Crossing international boundaries through art

Crossing international boundaries through art

This Lunar New Year, Sydneysiders will be intrigued and inspired by Crossing Boundaries, a unique contemporary art exhibition celebrating the growing connections between Asian and Australian art worlds.

From sculpture and installation to ceramics and performance – plus an extensive children’s program, artist forums and talks – Crossing Boundaries will explore the blurred geographical boundaries and unique cultural influences of over 20 celebrated Asian-Australian artists.

Works from renowned artists including Hu Ming, Guan Wei, Lindy Lee and 2014 Festival Ambassador William Yang will be celebrated.

The exhibition runs 22 January to 9 February at Sydney Town Hall, and is part of the City of Sydney’s 2014 Chinese New Year Festival program.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Lunar New Year celebrations were a great opportunity to explore the rich arts and culture scene that exists between Australia and Asia.

Crossing Boundaries invites everyone to delve into the world of some of Australia and Asia’s most prominent and emerging artists,” the Lord Mayor said.

Exhibition curator Catherine Croll, founding director of Cultural Partnerships Australia and award-winning artist, said an exhibition such as Crossing Boundaries is particularly relevant in today’s Australia.

“At a time when links between Australia and Asia are strengthening, giving the public a rare glimpse into significant artworks that represent the relationship between our continents and countries is not only important, but essential,” Ms Croll said.

Crossing Boundaries – A Celebration of Contemporary Asian Australian Art
Art exhibition, children’s program, talks and forums

When:             Wednesday 22 January – Sunday 9 February 2014
Time:              Noon-8pm (5pm on 22 January and 2 February)
Where:            Lower Town Hall – 483 George Street, Sydney (enter via Druitt Street)
Cost:               Free

Artists featured in the CNY14 Crossing Boundaries exhibition include:

  • Hu Ming – artist of the official 2014 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival artwork, Peace for Four Seasons – Wishes for Every Success in the Year of Horse
  • 2014 Chinese New Year Festival Ambassador William Yang
  • Akira Kamada
  • Ahn Wells & Laura Wilson
  • Chonggang Du
  • Guan Wei
  • Greg Leong
  • Jayanto Damanik
  • Juma Adi
  • Lindy Lee & Elizabeth Chang
  • Min Wong
  • Min-Woo Bang
  • Nikki Lam
  • Pamela See
  • Pei Pei He
  • Phaptawan Suwannakudt
  • Somchai Charoen
  • Song Ling
  • Soyuan Kim
  • Tianli Zu
  • Toshiko Oiyama
  • Yiwon Park

For more information, interviews and high-resolution or web-sized images, contact:

2014 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Publicist Sue Fagan.
Phone 0428 221 130 or email

City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email