Museum Audiences and Sustainability Today

27 July 2020

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Join CIMAM's #3 webinar with on Thursday 30 July 2020.

2:00 pm HKT / 3:30 pm ACST / 8:00 am CEST

  • Gridthiya Gaweewong, Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.
  • Rhana Devenport, CIMAM Board Member and Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • Zoe Butt, Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Saigon.

Moderated by Suhanya Raffel, CIMAM Board Member and Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong.

Rapid Response Webinars are free of cost and accessible only for CIMAM Members. Sessions are recorded and posted at the Members Only section of the CIMAM website for those who missed the time.

Register here.


  • Gridthiya Gaweewong

Gridthiya Gaweewong co-founded an independent art organization, Project 304 in 1996. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting contemporary artists from Southeast Asia and beyond since the Cold War. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Under Construction (Tokyo, 2000-2002), Politics of Fun at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005, with Ong Ken Seng), the Saigon Open City in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2006-2007, with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Missing Links, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. (2015), The Serenity of Madness, a solo exhibition of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiangmai and travelled to Asia, Europe, USA (2016-2020). She served as the curatorial team of the 12th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, and curated the exhibition Facing Phantom Borders (2018). Currently, Gaweewong lives and works in Bangkok at Jim Thompson Art Center as an Artistic Director, and Chiangmai, as a guest curator, at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum.

  • Rhana Devenport

Rhana Devenport ONZM is Director of Art Gallery of South Australia, and previously led Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, (2013-2018) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, (2006-2013), both in Aotearoa New Zealand. Devenport is a curator, writer and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales and arts festivals. Her curatorial focus is contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media and social practice. In 2017 Devenport was curator for the New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia for ‘Lisa Reihana: Emissaries'. She has curated projects with Lee Mingwei, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Yin Xiuzhen, Song Dong, Nalini Malani, Fiona Pardington and Nam June Paik. From 1994 to 2004 she was Senior Project Officer, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery. In 2018 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Board Member of CIMAM.

  • Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer who lives in Vietnam. Her practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among cultures of the globalizing souths. Currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Zoe formerly served as Executive Director and Curator, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City (2009–2016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing (2007–2009); and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2001–2007) – this latter post particularly focused on the development of its Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Her work has been published by Hatje Cantz; ArtReview; ArtAsiaPacific; Lalit Kala Akademi; JRP-Ringier; Routledge; and Sternberg Press, among others. Recent notable exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber - Journey Beyond the Arrow, (2019); Interface: Oanh Phi Phi (2019); Empty Forest: Tuan Andrew Nguyen (2018). Zoe’s curatorial endeavors also include interdisciplinary dialogue platforms such as Realigning the Cosmos (2020-); Conscious Realities (2013-2016); and the online exhibition Embedded South(s) (2016). Zoe is a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2015 was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

  • Suhanya Raffel

Ms Suhanya Raffel leads and oversees all of M+'s activities, including collections building, exhibitions, research, programming, institutional collaborations, and operations. She joined the WKCDA in November 2016 as Executive Director, M+. She was appointed Museum Director, M+, in January 2019.

Previously, Ms Raffel was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Before that she worked at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions, including Acting Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial. At the Queensland Art Gallery, she was instrumental in building the contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2002–2012). Ms Raffel is currently a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, and a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).

Rapid Response Webinars

The CIMAM board has designed a program of Rapid Response Webinars that will allow CIMAM members to continue discussing the most urgent concerns and questions affecting the modern and contemporary art museum community at this time. This initiative responds to CIMAM’s spirit and commitment to be a platform for global discussion, a space for sharing and connecting, for learning and encouraging cooperation.

Rapid Response Webinars are held every last Thursday of the month moderated by board members at different time zones and guests. They aim to provide short capsules on urgent concerns for the profession throughout the year.

Calendar of Webinars

- 28 May, The View from Here, with Suzanne Cotter, Ernestine Mifetu-White, and Sally Tallant. Moderated by Frances Morris.

- 25 June 2020, Reaching Across Distancing, with Luis Camnitzer, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Elvira Espejo Ayca, and Agustín Pérez Rubio. Moderated by Victoria Noorthoorn.

- 30 July 2020, Museum Audiences and Sustainability Today, Zoe Butt, Rhana Devenport and Gridthiya Gaweewong. Moderated by Suhanya Raffel.

- 27 August 2020 with Malgorzata Ludwisiak, and Ernestine White–Mifetu.

- 24 September 2020 with Calin Dan and Ann-Sofi Noring.

- 29 October 2020 with Saskia Bos and Sarah Glennie.

- 26 November 2020 with Mami Kataoka and Eugene Tan.