Ancient Now – Creative dialogues with contemporary China: 22 June 2019


4 March 2019

Saturday 22 June 2019 2-5pm

National Gallery of Victoria theatrette, Federation Square

This forum will launch the #15 issue of Garland magazine, with a focus on China. The discussion will feature perspectives on the possibilities of cultural and artistic exchange with China today.




Panel – Working in China as an artist

Time: 2-3:30pm

This panel is an opportunity to learn from those who are engaged with China as artists or curators.

    • What are the challenges in connecting with audiences in mainland China?
    • What opportunities make the effort worthwhile?
    • How can we maintain contact with the Chinese scene from Australia?

Speakers include:


Panel – Conversation between dragons

Time: 3:30-5pm

This panel explores the creative substance of a dialogue with China. As a nation that seeks to revive its traditional culture, how does this parallel the trajectory of nations around the Pacific Rim? We learn from the dragons not only in China but also in Mexico, Australia and India. Do they still have a place in our lives? Does their relation to unpredictable weather help us acknowledge the reality of climate change? Are there other ancient beliefs that may have a renewed relevance today?

Speakers include:

    • Mitraja Bais – specialist in Indian craft and culture
    • Yunuen Perez – Mexican weaver and artist
    • Mae Anna Pang – ex-curator of Asian art, National Gallery of Victoria
    • Tammy Wong Hulbert – Chinese-Australian artist and lecturer at RMIT University

This event is part of the Victorian Design Program, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite – $AUD 20 normal, $15 Garland subscribers.

The above image is from Chinese Whispers by Xia Li.

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