The Asia Pacific Artistic Research Network (APARN) is a new initiative from the Centre of Visual Art, University of Melbourne and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta.

The purposes of the network are to:

  • Map artistic research initiatives and activities in the Asia Pacific region
  • Provide a regional framework for practical collaboration between individuals and institutions
  • Develop an understanding of local cultural dynamics influencing artistic research activities in the Asia Pacific region

Our inaugural meeting was held in October 2019 in association with the International Conference on Asia Pacific Arts Studies in Yogyakarta. The participants were: Kurniawan Adi Saputro, Danny Butt, Alison Carroll, Pornrat Damrhung, LeĂșli Eshraghi, Michael Hornblow, Khalid Midam, Helly Minarti, and Gunalan Nadarajan (keynote).

The group undertook to share useful resources, which are available here. The next stage is the development of a research proposal for mapping activities in the region.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 3-6 2020, via Zoom. Please see the homepage for more information, or contact us.


Danny Butt
Associate Director (Research), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Kurniawan Adi Saputro
Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia