Arts Scholar joins world experts in Art Gallery of New South Wales symposium

29 November 2010

The University of Sydney has teamed up with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to present a symposium on the ancient Chinese Qin Dynasty, entitled The First Emperor Symposium: Innovations and Creativity in Ancient Qin

This two-day event will feature a line-up of renowned international experts who will share their insights into recent scholarship on the Qin Dynasty's artistic, cultural and historical legacy.

Among the distinguished speakers at the symposium are the Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon, and the Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Jay Xu.

They will join global specialists in the field from Oxford University, the University of Heidelberg, Northwest University X'ian, Stanford University, McGill University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the National Taiwan University.

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of Sydney, Professor Stephen Garton, will also present an opening address on the second day of the symposium alongside fellow Sydney academic, Professor of Chinese and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, Jeffrey Riegel.

The symposium was organised by Professor Riegel in collaboration with Liu Yang, Curator of Chinese Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Professor Riegel will speak on day two of the symposium on the crucial factors in the formation of the first Chinese Empire under Qin in his talk, Five decisive events in the rise of the state of Qin.

Riegel believes the symposium will be a great opportunity for audiences who want to "gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture".

"I think that it is vital that the University and the Art Gallery -in my view two of the most important cultural institutions in the Sydney area - collaborate to ensure that the Sydney public have an opportunity to learn as much as possible about other civilisations," he said.

The symposium marks the launch of a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The First Emperor: China's entombed warriors, which runs from 2 December 2010 until 13 March 2011.

This exhibition brings to Sydney audiences ten of the fascinating life-size terracotta warriors, created from 259-210 BCE to guard the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang.

Presenting a unique opportunity to view these iconic archaeological pieces close up, the exhibition also features over 120 rare artefacts from the Qin Dynasty, including weapons, armour, ceremonial vessels and ornaments.

The symposium is held in collaboration with the University of Sydney and is supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, VisAsia, and the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For the full symposium program and bookings, please visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales' First Emperor website

Event detaills:

What: The First Emperor Symposium: Innovations and Creativity in Ancient Qin

When: Saturday 4 December, 9.00am to 3.45pm and Sunday 5 December, 9.30am to 4.45pm.

Where: Saturday program - Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW; Sunday program - New Law School Theatre 101, University of Sydney

Cost: Full symposium $170.00 (members $150.00); Single day $90.00 (members $80.00)

Contact: For bookings and enquiries call 02 925 1878

Contact: Emily Jones

Phone: 02 9351 2208

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