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,以及三位华裔外婆,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

Chinese New Year 2018 at the Chinese Museum

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Mark your calendar -The Chinese Museum will be awash with activities on Sunday 18 February. As is the tradition, the Millennium Dragon will emerge from its hibernation in the museum for its annual Dragon Parade prancing around the city streets in all his glory from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm

From 1:15 pm onward, after the return of the dragon, the Museum will open its doors to the public for FREE. Come to explore the rich cultural heritage of our Australian Chinese community- and loads more!

You can also find our stalls in the Chinatown Square shop for gift to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Find more activities in the Chinatown precinct here. Proudly sponsored by Central Equity and RACV. 

Acknowledgement of the Copland Foundation

 

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of The Copland Foundation for the purchase of the Specimen Note and display cabinet.

Commercial Bank of Australia £1 Specimen Note
c1880-1899

The Commercial Bank of Australia (CBA) was established in 1866. Prominent Chinese Australian merchants Louis Ah Mouy and Lowe Kong Meng were two of the largest founding shareholders. The Chinese inscription translates to ‘New Gold Mountain Gummashi [possibly Commercial] Bank One Pound’.  With prominent anti-Chinese sentiment in the late 1800s, this inscription may have helped to encourage Chinese depositors.

CBA circulated bank notes like these from 1880 until the Australian Notes Act of 1910 was passed, making it illegal for private banks to issue money. This specimen note was used by a bank as a visual reference and not as legal tender. Bradbury Wilkinson & Company prepared the plates, and their name is perforated in the note to prevent circulation.  A small inscription near the bottom border shows it was printed by Sands & McDougall Stationery, Melbourne.


The Copland Foundation operates under guidelines set out in a Scheme approved by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2006.   The Foundation is managed at any one time by no less than four trustees. 

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO PROVIDE EXHIBITION CONTENT FOR ONE MILLION STORIES: CHINESE AUSTRALIANS 200 YEARS

The Chinese Museum is delighted to invite you or your organization to contribute and join in the celebration of 200 years of Chinese Australian history.

In February 1818, Mak Sai Ying from Guangzhou arrived in Sydney as the first recorded Chinese settler in Australia. It was to be the start of a 200-year journey of the Chinese community in Australia.

Today, more than 1.2 million people declare their Chinese ancestry and in 2018-2019, the Chinese Museum will mount the ONE MILLION STORIES Exhibition to showcase the varied, interesting journeys and events of individuals, families and groups through this 200-year settlement and integration in Australia. Learn more about the exhibition background.

We propose a number of ways in which you and your organisation could be take part in this milestone Exhibition and include ‘your’ story and thus paint a comprehensive picture of the 200 years of Chinese Australian history:

  1. FIRST GENERATION HEROES

Nominate an individual with a remarkable story as a ‘first generation’ arrival, who may have arrived anytime during the last 200 years. This could be a person many generations ago or someone who arrived in Australia recently.

  1. COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Tell the story of your Chinese Australian organisation: its history, its role in the community, its activities and its vision and aspirations.

  1. AUSTRALIAN CHINESE CONNECTIONS

Tell us about a notable event or episode during the last 200 years that links Chinese and Australians together.

  1. DONATE OR LOAN OBJECTS

Donate or loan photographs, videos, documents and artefacts or objects that are relevant to the stories you are nominating that can be used as part of the Exhibition.

  1. Your contribution will be acknowledged in the exhibition.

Please complete this submission form, which summarises your application. You can also submit online.

REVIEW OF YOUR SUBMISSION

Your submission summary will be reviewed and we will contact you on how to proceed with supplying further information. Your full submission will be required by 29 June 2018.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  Friday 2 April 2018

Deadline for Full Submission:                 Friday 29 June 2018

Send submissions to:

One Million Stories Curator

Chinese Museum

22 Cohen Place

Melbourne

By email to:

OMS@chinesemuseum.com.au

Enquiries:

Call Emilia Tagaza on 0431 974 011

 

RACV Members Chinese New Year Exclusive Offers

RACV is helping us usher in the year of the Dog! On Sunday 18 February 2018, you can take in the colour and noise of Chinatown’s traditional Dragon Parade, sponsored by RACV.

RACV members can enjoy a host of exclusive programs and benefits during Chinatown’s 2018 Chinese New Year festival period – including free entry to the Chinese Museum from the 10 to 17 February.

Simply show your RACV membership card at the Museum to gain entry. One RACV membership card per family (2 adults and 3 children) is required. You can find more information here.

Other special events for RACV members during the celebrations include:

  • Han Dynasty Exhibition and Museum guided tour exclusively for RACV members on Sunday, 11 February at 2.00pm and Saturday, 17 February at 2.00 pm.  (Value $12.00 per person. RACV members free of charge)
  • For families with children, the Museum provides a special Zheng He's Treasure Hunt Map, where you can find the answers to the map around the Museum's five floors and win a beautiful prize. (Value $28.00 per family. RACV Members free of charge).