ACIAC Book Launch Party

Join the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) for a memorable afternoon celebrating the publication of Dr Tianli Zu’s inaugural book, The Tao: Conversations on Chinese Art in Australia.

The Tao consists of a series of dialogues with important figures who have contributed to cross-border artistic encounters between China and Australia since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972. It is a novel exploration of Chinese art in Australia told through the stories of real people.


Official Launch of The Tao
Professor Barney Glover FTSE FRSN MAICD, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University

Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Time: 4.00 - 6.00pm

Venue: Foyer of Building EA, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Parramatta Campus (South), Western Sydney University

Limited seats. RSVP Essential. Please RSVP HERE (opens in a new window) before 10 December, 2018.

Book Review

by Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO

This is an inspired idea, brilliantly realised. It is like visiting a salon, in which people connected by one thread, art, in the large fabric of the modern Australia-China story take turns telling their personal stories. They talk of creating and curating and facilitating art, of moving between the two countries for art, of alighting, moving on, returning. It’s like oral history, or seventeen small-scale oral histories spoken by large-scale individuals. And they all know each other, or have met, and often refer to each other in their stories, and that gives it this sense of a salon conversation.

Creator, moderator and editor Tianli Zu is herself a part of this world. A gifted contemporary artist and conversant in both Australian and Chinese cultures, she connects and directs the conversations as a historian, cajoling and coaxing her subjects into candidness, surfacing mood and aspiration and consummation, encouraging their humour.

Anchored in the subject of art, this is not an ‘art book’. It’s a book for the reader who finds interest and satisfaction in a good story, in this case a story of personal movement and colour and striving and friendship that has gone on underneath the superstructures of Australia-China relations, and the essential joy of an engaged life.

The Tao: Conversations on Chinese Art in Australia is unique in the literature of Australia and China. It is intellectually serious, but also playful; it is enquiring and informative, but also entertaining; and it is such fun to read.