Australian Chinese Art Research Institute

The Australian Chinese Art Research Institute (ACARI) is a privately funded research facility dedicated to the understanding of Chinese art in all its forms and influences. Based at ACAE Gallery, our research is especially focused on the significance of Chinese art across the local region. Under the direction of our President, Dr Damian Smith, our research outputs include contributions to: 

McLennan K (ed.), Lee, M, Smith D (assoc. eds.) 2020 The Art of Zhou Xiaoping in Aboriginal Australia, published by Western Sydney University 

Smith, D 2021 The Geoff Raby Collection of Chinese Art at La Trobe University, published by TAASA Review (the journal of the Asian Art Society of Australia). The Raby Collection was the generous gift of Dr Geoff Raby AO, former Australian Ambassador to China, which was presented to La Trobe University. Valued at more than $3million dollars, the Collection of 174 works surverys the development of Chinese contemporary art from the mid 1980s to circa 2010. The Collection is accompanied by a monograph catalogue, written by Dr Damian Smith and published through the University of Western Sydney.

Smith, D, Yu, H (trans.) 2020 Chinese Art Collections in Australia, available through ACARI 

Li, M 2021 Transcultural art practices: Chinese artists in Australia, ACARI


For more information on our research, public programs and publications, please contact ACAE Gallery.

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Dr Damian Smith visiting the Damian Smith Archive, State Library of Victoria, 2021

ACARI is a proud supporter of:

Professor Claire Roberts’ ‘Fairweather and China’, 2021, published by the Meigunyah Press, University of Melbourne – “an exquisitely illustrated appraisal of Australia’s ‘greatest artist’ that explores his fascination with China and its centrality to his body of work."

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