IAC Art Talks

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The Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture (IAC) at Western Sydney University (WSU) enables the development of deeper ties forged through an open, intellectual and dynamic engagement with centuries-old and emerging Chinese arts and culture in the Australian context. We achieve our goals through a range of programs including art exhibitions, research projects, cultural exchanges, lecture series, public events, collaborations with arts and cultural organisations and community engagement.

IAC is excited to launch our 2023 new lecture series called Art Talks. Art Talks aims to explore and to present traditions and forms of Chinese art and the influence of Chinese art on various new or renewed forms and styles of art in Australia, mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and around Asia Pacific. The series will reflect many different viewpoints and cover a wide range of expertise. It will showcase contemporary Chinese art as well as look at traditional painting practices that began centuries ago. A particular focus will be on the emergence of Chinese art in Australia and integrated Chinese art produced by Australian artists of Chinese / Asian heritage who feel a connection to their ancestral roots while being deeply influenced by their lives here. Art Talks will shine a spotlight on cross-fertilisation of ideas, influences and artistic practices that converge to create a uniquely Australian-Chinese genre. Invited speakers include artists, art historians, academics, curators, art experts and influential gallery owners and collectors. Art Talks series will be held on a monthly basis and on Zoom Webinar to be accessible to local, interstate and international audiences. The edited recording of each lecture will be posted on the IAC website and made accessible on online platforms.

For Lecture 3, IAC is honoured and privileged to have invited Yvett Klein who has been an Asian Art Specialist at the Bonhmas since 2011 and received two Masters’ degrees from the University of Sydney, one in Museum Studies, the other in Art History for which she was awarded the Francis Stuart Prize for outstanding research in Asian Art. Yvett will share with our audiences “Chance Encounters: Untold Tales of Great Journeys made by some Chinese Paintings found in Australia”.
From the Modernist Storm Society in Shanghai in the 1920s, to Bohemian artist enclaves in the early years of Reform and Opening, and to a generation of global artists today, Chinese women artists carved out their space within a patriarchal artworld that tended to exclude them. Delivered by Dr Luise Guest, an independent writer, researcher and curator, this lecture will introduce Chinese women artists of three generations.
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Delivered by Dr Guan Wei, an icon of Chinese Australian contemporary art, an internationally renowned artist and Adjunct Fellow of IAC, the Inaugural Lecture of IAC Art Talks focused on both his journey searching for identity, position and presence and also that of other artists of Asian backgrounds.

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