Accompanying the successful opening of “Chinese Contemporary Art Month”, a series of featured forums were organised by the China Cultural Centre and Sydney College of the Arts on 31 March and 1 April.
As part of this year’s “Chinese Contemporary Art Month”, these forums concentrated on four main aspects respectively: “Policy and Practice on the Promotion of and Exchange between Emerging Artists”, “Status and Career Planning of Emerging Artists in China and Australia”, “Art Collection and Market for Emerging Artists in China and Australia”, “Video Art: From Creation to Exhibition”.
Chaired by Edmund Capon, scholars, curators and artists joined to share opinions on the development of international exchange of emerging artists and relative policies and guidelines on 31 March.
“Contributed to the booming economy in China, there is a continued growth in dialogues and cooperations between Chinese and Australian arts and cultural industry, such activities help facilitate mutual understanding between emerging artists from the two countries”, said Professor Ross Harley, Dean of UNSW Art & Design.
“The University of New South Wales is committed in further strengthening this aspect by providing students with more opportunities in such cultural exchange programs”, he continued.
Jocelyn Chey, Director of Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, WSU believed that with a good political and economic relationship between China and Australia, we should now focus on and further develop our relationship in cultural aspect.
During the discussion, Zhao Li, Professor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, also shared his observations and thoughts regarding current cultural policies and practices in China.
“Chinese government and private sectors are dedicated in promoting cross-cultural exchange; the establishment of China Cultural Centres around the world, One Belt One Road Initiative, and other non-governmental programs such as Art Nova 100 are representative of such policies and practices”, said Professor Zhao Li.
Following the first session, artists and curators continued to take part in the panel discussion, focusing on the artistic practice in the contemporary context, and the promotion of professional career through international engagement between emerging artists in China and Australia.
Led by Mrs. Luise Guest, Director of Education and Research, White Rabbit Collection, panelists touched upon topics such as “globalisation and new media trend”, “overseas residency programs for young artists”, as well as “art environment in China”.
On 1 April, the forums gathered together representatives from local galleries and art institutions, art collectors as well as cultural scholars to shed light on the “promotion of art collection and market for emerging artists”, and “the status of emerging artists and trends in contemporary video art, as well as the characteristics of Chinese and Australian video art works.
“We’ve noticed Australian collectors have a strong interest in art works from Chinese emerging artists”, said Rhianna Walcott, Gallery Manager from Artereal.
“The acceptance of Chinese artists and their art works in Australia shows the connection and relevance between Chinese and Australian cultures”, said Claire Roberts, Associate Professor of Art History from Univeristy of Melbourne.
“As one of the major exhibitions in Chinese Contemporary Art Month, The World is Not Flat was previously exhibited in Adelaide Festival Centre and well received by local audiences; this video art exhibition has attracted a wide range of people such as adults, students and even children, and some of them have visited for more than once”, said Charissa Davies, Senior Curator from Adelaide Festival Centre.