Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Level 1 Gallery

Until Sunday 23 September

A transition from traditional dress through to the adoption of a new identity as contemporary Chinese Australians

The exhibition has been created in partnership between the Chinese Museum and Deakin University.

In 1818 Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney as the first known migrant of Chinese descent – the start of a 200-year journey of the Chinese community in Australia. At this 200 year milestone, the Australian population now comprises over 1.2 million Chinese Australians – a community that has influenced the evolution of contemporary Australian Society and, in the future, will play a pivotal role in the shaping of Australia as a nation, particularly in its engagement with the Asia Pacific region. The Museum is celebrating this bicentenary by staging an exhibition called Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve, a journey about a personal and collective identity reflected through the garments Chinese Australians have worn over the past 200 years in Australia.

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

Photo: Simon Fox, Deakin University.

Download full media release here.

The 2018 Victorian Museum Awards were presented on Wednesday 29 August at Melbourne Museum by Museums Australia (Victoria) – www.mavic.asn.au – the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations. The night was hosted by Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio and featured a special address by Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows

Multicultural Museums Victoria has received The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff) for their excellent ‘Grandmothers’ Project. The Grandmothers exhibition project was developed as the inaugural project for the newly formed Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV). Over a period of eight months curators and staff from the five museums collaborated on programs and approaches to each of the Grandmother exhibitions that included shared events across music, storytelling and a cook-off, that celebrated cultural differences and shared values.

Multicultural Museums Victoria is a unique cross-cultural alliance between the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. The alliance has increased the five museum’s visibility and audiences and has demonstrated the capacity of the different ethno-specific museums to work together creatively to achieve shared goals. The MMV partnership demonstrates the role that contemporary museums play in progressing important dialogue around recognition and respect for cultural diversity.


The Judges admired the complex collaboration between the five museums that comprise Multicultural Museums Victoria and the range of artforms that were incorporated in the Grandmothers exhibition across all five sites. “This project is greater than the sum of its parts, in sharing their resources and their stories, Multicultural Museums Victoria have created something unique.”


Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, congratulated the Award winners: “From internationally renowned institutions to volunteer-run community organisations, Victoria is the proud home of one third of Australia’s museums and galleries. But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about impact. Our museums play a key role in strengthening our communities - by showcasing different perspectives, they foster understanding and connection and open us up to new ideas.”

“This year’s winners and nominated projects showcase the diversity of our museum sector and the extraordinary work that is undertaken each year. Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for the vital contribution you make to our creative state.”


Laura Miles, Executive Director of Museums Australia (Victoria), said: “Congratulations to all the Award nominees this year for their amazing achievements to create vibrant, inventive and highly engaging museum and gallery experiences for all Victorians and visitors. Museums Australia is delighted to celebrate the work of the thousands of volunteers and staff who collectively maintain Victoria’s position as the cultural capital of Australia.”


Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows, also presented certificates to four museums that had completed the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program this year: the Friends of Westgarthtown: Ziebell’s Farmhouse, the National Wool Museum, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. FULL LIST OF 2018


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence

Christine Grayden, Phillip Island Nature Parks for Lifetime Achievement (Paid) Linda Peacock, Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, for involving people and communities (Paid) Tanja Johnston, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, for involving people and communities (Volunteer)

The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff)

Stanley Athenaeum, for their exhibition Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

Duldig Studio, for their Reaching Out to Our Communities – expanding public programs at Duldig Studio

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)

Multicultural Museums Victoria for their collaborative ‘Grandmothers’ project

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for their Wonderland exhibition

Victorian Collections Awards (x 3) for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria Melbourne Legacy

Further information: http://www.mavic.asn.au/awards

Mid-Autumn comes to the Chinese Museum this September

Moon Lantern Festival programs

As part of the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebration, the Chinese Museum is putting on FREE workshops for children.
Daily 2-hour sessions: 1pm to 3pm on Sat-Sun from 1-16 September
•       Autumn Moon storytelling
•       Make mooncake boxes
•       Mooncake making demonstration
•       Lantern making with a mini-lantern parade

Available to school groups during September-October: please email edumanager@chinesemuseum.com.au for a quote.

Share the festival with your school community. Download a printable poster to put up or share. Read more about celebration activities on Chinatown Melbourne website.

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Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

24 -26 August 2018

Mr. Jiqun SU, better known by his pen name Xu SU, was born into a family with a traditional Chinese culture in Beijing. Influenced by his family and Chinese cultural traditions, SU developed a love of Chinese calligraphy, display talent since he was 8 or 9 years old. SU then went on to study traditional Chinese Calligraphy under the tuition of Master Yong KANG, becoming one of Master Kang's most distinguished student.

As a renowned and highly accomplished calligrapher, Mr. Jiqun SU is an all-around master. His abilities in calligraphy styles Kai, Cao, Li and Zhuan can be attributed to his assiduous attitude to pursue art and calligraphy throughout his lifetime.

Mr. Jiqun SU is currently a member of the China Calligraphy Association, member of the Beijing Chinese Calligraphy Association, Beijing, vice president of the Chinese Contemporary Artist ZEN Institution and Director of Creative Department and is an Executive Committee member of the East and West Artists Association.

苏季群先生,笔名苏序,出生于北京一个 传统文化世家。受家庭影响和秉承先人的天赋 ,以及中国古典文学的薰陶,自幼喜愛书法, 八、九夕时便开始潜心临摹碑帖。後师从着名书法家康雍先生,成为康老的得意门徒。作为当今书法乞术上造诣頗深的书法家,苏季群先生可谓称得上是一个全才,他精通中国书法眞、草、隶、篆诸体。而他孜孜以求的为艺之道,也成就了他极高的艺术修养。

苏季群先生现为中国书法家协会会员,北京书法家协会会员, 中国当代名家禅宗艺术研究院副院长,东西方艺术家协会创作部主任、常务理事。

Commemorative Medallion from Sunnybank RSL

On Thursday, 26 July 2018, the Chinese Museum was honored to receive a medallion from Queenland's Sunnybank RSL in recognition of our efforts to recognise the service and sacrifice of Australian's of Chinese Heritage in the Defence of Australia since Federation. Our Chairman, Mr Bill Au, was on hand at the Museum to receive the medallion from Sunnybank RSL Liason Officer, Adam Lo.

Throughout 2018, the Chinese Museum has been touring an exhibition on Chinese Anzacs & Chinese Australians in WWII around Regional Victoria.