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?

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?

Details of bookings will be announced soon.

The above image is from Chinese Whispers by Xia Li.

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