Dialogues with the Dreaming: the art of Zhou Xiaoping in Australia
Zhou Xiaoping, Crossing, 2016, ink, oil on rice paper and canvas. 91 x 132cm. Courtesy the artist
Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, 10 June - 9 July
The Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu is pleased to announce Dialogues with the Dreaming, the first major survey exhibition of Melbourne-based, Chinese-Australian artist Zhou Xiaoping in China. Dialogues with the Dreaming tells stories of connection between Chinese and Indigenous cultures through paintings, photographs and multimedia works spanning Zhou’s three-decade long career in Australia. Australian Consul-General in Chengdu Mr Christopher Lim says, “Dialogues with the Dreaming provides audiences in China a window into the oldest living civilisation on earth, and forms a significant contribution to the growing cultural exchange between our two nations”.
Zhou’s practice has developed through long-term collaborations with Indigenous artists in Arnhem Land and Central Australia. Having first arrived in Melbourne from Hefei, Anhui Province in 1988, Zhou has journeyed through some of Australia’s remotest outback regions drawing inspiration from the landscape and cultures he encountered along the way. Many of Zhou’s works, including those produced in collaboration with the late Ganalbingu painter Johnny Bulunbulun, explore ways in which Chinese and Indigenous origin stories cross over, the power of connection to country and historical trade links between Australia and China.
Dialogues with the Dreaming also acknowledges the formative friendship Zhou had with the late Walmajarri painter Jimmy Pike, with whom he organised the first exhibitions of Aboriginal art in China, at Jiulimi Gallery, Hefei (1996) and the National Gallery of China, Beijing (1999). Beijing audiences will be able to learn more about the story of this extraordinary artist through an edited excerpt of the 1989 documentary The Quest of Jimmy Pike, to be displayed as part of the Exhibition.
Many of these stories of cross-cultural friendship and collaboration can also be seen in Ochre and Ink (2012), the award-winning documentary telling the story of Zhou’s collaboration with Indigenous artists, which will be exhibited as part of Dialogues with the Dreaming. Dialogues with the Dreaming is presented by Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu and supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Embassy in Beijing; Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, La Trobe University, A Ma Shi Yan Ke Optometrists and Jiangsu Provincial Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, 10 June - 9 July
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China-Australia Year Of Tourism 2017
The China-Australia Year of Tourism celebrates the close relationship between our two countries and recognises the importance of the China market for Australia’s tourism industry. This year promises to bring Australia and China closer together, not only from a tourism perspective, but across the board, economically, socially and academically.
Australia and China have planned a number of significant events to be held during the Year of Tourism. Australia’s events include Ministerial trade missions to China; marketing and airline partnerships; a Business Events Showcase; and, sporting, cultural and educational exchanges. The activities to be organized by the Chinese side include the arrival ceremony at the ancient city gate of Xi’an for 1,000 Australian tourists and the panda caravan tour in Australia.
Opening Ceremony in Sydney
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Key facts about China Australia tourism
The Australia-China tourism partnership began two decades ago, when Australia became one of the first western countries to receive organised tour groups from China under the Approved Destination Status agreement.
China is by far Australia’s most valuable tourism market – in the year ended November 2016, almost 1.2 million Chinese visitors to Australia spent over $9 billion, up 18 per cent on the previous year. The China market has the potential to be worth $13 billion by 2020.
Australian governments support the growth and success of tourism from China through world-class marketing, research, policy and industry collaboration.
The people of southwest China have the chance to experience the best Australia has to offer as part of an exciting program of events over the next month. Savour Australia will showcase Australia’s excellence in fields spanning the performing and visual arts, film, tourism, education, sport, and trade and investment. “This is a celebration of Australian culture, innovation and diversity, which I can’t wait to share with the people of southwest China,” Nancy Gordon, Australia’s Consul-General in Chengdu, said. “No matter how well you think you know Australia, I’m sure you’ll discover something new.”
The Black Cockatoo Dance Company – performing at our opening events in both Chengdu and Chongqing – will highlight Australia’s ancient Indigenous culture with performances that fuse the unique sounds of the didgeridoo with the drums of the Torres Strait Islands.
The month-long program will include a series of exhibitions such as Canning Stock Route that provides a unique window on the desert landscape of Western Australia, the Chungking Legation which tells the story of Australia’s first diplomatic mission in China, and Mad.Lab’s display on sustainable urban design. The best images from the Consulate’s Give it Your Best Shot sister-city photograph competition will also be on display, including the winning entry by Chongqing photographer Luo Xing. Australian artist Lisa Roet will bring her cutting-edge works to Chengdu with an installation on the endangered snub nose monkey at Temple House, one of Chengdu’s iconic modern landmarks.
The Australian Innovation Roundtable will see sizzling discussion between Chengdu’s and Australia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, in the funky surrounds of co-working space Walnut. Movie fans will be able to enjoy popular Australian films Paper Planes, a story about a young boy’s passion for flight, and Red Dog, a tale of man’s special bond with animals. Savour Australia will encourage the free flow of ideas on sustainable development and building cultural understanding at forums to be held at Xihua University and Chongqing University. Both will be chaired by visiting Australian academic Professor Greg McCarthy.
Savour Australia events will be open to the public and free to attend. In Chongqing, the events also form part of the 2016 Chongqing and the World Cultural Carnival. “I hope the people of Chengdu and Chongqing grab this opportunity to savour the very best Australia has to offer,” Ms Gordon said.