Celestial City: exhibition opening day

This Event Is

Past Event
Celebrate the launch of Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story with a day of entertainment, including curator talks, guided exhibition tours, Chinese painting workshops, and lion dancing performed by one of Sydney’s best lion dance groups.

In 1888 several boats carrying Chinese immigrants sailed through Sydney Heads into a crisis that would shape the nation. Chinese people had been arriving in Sydney for over 30 years, but by 1888 growing ill will towards them had broken out into open hostility.

The exhibition Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story tells the stories of Sydney’s Chinese people who were here before, during and after this crucial moment in our history. It reveals a complex interweaving of cultural diversity, racial tensions and social connections, and celebrates the tenacity and successes of individuals and families within our local Chinese community.

PROGRAM

10:45am – Lion dance performance
Celebrate the launch of Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story with a vibrant lion dance presentation performed by one of Sydney’s best lion dance teams.

11am – Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story, introductory talk by Dr Nicola Teffer
Join Celestial City guest curator, Dr Nicola Teffer, for this illustrated talk that introduces the exhibition’s themes. Nicola will share some of the interesting events that shaped the history of Sydney’s Chinese community.     

12pm – Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story, exhibition floor talk
Take a guided tour of the exhibition and learn more about the artefacts and images on display. You will also be able to ask questions about the stories in the exhibition to get a greater understanding of Sydney’s Chinese history.

1pm – Lion dance performance
Celebrate the launch of Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story with a vibrant lion dance presentation performed by one of Sydney’s best lion dance teams.

2pm – Chinese painting demonstration and workshop presented by the Australian Chinese Painting Society
Chinese artist Andrew Lo, president of the Australian Chinese Painting Society, demonstrates the fusion of two cultures by creating a Chinese brush painting of an iconic Australian subject, an old-growth eucalyptus forest. 

This is followed by a hands-on workshop where you can create works of art on Chinese rice paper.

 

Opening the Chinese Market Garden
Caroline Butler-Bowdon opening the Chinese Market Garden. Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums
Activities on the forecourt
Activities at the opening of the Chinese Market Garden. Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums
Visitors helping with planting the market garden.
Visitors helping with planting the market garden Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums
Market gardener and visitors talking about the garden
Market gardener and visitors talking about the garden. Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums
Market gardener showing vegetables to family
Market gardener showing vegetables to family. Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums
Market garden in full growth
Market garden in full growth. Photo Kate Ford for Sydney Living Museums

Free with museum entry

When & Where

Saturday 29 March 2014 11AM–4PM

Museum of Sydney

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988
The Governors Table: 02 9241 1788