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Curatorial Dialogue:
Socially Engaged Art in Australia and China

Panel Talk

22th MAY 2021, 17:45pm - 19:15pm (Melbourne Time)

14:45 pm –16:15 pm

(Cambodian, Laos, Thailand & Vietnam)

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Wilson Yeung (Founder of Curatorial Collective, PhD candidate in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia) has been investigating the ‘Curatorial Dialogue’ as a collective curatorial method. During the pandemic, Wilson and Sherry began to reflect on the role of artist-curator and methods of artistic creation. They are particularly interested in how artists explore their projects during the COVID-19, how they think about their relationships with the surrounding living space, and how they explore social and participatory art with the public. Therefore, Wilson and Sherry initiate this Online Symposium called Curatorial Dialogue: Socially Engaged Art in Australia and China. Four invited speakers will participate in this conversation, including artists, curators, and creative producers. They will introduce their social art practice developed after the COVID-19 in Australia and China, focusing on social actions and participation.

This event is part of the Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) annual conference - Meeting Point 2021, and supported by the Japan Foundation, the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (U.S.), the Student Life at RMIT University, and the Arts Managers Society at the University of Melbourne.

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Katherine Lee is an art administrator from Hong Kong. Katherine worked in the literary field previously, with experiences in organising art projects including community festivals, public tours, and educational workshops. Interested in diverse art forms, she has participated as an actress and administrative producer in a theatre group, as well as curated a photography exhibition in a boutique gallery. She has co-founded the Arts Managers Society and is now pursuing her Executive Master of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, while working as a Community Engagement Coordinator in the Environmental Film Festival Australia.


Gretel Taylor is based in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne. Gretel creates site-responsive performances and curates place-based events. Her focus on place has illumined her performance and curatorial practice through lenses of ecology, history and decolonisation, working extensively on projects with Indigenous and culturally diverse communities. Recent curatorial projects include Dancing Place: Corhanwarrabul, a site-specific performance program at Mount Dandenong supported by Yarra Ranges Council (2020-21); Poetics of Home screendance series (the City of Melbourne, and Dance (Lens), Dancehouse, 2020); and Force of Nature exhibition (Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, 2018).


Gretel has worked in socially engaged arts research at the University of Melbourne and taught at Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Victoria Universities. She has an ongoing dance-place-video practice with photographer Laki Sideris, most recently presenting Co-habit for Burrinja Cultural Centre. Gretel is currently working in local government within Arts and Culture. 

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Urvi Majumdar is the Creative Workshops Program Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Urvi has a background in teaching and education policy and is passionate about engaging our community through meaningful learning experiences. Urvi is also a writer and performer and has credits in TV, screen and stage. Urvi has produced four shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has performed interstate as well as in various festivals such as Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Writers' Festival. Most of all, Urvi is passionate about making art accessible for all, through the creation of vibrant, educational programs.  

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Chris Parkinson is a photographic artist, arts professional and published author who seeks to build inclusive conditions for artists and art to flourish. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Melbourne, looking at collective art practices and public cultures in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Dili, Timor-Leste. His long-term collaborations with East Timorese artists have developed the Animatism collective; an exchange of artistic action between Australia, East Timor and Indonesia, framed by creative enquiries into the East Timorese and Australian relationship since World War 2. Chris was a member of the VCA’s Art, Social and Spatial Practice Research Cluster and is a recipient of grants from Creative Victoria, the University of Melbourne, the Australian International Cultural Council, and awards including the Peter Macphee Student Engagement Award (University of Melbourne) and an Australian Arts in Asia Award. He co-curates and is a senior editor of the Photodust website and lectures in Street Art at the University of Melbourne and is a Youth Arts Officer with the City of Yarra.

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Zora/Linyi Pang is a recent graduate of Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University (ANU) focusing on the collaborative process and community-based art practice. She was the project coordinator of the Welcome Home Roundtable & Mapping Workshop at the 2017-2018 Shenzhen\Hongkong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China. She was one of the artists selected for the You Are Here Canberra Cahoots 2020 residential program. Her collaborative projects include WǑ-IN-PROCESS (WǑ[我]:, I, ME) (2020), Creatives in-the-park (2021), and #Water_Voices (2019-now). She was also an intern at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). Her first peer-reviewed publication Free food in the gallery: Understanding Tiravanija (2021) is being finalised by JAWS. 

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Sherry/Ye Liu is a current PhD candidate in the School of Art, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Sherry’s artistic practice connects issues of the environment with social engagement to explore how creative practice illuminates the value of communities and creates emotional engagement with the public. As a China-born artist studying between China and Australia, she has a background in Fine Art and Public Art. Her work focuses on ‘affect’, socially engagement, community reshaping and ecology, exploring the relational aesthetics and connective aesthetics to challenge the public to reconsider the community and environment. Recently, Sherry’s research focuses on the Chinese’s social art practice and how to recreate the publics in the post-COVID-19 Chinese environment. 

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