Home :: Sian Bonnell :: Magdalena Bors :: Hillerbrand+Magsamen :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Viktoria Sorochinski :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival, China’s largest and longest-running festival of photomedia arts. Here four artists and one artistic partnership explore that most … Continue reading

Victoriana. Pleasure Garden

Not-So-Simple Pleasures On Saturday 29 August, it was my great pleasure to open an exhibition by the talented Melbourne duo Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak. To introduce their work here are some shots of the installation and event, along with the text of my opening speech… :: In 1861 Albert, the Prince Consort, died. Queen … Continue reading

Dream Home, China

:: DREAM HOME This year, CDC will present the work of four artists and one artistic partnership at China’s largest and longest-running photo festival, the Pingyao International Photograph Festival. Each explores the psychological dislocations between the consumerist ‘dream’, domestic convention and the complex, sometimes dissonant, interior life of the individual. Hailing from four continents, they … Continue reading

Why Photographs are Important – GCCAG Speech

:: Gold Coast City Art Gallery Dinner in Honour of Mrs Win Schubert, AO :: Text of a short speech by the writer and curator, Alasdair Foster : : The celebrated curator, historian and critic, John Szarkowski, described the art of photography as having two distinct, but interconnected, modes. On the one hand, a photograph could be … Continue reading

One Million Dollar Gift

~ Major Photography Award Assured a Long Future ~ CDC’s Alasdair Foster spoke at the dinner on 9 May held in honour of Mrs Win Schubert AO, who has given one million dollars to the Gold Coast City Art Gallery to allow them to run the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award in perpetuity. Since … Continue reading


~ Congratulations to Lyndal Irons winner of the 2015 Pool Grant The grant provides $10,000 to an emerging artist to enable them to create a body of photographs to be exhibited twelve months later at the next award ceremony. The award is organised and presented by the Pool Collective, a group of eminent Australian photographers who put their … Continue reading

‘Compulsion’ Tours Spain

~ MAGDALENA BORS EXHIBITION TOURS IN SPAIN ‘The Art of Domestic Compulsion’, an exhibition of work by the Melbourne-based artist Magdalena Bors, curated by Alasdair Foster, will tour Spain for the next ten months. Commissioned by Galleri Image and now forming part of its permanent collection, the exhibition received rave reviews in Denmark before touring … Continue reading

The Art of Domestic Compulsion

: :: Magdalena Bors :: Curator and writer: Alasdair Foster   This is the catalogue for an exhibition by the Australian artist, Magdalena Bors. The exhibition is currently touring in Europe through a partnership between Galleri Image in Denmark and Cultural Development Consulting in Sydney, with support in Spain from the Centro Andaluz de la … Continue reading

Featured Artist: Virginie Maillard

~ ~ “Images of an evolving past in the context of crisis”   Virginie Maillard   INSTITUTIONS HAVE A DUTY to be stable, noble, enduring. Or at least we might wish them to be. An institution is a both a structure and an ideal. It might be a cathedral or a parliament or a court. It … Continue reading

Roberto Fernández Ibáñez

~ “Photography is working with me, on me, through me. In every sincere artist, art expresses itself through them. For me, photography is a Way…” Roberto Fernández Ibáñez ~ RARIS AVIBUS  are indeed rare birds, caught in the space between the real and the imagined; they survive thanks to the diligence of one man: Roberto Fernández … Continue reading

  • The majority of the texts on this site are by Alasdair Foster and represent his opinions. However, in order to facilitate a useful diversity of views, some texts have been invited from artists and colleagues around the world, while others appear as independent comments. These opinions and comments are not necessarily those of Alasdair Foster or Cultural Development Consulting (CDC). All data and information on this site is provided on an as-is basis. While every effort is made to be as thorough as possible, neither Alasdair Foster nor CDC make representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency, suitability or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.