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South Australian art enchants Shandong

2017/5/16 13:10:08   source:chinadaily.com.cn

Shandong residents may catch a glimpse of South Australia's enchanting buildings, exotic streets and fascinating landscapes at "Sights and Impressions of South Australia", an exhibition at the Dashun Gallery in Jinan, capital of Shandong province.

Jointly sponsored by the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Arts South Australia, the joint exhibition was produced by the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival and the Shandong Young Artists Association.

Five South Australian artists are displaying their work in China for the first time alongside paintings by seven members of the Shandong Young Artists Association who visited South Australia's Adelaide in September 2016.

Lasting from May 10 to 12, the exhibition is one of the major activities of an exchange of artists between South Australia and Shandong province under the Friendly Cooperation Action Plan signed by the two sides.

"The joint exhibition by artists from Shandong and South Australia marks their ever-deepening cultural exchanges," said Wang Tingqi, deputy director of the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture, at the opening ceremony on May 10.

"A joint exhibition by artists of both sides will be held in South Australia next year, selected paintings from which will be published in an album to enhance mutual understanding and further consolidate the friendship."

"Each year, arts and culture have helped strengthen the bonds between South Australia and Shandong and have played an important part in advancing our connections," said Martin Hamilton-Smith, minister for Investment and Trade of South Australia.

"This exhibition is a wonderful example of the how these links can be mutually beneficial and help artists from both countries access international markets."

The exhibition is part of the South Australia State Government's cultural delegation to Shandong from May 8 to 13. The delegation of five South Australian artists is scheduled to conduct a series of exchanges including painting and drawing trips in Jinan and its nearby towns and countryside, visits to art galleries, museums and artists' studios, and demonstrations and talks with local artists and visual arts students and lecturers in universities and colleges.

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