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An artistic celebration of Chinese women

A new art exhibition featuring 22 Chinese artists’ take on femininity has launched at the Perth Concert Hall today.

Artists of different genders, ages and artistic styles have come together to form The Silk Road Tour exhibition, showcasing 46 contemporary traditional artworks.

Chinese Australians are the fifth largest ethnic group in Australia, behind only British, German, Irish and Italian Australians.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman says the creative industry is an excellent way of uniting people from different cultural backgrounds in a culturally diverse society.

“I am delighted Western Australians have the chance to witness this spectacular exhibition and participate in this rich cultural exchange,” Mr Templeman says.

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route connecting China and Europe that fostered everlasting cross-cultural exchange between the East and West.

Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences research Professor Chen Shenglai says the exhibition is an opportunity to show Australians a new perspective on Chinese feminine art and femininity.

“It (the exhibition) highlights the peerless elegance of the Chinese female, with more recently acquired sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance and self-improvement,” Professor Chen says.

“It is believed that this world tour will be a new page in the history of Chinese feminine art.”

After being shown in Malta, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Spain, Perth is the exhibition’s last stop.

It is open for public viewing from 9am to 5pm every day until Wednesday, 27 March.

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