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.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

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.”

QUOTE FROM MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, MARTIN FOLEY

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.”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

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.”

MUSEUMS RECEIVING ACCREDITATION IN 2018

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

VICTORIAN MUSEUM AWARDS WINNERS:

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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Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting

People ‧ Ideas ‧ Innovation

While the power of Roman Empire was rising in the West, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion. This brand new exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.

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People

The exhibition shares stories about people of the Han dynasty, such as the invention of the earliest odometer by a Chinese engineer and when the Han Emperor accidentally gave away one of ancient China’s Four Great Beauties to a tribal chief. Visitors will be introduced to Zhang Qian, the great explorer who founded the Silk Road, and will learn about Confucius’ enduring philosophy.

Han Dynasty Chinese Museum Horse with Rider

Ideas

Witness the establishment of Silk Road, the expansion of the Empire’s borders, and wonder at a world in miniature featuring pottery figurines and other objects from the superb private collection of Hank Ebes. Explore the Han Emperors’ approach to law and order, the notion of the Mandate of Heaven and the belief in life everlasting.

Innovation

The Han dynasty heralded the invention of the papermaking process, advanced metal-forging techniques and highly effective agricultural methods. The Han also invented the wheelbarrow, applied negative numbers to mathematical calculations, and created a device that detected earthquakes.

 

 

Images: Private collections of Hank Ebes