The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art

Edmund Capon, AM, OBE Former Director, Art Gallery of NSW, and Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Toby Chapman, Curator, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; James Nguyen, 4A Beijing Studio Program 2014; Claudia Nicholson, 4A Beijing Studio Program 2014; will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, Renmin University of China, Beijing – The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art. Registration for this conference is currently open and closes on 10 September.

 

The 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference
11 – 12 September 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing

Hosted by:
The Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University
In collaboration with the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC)

Convened by:
Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies Peking University

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), and the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University, are pleased to present the 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art.

The conference is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China. 

The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging.

It will be the first event of this scale focusing specifically on the China- Australia arts relationship to be held in China, and will bring together a leading lineup of Australian and Chinese artists, curators, gallery directors, academics and cultural thinkers. They will share their insights over two days of panel discussions, keynote presentations, interviews and special performances and exhibitions, running on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September at Renmin University. Additional public talks will also run on Saturday September 13 at the Red Gate Gallery and Capital M Restaurant in Beijing. 

Program highlights include keynote presentations by previous Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon AM OBE, on ‘Understanding and Defining Australia through Art’, and Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, Editor of the Griffith REVIEW, on ‘The Uses of Culture’. The program will also feature a special performance by acclaimed Australian photographer and storytelling artist William Yang

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Attending the Conference:

The conference is open to the public and attendance is free but registration is required. To register to attend the conference, please email Joanna Bayndrian by September 1 on joanna@creative-asia.net

 

Featured speakers for 2014 include: 

 

Edmund CAPON, AM, OBE Former Director, Art Gallery of NSW

Prof Julianne SCHULTZ, AM, FAHA Founding Editor, Griffith REVIEW

 

William YANG Australian Artist

Lesley ALWAY Director, Asialink Arts

Stephanie BRITTON Founding Executive Editor, Artlink

Dr Richard BULLEN Art Historian, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Alison CARROLL, AM Art Critic, Writer and Curator

Toby CHAPMAN Curator, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney 

Dr Sophie COUCHMAN Curator, Chinese Museum

Michael DOWNS Artist 

Jayne DYER Australian artist

Prof Bill GAMMAGE, AM Humanities Research Centre, ANU

Prof Sasha GRISHIN, AM, FAHA Art Historian, Art Critic and Curator

Richard FIDLER Broadcaster, ABC Radio

Kevin HOBGOOD-BROWN Managing Director, Foundation for Australian Studies in China, and Managing Director, Riverstone Advisory

LI Youwen Associate Professor, Australian Studies Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Dr LI Zhe Art Historian and Curator 

LIU Lifen Founder/Director of Tai Project, Kunming

Djon MUNDINE, AM Independent Curator

Claudia NICHOLSON Australian Artist

James NGUYEN Australian Artist

Dr Geoff RABY former Australian Ambassador to China

Suhanya Raffel Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW, and Australia-China Council Board Director

Dr Claire ROBERTS Art Historian and Curator

Aaron SEETO Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Jiawei SHEN Chinese Australian Artist

Iona WHITTAKER Art Critic and Editor, Randian

WU Di PhD candidate, Australian Studies Centre, Remnin University 

Prof ZHANG Yongxian Professor of English, and Director, Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University of China

ZHANG Lansheng Artist, Curator and Art Historian 

ZHANG Lijia Writer

Image: William Yang, Lake George #2, 2010, digital ink jet print, 34 x 50cm. Courtesy the artist.