Eight contemporary women artists from China are visiting Ballarat and will talk about their work and the place of women artists in China at a special free public event at the Art Gallery of Ballart this Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
The artists are members of the China Contemporary Women Artists Association (CCWAA), which was established in Beijing in 2015 and currently has more than 1,000 members from 14 provinces in China. The CCWAA aims to foster and promote awareness of arts created by women in China through exhibitions of members’ works, education programs, overseas visit and cultural exchange. As a community organisation, it encourages the work and careers of contemporary and emerging women artists and pays tribute to the contribution of women to the art history of China.
In order to help achieve its goal of creating a vibrant community of women with a stronger presence in the art world, the CCWAA partners with arts and community organisations in China as well as around the world, in order to make connections to other contemporary and emerging artists. The Association is also aware of the gender inequalities that exist in the art world and are dedicated to making a positive difference.
CCWAA offers membership to professional women artists, emerging artists, and student artists. Its members represent different areas of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, and mixed media. In the last two years, the Association has successfully organized two visits to Italy and one culture exchange event in Russia.
The eight Chinese artists are the guests of the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat, which was formed in October 2008 in recognition of the changing needs of the Chinese community in Ballarat. The CACSB has successfully hosted a series of multicultural events in the last ten years to promote friendship, harmony and culture exchange.
While they are in Ballarat, the artists will participate in Harmony Fest Ballarat by conducting workshops and meeting members of Ballarat arts community. They will also take the opportunity to create unique artworks during their stay.
At the event at the Art Gallery of Ballarat this Sunday, called Women artists in China, work by all the artists will be on show, and four of the artists will talk about their work and the situation for women artists in China. Afternoon tea will be served.
The event is free but bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Tickets are available at the Art Gallery website.