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    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    APT6 ATTRACTS 200,000 VISITORS IN JUST SIX WEEKS

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    APT6 ATTRACTS 200,000 VISITORS IN JUST SIX WEEKS

    Acting Premier and Arts Minister Andrew Fraser revealed today as a milestone date for Queensland Art Gallery with APT6 visitor numbers hitting 200,000 – the same day its 10 day children's festival kicks off.

    "There has been an overwhelming response to the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6), which opened only six weeks ago on 5 December," the Acting Premier said.

    "This means an average of over 4,800 visitors per day have experienced APT6 across Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery – an outstanding result for any exhibition.

    "The public and critics alike have been amazed by the scope of the show, with Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald calling APT6 'the most dynamic contemporary art exhibition in Australia and quite possibly the world'.

    "The landmark in attendance coincides with start of the Kids' APT Summer Spectacular, which provides a range of artist workshops, performances and special features for children and families every day until 26 January.

    "Additionally, a program of activities takes place tomorrow at 35 regional centres around Queensland as part of Kids' APT on Tour.”

    Mr Fraser said APT is the only recurring exhibition in the world to focus on the contemporary art of Asia, Australia and the Pacific and is on show until 5 April.

    "The APT6 exhibition presents 313 artworks by more than 160 artists from more than 25 countries. The APT6 cinema programs present 260 feature and short films by more than 120 filmmakers," he said.

    "The cinema program at the Australian Cinémathèque has attracted strong numbers, with positive responses from community groups and capacity crowds to screenings of films by Taiwanese/American director Ang Lee."

    Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said the public and critical response to APT6 was inspiring.

    "We are particularly delighted with the visible diversity of audiences coming from a variety of communities within Queensland, as well as from interstate and overseas, “Mr Ellwood said.

    "The work of both established and emerging artists and the efforts of the Gallery's curatorial team, collaborators and staff have culminated in an exhibition that explores Asia, the Pacific and Australia like never before.

    "We are proud to have brought such a formidable collection of thought-provoking art to Brisbane.”

    The Queensland Government has been Founding Supporter of the Triennial since the series commenced. Santos is the Presenting Sponsor of APT6 as part of the company's five-year commitment to the Gallery's major summer exhibition series and the Children's Art Centre.

    For information on APT6 visit www.qag.qld.gov.au/apt6

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