The Australian Embassy supported an exhibition of Australian artists as part of the 6th Songzhaun International Art Festival. The exhibition featured new and innovative works by leading Australian artists who had strong associations with China. The artworks ranged from photomedia to painting and sculpture.
The title of the exhibition, (Australian) diversity, sat within the broader Festival theme – Crossovers – and featured artists: Guan Wei, Jayne Dyer, Grant Stevens, James Newitt, Merilyn Fairskye, Tony Scott, Laurens Tan, Guo Jian, Lindy Lee, Anne Graham, Allan Chawner, Wang Zhiyuan, Ah Xian and Tan Yifeng.
The variety and range of practice exhibited in this show reflected the innovative nature of contemporary visual art in Australian as well as the divergent sub-cultural groupings which constitute Australian society.
Source material for reflection and comment ranged from responses of Australians abroad (including those with Chinese heritage) to different environments including the Australian environment – natural, political and cultural. This event opened at the Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuan, on 10 September 2010 and ran until 10 October 2010.
The exhibition, (Australian) diversity, was featured as a significant event in the Imagine Australia program of cultural projects celebrating the Year of Australian Culture in China.