22 June 2019, National Gallery of Victoria
This panel was an opportunity to learn from those who are engaged with China as artists or curators.
What are the challenges in connecting with audiences in mainland China?
What opportunities make the effort worthwhile?
How can we maintain contact with the Chinese scene from Australia?
Yiwei Wu – Founder of Yiwei Art Foundation and SanW Gallery in Shanghai
Vicki Mason – jewellery artist in residence at San W Studio and SIVA Artist Residency Project
Robin Best – Australian ceramicist working in Jingdezhen
Philip Faulks – Melbourne paper cut artist
Wilson Yeung Chun Wai – Creative Events Manager, Museum of Chinese Australian History
Conversation between dragons
Saturday 22 June 2019
This panel explores the creative substance of a dialogue with China. As a nation that seeks to revive its traditional culture, how does this parallel the trajectory of nations around the Pacific Rim? We learn from the dragons not only in China but also in Mexico, Australia and India. Do they still have a place in our lives? Does their relation to unpredictable weather help us acknowledge the reality of climate change? Are there other ancient beliefs that may have a renewed relevance today?
Mitraja Bais – specialist in Indian craft and culture
Tyson Yunkaporta – Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University and member of the Apalech clan (west cape)
Yunuen Perez – Mexican-born, Melbourne-based production designer and weaver
Mae Anna Pang – ex-curator of Asian art, National Gallery of Victoria
Tammy Wong Hulbert – Chinese-Australian artist and lecturer at RMIT University
We chat with Brian Parkes, CEO of Adelaide's Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, about an ambitious series of touring exhibitions that have helped define Australian craft and design in the 21st century.