WORKSHOP // Zodiac Flower Charm Workshops with Louise Zhang

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Louise Zhang is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. With an interest in cinema – specifically, theatrical horror – Louise explores the dichotomies between what is attractive and monstrous. She appreciates ‘otherness’ – the underappreciated and overlooked – and brings new life to kitsch materials through playful and whimsical creative processes. This workshop series will be drawing from her practice to encourage young creatives to be inspired by the decorative architecture of
the Gardens and create their own individualistic, unique charm flower! Get ready for Lunar New Year 2020 this school holidays at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, joining Louise to make lucky charms that feature Chinese zodiac flowers. In this two-hour workshop, learn about the (sometimes surprising) meaning and uses of each zodiac sign's
flower and create your own flower as part of a special take-home hanging charm inspired by Louise’s work – the perfect Lunar New Year accessory or gift for family. After the workshops, come back to Darling Harbour during Lunar New Year festival to see Louise’s work come to life in a series of special Moon Gates to walk through. For participants aged between 7-17 years, accompanied by a responsible adult. All materials provided, with bookings online required to ensure all participants get to complete their take-home charm flower. Places are limited for each workshop, which is free with entry to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Register online at

Artist Biography:
Louise Zhang ( b.1991) is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly the body horror genre, Zhang is interested in the dynamics between the attractive and repulsive. By exploring how themes of perceived innocence such as prettiness and cuteness can be contrasted with notions of the perverse and monstrous, Zhang explores the intersection of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness in the construction of identity. Zhang’s solo exhibitions include Art eats its young, 2018, Artereal Gallery, Sydney; Soft Horror, 2017, Organhaus, Chongqing, (China); and Human Jerky: meatbags through the eyes of technology and Emotions invented by the Internet, 2018 Verge Gallery, Sydney. Her clients include City of Sydney, Apple, Lendlease and the Australian Embassy, Beijing. Zhang is represented by Artereal Gallery.

All materials provided, with bookings online required to ensure all participants get to complete their take-home charm flower. Places are limited for each workshop, which is free with entry to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Register online at 

This workshop has been produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for The Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour.

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4A’s artist-led workshops throughout 2019 are supported by Create NSW’s Audience Development Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

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Image: Courtesy Louise Zhang.