Painting in the links

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 12:00am

The Asia Art Archive (AAA) will tomorrow hold a symposium that discusses the links between artists in China, their Chinese overseas counterparts and their audiences in the west.

This talk is topical, given the attention immigrant groups have received in Australia and the recent opening of the Asian Galleries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a development some critics say is a huge step in the recognition of cultural minorities' art. Among the speakers will be John Pilbeam, the deputy consul-general of the Australian Consulate in Hong Kong, and Asia Art Archive co-founder Johnson Chang Tsong-zung, who is also the owner of the Hanart TZ gallery.

The event will discuss: the Chinese artists who fled their homeland 20 years ago for the west; how the Chinese 'political pop art', so popular in the 1990s, was successfully marketed overseas; what to expect from the new generation of Chinese returnee artists; and how Sydney is becoming a hub for new Chinese art.

Two Sydney-based editors, Binghui Huangfu and Stephanie Britton, will also host the local launch of The China Phenomenon issue of the Australian Artlink magazine.

The China Phenomenon. Asia Art Archive, 2/F, 8 Wah Koon Building, 181-191 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan. Tomorrow, 6pm, tel: 2815 1112 or go to