Adam Porter is an Asian-Australian curator of contemporary visual art currently based in Western Sydney, Australia. Porter received a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Art History and Cinema Studies, and Social and Cultural Analysis) from the University of Western Sydney (2009). He also holds a Masters Degree in Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney (2010).
Porter has worked extensively as a curator, project manager and program coordinator at a number of institutions. Currently, he is the Senior Curator Contemporary Visual Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2019). Previous he was the Curator of Contemporary Visual Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2017-19), Head of Curatorial at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2017) and Curator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2010-17). Porter was also co-curator of Laneway Art and City Spaces at the City of Sydney (2012-13), which led to the permanent public artwork commission and acquisition of Youngsters by Caroline Rothwell (2013).
Porter is an advocate for contemporary art and artists, delivering large-scale contemporary art exhibitions featuring multidisciplinary practice, innovative curatorial models and community and cultural engagement practice. With ambitious artistic vision and a passionate understanding of community and cultural diversity, Porter’s practice has largely focused on contemporary art across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With demonstrated interest in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia, Porter’s practice is reflective of a shared diasporic experience and his own diverse cultural background. Specifically, his curatorial examinations have centered on the semiotics and aesthetic of ruins, destruction and degradation as conveyance for cultural memory and renewal.
Notable projects include Vernon Ah Kee: The Island (2020); OK Democracy, We Need to Talk (2019); Suzanne Archer: Song of the Cicada (2019); Amala Groom: Does She Know the Revolution is Coming? (2017); Studios Switch (2016); Oceanic Arts Pacifica (2014); Subject to Ruin (2014); Nahrain: Two Rivers (2014); and Landlock (2013).