The 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference

The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art

11 – 12 September 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing

Hosted by the Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University | Supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC)

Convened by Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Peking University

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), and the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University, are pleased to present the 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art.

The conference is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China. The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging.

It will be the first event of this scale focusing specifically on the China-Australia arts relationship to be held in China, and will bring together a leading lineup of Australian and Chinese artists, curators, gallery directors, academics and cultural thinkers. They will share their insights over two days of panel discussions, keynote presentations, interviews and special performances and exhibitions, running on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September at Renmin University.

Additional public talks will also run on Saturday September 13 at the Red Gate Gallery and Capital M Restaurant in Beijing.

Program highlights include keynote presentations by previous Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon, AM, OBE, on ‘Understanding and Defining Australia through Art’, and Prof Julianne Schultz, AM, FAHA, Editor of the Griffith REVIEW, on ‘The Uses of Culture’. The program will also feature a special performance by acclaimed Australian photographer and storytelling artist William Yang.

Attending the Conference:

The conference is open to the public and attendance is free but registration is required. To register to attend the conference, please email Joanna Bayndrian by September 1 on

Please note in your RSVP:

  1. Full name (Chinese and English if appropriate) and your professional title and organisation
  2. Which of the 3 events you will attend:
  • Conference Day 1, 8.30am – 5pm, 11 September
  • Banquet Dinner, 6.15pm, 11 September
  • Conference Day 2, 8.30am – 5pm, 12 September