Snake Snake Snake: Contemporary Exhibit of Asian Australian Artists

(6pm, Wednesday 6 February 2013, Lower Town Hall)

Thank you, Gill [Minervini MC]. Welcome, everyone, to Town Hall. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our city.

Tonight, I welcome:

  • Catherine Croll, Director of Cultural Partnerships Australia and curator of this fascinating exhibition
  • One of our Chinese New Year Festival Ambassadors, Adam Liaw
  • City Councillors and
  • Our Chinese New Year Festival director, Gill Minervini

This exhibition celebrates the City's 17th Chinese New Year Festival - and it also celebrates 2013 as the Year of the Snake.

It builds on the success of the Red Gate Gallery show last year and the City is proud to present this exhibition as a further way of opening Sydney to the world. All the artists here are of Asian-Australian descent, and their work indicates the range and depth of relationships, and artistic exchange, between Australia and China, Vietnam and Korea.

It combines the work of established and emerging artists and I believe the selection panel had a difficult time choosing the works from a very rich range of offerings.

The curator, Catherine Croll, founded Cultural Partnerships Australia three years ago and has extensive experience in cultural development and planning. The City was pleased to have her expertise in mounting this exhibition. Chinese New Year is rapidly becoming a significant entry among Sydney's well-known suite of outstanding arts festivals and it offers a fresh perspective on Australia's growing engagement with Asia.

The exhibition is one of more than 80 events being staged as part of the Festival, including the New Year Market in Belmore Park, the Dragon Boat Races on Darling Harbour and of course the always-fabulous Twilight Parade.

This year, we especially welcome the visiting delegation from Shenzhen city, and urge your support for our Charity Partner, the Taronga Foundation, raising funds to support conservation in the wild.

Many people and organisations make these celebrations possible, and tonight I'd like to thank

  • Catherine Croll as curator of Snake Snake Snake
  • Exhibition Sponsor, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
  • Curatorial Panel, Gill Minervini, Creative Director - Events, Tony Bond from the Art Gallery of NSW and Imogen Yang, Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group member and Catherine Croll
  • Our Chinese New Year Principal Sponsor, Medibank
  • Our Major Sponsors, The Star and AYAM
  • Our Media Partners, the Daily Telegraph, SBS, 2DayFM and TVBA
  • Our government partner, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
  • Supporting Sponsors, Holden, Lebara, Sydney Airport and Sydney's Paddy's Markets
  • Our Corporate Sponsor, Slater & Gordon
  • Sydney's Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese associations and individuals involved in the Festival and in particular
  • Councillor Robert Kok, chair of our Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group and
  • The City's Events team who, year upon year, make this a bigger, brighter and more outstanding Festival.

Thank you all. And once again, to everyone, welcome to this exciting exhibition.