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. 

Sunday 26 August 2018 | CAFHOV Family History Event

Chinese Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), supported by the Museum of Chinese Australian History (Chinese Museum) are hosting a Chinese Australian Family History event on Sunday 26 August 2018 at the Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne.

CAFHOV members will share personal journeys of discovery and describe rich narratives about their ancestors and families with Rosalie Hiah will talk about her family research on the Kwong Sue Duk family. Other members will be on hand to answer questions during the breaks and to share Chinese family research tips.

This is a FREE event but normal Chinese Museum entry fees apply.

Morning Session:               10.15-12.15pm
Afternoon Session:            1.00-3.00pm

If you would like to ensure your place please book by clicking on the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=395114&

We look forward to seeing you in the event!

Exhibition Program

Conversations | Artist and Curator Talks: Wàipó, the light of my childhood

An opportunity to meet the creators of the Grandmother exhibition and gain insight into the creative process behind the installations.

SPEAKERS:  Joyce Agee, Nicholas Chin, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Yinghong Li, Xiao Yu Bai

WHEN: Thursday, 31 May, 6pm-8pm

COST: Free | includes light refreshments

BOOKINGS: RSVP via this link

 

Come and hear more about Chinese Museum’s Grandmother project that sees the curators and participating artists bring new curatorial perspectives into the theme. In a 50-minute panel discussion, they will introduce their individual exhibition inspiration and how living in Australia has shaped their art and career. The discussion will be followed by light refreshments and open Q&A. Free event, all welcome.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

  • Judy Leong completed her Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2010. She also has a BA Fine Arts, a Diploma of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Stitch and Studio Textile. She is a practicing artist and also teaches textile art and patchwork from a studio in Melbourne.

 

This exhibition is part of the flagship project presented by Multicultural Museums Victoria.

Multicultural Museum Victoria is proud to have Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations, coming on board as the Principal Partner, supporting the 'Grandmother' Project exhibitions across all five museums.

Exhibition Launch Invitation | Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists

As was often the case in Chinese culture, grandmothers were often caretakers for their grandchildren while the parents went out to work. They were industrious and told stories, cooked meal and sewed clothes. Their emotional handiwork has left an indelible stamp on their grandchildren.

In conjunction with our Multicultural Museum Victoria (MMV) members, the Chinese Museum invites you to embark on a complex and rich journey.  Explore the theme of ‘Grandmothers’ through the work of six contemporary Chinese Australian artists: Nicholas Chin (Co-Curator), Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Judy Leong, Yinghong Li, and Xiao Yu Bai.

在中华文化中,外婆通常在孩子父母外出工作时,担当起照顾儿孙的责任。她们勤劳能干,给儿孙讲故事、做饭、缝衣服。在情感上给她们的孙辈留下了不可磨灭的印记。

澳华历史博物馆携手Multicultural Museum Victoria(维州多元文化博物馆)成员,邀请您一同踏上一段意味深长的情感之旅,与Nicholas Chin,Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari,Judy Leong, Yinghong Li 以及 Xiao Yu Bai 六位现代艺术家一道,共同探索“外婆”这一主题。

 

You're Invited to

Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of
Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists
Exhibition Launch

Date: 4 pm Sunday 6 May, 2018
Location: Level 1, Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place

Wàipó 外婆 is a common name in Mandarin for grandmother. In China different names are used to signify a maternal or paternal grandmother. The exhibition curator and artists had difficulty agreeing on a name for the exhibition. Wàipó 外婆 was finally selected because it favours the maternal line.

The six participating artists come from very different backgrounds, which reflect the changing demographics of the Chinese diaspora in Australia. Their responses to the exhibition theme of 'Grandmothers' has been equally diverse. Four of the artists have created installation works that incorporate a variety of media including ceramics, fabric and artefacts. Two of the artists have created paintings to explore the theme. The exhibition contains many layers of meaning but finally demonstrates the fundamental role of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren and families. We invite you to explore Wàipó 外婆, a powerful tribute to grandmothers everywhere regardless of language and culture.

普通话中,Wàipó是对祖母的常用称呼。不同地区及方言对祖母和外祖母区别称谓。策展人和艺术家们因此一时无法统一一个通用的称呼。最后,我们决定用“外婆”作为展览的名称,因为它强调了母系称谓。

参展的六位华裔艺术家来自不同的文化背景,代表了澳洲华人群体结构的逐渐变化。他们对展览主题的回应也同样多样。其中四位艺术家创作了装置作品,运用包括陶瓷,织物和手工艺品等多种媒体。两位艺术家则以绘画艺术形式参展。本展览的内容深度是多层的,但最终都体现了外婆在孙辈和家庭生活中的重要性。澳华历史博物馆将邀请大家探索外婆这一主题,穿越语言与文化的隔阂一同向伟大的外婆们致敬。

PROGRAM | 展览活动

【Curator and Artist Talk | 策展人、艺术家对话】 博物馆高级策展人Joyce Agee协同六位艺术家,与你畅谈她们的艺术畅想。

【Grandmother and grandchildren event | 这个外婆不一般】 与外婆一同绘画、烹饪,听她讲故事。现场与博物馆一起拍摄属于你们的纪录片。

【Grandmother Stories | 翻开外婆的日记本】 我们将邀请数位华裔外婆,为大家讲述她们有趣的往事。

Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists will run until the 16th of August 2018.  The Chinese Museum exhibition is part of collaborative project exploring the theme of 'Grandmothers' in different cultures with the Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, the Hellenic Museum, the,Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Wàipó 外婆:六名华裔现代艺术家眼中的外婆展期至今年8月16日。本展览为Multicultural Museum Victoria维州多元文化博物馆“Grandmothers”项目的一部分,澳华历史博物馆与其它四所博物馆 Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia 以及 Jewish Museum of Australia就这一项目合作,展示不同文化背景下的"Grandmothers"。

 

*Free event. RSVP via this LINK or EMAIL to marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au for free entry.

 

Principal Partner

Multicultural Museum Victoria is proud to have Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations, coming on board as the Principal Partner, supporting the 'Grandmother' Project exhibitions across all five museums.

 

Part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria ‘Grandmothers’ project

About Multicultural Museums Victoria
Melbourne is one of the world’s great multicultural cities, where opportunities for discovery abound. Under the MMV banner, we’ve brought together a unique partnership of five ethnic museums to share our rich cultures and present exciting joint programs and events. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, explore five cultures that have helped shape our vibrant and diverse city. Immerse yourself in our dynamic exhibitions, events, talks and workshops and discover endless possibilities for cultural engagement.

Image credit:

Tammy Wong Hulbert, From her installation Two Wongs Making a White, Photograph: Shane Hulbert
Nicholas Chin, "To break the rice bowl: Grandmother" #1, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 60cm 
Judy Leong, The sarong cradle from her installation My Grandmother, Fong Sz Tshe (1890-1962). Photograph: Judy Brandt