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Exhibitions are a huge part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Both established and new artists have displayed their work in many creative forms, from visual art, to poetry and beyond.
Credit: Photograph by Ashleigh Milton
Jixian is an 85 year old Chinese artist living in Milperra.
He mostly specialises in oil paintings, influenced by and combining both Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Graduating from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) in 1953, he has had 60 years of experience in the Visual Arts.
From 1953 to 1993, he worked in the Beijing Film Studio as an art director/designer on numerous films and television series, namely The Last Emperor (1987).
Upon retirement, he has concentrated his focus on the Fine Arts. His initial inspiration came from historical Chinese frescos such as the depiction of Goddesses. Later on he started to express this heritage in the form of oil painting, simultaneously embracing Western artistic practices.
He first came to Australia in 2002, having an art exhibition in the Chinese Cultural Centre, Chatswood in 2006, the other being in Beijing, 2004.
He is currently a member of the Bankstown Art Society and the Chinese Film Association.
Now Jixian mainly creates oil paintings combining both the traditions and influences of Eastern and Western art.
Credit: Photograph by Christopher Woe
Rolling Musical Screech is a series of printed signs on posts with images of birds and the descriptions of the bird's voices that inhabit the park surrounding the Bankstown Arts Centre. The work uses the ubiquitous road sign form to draw people's attention to local birds and their often unheard songs and voices. The selection of birds – the Magpie, Fig Bird, Ibis, Koel and Indian Myna is a mix of endemic, migratory and introduced species to the area. Bird communities are like human communities targeted, displaced and vulnerable in a rapidly changing urban environment with high-density housing, new transport systems and the removal of trees, parklands and waterways.
Sue Pedley is a mid-career artist who researches place, community, culture and history in relation to materiality through site-specific installation and interdisciplinary practice. Sue has worked with musicians, architects and designers and has been invited to work with urban and rural communities in Australia and Japan. Sue explores ways to reformulate the basic elements of time, light and space and experiments with different materials and their connection to place.
Growing up today has a lot more challenges than a few decades ago.
Especially in an urban environment, it becomes harder for children to connect to their inner wilder self where imaginary worlds are created and explored. This is mostly due to the lack of nature around them. Extra curriculum and after-school tutoring and video games can also take time away from and unstructured play.
Mandy Schöne-Salter is an interdisciplinary artist working in urban art, photography and community art. She studied photography at the Nepean Arts and Design Centre and participated in an intensive Public Art workshop led by New York Artist Kendal Henry. Since 2013 Mandy has worked on multiple street art projects in Australia and Germany under the synonym MAN.De.
Facebook @mandy.schoenesalter Instagram @artist_man.de
Bankstown Arts Centre has a range of artist opportunities. To find out how to exhibit your at Bankstown Arts Centre , go to the
Showcase your work page.
To see previous exhibitions, go to our Previous exhibitions page.