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Programs and events

Programs and events

The National Museum of Australia presents an exciting series of programs and events as part of the A New Horizon exhibition in Canberra.

Discovery space

Weekdays 9–25 January 2012
10 am to 1 pm

Inspired by the calligraphy and ink masterpieces in A New Horizon, create your own ink and wash painting and Chinese symbol name badge, then contribute to our Great Wall of Children installation. Ideal for families with children aged 5 to 12.

The Hall

More information about the program

View the works in progress

An arrangement of red and black oriental style painting featuring a paint brush and inks.
Photo: National Museum of Australia.

Chinese Lucky Dragon Family Festival

Thursday 26 January 2012
10 am to 2 pm 

Help us to farewell A New Horizon at our family festival.

Enjoy music, dance, demonstrations, and art and craft to celebrate Australia Day, Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon.

View the program for the Chinese Lucky Dragon Family Festival




Documentary screening: The Rising Tide

Tuesday 17 January 2012
12.15 pm to 1.45 pm

The Rising Tide (2008) is Robert Adanto's debut feature-length documentary. It explores China's meteoric march towards the future through the works of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented photographers and video artists.

The Rising Tide has been classified 18+ by the Australian Government Classification Board. No person under the age of 18 will be allowed into the screening.

View more information about the film and Robert Adanto

Bookings essential by email or on (02) 6208 5021.
Visions Theatre

An image of two men standing beside floral arrangements on a boat at sea.
Chen Qiulin Garden No. 1, (2007) C-print. Courtesy of the artist.

Contemporary Chinese art: lecture by Fan Di'an

Fan Di'an
Fan Di'an. Photo: National Art Museum of China.

Friday 30 September 2011
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Fan Di'an is the Director of the National Art Museum of China and a leading figure in Chinese contemporary art.

He will provide an introduction to the Museum's exhibition, A New Horizon, and discuss Chinese art of the past 60 years, including significant artists and movements.

Bookings essential by email or on (02) 6208 5021.
Visions Theatre

Art and nation conference: Chinese art 1949 to now

Saturday 19 November 2011
1.15 pm to 4.15 pm

Explore the role of contemporary art in Chinese society at this half-day conference. Key topics will include contemporary Chinese art, art policy, cultural and intellectual history, and the impact of Chinese art in Australia and the world.

View more information about the conference

Presented in partnership with the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University.

Bookings essential by email or on (02) 6208 5021.
Visions Theatre

Gallery talk: Shen Jiawei

Thursday 1 December 2011
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Shen Jiawei is one of Australia's leading portrait artists, and is known for the academic and literary qualities of his works. He was born in Shanghai and was popular with the Chinese Government for his 'revolutionary' images of workers and soldiers.

Jiawei emigrated to Australia in 1989 and is a 12-time finalist in the Archibald Prize. He won the Mary MacKillop Art Award in 1995 and the Sir John Sulman Prize in 2006. Jiawei will discuss his paintings, including Red Star over China (1987), on show in A New Horizon.

Bookings essential by email or on (02) 6208 5021.
Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Red Star Over China, 1987.
Red Star Over China, 1987 (detail, two of six panels), by Shen Jiawei.
Oil on Canvas. National Art Museum of China.