In recent years, interest in contemporary Chinese art and artists has exploded in Australia and across the world. From local and international exhibitions in galleries, museums and biennials, to a significant presence in the auction and private markets, the audience for Chinese art in Sydney and across the country continues to grow. Moreover, Chinese artists offer a perspective on our East Asian neighbour not seen in the latest economic data or political reports.



Dr Stephen Whiteman, lecturer in Asian Art at the University of Sydney, moderates a panel discussion with three of Sydney’s leaders in the field:

  1. Beatrice Gralton, Visual Art Curator at Carriageworks;
  2. Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; and
  3. Suhanya Raffel, Director of Collections for Art Gallery of NSW.

The panellists look at recent and ongoing exhibitions of contemporary Chinese and Asian art, and share their thoughts and experiences about what makes certain artists tick, the challenge of putting up exhibitions in a cross-cultural context, and what the future holds for deeper cultural engagement between China and Australia.

This Power Forum took place on 24 March 2015, as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney. The forum was co-presented with the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre.