• Lunar Lanterns at Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2017

    12 January 2017

    Welcome the Year of the Rooster and check out Lunar Lanterns this Chinese New Year.  Twelve giant glowing lanterns representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac are on display at Circular Quay for 17 days as part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Start your lantern trek at the Sydney Opera House and say cock-a- doodle- doo to two enormous roosters created by Amigo & Amigo.  Continue your journey and see the Sheep by Brad & Alex; then Fan Dongwang’s mighty Dragon. You’ll see Amigo & Amigo’s spectacular snake slithering its way under Circular Quay station.   Fancy a little glamour? Visit the showgirl rats dancing on a giant rainbow at Customs House. These elegant critters are by Guo Jian. Then you’ll see the cheeky 3 Wise Monkeys by Laurens Tan; a big red Dog by Brad & Alex;  Tianli Zu’s magnificent Ox made from 749 glowing Mahjong tiles; Hu Ming’s happy Tiger; a multi coloured Horse chariot by Justin Qian; and Brad & Alex’s mother Pig with her piglets. Finish your expedition at Dawes Point to see Claudia’s whimsical Rabbits practicing their Tai Chi, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop. And to celebrate all things Rooster, check out Tianli Zu’s ...
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  • Tai Chi Bunnies return for Chinese New Year 2017

    12 January 2017

    All dressed up and somewhere new to go! Looking fit and fabulous, Claudia Chan Shaw’s popular Rabbit lantern installation, the Tai Chi Bunnies are back for 2017. Created for the Lunar Lanterns exhibition at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016, the rabbits have new outfits and look splendid in their brightly coloured happi coats. They’re practicing their Tai Chi moves throughout the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2017. Try out your own bunny poses and catch them at Dawes Point against a backdrop of  Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. 27 January – 12 February 2017.
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  • Archibald Prize 2016

    Archibald Prize finalist "Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots" by Kate Beynon 12 January 2017

    Main image Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots by Kate Beynon. Kate Beynon is represented by Sutton Gallery Melbourne and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Image courtesy of the artist. It was such an honour to be painted for the 2016 Archibald Prize by the very talented Kate Beynon. It was even more exciting that the portrait Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots was selected as a finalist!  Kate Beynon, who is a 6 time Archibald finalist, was a guest on Claudia’s tour China : Art Deco to Art Now. After a few cocktails in a swanky Shanghai bar, Kate asked Claudia to be her subject for the 2016 Archibald Prize. After another cocktail, it was a done deal! When discussing her inspiration for the painting, Kate said ‘I was struck by Claudia’s distinctive style, knowledge and energy, and saw her as a contemporary art deco goddess.’ ‘The trip was a source of inspiration, and I wanted to reflect on our shared mixed Chinese ancestry. The qipao Claudia wears connects with our Shanghai experience and my interest in mask imagery. When I sketched her in Sydney, I was intrigued by her extensive collection of vintage toys. I wanted to portray Claudia with Spartacus (her and her husband ...
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