Western Sydney University announces that the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) is now known as the Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture (IAC) (澳华艺术文化研究院). Australia is home to more than one million people of Chinese descent with a wide range of identities, life histories, views and places of origin. The name change is made to better reflect the Institute’s focus on centuries-old and emerging Chinese arts and culture in China, Australia and around the world, including a new generation of artists and writers of Chinese heritage.
The Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture is positioning itself as a hub and national resource centre for arts and cultural exchange between Australia and China and across the Sinosphere, and for collaborative action in the arts and cultural fields. The Institute will enhance existing exchanges between the Western Sydney University and partner universities overseas, particularly in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. It launches a range of programs in enhancing and promoting cultural and arts exchanges and actively engages with local communities in contributing to a cohesive multicultural society through arts and cultural activities. Located in one of the most ethnically diverse urban centres of Australia, IAC will have great local significance in building a new multicultural urban society, and it will harness local support and engagement in its programs.
The institute is optimally positioned in the most prominent position on Western Sydney University's main Parramatta South campus. The Institute occupies 150sqm of existing space within a major teaching building, Building EA. The space features a large foyer area for hosting functions and welcoming visitors to the Institute, a meeting room, professorial office space, open plan workstations, a kitchenette, a benefactor's wall and a state of the art technology fit out. The space features large wrap-around north facing windows overlooking the main arrival plaza and green spaces at the front of the campus.