Past Exhibitions and Events

  • The Unruly Art of Leo Tien hero_final-chinese-text

    30 Nov 2016 — 19 Mar 2017 A deceptively simple painting, titled Happy New Year Family, shows members of a Chinese family staring directly out of the frame — but upon closer inspection, the portrait is really an indictment of racist attitudes. On the left side of the canvas, there is a small bleeding heart and a list of racist names: “Japs, reffos, wops and woks”; and on the right side, “Pommies, Yankees, Irish and Jews.”  The picture on the surface is tranquil and pleasant but the prejudice either experienced or witnessed was painful enough to express in the painting.  It’s Read More

  • Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua peasant_landscape_modern_folk_art_final

      7 Nov – 21 Dec (Part 1) | 9 Jan – 19 Feb (Part 2) Jinshan Peasant Paintings, also known as “Farmer Painting”, began to attract international attention in the 1970s after artist Wu Tongzhang taught painting techniques to farmers in Jinshan – a district of Shanghai well-known for its agricultural products. Peasant paintings have a unique cultural significance due to the status of its painters: older female farmers in rural China who did not receive a ‘formal’ art education, but were otherwise skilled in folk arts that had been passed down for generations including paper cutting, paper folding, embroidery, Read More

  • Unbounded Space [當代●無界] unbounded

    15 – 20 Nov Hailing from Shanghai’s M50 contemporary art district, artist Wang Run-Yue and curator He Fei-Yue transform the abstract language of the personal into abstract objects that are tangible. Using a combination of acrylic paint and mixed media, Wang reconstructs familiar landscape scenes into something pertaining to his own artistic sensibility. Through conflicting colours and a highly textural aesthetic, audiences not only gain insight into the artist’s own changing emotional state during the creative process, but also a new and personal visual experience. The dialogue between the Wang and He aims to disrupt the relationship between the public and the personal, the ‘person’ and the ‘object’. Here, artist and audience, Read More

  • Fringe Festival Program: 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse fringe-festival-nibble-erosion-eclipse-extended

    15 September 2016 – 3 October 2016 31 October 2016 Three artists, Zheng Tian-Shu (China), Chen I-Yen (Taiwan) and Yang Yan (China), frame a scenario through works of painting, installation and video art. This contemporary art exhibition explores the nature of dream, memory, and desire; it pushes the boundary between illusion and reality, existence and absence, gain and loss. The exhibition explores the meanings, feelings, and phenomenon behind the Chinese character “蝕 (Shí)”. This complex symbol usually refers to eclipse, as well as erosion. It is a character of loss or disappearance. However, things do not just disappear; instead, they Read More

  • Ink Wash Painting and Life, Emotional Connections with Australia Event宓风光06-1024x576

    7 May – 12 May 2016 Mi Fengguang born October 1956 from Shengzhou, Zhejiang. Skills developed through self-study and learning from artists. He specialises in carving, sketch with brush, ink wash painting of figures and caricatures. His proficiency in clay figurine shaping enabled him to found a school ‘Zhejiang Clay Figurine Mi’. Member of the Chinese Folk Artists Association, Vice President of Zhejiang Folk Artists Association, Vice President of Zhejiang Caricaturists Association, Vice President of Shaoxing Artists Association, and the director of Zhejiang Clay Figurine Mi Research Institute. Real life figures are depicted by free-sketch with traditional ‘ink’. His figure Ink Wash Painting Read More