As part of the ongoing “Chinese Contemporary Art Month”, three forums were organised and held by the China Cultural Centre in Sydney (CCCSYD) over April 13-14.
This consisted of a group of Australian and Chinese scholars and professionals convening to discuss the following topics: The Role of Chinese Contemporary Art, Its Trend & Implications; Artist Talk & Panel Discussion by Chinese and Australian Art Collectors; and Urban Arts in Dynamic Cities over the course of two days.
The forums sought to establish a multidisciplinary dialogue by engaging experts specialising in art, culture, urban designing, architecture, the cultural and creative industry, as well as those who work in governmental and non-profit organisations. The overall aim was to promote cultural exchange, furthering integrative art-and-culture dialogues between Australia and China.
With Mrs. Zhao Li, Director of CCCSYD, acting as Chairperson, participating speakers elaborated on views regarding the role of Chinese contemporary art, with the morning session focusing on trends and implications, followed by talks and group discussions on specific Chinese contemporary art collections over the afternoon.
Beginning with the topic of “The Transition of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Professor Zhao Li, curator of Chinese Contemporary Art Month, expounded on the development trajectory of Chinese contemporary art through the aspects of “Reflection of History & Tradition”, “Intervention to Social Life”, “Desire for Science & Technology”, and “Attention to Survival Environment”. Mr. Zhao also fleshed out this analysis by exemplifying artwork from Fang Lijun, Xiang Yang, and Song Dong.