Australian Chinese Art Research Institute at the Australian Club

8 March 2024

Australian Chinese Art Research Institute President, Dr Damian Smith, travelled to Sydney this week as the invited guest speaker at an Australian Club dinner celebrating the Geoff Raby Collection of Chinese Art. Founded in 1838, the Australian Club is the oldest gentleman's club in the Southern Hemisphere. It maintains an active involvement in the visual arts. Those at the event travelled to the National Art School for a tour of the Raby Collection, prior to enjoying Dr Smith's lecture covering important works in the collection. Dr Smith's comments included insights into a rare Kashagar propaganda carpet from 1942, pre-dating the Communist period, along with a striking work by Uighur artist Aniwar Mamat. Also featured were works by Tibetan artists Gonkar Gyasto and Jhamsang, along with key works by the internationally regarded fashion photographer Chen Man.

Selected works from the Raby Collection are currently on view at the National Art School in the curated exhibition 'In Our Time: Four Decades of Art From China and Beyond, The Geoff Raby Collection'. The exhibition is free and runs until 30 March 2024.

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Unknown maker, Kashagar propaganda carpet,1942, purchased Hotan, China. 

Geoff Raby Collection of Chinese Art, La Trobe University.

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Australian Chinese Art Research President, Dr Damian Smith, adressing the Australian Club Dinner, 7 March 2024

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