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Tradition and Transformation:
Taiwan-Australia
Watercolour Exhibition

In another historic first, following our landmark joint exhibitions with the Royal Watercolour Society, London, and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 2010, the Australian Watercolour Institute and the Taiwan International Watercolor Society will collaborate on a major exhibition to be held at venues in Taiwan and Australia.

Fifty-five members of the Australian Watercolour Institute and fifty-five members of the Taiwan International Watercolor Society, as well as several international guest artists will participate in Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, which will be shown at Taichung Municipal Office from 6th July until 17th September 2012 and subsequently at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, in conjunction with the AWI 89th Anniversary Exhibition, from 1 December until 27 January 2013.

This major collaborative exhibition, with more than 110 participating artists, constitutes an important cultural exchange that will promote the relationship, and deepen the dialogue, between these two island countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia-Pacific region is geographically situated at the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures and thus is the nexus for socio-cultural interaction and exchange. It is for this reason that the Australian Watercolour Institute and the Taiwan International Watercolor Society are committed to this exhibition.

By showcasing the diversity of techniques in watercolour painting, Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, and the accompanying book, will demonstrate how the tradition of Chinese painting has informed Western contemporary art and, conversely, how Western art has transformed the tradition of Chinese painting.

Given the extraordinary popularity of the watercolour medium within the visual arts, we are assured of the broad appeal of this exhibition to the general public, the Chinese community and arts professionals.