Hard Sleeper (China)

Red Gate Gallery Cultural Exchange Project

Hard Sleeper – Oct 30th to Nov 14th Red Gate Gallery Beijing

In Sept/Oct 2010  Catherine brought Indigenous and emerging artists from Australia for a 1 month tour of arts communities and historic sites in the provincial Chinese cities of Pingyao, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Shanghai and Suzhou. As a part of the tour the artists visited Xingren Primary School built by Bluescope in the earthquake ravaged province of Sichuan, participated in a cross cultural forum in Chengdu and were VIP guests of the Australian Pavilion at Shanghai Expo

The artists then enjoying a 1 month artist residency at the Red Gate Artists Residency Studio Lofts in Beijing where they engaged in a comprehensive program of cultural exchange including visits to artists studios and galleries in 798 Art District, Chaochangdi and Songzhuang Artists Village

A stunning exhibition of their work titled Hard Sleeper opened at Red Gate Gallery Dongbienmen Watchtower Beijing on October 30th 2010

An AUCTION of two special artworks painted by Guy Mastri & Frances Belle Parker, on steel panels from the newly ‘decommissioned’ Australian Pavilion raised over $17,000US for the Xingren Primary School in Sichuan and the Epenarra School in the remote Northern Territory of Australia

Hard Sleeper Group Shot

Participating artists included:

Fiona Foley

Guy Maestri

Frances Belle Parker

Peter Gardiner

China de la Vega

Philip Hannaford

Zhou Xiaoping

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Sponsors and Assistance:

Hard Sleeper is proudly supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Australia China Council, The Australian Embassy Beijing & Red Gate Gallery Beijing

Catherine Croll is supported by a Professional Development Grant from Asialink


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