This curatorial research framework investigates ways of integrating contemporary art activity exploring the relationship between Australia and China into Melbourne’s Chinese Museum.
This research framework was developed in collaboration with the Chinese Museum. The activities aim to compliment existing cultural heritage based programs of the museum. These research activities are part of the Design Research Institute’s Mediated City Program and the Art, Cities and Transformation Research group.
1. Gateway: Melbourne
2011 April - May, 2011
Curated by Tammy Wong Hulbert
The Gateway exhibition launches RMIT University's Art in Chinatown Strategy, a strategy proposed to activate contemporary art in the Chinatown Precinct. Gateway is an exhibition of contemporary art dealing with intercultural dialogue between China and Australia from multiple perspectives. Artists featured in the exhibition includes Geoff Hogg, Cameron Robbins, Clare Leporati, Greg Szopa, Claire Tracey, Joanna Buckley, Maggie McCormick, Shao Xiong Chia, Tammy Wong and Jacqui Chan, Julian Clavijo and from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China Wei Tianyu & Angela Zhang.
2. Tooth & Nail - Cross Cultural Influences in Contemporary Ceramics
Curated by Stephen Gallagher
Tooth & Nail is an exhibition by outstanding RMIT Hong Kong School of Art ceramics alumnus. Since the 1400’s Eastern culture – with specific reference to ceramics – has influenced Western style in ornamentation and luxury. Over time the West discovered the skills to replicate these products, and to compete with the West the East adapted their produce for the market place. We now see the East as an outstanding area for innovation and exploration of contemporary ceramics, free from the bounds of tradition and created with a skilled hand from tacit knowledge. Given Australia’s geographical location in the Asia-Pacific region, a sharing of skills and knowledge with the east has been an influence upon Australian ceramicists. RMIT University has been instrumental in this exchange - particularly with Hong Kong - with cross cultural pollination being conducted for 10 years within this region. Within this sharing we see the influence of the west on the east and the east upon the west. What once was the sharing of traditional skills we now see the influence of the dynamic exploration of contemporary practice in the work of Hong Kong artists and its influence on Australian artists. Tooth and Nail explores the outcomes of this exchange and the creation of hybrid contemporary ceramics. Also to be held at the Museum of Chinese Australian History.
3. Sifting Time
Apr – May, 2012
Curated by Damian Smith
Bringing together contemporary art from Australia and China.Through painting, photography and installation each practitioner plays with ideas of cultural transformation and tradition. Through their diverse artistic practices, they reflect on ways that culture is either preserved or discarded, remodeled in contemporary guise or forgotten with the passing of time. The exhibition features the work of prominent artists Liu Zhuoquan, Huang Xu, Guan Wei, Anne Graham, Tony Scott and Geoff Hogg.
4. Water Dragon
Oct 2012 – May 2013
Artwork by Claire Tracey
Claire Tracey’s Water Dragon is a project developed in collaboration between the artist, the Chinese Museum, the City of Melbourne’s Arts and Participation program and RMIT University’s Art in Chinatown program. Conceived as a two part project, Water Dragon consisted of a series of workshops, where school groups participated in creating a series of scrolls around the theme of ’The Year of the Dragon’. The scrolls are to be exhibited in the Museum’s stairwell and level 2 gallery. These drawings then informed the design of a dragon sculpture made from up-recycled plastic bottles hung above Cohen Lane in front of the museum. Water Dragon also won the Museums Australia 2013 MAGNA national awards for museum institutions for best sustainability project. Claire is a Melbourne based installation artist with a particular focus on art in public space practice and RMIT alumnus from the Master of Arts (Art in Public Space program).
5. Lumens Festival Melbourne
6. HK ID
October, 2013 - January, 2014
Curated by Daphne Ho, Shane Hulbert and Tammy Wong Hulbert
This exhibition presents a selection of work by local and international contemporary photographers. Over fifteen years have passed since the handing over of Hong Kong as a British Colony to Chinese rule. During this time, the people of Hong Kong have been reflecting upon their transformed identities under these new political circumstances through the medium of photography. In this exhibition photographers Daphne Ho, Lau Chi Chung, Rorce Lau, Shane Hulbert, Bronek Kozka, John Billan and Tammy Wong Hulbert reflect and interpret these issues through the lens of their cameras.
Researchers for all projects: Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert, Dr Geoff Hogg, Dr Shane Hulbert, Mr Damian Smith and Mr Stephen Gallagher.