Madam Yu and Mr Olde

Madam Yu and Mr Ord exchange gifts

The opening of the "Tale of Two Regions - Beautiful China" exhibition at UWA's Cullity Gallery on 4 October was a tangible example of cultural exchange in action.

The display of stunning images of China by Madam Yu Huiwen was organised as a reciprocal exhibition after local photographers Frances Andrijich, Tania Malkin and Hugh Brown showcased the beauty of WA at the China Art Museum in Shanghai in 2017. The two events were the result of the joint efforts of several WA government agencies and Shanghai partners over more than four years.

More than 70 people attended the opening, including Madam Zhihua Dong, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth; Mr Duncan Ord OAM, Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (representing the WA government); and the Hon. Colin Barnett, former Premier of WA.  Visitors from China were welcomed to Nyoongah country by Whadjuk Nyoongah man Mr Vaughn McGuire.

Madam Dong welcomed and congratulated Madam Yu, saying her magnificent and creative photographs were a great contribution to cultural exchange between China and WA. She thanked the WA Government, the Confucius Institute at UWA and the 3 Oceans Group for making the exhibition possible.

Madam Yu, who is a consultant to the Shanghai Charity Foundation and founder of the Beauty Nourishing Hearts charity, sells her work to raise money to help Chinese children with congenital heart disease. She introduced the 30 photographs on display and explained the techniques used to create the incredibly detailed hyper realist large scale images. She said she hoped the exhibition would enhance Australian people's understanding of China and the friendship between the two nations.

"I hope that through the campaign we will work together with the people of WA to help children and make the world a better place," she said.

Other VIPs attending the event were:

  • Ms Simone Spencer, Executive Director, Strategic Policy, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Mr Ziqiang Li, Vice Chairman of  Shanghai Jiaotong University Alumni Industry Investment Club
  • Mr Xiaojun Shi, Secretary General of Shanghai Jiaotong University Alumni Industry Investment Club (Culture Branch)
  • Dr Kate Hislop, Dean, UWA School of Design
  • Professor Ted Snell, UWA Chief Cultural Officer and curator of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Professor Minghao Zheng, Associate Dean International at UWA
  • Professor Kadambot Siddique, Director UWA Institute of Agriculture
  • Mr Guojie Gui,  Managing Director of Shanghai CRED (Partner in Kidman & Co)

The free exhibition is open to the public daily until 18 October (9am-5pm weekdays, 10am-4pm weekends).