Building, strengthening and consolidating connections: Australia-China design dialogues

Project summary

31 August 2016

Sector: Education
Country location: Australia, China
Grantee: University Of New South Wales

Project Description

The Building, strengthening and consolidating connections: Australia-China design dialogues project is a partnership between UNSW Art & Design, the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and the Australian Embassy, Chengdu and Beijing. The project aims to strengthen and consolidate the guanxi (connections) that China design specialist Dr Ian McArthur and media artists and academic Brad Miller have cultivated after developing relationships for over a decade with the Chinese education and creative industries sectors. We will achieve this by leveraging a New Colombo Plan short-term mobility project called MAD.LAB, which brings arts, computational architecture and design students from Australia and China together in Chongqing. Project outcomes will be showcased in a pop-up exhibition and forum developed as part of Australia@BJDW program—further demonstrating our sustained contribution from 2012 to 2016. This project will provide academics, partners and students with practical experience of working cross-culturally working on innovative and difficult design/place-making challenges while demonstrating how innovative Australian design and interactive media can provide creative approaches such as sustainable adaptive reuse within a rapidly changing economy.

Key dates:

Pop up exhibition @ BJDW, @ BJDW * Beijing, PRC, 23 September to 07 October 2016

Forum @ BJDW, Beijing, PRC, 24 September 2016

Social Media:, Facebook, Wechat, Flickr, Instagram,

Australia-China Council grant offer: $20,000 plus $2,000 GST              

Total project value: $22,000

Last Updated: 16 August 2016
Text as texture. Interactive Media Installation, Production still (Credit: Brad Miller)