A contemporary ink paintings exhibition of work by Australian and
Chinese artists was held at the China Cultural Centre, Sydney from 13-26
August 2016. The exhibition arose from previous collaboration between
Western Sydney and Fuzhou Universities, and was curated by Professor
James Arvanitakis. In
his foreword to the exhibition catalogue, he wrote: "Mutualism is the
way two organisms from different species come to exist in a
relationship. In this relationship, there is a type of balance as each
separate organism benefits in the actions, activities and engagement of
the other. It is not just
cooperation but moves beyond this… The works are brave and do not shy
away from the challenges we face … but they also remind us of what we
can achieve when we come together and benefit from each other's actions.
This is mutuality … and it is what is required if we are to survive
the challenges our world is currently confronting."