Dr Claire Roberts, Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, previous grant recipient and Australia-China Council Board member, tells the following story of her experience.
“In 1979 I became part of the first intake of foreign students at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The period of applied learning at the art Academy was transformational. As my career unfolded, I received further support from the Australia-China Council, working as an interpreter and guide for Chinese delegations to Australia, and through professional development and exhibition grants in my capacity as Curator at the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne, and later the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences), Sydney.
I remain in contact with former students from the Central Academy of Fine Art, now scattered throughout the world, and over the course of the past 30-odd years have established a wide network of friends and colleagues working in the art and museum worlds in China and elsewhere.”