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With the burgeoning Chinese interest in Australian Indigenous art and culture, Artlink magazine is taking the bold step of reprinting the acclaimed 2011 mega-issue Artlink Indigenous: Beauty & Terror, in a full Chinese (Mandarin) translation. The issue showcases the writing, research and art of indigenous Australians, with the majority of the editorial in the issue being written by Indigenous authors – writers, curators, academics and artists.
Artlink will be presenting a high profile one-hour panel session on contemporary Australian Indigenous art at the 13th Conference of Australian Studies, at Xihua University, Chengdu. Distinguished speakers – curator Djon Mundine OAM, artist Zhou Xiaoping and scholar/co-editor Stephanie Radok - will canvass different aspects of the theme through their original research and art practice. Brisbane-based artists Archie Moore and Megan Cope will present their work.
Each delegate to the Australian Studies Conference will receive a copy of the Chinese reprint in their conference satchels, and this stunning 120 page full-colour publication will filter back to dozens of universities throughout China, providing a valuable and rare chance for sophisticated and up to date scholarship and commentary on contemporary Australian art to be made accessible to interested students and staff.
The forthcoming 2012 June Annual mega-issue on Indigenous Art will also be introduced at the conference by the Australian Ambassador, HE Frances Adamson.
The cost of translation and production of the Chinese language edition was supported by Copyright Agency (CAL) and costs associated with the delegation to the conference were supported by Queensland Indigenous Art Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra. In kind help was supplied by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, and staff at the Australian Embassy, Beijing.