Arts festival promotes Australia-China ties

November 27, 2012 Comments Off

RMIT University

A collaboration between local artists and their creative counterparts in Victoria’s Chinese sister province will be launched in Federation Square on 6 December. The Lumens Festival is a contemporary photography and video art festival curated by a team from RMIT University.

The Chinese leg of the project took place in May in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and received a lot of attention from local media. Now the artists’ work will be screened all summer on the Federation Square big screen.

Festival co-curator, RMIT’s Dr Tammy Hulbert, said the aim of the festival was to facilitate a cultural exchange between the two regions.

“The artworks in this project explore themes of landscape, community and identity,” Dr Hulbert said.

“The project also highlights the future direction of cultural diplomacy, as set out by the Australia in the Asian Century white paper.”

The project is supported by the Victorian Government as part of the Victoria-Jiangsu Sister Province Cultural Agreement. Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts, Ted Baillieu, said the Jiangsu leg of the Lumens Festival illustrated how art could make everyday places and experiences extraordinary.

“In addition to creating dynamic art and establishing a festival that had a widespread community impact, the project reinforced the value of our cultural ties with our sister state and with China more broadly,” Mr Baillieu said.

The festival features the work of Victorian artists John Billan, Martine Corompt, Mark Galer, Ian Haig, Shane Hulbert, Bronek Kozka, Harry Nankin, Nikos Pantazopolos, Dominic Redfern, Craig Shell, Matthew Sleeth, Darren Sylvester and Lyndal Walker.

Artists from Jiangsu include Hu Bing, Li Weilin, Li Xiao Song, Qian Hua Wang Gang, Wu Zhongwen, Yang Hia Tao, Zhang Ming Xing and Zhou Wei. Tammy Hulbert’s RMIT co-curators are Dr Shane Hulbert, Dr Geoff Hogg and Clare Leporati.

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