Chinese-Australian artist Siying Zhou has had a wonderful month in Ararat getting to know the community and learning more about our cultural heritage in the lead up to her solo exhibition at Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) in March.
Throughout November, Siying immersed herself in Ararat's Chinese history with her research taking her from the 1800s through to today.
Siying used public archives such as the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and Ararat Regional Library, as well as the personal archives, memories and stories from individuals.
Born in China, Siying is a Melbourne-based artist whose installation works use various media such as video, photography, textiles, performance and drawing to examine the cultural in-betweenness of being Chinese-Australian.
Siying's residency included her developing a drop-in craft activity, which continues until March, where children are encouraged to create a mythical creature out of recycled materials. Siying also held two workshops - one with school children who made mythical creatures and another with the public who learnt to make dumplings according to her father's traditional recipe.
Ararat Gallery is looking forward to seeing what Siying produces over the next few months, and can't wait to see her works installed in the Gallery in March
Let The World Burn by Paul Yore Until 1 March 2020. Let The World Burn contains a fascinating intermingling of images, words and ideologies aimed at challenging and questioning the cultural codes that govern our bodies and behaviours.
2020 program The Ararat Town Hall's 2020 program will be revealed just before Christmas.
Christmas closures Ararat Town Hall will be closed for the Christmas and New Year break from 12pm on Friday 20 December 2019 reopening at 10am on Wednesday 5 February 2020. Ararat Gallery TAMA will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but open other days from 10am to 4pm. We wish everybody a merry Christmas.