蛇 rắn 뱀 – Snake Snake Snake

A Celebration of Asian Australian Art

Sydney Town Hall – February 2013

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For an insight into some of the works, listen as Catherine Croll talks with ABC Digital Radio Journalist, Sheila Pham as they tour the exhibition..

ABC Radio – Asian Art of the Asia Century

Please follow the link below for an online version of a great story on the Chinese New Year ‘Snake’ Exhibition featured in the Bangkok Post Magazine

Bangkok Post – CNY “Snake” Exhibition

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We are delighted to announce the 45 artists who have been selected from 150 entries to participate in the 2013 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Exhibition

They include (in alphabetical order):

Alex Ma, Chonggang Du, Cindy Chen, Cyrus Tang, Darren Xianhe Kong, Dhyani Hendranto, Dongwang Fan, Garry Trinh, Graham Kuo, Greg Leong, Guan Wei, Guo Jian, Hu Ming, Hui Haixie, Jason Wing, Jayanto Damanik, Jelong Iklae, Juma Adi, Jun Chen, Kaye Mahoney, Khue Nguyen, Laurens Tan, Li Baoying, Lindy Lee, Min Wong, Min-Woo Bang, Muzi Li, My Le Thi, Mylyn Nguyen, Pamela See, Pei Pei He, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Pia Johnson, Richard Wu, Roslyn Yeung, Sandra Hill, Shuk-Wah Chung, Somchai Charoen, Song Ling, Tianli Zu, Vernon Ah-Kee, William Yang, Xu Wang, You Meng-Shu

This extraordinarily eclectic group of emerging and established artists reside in all States and Territories of Australia and represent communities with Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai and Indigenous heritage

蛇 rắn 뱀 – A Celebration of Asian Australian Art – will be showing at (lower) Sydney Town Hall from February 5th until February 23rd 2013

Opening Times are: 12 noon until 8pm with ‘Floor Talks’ scheduled for 2 and 6pm daily

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An eclectic mix of artwork is currently on show at Sydney Town Hall, created by artists born and bred in Australia, recent arrivals from Asia as well as those of mixed Aboriginal and Asian heritage.

Walking around the space, you’ll see works featuring Indigenous art techniques hanging next to print featuring classical Chinese art. Works such as these highlight the hybrid nature of modern Asian-Australian art.

As part of the Lunar New Year festivities taking place in Sydney, this art exhibition titled Snake Snake Snake is taking place from the 5th to 23rd of February. It aims to celebrate the artistic exchange between Australia and China, Vietnam and Korea.

With the wide range of work sharing a myriad of themes ranging from cultural issues, to identity and globalisation, migration is a theme that can be found in many of the works.

“We are very conscious of those common themes of migration and journey and looking at peoples’ individual stories that were associated with that,” said Catherine Croll, curator of Snake Snake Snake.

While a majority of the artwork on display is created by artists of Chinese descent, Ms Croll sought to include artists from other East-Asian backgrounds.

“We worked hard to get as many artists from Vietnam, Korea and Thailand into the show. They don’t seem to have the same organised networks yet in Australia,” she said.

“I’m hoping one of the outcomes from an exhibition like this, and one of the important reasons for staging an exhibition like this, is to help those artists to fill up their networks across Asian cultures as well as within their own cultures in Australia”.

With the exhibition’s aims of inclusion, the art show is not solely made for a typical art gallery audience. “What we’re trying to do is have works that are easy for people to interpret and to read and have some enticement about them,” said Ms Croll.

For an insight into some of the works, listen as Catherine Croll talks with Sheila Pham as they tour the exhibition..

You can also hear the story on ABC digital radio as part of an hour long program on Asian art. ABC welcomes the Year of the Snake with the Lunar New Year on ABC Extra, highlighting the vibrant and contemporary Asian culture in Australia.

Throughout the weekend, starting Friday, you’ll hear insightful documentaries, popular Asian music and mouth-watering programs about some of Asia’s most vibrant cuisines.

For those interested in catching the exhibition, it’s on at Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall (entry via Druitt Street) at 483 George Street, Sydney. Opening hours are from 12pm to 8pm until 23 February.

Snake Snake Snake has been produced by Cultural Partnerships Australia in collaboration with the City of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund.

Exhibition Entry Details

City of Sydney – Chinese New Year Festival Exhibition:


CNY13 Exhibition Artist Application Form

CNY13 Exhibition Guidelines

Note: For a word document copy of the entry form please email:


I am delighted to invite Australian artists with a Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean heritage to submit an entry for the City of Sydney – Lunar New Year Exhibition to be held at Sydney Town Hall from Tuesday 5th February until Sunday 23rd February 2012 as a feature of the Chinese New Year Festival program

We hope to build upon the success of ‘Mao to Now’ held at Sydney Olympic Park in 2008 and ‘Coming Home’ held at Linda Gallery Beijing in 2009 by inviting Australian artists who have Chinese, Vietnamese and / or Korean heritage to submit work for this high profile exhibition of contemporary art

I will be managing and curating the exhibition and to ensure we display work of the highest quality I will be convening a selection panel comprising representatives from City of Sydney and State Arts Institutions to assist in selecting the final 25 to 30 artworks for inclusion

Exhibition Guidelines and Entry Forms can be obtained by emailing:


Key Dates:

  • Closing date for Entry Forms: Friday 9th November 2012
  • Notification of 1st Round Selection Panel Decisions: Friday 7th December 2012
  • Notification of 2nd Round Selection Panel Decisions: Monday 31st December 2012
  • Closing date for arrival of works for exhibition: Friday 1st February 2013
  • Installation of artwork – Sunday 3rd February & Monday 4th February
  • Lunar New Year Exhibition dates: 5th February – 23rd February 2013

Entry Form Checklist 参展项目清单

Please ensure you have provided the following:

· Completed Entry Form 填写完整的登记表格

· Images of the actual work 展出作品的图片

· Artist’s biography and CV 艺术家个人简历

· A statement (story) on the work entered 展出作品的简要说明

· Display/installation instructions 展出作品的特殊条件说明

Please Note:

I have applied to the Australia Council for funding to cover the cost of freight and to allow each participating artist to receive a modest exhibition fee – Should this funding application be unsuccessful then participating artists will be required to arrange for the delivery and collection of their own artwork to and from Sydney Town Hall (fingers crossed!!)

Please feel free to contact me if you have any enquiries – Note this will be best done by email as I will be traveling in China until November 8th 2012

I look forward to receiving your entries


This project is proudly sponsored by:


  1. Lisa Nguyen says:

    My family and I would like to view this aray of Asian artwork. Just to ensure we have the correct information it is open to public at free cost from the 5th to the 23rd of February any time between 12-8pm?
    Lisa Nguyen

    • Yes thats correct:

      The exhibition is OPEN – FREE of cost to the public from 5th February to the 23rd of February

      Opening hours are: 12 noon until 8pm Daily

      We will be holding “Floor Talks” at 2pm and 6pm each day

      Participating artists will be present at the floor talks to speak in depth about their work

      Will will also have a number of public forums designed to discuss – Cultural Identity

      Please come and introduce yourself – I look forward to meeting you



  1. […] City of Sydney Lunar New Year Exhibition Entry forms due by Fri 9th November Australian artists with a Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean heritage are invited to submit an entry to the City of Sydney Lunar New Year Exhibition to be held between Tue 5th Feb and Sun 23rd Feb. For more information contact CulturalPartnerships@gmail.com https://catherinecroll.com/lunar-new-year-exhibition-2013/ […]

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