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International art

by Katrina Kalleske

Portfolio Leader Teaching and Learning, Andrew Hill (second left), Program Director, Greg Donovan (middle), with Head of Foreign Affairs, GAFA, Peng Xindong (right) with Head of Graphic Design Prof Hu Chuanni and Professor of Printmaking Wang Lisha.Two senior lecturers from UniSA have paved the way for a new partnership with one of China's most prestigious art institutions – the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA).

Program Director Greg Donovan and Portfolio Leader Teaching and Learning Andrew Hill from the School of Art, Architecture and Design recently returned from Guangzhou where they had solo exhibitions at the Art Museum of the Academy.

Recently ranked third among China's art research bodies, the Art Museum of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts hosts only two or three international exhibitions a year in its calendar of 24 exhibitions.  

The work by the two UniSA lecturers was identified by GAFA in 2007 as being of international standard and of interest to its audience which potentially includes its 4500 undergraduate and postgraduate students who work across visual art, architecture and design disciplines, paralleling those of the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Inside the exhibitionVice President (International) of the Academy, Zhao Jian said the art work is important for the manner in which it explored the relationship between the traditional arts practices of painting and drawing and the rapidly evolving medium of digital printmaking.

Jian also stressed the significance of the exhibition in building the Academy's international links, and highlighted UniSA's enthusiastic and outward looking approach towards international relationships.

On his return from China, Donovan said that the Academy is very keen to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with UniSA in regards to future staff and student exchanges.

"It is a terrific opportunity for the School," Donovan said. "The Academy is highly regarded in China and also has strong international links to the European art community."

The Art Museum will acquire a number of the works from the exhibition to add to its permanent collection.