Between Two Worlds at Newcastle Art Gallery

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Culture & Language, News ~ by Press on  15 Nov 2019

Kingdom’s long relationship with Australia.

Guo Jian ~ untitled ~ Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (16 November 2019 – 16 February 2020) comprises 62 works from 43 artists examining themes ranging through cultural identity, globalisation, and migration.

The exhibition acknowledges artists who have lived, worked in, and are connected to both, China and Australia through migration, major historical events and Australia’s agricultural and industrial developments.

In the ever-changing landscape of a culturally diverse Australia, it becomes increasingly important to hear from the voices of those who live within the liminal space – the space between two or more cultures,” said Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton.

The exhibition is an acknowledgement of an Australia that encompasses more than just the land between our shores.

It will be a fantastic cultural offering for Novocastrians and visitors to the city over the summer months.”

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS engages four generations of artists including descendants of indentured labourers from Canton/Guangdong, recent arrivals from Hong Kong, refugees who fled China during the Second World War and those who are still in the process of reclaiming their Chinese heritage. Showcasing the work of generations of Chinese-Australian artists, the exhibition also features works of art by Aboriginal artists who are exploring their own Chinese heritage.

It incorporates installation, paintings, photography, sculptures and video, including works of art from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, the National Portrait Gallery and other public and private lenders from around Australia. Five works from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection will be included in the display, including new acquisitions from contemporary artist Owen Leong

Drawing on the rich resource that is our collection is of primary importance to our local community,” said Lauretta Morton.

To present BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, the Gallery worked with Newcastle-based guest curator Catherine Croll, internationally recognised for her diverse work promoting cultural awareness and bilateral cultural exchange.”

A range of public programs in development will support the exhibition – including Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday 25 January 2020.

Saturday 16 November 2019, 2pm

Opening Weekend Panel Discussion. Free event, no bookings required

Join guest curator Catherine Croll for a panel discussion that introduces the exhibition’s themes. Joined by exhibiting artists Guo Jian, Rowena Foong and Peter Gardiner.

Language and Paper Folding Lessons

Sunday 17 November

~ then every Sunday until Sunday 8 December 2019, 11.30am. Free event, no bookings required

Explore the BETWEEN TWO WORLDS  exhibition, and join the University of Newcastle’s Confucius Institute for Sunday afternoon drop-in classes hosted in the space. Learn simple Chinese expressions and paper folding.

Last Fridays: Jazz, Bao and Cocktails

Friday 29 November 20195-8pm

Free event, no bookings required

Last Fridays is transforming into 1920s Shanghai, featuring music from local jazz legends Half Nelson and Bao to be served by Newcastle’s very own Bao Brothers with delicious cocktails to match.

All details of event programming before the close of 2019 are available on the Gallery website, with more specifics about the Gallery’s Chinese New Year festivities available on request.


Pamela SEE (Xue Mei-Ling) Tears for the Patriotic 2008. Les Renfrew Bequest 2009. Courtesy the artist & Newcastle Art Gallery

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