52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS was an ambitious, year-long project running from January 2018 to January 2019 highlighting artistic practice across Asia. The project engaged 52 artists and collectives to stage actions in unique, physical locations throughout the region and share them with global audiences on Instagram and online.

An action can be anything and everything that artists use to communicate and build awareness around important concerns locally and globally. The artists have total freedom in what issues they choose to address and what they decide to create for their action.

Each week for a year a different artist drove the project, generating a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to political and social issues central to each unique context. The participating artists represent a wide spectrum of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds across South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia and the Pacific – everywhere from Bangladesh to Korea, Cambodia to Turkey and the breadth of Australian communities.

Taking place online and off, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS was the first project of its kind staged in the region. It was an open and experimental platform for the creation of new work around critical contemporary issues.


Artspace and Sydney Festival present 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS throughout January 2018. Supported by the City of Sydney; Copyright Agency Cultural Fund; Fabio Ongarato Design; Public Office; Thames and Hudson Australia and all of our Kickstarter supporters.